Sunday, May 3, 2020

Face Masks

As wearing face masks in public places are now compulsory under Level 4, I spend the 2 public holidays we had this week making a few.  I have been collecting various free designs since March from various websites I follow when the face mask craze hit the northern hemisphere.

The first two I made was done with my sewing machine, but both could be make entirely by hand as well.  Instructions for both can be found on YouTube.

Follow instructions here for the round one and the rectangular one's can be found here.

I also made some masks from Stitch Emporium (featured in top position) and Ohana which are our favourite one's.

My husband ordered this one with shark teeth, but as it is heavy embroidery, it is extremely hot, so this is the only one embroidered with a motif.  As I could not get any pipe cleaners to shape the nose part, I used Stitch Delight's in-the-hoop mask pattern an added the shark teeth from Smartneedle .

Below are some more of Smartneedle's designs.

Sunday, April 26, 2020


This quilt I wrote about way back in December 2012, is finally finished and just in time to be used as a lap quilt for the coming winter.  

Lily was inspecting it all the way

and made sure she was the first one to try it out.

Sunday, April 19, 2020


After embroidering nearly non-stop Saturday and Monday, all the blocks were done and I assembled the playmat in the evenings after my day job was done.

Construction playmat along the lines of Snakes and Ladders
This one also needs a border which I will do when the shops are allowed to open again.

I used the green glitter foam for the Go block
The design is from Stitchdelight and can be found here or here for South African buyers.

Friday, April 10, 2020


Between all the other projects I am working on, this playmat is also coming along nicely with about 2/3rd of the blocks done.

For the Stop sign, I wanted to use some kind of reflective material to mimic an actual road sign and remembered these glitter foam sheets I bought a few year back.

With our Lockdown extended with another 14 days until the end of April, finishing any projects will have to wait as non essential products such as fabric stores are not permitted to be open.  And with the virus still running amok all over the world, we don't even know when we will be able to visit our kids.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Stained Glass Wall Hangings 6

I manage to finish this one as well, the last one (for now) 😉  Also still in need of a border though.

As I bought the 8x8 size, I had to split some of the designs as my 7x8 frame was a bit too small.  Luckily Embird basic made that a breeze and by carefully planning the split, it is not easily detectable.

This design used 4 neon colours which is layered with other colours creating beautiful shades.  I did buy a set a few years ago and was able to put to use now.  Luckily it hadn't age badly and still hold up well.

Will hopefully be shortly framed.  My husband unfortunately did not buy all the supplies needed before our 21 day lockdown started. 😓

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stained Glass Wall Hangings - 5

I've been embroidering this one as well as the Stained Glass Seahorse in between the playmats I am also working on.  Having been housebound as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown does keep one committed to finishing projects.  I still need to add the satin border, but as all shops that do not sell essentials are closed for 21 days, this will have to wait.  I might find a piece in my stash though.

Another beautiful design from BFC Creations

Thursday, March 12, 2020


I am currently busy embroidering playmats for our two grandsons.  We hope to see them during the latter half of the year, all depending though on this corona virus.

With both consisting of about 60 blocks, I've got my work cut out for me 😀 but it is rather rewarding when all the blocks are finally stitched together.

Nathan's playmat is the traditional Snakes and Ladders.  The design is from Dainty Stitches and can be found here.

This was about 50 blocks done with 10 more to go.
And this is the assembled playmat of 0.5m x 1m.  

I still have to add a border as well as quilting it.  It also comes with a dice, buttons and a set of rules which I still need to finish.