Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lavender bookmark progress

All the cross stitch on my lavender bookmark is complete. The flowers are not exactly the same shape as those on the original pattern but I think they are close enough. I still have to add dark straight stitches to give the lavender blooms more depth and decide what to put in the empty oval at the bottom.

The last stage will be adding a ribbon backing and finally a tassel. I like that the ribbon and tassel came with the kit. It saves hunting around for the materials to give a nice finish to the bookmark.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lavender bookmark

This UFO (unfinished object) has been in my cupboard for quite a while. Somehow the pattern became separated from the embroidery, and cross stitch is not my favourite, but I do want to finish it.

I've started working on it again doing 10 minutes here and there when I can. The extra few stitches soon add up. It's involved a bit of guesswork using the photograph provided on the kit cover as a guide. Stitching on the dark green fabric I need very good light and magnifiers too.

I will post my progress as I go.

'Till next time, happy stitching!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Giraffe and Elephant

My grandson Liam (6) has an artistic eye. Read proud granny there! When I mentioned that I wanted to photograph the little giraffe I had knitted as a Christmas present, he was quick to make suggestions. He decided the grass would make a good background and then took some pics for me.

Giraffe in the sun - Liam Dobrowski (6)
 I love the giraffe spots, the little horns and the swishy tail.

Giraffe in the shade - Liam Dobrowski (6)
When Aidan (3) opened his present on Christmas morning, he had to twist his tongue around that difficult word, but he knew instantly that it was a 'girrwaffe'.

I knitted an elephant as well. I thought the little knitted toys would be good stocking fillers. The boys were also about to go game viewing and see the real animals at home wandering in the African bush.

Well, the giraffe and the elephant took a safari to the Pilanesberg National Park before I had taken photos. It seems the elephant decided he felt more at home there and he stayed behind.

The only photos I have of the elephant were taken with Aidan on my knee and Liam sitting next to me stitching the ears onto the head while I held them in place. It was a 'bad hair day' for all of us having just been for a swim and those photos, although precious to me, are not going to make it onto the internet.

The patterns are from previous issues of Stitches magazine and were designed by Dana Biddle. I have seen the patterns for sale somewhere on the internet but can't recall where.  You can probably track them down via Dana's Pinterest pages.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pattern covers

I've been working on covers for some of my embroidery patterns. These are the two most popular patterns so this seemed like a good place to start.

Chris Green designed the covers and he also designed the logo that you may already have seen in my Etsy shop Lynlubell.

The logo was inspired by the flower in the pulled thread pattern pictured below.

Full kit for Flower Sprig pulled thread pincushion
When it became difficult to find needlepoint canvas in our local embroidery shops after DMC in South Africa closed down,  Beryl Saunders and I made up partial kits for the more popular canvas work patterns. Beryl is the designer of a number of these much admired canvas work pincushion patterns. 

The partial canvas work kits include full instructions with clear stitch diagrams, a piece of canvas and a tapestry needle, but no threads. It is more cost effective for you to buy the recommended DMC stranded threads yourself and they are generally fairly easy to find.  I now have a small number of these kits available. 
Flower and Cushion Stitch pincushion

Leafy Green pincushion
Blue Eyelet pincushion
These two patterns are available as full kits: 

Flower Sprig pulled thread pincushion

Australian Cross Stitch Pincushions
I also have a limited number of Dresden Lily patterns available. Due to copyright restrictions once the small stock I prepared for teaching earlier in the year runs out, these will no longer be available. The design was adapted with permission of the copyright holder Heather Toomer. The stitches I chose for the lily include some unusual and rarely used Dresden Lace stitches.

Dresden Lily
All the patterns, except the Dresden Lily, are available as digital downloads in my Etsy shop Lynlubell. Please email me with any questions at lynette[dot]warner[at]gmail[dot]com. 

For any graphic design work you'd like done, contact Chris Green directly at while his new website is under construction.

Till next time, happy stitching!