Friday, 22 December 2017




Julie.C xx

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas cross stitch buttons and patchwork table mat.

Hello everyone,

One more day to go before I break up for the Christmas holidays I have done all the shopping I just need to wrap a few more presents and that is it done.
How are you all doing with your preparations?

I have a few st itchy projects to show you I finished two of the cross stitch buttons I have been making,

the little hedgehog needs to be done then I will crochet a small circle for the backing. The pattern booklet was from one of the Cross Stitcher magazines but I cannot remember which issue number it was.

I also did some sewing on my sewing machine and using scraps of fabric I made this patchwork table mat,

I have enough bits left to make coasters then they can be used on the table over Christmas.

I have had time to crochet a warm and snug scarf for myself using Rowan alpaca chunky
it only needed 2 x 50g balls on 10mm hook.

I picked a stitch pattern from one of my books a lacy shell stitch so easy to do and works up very quickly.

I have found this encyclopedia  of techniques by Jan Eaton very good to follow if you are a beginner it has picture tutorials and is a good reference to carry around.

I have started knitting a hat and small scarf for my Grand daughter and found this self patterning yarn complete with Pom Pom  from my local shop for £2.99 there is a pattern inside the ball band but this is for an adult size so I will adjust this to fit Suzie, I probably need a little extra yarn to make a scarf but that won't be a problem.

Well that is all for now I will see if I can squeeze one more post before Christmas, so until then enjoy you week.

bye for now
Julie x

Friday, 8 December 2017

Finished Fall Fox cross stitch and a crochet christmas stocking.

Hello everyone,
How are you all? I hope you are keeping safe and warm.

I have a couple of finished projects to show you the first is the Fall Fox cross stitch I had been stitching these past weeks you may have seen progress pictures on Instagram.

The pattern is from Just Cross Stitch online magazine

Just need to find a frame now I have a few in mind there are more patterns in Just Cross Stitch that I want to stitch oh dear when will I make them all you wonder, the new issue is out now and because I subscribe online I have already printed a few (5) patterns I could not resist though.

Just look above the middle one I have my eye on Winter Wood then the Deer and not forgetting winter Bluebird so lovely and just medium sized projects which seem to be the only ones I want to tackle at the moment. I do have one very large project the Owl Bell Pull waiting in the wings and it is vast and I have not wanted to stitch it lately so have put it to one side with the hope of finishing one day.

The last finished project is crochet and I made this lovely Christmas stocking with Rudolf ready to hang on my wall

pattern is from Love Crochet magazine it is still in the shops now I believe, very easy to make all crocheted in dc stitch and Rudolf is made in separate pieces and appliqued on top, a little stuffing is used to give it shape.

Well that is all for now. Thank you all for your kind comments and visits to my blog I do appreciate them.

 Stay safe and warm
bye for now

Julie xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Fall fox cross stitch update and a cute crochet robin.

Hi Everyone? how are you all?

Lovely sunshine here in Cheshire this afternoon I took Bruno out this morning in the rain with wellies at least that has cleared now, it is that time of year isn't it very changeable.

I showed you a new cross stitch start on Instagram called Fall Fox I have a progress update below

the pattern is from Just Cross Stitch magazine

It is coming along slowly as I have been crocheting and knitting to for my new Grand Son due next March. I am knitting a little cardigan with collar and I have started another C2C blanket which I will show soon, I just have not taken a picture yet sorry.

I have taken a picture of this little cute fella though a sweet little crocheted Robin

You know me I cannot resist a cute toy.

Complete with his little tail and bobble hat.
The pattern is from Love Crochet magazine this is an old issue I had but if you click on the Craft tab on the website they have back issues available.

Well that's all for the moment I am off to spend a few hours relaxing with some X stitch. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

until next time
bye for now.

Julie xx

Friday, 20 October 2017

Fabric pumpkins and knitted pumpkins.

Hello everyone,

How are you all?
 Weekend is coming and the school breaks up next week so I have a full week to catch up on some stitching and knitting.
Here are a few projects I have finished to celebrate Halloween which is fast approaching here in the UK.

These colourful pumpkins are made from scraps of fabric and I also filled them with Lavender they make lovely decorations around the house.
The pattern for these are from the book Modern Vintage Gifts

designs and patterns by Helen Phillips
check out Helen's blog which she keeps updated regularly.

H ere are a couple of my knitted pumpkins I have made quite a few times for friends, especially the larger one.

Lastly here is a little cross stitch for Autumn

an Acorn Medallion the pattern design is by NeedleKnowledge and Cheryl Fall
I have nearly finished this hopefully this evening.

