Brooches and Bed Rest.

Having a bad cold with a baby in the house seems to go one of two ways. You can have a dreadful time being responsible for a very energetic young person while your head pounds and your nose is simultaneously blocked and running. Or you can have kindly family members who come and help out while you collapse in bed, leaving the tantrums and teatimes to someone else. A new kind of bliss!

Over the last week I had a day of hell and a day of rest, followed by a day where I was well enough to be up, but still had a husband (and mother) on hand to help. On that last day I did some embroidery as it was too hot (or at least I was too hot) to do any spinning or knitting.

I made some tiny brooches as these seemed like the perfect template for doing a small amount of stitching and still being able to finish something in just half an hour. I used this tutorial from one of my favourite gentle blogs, tiny happy, for the idea of backing them and finishing them with blanket stitch, and for the sensible encouragement to just cut the felt and go for it, not worrying about perfect symmetry or planning ahead.

First I did some chain stitch pictures, as I already knew how to do this stitch and wanted to see what I could come up with. I wasn’t all that thrilled to be honest. Especially with the grey felt.

So, sticking with a black base, I taught myself how to make french knots using this tutorial. Very addictive! And a lot of fun blending the colours. Shoved them under my husband’s nose and got ‘Hey, they look like flowers. Are they flowers?’ which was all the encouragement I needed to keep going.
On a roll now, I tried some wheat stitch. It still looks more like centipede stitch when I do it, but more practice should help.
Then, with my powers combined, I made this one…
A very successful sick day and some handmade gifts for upcoming birthdays.

About Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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