Thursday, 3 April 2008






A runner I made for my lovely sister-in-law in the States. I didn't have much time to make it so I used scraps that I had around and just embroidered with back stitch and perle 8 from a design I found in a Japanese Craft book.

I was quite happy with the way it turned out and so was my sister in law. I must have esp or something as I have never been to their home (they live in Arizona) and I just picked out colours I thought she might like - apparently it matches her dining room perfectly.

On another note, just to let you know, Louise and I will be doing our first workshops for Amitie in May. So if you're local and want to have a bit of fun why don't you join us for the day. Check it out here.

I have been busy writing patterns for our "Audrey and Maude' label which is quite time consuming but very enjoyable. It's amazing that something you make that you think is so simple actually has many little steps, and for a beginner sewer very daunting. I am trying to simplify the instructions as much as possible, breaking them down so even the most raw beginner will be able to read it without too much trouble. I will work on the diagrams next, although, I am not a very good artist. I work very visually and I have since found out, that alot of sewers think the same. So hopefully, our patterns will be very easy to follow.

It's been lovely going into Amitie every week. It is such a great atmosphere to work in. I get to see Louise every week, and this week Fi dropped in with her gorgeous children and so did Kellie with her equally lovely children. The shop has such a child friendly atmosphere which is such a relief for all the mums that come in. Babysitters are included in the shopping experience at Amitie. Good on you Meg and Jen!

15 comments:

Jennifer said...

My google reader suggested your site as one I might be interested in. It was right. I love the table runner. It is very pretty and the hand embroidering on it really makes it fancy.
Smiles!

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful Cathy! Clearly, you need to come to the states and see how it fits in its new home LOL!

Cascade Lily said...

Cathy it's lovely. I especially love your embroidery work. Beautiful and how well you know your SIL's taste!

Wisdom.Courage.Love said...

The table runner is lovely, the embroidery looks so classy. I am still very envious of your job!!! Have finally decided (after management) that I would just like a job that works with creative people and fabric etc. Just need to hit the pavement now!!!

Jodie said...

That is some seriously neat stitching.

Corrie said...

ohhh lovely....the stitching is just fabulous well done

I'm going to pop into amitie for their sale next friday and would love to do your class or louise's but had to prioritise and am going to do the machine quilting one instead!

have fun
Corrie:)

ingrid said...

Oh this is beautiful! That stiching is simply lovely!

Drewzel said...

This is exquisite! Mmmmm...

and you've got me itching to come to your class at Amitie!

Louise said...

Gorgeous as usual! Your embroidery is really beautiful. I love Anna's comment - any excuse hey!

virginie said...

your table runner is lovely....very classy.....goood news for Audrey and Maude, i can't wait....i have to visit Amitie it sounds so lovely and if it is kids friendly....it is perfect, here we come soon.....
have a good week end....

A Spoon Full Of Sugar said...

Your table runner is lovely - I especially love the embroidery elements.

Summer by the sea said...

Just found your blog thorough 'Flossie Teacakes' - I love the table runner you made, the colours and patterns work really well together, you have a great eye for it! - Natalie x

Claire F said...

Love the runner - I've been meaning to make one for my 60's sideboard for ages, this post has inspired me to do so!

Little Mysteries said...

The table runner is gorgeous. The fabric colours blend so well.

greenolive said...

great table runner and those stitches look perfect!