Wednesday 14 December 2011

Mini reindeer design to share

I've been awol  as I've been a bit under the weather for the last week or so and have been taking things easy (for me!) Does anyone else have trouble relaxing?I've never really understood how you do it - but I'd love any tips to stop me running about and fidgeting - incurring the wrath of Himself - who is always trying to get me to  take it easy, bless him!

Anyway,  I did have a really lovely birthday on Monday, and Himself bought me a Kindle - which is so, so  wonderful - I  love it! Secretly, I think it's his sneaky way to get me to sit down and rest!  It's working - in  a couple of hours yesterday I had downloaded and read my first  digital book, which was actually a freebie, 'Clover', the fourth book in Susan Coolidge's 'Katy' series  (which I  loved as a child, and still adore) and the fifth book is lined up ready to start this evening- whoo hoo! Anyone got any recommendations for good books? I'm normally a fan of science fiction/fantasy, historical and crime - but I love a good classic family story too!

Stitching has progressed slowly and I've been making lots of things - none of which I can share just yet, as they are all for Christmas presents.

I did plan to do something inspiring for the blog for Christmas, but time's against me. So I drew this little mini reindeer design, which I hope to stitch onto some napkins for the Christmas table.
It stitches up really quickly so you could use it for a last minute project. Sorry about the poor quality  of the  photos,  which I  must blame on  a really murky December afternoon in the UK.

                               ( This is a 5 inch hoop)

I  used a red pearl cotton, on  some 100% cotton  patchwork weight fabric with a size 4 embroidery needle.  (I'm  a recent convert to pearl cotton and I just love using it,  it feels so  nice and that pretty shine......oooooh!)

As it's rather a Scandinavian style,  I simply outlined  it in back stitch. To finish it off I  used stranded cotton ( 2 threads) and a size 7 needle in the same red for the decorations, which  are just back stitch and lazy daisy flowers . It would look sweet stitched up as a tree decoration,  on a stocking, or even as a Christmas card.

(Hmmm I may do that myself.......).

Here's the design..

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Happy Christmas stitching and creating! ( and reading, hee hee!)


  1. I have to tell you.......... I saw some lovely Christmas cushions in Marks and Spencers, but was too late; they'd all sold out by the time I decided. So today I have been trying to find reindeer images to make my own.This little motif is perfect; thankyou!

  2. A belated

    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday Dear Jules
    Happy Birthday to You.

    From good friends and true,
    From old friends and new,
    May good luck go with you,
    And happiness too.

    Enjoy your kindle I love my kindle app. Does Bristol library have free downloads?

  3. Take care of yourself and your lovely stitching, Jules!!! Happy birthday!

  4. Hi Jules - a belated happy birthday to you! Enjoy your kindle - I recently received one too - I just love it. Have a merry Christmas!

  5. Delightful - and a belated Happy Birthday!
    If you like adventure, John Buchan's "Richard Hannay" adventures are available from Gutenberg, I think..

  6. Hi Jules--I found you by way of the bunny on Shell's blog site--and a Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!
    and I just went and signed up for the TAST class--
    so will be learning some new things in 2012 hopefully!!
    I got myself a Kindle and I love love it--when I can take time to use it--have to put down the quilt,embroidery,counted cross stitch or knitting needles first!!!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours-
    Hugs, Di and her kitty, Miss Gracie

  7. Hi Jules,
    Happy Belated Birthday!
    Lovely to hear you had a great day. Ah, a kindle is a great present. All of those wonderful books to read online!
    I hope you are still enjoying your jewellery pieces I made for you last year. :-)

    I just stopped by to wish you a Happy Birthday and Seasons Greetings for Christmas. Have a great New Year and thanks for the reindeer design. You make sewing look so easy. I might have a go next year at a few embroidery projects.

    Love and best wishes,
    Jo. xx

  8. It's just a darling little deer!
    Fabulous birthday gift! Woo hoo!

  9. Thank you for this enduring, endearing pattern!


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