Friday, 22 May 2009

~ We Have Finished ~

Yes, Sandra and I have finally completed our second SAL for this year, With My Needle 'Flowers For Lily'. This sweet little sewing case is only quite small and will make another nice addition to the 'cake stand'. We each chose our own threads, linen, lining fabric and ribbon and it is always interesting to see how the two different combinations work out when we have finished.
Sandra is a hard act to follow when it comes to finishing and her pictures shows once again the perfection I always know she will produce in her version. I feel a little intimidated by her level of finishing but lucky at the same time to be stitching along side her as it spurs me on to try and finish mine as best I can and she is always happy to help me out with ideas and hints when I don't really know what I am doing. So thanks again Sandra for sharing in this SAL with me.

This was my first ever attempt at making a mattress pincushion and the first time I have ever done nuns stitch too. We both added coins to the fob to give it some weight. Mine has an Aussie 10 cent coin which only just fitted inside and Sandra's an English penny. The scissors tuck neatly in underneath the mattress pincushion.

Now look at Sandra's version...

I just love how she has added the name of the project into the side of the mattress. Also, check out her Picasa album to see photos of her version of the scissor weight and her gorgeous butterfly scissors.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing


  1. I love your version of FFL Chrissie, I cannot see anything but perfection!! You are too kind with your compliments, I don't deserve them.

  2. Thats soooo beautiful!!!! To visit your blog makes a sunny day, even when its raining - thank you so much!!!

    A wonderful weekend to you and Ben, loveley greetings Jade

  3. beautiful ;)
    your project is perfect
    ciao maria

  4. They're both gorgeous, congratulations to you both

  5. You both did a great job! What a beautiful addition it's going to make to your cake stand! I hope you and Ben have a lovely weekend!

  6. They are both so lovely! I hope you two strut around a bit for not only the lovely stitching but all that finishing too! I'm a youngster when it comes to finishing techniques!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  7. Lovely work as always Chrissie!

  8. They each have their own unique touch. Well done ladies! I like them both!! Haven't seen the mattress pincushion technique before - it looks terrific.

  9. Chrissie, beautiful work! Both yours and Sandra's pieces came out so lovely!!

  10. They are both beautiful!! I just kept scrolling back and forth over the eye candy. Gorgeous!! You sell yourself short--your finishing is wonderful, as is Sandra's.

  11. Chrissie, your handwork is absolutely lovely. I've done cross stitch in the past (I'll have to send you some photos) but what you do is remarkable. Gosh, wish we were continents and oceans from each other. I'd love to sit down with you for tea and an afternoon of stitching☺

  12. I had already admired Sandra's FFL in her albums and have to tell you yours is equally beautiful.
    Great job on the mattress pincushion.
    Love that gorgeous hand dyed ribbon.
    I think you two are a dynamic stitching duo. I love to see the results of your SAL's and am now eagerly anticipating the next one.


  13. Hello Chrissie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment!

    This is so beautiful work, I really like it!

    Have a great weekend,


  14. Wau...this is beautiful!!!
    Elena from Slovakia

  15. Wonderfull !!!

  16. Hello Chrissie, Gorgeous work! You gals are so talented :)