Monday, November 4, 2013

I'm YOTA-less but.....

... I have a good reason. I was planning on doing some work on Majestic Peacock this weekend but I ended up spending a large amount of time trying to get my sewing machine to co-operate so I could do a few finishes which have been waiting for almost a year!!!

Needless to say my machine was very grumpy and I'm still fairly new to sewing machines so it took a long time of cleaning, adjusting tension, stitch size and changing needles, to finally manage to get it to do what I wanted.

This is going to be a picture heavy post. I had four small Maria Diaz floral pieces that I stitched and the recipient wanted them made into the hanging ornaments with the opening at the back for a scented pouch to be put inside. I finally did the last two at the weekend:

As I am still learning to finish things off this way, or any way really I would normally put my pieces in a frame, I did a few experiments with these four so some may look a bit off but I think I finally have the technique down. I took lots of photos of the process so I will do up a tutorial if you like.

Here are all four together:

I now just have to stitch 4 muslin bags and do the rice and lavender mixture for inside.

I have also been considering doing YOTA again next year. Let me know if anyone would be interested in it, if not I might do it anyway for myself. If you don't know what YOTA is go to the tab at the top of the blog for an explanation.


  1. These 4 little bags turned out so cute! great job!
    Happy Stitching

  2. They're perfect! I have the same problem with my sewing day I will master it!

  3. these will be lovely filled with the sent of lavender and think the bee ribbon is so cute - i think i would like to join you for YOTA next year - Amanda

  4. I think you finishes are fabulous! Beautiful!!!
    Would love to keep with your YOTA SaL! Keeps me on track.

  5. Oh I would love to do the YOTA SAL again next year. I am really enjoying it.
    You did an awesome job on the ornament finishes. They turned out great.


  6. Those are really beautiful finishes! You should be so pleased and proud of yourself!

    Yes, I'd like to do YOTA again next year. Hopefully I'll keep up better than I have lately. It's a good incentive to know there's a check-in once a month.

  7. These look great!

    And yes, I would like to do YOTA again, I managed to finish a project this year because of it, so I say that is a victory :D

  8. superb :)
    both stitchings & finishings are really great
    love the designs and the fabrics you used
    it's really beautiful

  9. I simply LOVE your little bags! They turned out so cute. I would be interested in YOTA again next year. I LOVE seeing the progress we all make month after month.

  10. Wow they look amazing. Brilliant job.
    Alicia xo


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