Well that's it for now and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
bye for now


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lee Cartwright - Black and Gold (Cover Version)

I had to share this post with you this is my son Lee who has been having singing lessons and this is his first recording at a studio he goes to.

well done Lee

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Crochet baby blanket finished.

Hello everyone,

I hope all of you are well and enjoying your weekend.
I have a few moments to update my blog before making tea. I have been quite busy with family and we have been helping my son to move into his new flat so that leaves a quite house with just Mr C Bruno and me.
However I am going to be a Nana again as my daughter is expecting a baby due next March and you can imagine my Grand daughter is so excited, so that means lot's of baby projects to plan and here is my first finish this baby blanket.

This is the first CTC pattern I have crocheted my daughter has already seen this and loves it.

 I also started a baby hooded jacket  which is being knitted using James C Brett wool and I plan to crochet another blanket too.

You may have noticed my blog posts have been fewer I find it hard to fit in around work and family as must be the same for most of us, when I am off work it is easier to post but in the mean time you can always find me adding new pictures of my projects and anything else I am doing on ,

as Julieinstitches


as juliesgems3

Bye for now, and if you want to link or message me I would still love to hear from you.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Back from our hoildays.

Hello everyone,

How are you all? I hope you all had nice summer breaks where ever you might be.

I just want to show you a few pictures.

This is a view of the caravan site where we stayed which was Banwell, North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare UK

Lot's of space on the site dog friendly and Bruno made a friend Meg the sheep dog.
The site is set on a working farm and the family that run the campsite were very welcoming- here

Cheddar was quite near by

By the way that is not me rock climbing.

Mr C walking Bruno

Next went to Wells to see the Cathedral

Wells was a lovely place to visit with small shops and cobbled roads, with an open market too.

I found a knitting and craft shop in Wells hidden away and yes I bought some yarn how could I not, I forgot to take some pictures of the shop though sorry about that.

We really enjoyed Somerset we have not been before and thought it was time for a change, we will be planning another visit there next year.

That's all for now
Happy knitting or stitching.

Julie xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Knitted tea cosy finished and other stitching progress.

Hello everyone,

How are we all I have not posted for a few weeks I know, I have broke up from work for the holidays at the moment with me working at a school so Mr C and I are away in our caravan on and off.

You can find me on Revelry sometimes and I have posted the odd picture on Instagram  showing pictures of any of my projects I have been working on.

I finished the knitted tea cosy I mentioned last,

pattern is by Lynn Rowe from the Woolnest

I used one of Lynn's other patterns to crochet this bunting for my sisters birthday.

Sue has promised to hang this in her summer house or along the top of her dresser, I hope she remembers to send me a picture.

I have to show you this lovely gift from my blog friend Lynn B at Happiness Is Cross Stitching
it came through the post this morning what a lovely surprise.

A very useful large cross stitch project bag with a see through front so you can easily see which project you have inside, it is beautifully made and with my favourite owl image what a super gift for a st itchy friend.
Oh and check out the owl stitch marker to all made by Lynn B

Here is how it looks with my hoop fabric, threads and notions pouch tucked safely inside.
You can find products similar to this one and many more items in Lynn's shop over at
Stitching Fairy Crafts

Before I go here is an update on the Bee embroidery I have been stitching

the pattern is from Homemade embroidery magazine special, not much more to do.

Well that is all for now, we will be away for 2 weeks so till next time.

happy stitching

Julie xx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

I won a hexie table mat and new items to show from my holidays.

Hello all,

How are you all? I hope everyone is well and that you have had time to stitch knit or crochet.

I certainly did I made a little time to do both while I was on holiday it was marvellous we had a lovely restful time and Bruno has done nothing but sulk since he has been back, he must have had about 8 walks each day and paddle in the river that was by the caravan.

But hey on with the post I had a lovely surprise when my blog friend Sheryl over at
Sewing After Seven emailed me to say I had won her give away here is the picture.

The picture dose not do it justice it is so beautifully stitched and nicely put together.

Sheryl hand made a sweet gift tag and also gave me left over fabric with extra hexagon pieces to use with my projects. How kind thank so much xx

I have a few things I bought from my holiday Mr C treated me as he always dose, we found a few wool shops and could not resist buying some more yarn.

DK Sirdar Country Style and in this Sublime knitting booklet is a pattern for a waistcoat that I like the look of which I will be using the yarn for.

Also I saw these useful tins with a vintage retro design on the lid which also included a note book to jot down all your knitting notes.

I paid £5.00 for this set which I think is quite good value.

