This page will be devoted to providing ideas for projects with practical applications for my designs and where possible, basic instructions for assembly. The designs stitched are not limited to only that particular project. My intention is to add new projects on a regular basis, so visit often to check out my latest work.
A little creative imagination by way of use of embellishments with beads, buttons or bows, coloured or hand-dyed fabric, cross stitch borders or personalised lettering or simply by fraying the edge is sometimes all that is needed to turn your stitched work into a beautiful creation.
Personalise home decor with a hand stitched cushion cover of any size or shape.
The Red-flowering Gum was stitched on a slightly larger and more durable cream open-weave linen with two strands used for back stitch and long stitch for accentuation. Ribbon machine sewn diagonally in the corners highlights the design, however, any form of decoration could be used for embellishment. The finished lined linen (front) was then sewn on to contrasting fabric (back) which had been zipper-fitted before being inverted to allow for the cushion insert. NB – buttons or clips could also be used as an alternative for the back opening.
Freshen linen and clothes drawers and musty closets with sachet bags filled with potpourri or soaps. These bags make an ideal travelling carry bag for jewellery and the concept can be easily resized making them perfect for storing delicate lingerie or hosiery.
The Sturt’s Desert Pea has been stitched on white linen using a contrast top edging and lining. End edges are stitched (wrong sides together), inverted, fabric folded in half (wrong sides together), sewn along the side edges and then inverted. Ribbon simply tied around the sachet top completes the effect. Preferably, a casing could be sewn before stitching of side seams and a small, neat slit cut either side of the seams on the right side of work making allowance for threading of ribbon .
Slip/Carry Book Cover
Protect paperback novels by slipping the covers into inside pockets and together with carry handles and a built-in bookmark, makes an ideal and delightful gift for the avid reader.
This easy-fit self-lined fabric cover, measured to its book size and allowing a seam allowance and ease of spine fold, is sewn with generously sized matching self-lined fabric inside pockets. The design, handles and bookmark have been stitched prior to lining and pocket assembly. The Ulysses Butterfly has been edged with ribbon, but could be sewn into fabric as part of the assembly. This project would adapt beautifully to being stitched entirely on coloured or dyed aida or linen and lined with a suitable fabric.
Covering store bought plain notebooks by stitching and personalising a design make beautiful gifts. The same principle can be applied to photo albums, business card booklets, etc.
The Tasmanian Blue Gum has been stitched on cream linen with extra allowance made for turning before placement on a lightly wadded book and lightweight coloured cardboard taped/glued on inside cover to neaten overlapped edges.
Various styles and sizes can be adapted to suit either the fashionable over-sized sunglasses or the smaller and lighter reading glasses. The use of velcrose or a flap with button/clip will ensure added protection from loss or breakage.
These lined and edged spectacle cases, both stitched on hand-dyed coloured aida and linen, are lightly wadded and have a contrast border. The Dryandra has been embellished with matching beads and the Green Tree Frog simply stitched with two rows of narrow ribbon.
A different and visually appealing look can be created by using hand-dyed and/or coloured fabric and coloured card for contrast.
Both the Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly, embellished with beads on its body and wings and the Banksia with a stitched border, have been mounted in aperture cut tri-fold cards. The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, with its frayed edge, has simply been taped to a store bought bi-fold card.’