Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Change of Plan.

I had intended to work in the garden this morning, getting rid of swathes of celandine which have made themselves very much at home. I do like them and they are quite welcome in small doses, but you can have too much of a good thing. The weather had other ideas and is drizzly, cold and windy so I have been putting the finishing touches to the pin cushion for the sewing box.
It is about 3" across and maybe just over 1" deep with a tiny orange button, top and bottom, stitched through the centre and pulled tightly to accentuate the shape. The colours are much richer and more vibrant than these pics show. The box is lined with a deep olive green silk and needs something colourful to brighten the inside.
I stitched three little glass beads to each corner, and made a needlecase in matching colours.
I must now pluck up the courage to put the box together. I've had two goes and not been satisfied but think I have worked out how to get a good result. After that is done, I have only to make a scissors case, but will need to buy the scissors first to make sure of a good fit.

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An update on the collared doves: Baby dove ('Ariel') has flown the nest so we removed it and had a little clean up. Two or three days later, Dolly and Desmond Dove were back with more twigs having looked for the nest several times and given us dirty looks for taking it away. It was disgusting and literally a few twigs held together with bird droppings. A new nest has been made and Dolly is in residence once more, sitting on a new egg. We have given in, but are opening the bedroom window when we want to!

11 comments:

Doreen G said...

Heather I love the biscornu pin cushion and the needle case as well It will be beautiful when everything is completed.

Helen Suzanne said...

love these Heather. Very rich looking. It must have taken ages!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Nice little pin cushion and needle case Heather - agree you need to buy the scissors first.

If you find out how to eradicate celandines let me know. We have a huge bed of tulips just coming into bud and the soil beneath is totally carpetted in celandines. Every year we dig them up - every year they return. On tiny bit of root left in the soil and they are away. They are pretty though.

Heather said...

Thankyou for your kind comments Doreen, Helen and Pat. With regard to celandines Pat - I think we just have to keep digging!

Linda said...

So neat and gorgeous Heather - and a great colour scheme.
And those eggs are worthy of a shop window!

maggi21 said...

I love the biscornu pincushion. I have one that I use all the time and made three more as presents, couldn't stop making them they were so therapeutic. The matching needlecase is beautiful too. This is going to be a present that will be cherished.

Carol Q said...

beautiful stitching Heather. the pin cushion is a lovely shape. hope the box comes together for you soon.

Elizabeth said...

Heather, your beautiful biscornu and pin cushion are calling to me, saying 'you must make us, Elizabeth'! And I will.

Angela said...

Your pincushion and needlebook are gorgeous. The colours are lovely together

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Ooh what a lovely pin cushion and needlecase!

I've just been catching up on your blog - what a lot I've missed!

WendyK said...

Beautiful work Heather, lovely colours, and a fab set to have. Now you've got me thinking.