I had planned to be good and not buy any yarn while on holiday but it is so hard to resist walking past a yarn shop and not walking away with some lovely yarn, at least I have something in mind on what to make with it.

So for my next projects to make on my to do list are-
1. knitted waistcoat 
2. crochet bag (for Suzie)

My WIP project list are-

1. knitted tea cosy
2.crochet throw
3.knitted teddy bears for charity(on going)

I will keep you posted, I must dash now tea is on, have a lovely weekend
happy knitting or crocheting.

bye for now
Julie x
Bruno x

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Off for a week in the caravan.

Hi everyone,

This is a quick post because there is a chance I won't have time to edit a more interesting one for you before we go away in the caravan for a nice break.
I will be sorting my knitting bag and taking a few projects to make in the evenings, I have already started a tea cosy pattern from the new book I spoke about in the last post so I think there will be some finished pieces to show when we get back.

So till next time I hope you have a lovely bank holiday break and find a little time to knit stitch or read a good book.

I know Bruno cannot wait.

Julie x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

I finished an Ombre crochet shawl and bought a new knitting book.

Hi Everyone,

How are you all I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far, we had heavy rain today but I just managed to walk Bruno before we were soaked. Tomorrow appears to be looking good with sunshine on the way which will be nice.

Well today after doing some ironing and cleaning etc; I concentrated on finishing a shawl I was crocheting for myself here is a picture

the yarn I used was by Lion Brand shawl in a ball. When you purchase the yarn there is a free pattern available to download from Lion Brands website using a code on the ball band, but I had decided I would like to crochet the shawl, and I had this pattern from Inside Crochet magazine called the Ombre Shawl by Sarah Shrimpton

The pattern is easy to follow mainly consisting of trebles and chain stitches, even though I did not use the yarn as suggested  I think it still works well for me anyway.

I also have a new book it arrived today called Knit Yourself Calm,

it is new out and the designer for the patterns is Lynne Rowe, there are at least 16 projects inside with plenty of helpful picture tutorials and instructions with new how to techniques for beginners.

It is a lovely book and would make a nice gift for someone you know who loves to knit.

If you want to read more about Lynne Rowe's work visit her website at The Wool Nest

there is also a monthly Pod Cast to follow.

That's all for now folks
bye for now

Julie xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Crochet doll finished and cute cross stitch cow.

Hi Everyone,

Wet and warm evening here in the UK more rain tomorrow but the ground needs it badly and so do our farmers.
Our dog Bruno certainly loves a muddy paddle but is not to keen on being washed before he comes in the house.

So on with showing you my latest finish a crochet doll which was made for Suzie my Grand daughter,

she adores this and I have only been able to take one picture because it is now in her bedroom. The pattern was from Love Crochet magazine, and the designer was Liz Ward.

I also finished stitching this cute cow cross stitch pattern

the pattern was from Les Marottes de Nathalie

I stitched it on 16 count cream Aida added red check fabric top and bottom, and displayed in a wooden hoop. It is unusual but fun and if you visit the website you will see plenty of other designs to choose from, this is now hanging in my kitchen.

Oh and before I go here is just a little progress on the Owl Bell Pull WIP cross stitch I have been working on

loads more to stitch but I feel this will be a labour of love I am not really in any hurry to finish I seem to be enjoying the process, I love these colours though they are so pretty.

For now that is all I have to show you so till next time have a lovely week and I hope you find some stitching time.

bye for now

Julie xx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cross stitch Owl Bell Pull update and I finished two cushions.

Hello everyone,
Welcome to April, how are you all?

The sun is shining here this afternoon it is a lovely day, I will be going out with Bruno in a bit for a nice walk but first I will do a quick post update.

I must show what arrived in the post this morning,

something I ordered from my friend Lynn B look how lovely it has been wrapped, I love the card and owl tag.

Look what was inside, how nice and Lynn made me a sweet Owl fob. Thank you so much Lynn i have somewhere safe to keep my sewing project and needles, it will be ideal to take away with me in the caravan too.
Check out Stitching Fairy Crafts by clicking the link on the side of my blog.

Now for an update on the cross stitch Owl Bell Pull

this picture was taken a few days ago and I have stitched more last night so I will post again soon and show you how it looks.

In a previous post I told you about a cushion I was going to knit for my Grand daughter well that is now finished.

Suzie loves it and has promised me that the cats will not go to sleep on it.

I also crocheted a cushion for myself with left over yarn I had.

This is one side,

and here is the back either way it dose not matter, I made this to go on the sofa and I think I have managed to match the colours well with the two fabric cushions that I have on each side.

Well that's all for now I am off to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy stitching or knitting.

bye for now
Julie x

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