Monthly Archives: June 2013

Epic Pokemon – Gyarados

Gyarados is the next addition to the Epic Pokemon cross-stitch. He took quite a few days to finish because he’s big compared to the majority of the other Pokemon on here.


Jason delights in telling me over and over that Gyarados evolves from the most useless of Pokemon – Magikarp. I wonder when we might see him.

I’ve been trying to cross-stitch this week, but it hasn’t mixed well with the cold I came down with. All I could manage to do was basically watch tv and cut out paper patterns. Which I usually abhor. The cutting, not the tv watching. Hopefully since that horrible part is out of the way for some patterns, I might be making some clothes soon. I really should. I cleaned up the sewing room recently and have filled two 55 litre boxes with fabrics I have accumulated. Well, most of the fabric.

Until next time, have fun!

Soft Toy Cat and Panda Pin Cushion

As promised, I made a couple more soft toys in the style of the dog from earlier. The panda design came with the pattern but I created the cat myself. You can also see my dependable sewing machine – A Brother BC-2500 that I brought on special from Spotlight about three years ago. I think it even has automatic sewing, but that scares me – I much prefer using the footpedal.

Cat, Panda and Brother

Cat and Panda Closeup

Cat has his whiskers machine sewed randomly. I think in hindsight this stitching is too thin and I would hand sew them in future.

Panda Pin Cushion

Jason asked me what I would do with more toys, to which I have found a wonderful solution. Panda is becoming my pin cushion! Can you believe I do not own a pin cushion and I have been sewing for years. No more pins everywhere on my sewing table.

Until next time, have fun!

Epic Pokemon – Dragonair & Kabuto

I’ve still been working hard on the Epic Pokemon cross-stitch and have just finished two new ones – Dragonair (blue) and Kabuto (brown). Kabuto freaks me out with his glowing evil eyes under his shell. I am definitely partial to cute things!

Dragonair & Kabuto

I’ve been slacking off this week in the crafty department. I had an interview for a job I really want and the anxiety of the waiting has been killing me. So it’s been vegging out in front of the Xbox and finishing Final Fantasy XIII that I didn’t finish two years ago. Hopefully I can pull myself out of this funk soon.

Until next time, have fun.

Epic Pokemon Cross-Stitch – One Quarter of the Way

I realised yesterday when I finished the past two Pokemon, that I was just over a quarter of the way to completion. I’ve put a lot of hours into it already but it is still enjoyable. I can’t wait until it’s done, framed and hanging on a wall.

I also realised how filthy the fabric is getting. It always happens. Even if you wash your hands regularly, with the amount of time you handle the cloth it just builds up. Maybe I should get some little white cloth gloves, but then my hands will melt. What a conundrum! Luckily, when it’s washed, it will all come out. Which then makes me wonder, why is one of the rules for the Royal Easter Show needlework entries that your work cannot be washed? Bizarre!

So today we have two photos. One of the completed Lapras (blue) and Kabutops (brown) and one showing you everything stitched so far. Quarter of the way to being finished!

Lapras and Kabutops

Pokemon - One Quarter Complete

Until next time, have fun!


Baby Gifts

A couple who are friends of ours had their first baby recently. She must seriously be one of the cutest babies I have seen! However I best stop gushing because Jason will likely groan and say I’m clucky as he usually does. Why do people do that? Can’t you just admire a baby without someone saying that immediately?

I had meant to give them these handmade gifts at the baby shower but we had already had something planned for that weekend and I got a bit lazy about finishing them. Well, last week I did finally finishing putting together the kitty, the bibs having been completed a little while ago.

I had some gorgeously soft fleece leftover from a little toy horse I made one of my niece’s for Christmas, so I put it to good use with this toy kitty. I still had issues with this pattern, somehow it expects all four of those legs to fit inside the body while it is being sewn together with the sewing machine. Failed again at that, but my hand sewing kicks butt so I just stitched up any parts I couldn’t manage with the machine. Time consuming and annoying but an adequate solution.

Kitty - Side View

Kitty - Closeup

A while ago when I first thought of making some baby bibs, I went searching for some fabric. I guess I am a little against the whole “pinks is for girls and blue is for boys” so I was really attracted to fabrics that weren’t gender specific. These are reversible, with the same fabric on the back and a layer of flannelette in between for absorbency. The ribbon tie neck means they can grow with the bub.

Baby bibs

Until next time, have fun!