Some Crafts Update (Should be “A Test Post”)



I have not blogged for a while now. Many reasons – my PC went kaput, busy with travels, public holidays, family commitment, “spending too much time on Ipad”, etc…

Another main reason is the difficulty in uploading/linking to photos that I want to be included here.


This morning I fiddled around with my Google+ and familiarised myself with the photos kept there. Here’s a test pic of my on-going Β tatting :


So far I hv close to 3 meters long, and I do have plans for it πŸ™‚



I also managed to make some quilted “baby throws” including this one which I made for a friend who recently welcomed a new granddaughter


with a close-up of the fabric;


Here’s one for a friend who welcomed a grandson some time ago:


I am currently in the process of quilting this one;



OK, with this blog entry done, I am going to start on outdated travel blog entries πŸ™‚

Update on My Hobbies – Simple Embroidery

I am always interested in anything that involves thread, needle or fabrics :-). However, I noticed that lately I have not blogged much about these activities (due to the travel blog entries that are still overdue).


I have been keeping up with my crochet, knitting and embroidery works though I have not blogged enough about them. My Facebook friends however do get to see most of the items that I finished πŸ™‚ .

A few months ago I started to sew my own scarves (square). I thought to myself, why not make something wearable? So I opted to sew my own scarves (like I used to, some time ago…) .


First was this light sky blue scarf. I first hemmed the edges using the slip stitch technique. Then I started to embroider.

The 3 stages of sewing the clusters of French knots (to make a little flower), the stem and finally the leaves (in daisy stitch):


Then I did some simple daisy stitches:


More daisy stitches (playing with 3 colours. The lower row was when it was unfinished):


The 3 initial scarves lined together for a photo session:


Then I decided to have the daisy stitch/flower with the same stem and leaves:


Recently (while on a trip to Nepal) I finished a pink scarf with pink little daisies:


I forgot to mention that after the first scarf, I “cheated” a bit by tacking the edges, then embroider right on them and skipped the slip stitch hemming part. Lost here? What I mean is I would tack the edges on the wrong side, like this:


Then I turn to the right side and start to embroider. The embroidery stitches serve as decorative as well as permanent “stitching” of the edges:


Oh, the above was supposed to be simple chain stitch, but when I saw how ugly (not straight) my stitching was, I unpicked, and decided to have “zig-zag” chain stitch, hence the above. Not bad, eh?


Today I have finished the above (turquoise) zig-zag stitches. I thought of adding some beads somewhere there, but realised that I do not have matching beads (maybe later, after I replenish my bead stash).


In the mean time, I need to finish another piece that I started a couple of weeks ago:


People always ask me how on earth I find the time to do all these. Easy…. I do these embroidery while I watch TV (I can’t watch TV sitting idle), so the more I watch TV, the more edge embroidery I will do πŸ™‚





While IΒ  learnedΒ  to crochet when I was about 9 years old, I only managed to learn the basic knit and purl (of knitting) when I was an undergraduate (from a book)!

I notice that lately I’ve not blogged about these two activities. It doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped doing them, but it’s just that I couldn’t find the time to do so.

Come to think of it, I’ve produced quite a lot of small items that I either knitted or crocheted.

Let’s see some of the knitted items:


And more booties:

And more:

The above pic shows how different yarn produce different size of booties, hence I have to increase/decrease accordingly. I’ve actually knitted their respective pairs too, and 2 more pairs (no pic).

From the yarns DH bought in Tibet, I knitted this:

and this:

From the chunky wool Saf bought in NZ for me soem time ago:

2 balls of the above and i got this:

From the wool I bought in Gold Coast some time ago I knitted two scarves at the same time (kiatsu yeah? πŸ™‚ ):

One was given away, and I keep one.

Here’s the collection of scarves I managed to knit just in time for our Korean trip last Dec:

I also attempted to knit the diagonal stitch:

I used 2 strands of Nona acrylic yarns so that I could use the huge kntting needles.

I finished it as a baby blanket/throw:

I sure was happy when I got closer casting of the last 3 stitches:

For now I’ve stopped knitting for a while, though I already have in mind another project using the diagonal stitch above πŸ™‚ .

