Monday, May 24, 2010


SEW BUSY is such a cute design by Ellen Jareckie. It's 11 inches X 11 inches
or 28cm X 28cm. Such cute mice!
Brace yourselves - it is going to take me a long time to do this. As
you can see I only have half of the tail done of the little guy in green.
by Hopblogger

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Just Love matching needlebooks

I just love simple matching needlebooks. Finally I have made one for
my Biscornu. Although it may not be a dog, a house, or a heart - I just
couldnt resist making a Sunbonnet Sue with my homemade
ric-rac. As you see she is only a little bigger than the Biscornu.
It is not fancy - but serviceable. The ric-rac is tacked down on the
purple fleece. The last photo shows her back. Most of the sewing
is underneath the red felt. Have fun!
by Hopblogger


Hey, I do not know if anyone has figured this out yet as I ran across it
truly by accident. This is SUPER-SIMPLE and can be made in any length!!
The method below
gives the illusion that it is ric-rac.
Cut a piece of felt however long that you wish. Shape up
all 4 sides with pinking shears. Cut from either side with the pinking
shears any width that you wish. The last photo shows a wider
ricrac - in my opinion it looks better skinny. Once you apply it on your
project the impression is ric-rac!
Say you saw it here!
by Hopblogger

Friday, May 7, 2010

DO You Remember these....

Have you got any idea - of what to
do with a cloth TOILET ROLL HOLDER - especially a pretty one!
This one is made from Linen & has pretty ribbon embroidery.
The lace is a tatted cotton. I never used it as a toilet roll holder -
it has always been put away - still brand new. There are many
ways to fold this up - I show you picts of 2 ways - but it can
also be rolled up. Look at the next post to see what I did with it.
Mine is simple.
by Hopblogger

A Linen Needlebook

This is just one idea - of what to do with that toilet roll holder. It has many
uses and since I cannot cross stitch on linen (because of
my eyes) - this seemed to be a perfect idea. It didnt take long to make.
Be sure to click on photos. The 2cd picture shows the reverse side.
This was the first time that I have ever stitched a blanket stitch - so its
not perfect you guys. The place where you stuff the toilet
rolls is where you place your objects that you want to store.
It holds needles, pins, scissors, floss - lots of things!
Do you notice the ring is
still attached. The reason
for this is because you can still hang it up.
I closed mine with some old snaps but you could use
some pretty reasons, rick-rack or whatever you choose.
If you like this please refer others to this website. I hope that
you can get some ideas - would love to see some pics of yours.
Send me a picture & I will post it here - just bet that some of you
could really make this pretty!
by Hopblogger

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Hello Ladies and welcome to my blog. Please feel free to take a look around.
Be sure to click, click to enlarge. I do not mind sharing. My blog
is still relatively new. If there is anything that you
would like to see - then let me know and I will see
what I can do to make or try it. It is good to be
up from the bed - allergies were so bad this year.
Happy crafting!
by Hopblogger

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What was just an

ordinary box becomes useful & more meaningful when
given to a special friend. Personalize the box
to your friend's needs. She can put this little box beside
the sewing machine or on the table next to her chair.
I wanted one side to hold a little pair of scissors so I took
a small piece of white aida cloth & sewed on 3 small
green buttons & then glued it to the side of the little box.
Be sure to pouf the aida cloth some before you glue so that
the scissors will fit.
On one side I glued a little magnet to hold needles. Be careful when
you pick up this box it could BITE, if you put a lot of needles on the magnet.
Inside is pincushion that is 2 inches deep. I didnt
glue it anything in. I packed the inside with poly-fil
then cut a piece of fabric, gathered around the edges
& stuffed that. Then I put it on top of the stuffing.
So far it has stayed in place.
This project only took me 5 to 10 minutes to make.
Now, back to working on some cross stitch!
by Hopblogger

Make someone

something special from a little box that only measures a
little under 4 inches tall & 2 inches wide. The inside is only
2.5 inches deep. Boxes like these can be bought from dollar stores
or thrift stores. Maybe your friend has one that she wants to get
rid of. This box happens
to be in a country garden motif. No problem - dont change the
colors or anything. Just work with it. Make it into
anything that you want & display it.
by Hopblogger

This pattern for

12 hearts might not be any better than the first
one that I gave. The pink is hard to see.. Sorry folks
but I cant seem to get a good photo - I will keep trying.
by Hopblogger