Note: I’ve slipped all the lose threads πŸ™‚

A Bolster (or Two) With a Difference

When Mila Rimbum left a comment on my blog, I decided to check hers πŸ™‚ . Apparently Mila too loves needlecraft.

I kinda like the bolster that her MIL made for her and family, as blogged here. I decided to try make one myself. Since I was going to use kapok, and I was making for a close person who just had a newborn, I decided to make the bolster plain, with bolster cover for it.

Well, I didn’t just make one, but made two bolsters, with a pillow to go with them:

And here is the set with the cases:

Yes, you guess it right (if you did!), the newborn is a baby boy, hence the car design on the fabric πŸ™‚ .

Here’s the close-up of the edges of the bolster:

and the pillow with its case:

I even HAND-sewed the buttonholes myself (should have taken a close-up pic of the holes):

Since lately I have been into knitting, I managed to also include in the package a pair of knitted booties for the baby:

Side view:

I actually changed the laces with white ribbons instead, but forgot to take a photo of the pair after the “transformation” πŸ™ .

The gifts arrived at the destination last Friday. I just hope the parents of the baby like the gifts I sent them πŸ™‚

NeedlesNCrafts October Stitching Bee

As the name suggested, it was last month, on 30th October, to be precise. I just didn’t get to blog earlier.

We, at NeedlesNCraft (NNC) normally have our stitching bee bimonthly. I had missed a few of them, so last month I made a point to attend and stay on for as long as I could!

Nik had blogged here. It was well-written and explained pretty detail on what happened that day πŸ™‚ .

I just want to add on with my own. We had many books and craft to see and admire:

As Anna was arriving:

Some books brought by Faizon:

I learnt some tatting techniques from Faizon. It’s on how to do the double picots (do i get the term correct). She had the tutorial on her blog but I just could not understand.. I need a live demonstration πŸ™‚ .

Veronica & June:

I went to the wash room, and as I walked back, I took this shot:

Jo showing the all-purpose bag that she made:

As Nik started the lucky draw. She prepared a gift for EVERYONE of us! I don’t remember who was drawing the lucky name here:

Here’s mine, purposely taken on a page of Faizon’s book because I like the little bird mobile:

And here’s the knitted scarves (yes, I knitted 2 scarves at the same time!):

Honestly, I think you get a better description of the day’s meet from Nik’s blog entry. I am too lazy to re-write what happened πŸ™‚ .

The Long Awaited Birthday Gifts!

Like last year, I took part in NeedlesNCrafts Birthday Exchange. I sent my gifts to Shanny and was supposed to receive from Peggy, who is a Canadian residing in Quebec, Canada.

Peggy sent the gifts for me on 30 July, well ahead of my 26th August birthday, but the gift didn’t arrive!

Peggy started to get worried, but when I found out she sent via surface mail, I was not worried at all. I’ve been sending spices and food stuff to Ayi in Toronto via surface mail, and the fastest the parcel got to him was 2.5 months!

Today, EXACTLY 2 MONTHS after my birthday, i found this parcel waiting for me when I went to office (I had been away for 1 week).:

It was a huge and heavy package! no wonder Peggy had to send it via surface mail because it would cost her a bomb if she were to post it via Airmail. The package was definitely worth the wait, as Peggy put it in her private message to me via Facebook.

When I opened the parcel, i found several individually wrapped items:

Here’s a hand-written note describing the contents:

Yeah, there were EIGHT items altogether!!

Let’s see what they are:

No, the above picture doesn’t do justice. But before that, let’s see the cute card:

Isn’t it cute? It sums up well the life of a needlecrafter – trying to be ambitious and engage oneself in so many craft projects, ended up with UFO (unfinished objects!) and dozing off in front of the telly! I can really relate to that, hahaha!!!

And the note inside:

OK, now let’s see what Peggy got me. First a pair of handmade table mats (I am sure Peggy made them herself, being a proficient quilter), with the Canadian maple leaf motive and the pocket to put the cutleryΒ  πŸ˜‰ :

A couple of magazines:

As if the books are not enough, Peggy sent me a Canada notepad, a mini mop that they use to wash the dishes, the bead kit and ribbon embroidery kit:

As if those above are not enough, Peggy also added in a Canadian notebook with a matching pen:

Oh, no! there’a another one – a patchwork/quilt kit:

Oh, Peggy, I still cannot get over the excitement! Thank you again, my dear…Β  The world definitely needs more Canadians like you! The gifts will definitely keep me busy for quite a while…

My Latest Needlecraft Project

It’s common for needlecrafters to have several ongoing project at any one time and I am no exception πŸ™‚ .

During my recent trip to Haikou, the only purchase I made wasfor a pair of cushion cover kits, like this one:

It’s been keeping me busy in front of the tv (whenever I am watching it, because I hate watching tv doing nothing). Here’s a close-up:

Once I am done with this one, I will have to start all over again with the 2nd piece – same design and same colour. Then I would have a pair of them – just nice for my Mazda2 πŸ™‚

A Weekend of Tatting

I started to tat again yesterday during Nafis’ registration. I got bored sitting in the theater not doing anything so I took out my tatting shuttles and started to tat.

I eventually managed to finish a bookmark, and last night I finished another one in blue. Here are the two tatted bookmarks:

I also tried to create my own pattern and produced this today:

I don’t know what to do with it, and am not so proud of it either, but at least I have my own pattern πŸ™‚ .

In between the above items, I tatted a few little motives :

I think I am going to tat more before I get bored with it and stop.

MMCSB Family Day 2010

I’ve been very behind with my blogging. A few hectic weeks with occasional slow connection to the website didn’tΒ  help. There are many things that I want to blog about but they just passed by, and by now they are no longer that great to write (or maybe I’ve fogotten about them to..).


Anyway, over a month ago, the company where I work had an outing for all the staff and their family members. We had it at Suria Cherating Beach Resort. The resort was a bit run down, but otherwise, it was very private and cosy.

Nuni blogged about it much earlier here.I thought it was well written. Nuni even put a link to her gallery of pix of the day here.

I am going to use some of Nuni’s pix in my blog here.

We had so many games for our telematch. We had to even cancel a couple of the games (much to the disappointment of many of the kids!) because we were running out of time.

Water-filled balloons:


It was about 3pm, but we lucky to have the shade:


Limbo Rock:


The ever favourite tug-o-war (ladies version):


I was one of the organising committee members and was given a hat to wear that day. Nuni happily called me Makcik Sayur (The Vegetable lady), obviously referring to the lady vegetable growers who normally wear similar hats!

Makcik Cina jual sayur :p

But later that day Nafis enjoyed wearing it too:


Later in the night we had a BBQ dinner with some shows planned. I was in charged of the “Costume Show” by the kids who were below 9 years old – now.. that was fun!


And here’s me busy calculating (manually!!) the marks given by the judges:


We also had some lucky draws (EVERYBODY stood to win something, only the values of the gifts varied). Mine was among the last 10 and I won an Electrolux Fruit Juicer (which is still in tact in its box – no attempt to open it, since we prefer to eat the fruits than to juice them).

Kudos to us, the committee members πŸ™‚ :


The above pic was taken at almost midnight!!!

For more pix on the games, etc.. please visit Nuni’s Gallery.

I am too tired and sleepy…

The Needles N Crafts Anniversary Meet

This is a long over-due blog. I wish I can write more but time doesn’t permit me to do so. I got many lovely gifts from these great ladies!! I wish to be able to list them one day, but no promise ya!

Date: 27th March 2010

Venue: My house

Time: 10 am – 5pm

Menu: Pot luck.

We certainly had a great time. I only cooked chicken rendang, and fried some beehoon. I also prepared guava cordial. The rest were brought by the other attendees. Nobody came empty handed. So much food and so much fun. There were Malays, Chinese and Indians – no need to listen to the 1Malaysia slogans. We are united in our hobby and passion for Needles and Crafts.

Let’s see the food:

I am going to cheat on this blog by linking you to some that blog entries that have been posted by some of these great ladies:

Did I miss any other related blogs?

Anyway, here’s the group photo that I pinched from Tini’s page:

Tini, I hope you don’t mind me using this photo! By the time we took this group pix, some of us had left already πŸ™ .

Just the week before that I joined some friends of the same group in attending Rose’s son’s wedding reception at Hotel Singgahsana.

There are a couple of photos that I’d love to add here, maybe later?