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™‚




The Birthday…

Eight days ago was my birthday. It was almost eventless, except for the birthday wishes from family members especially Aina who wished me during sahur time πŸ™‚ . I also received birthday sms-es from my very close associates too πŸ™‚ . They helped cheer up my birthday, for sure πŸ™‚ . After over 30 years, these people still remember my birthday, and that surely touched my heart..


It was about noon that I remembered my birthday exchange gift that I collected from Rose (who’s my birthday partner for this year exchange) a few days earlier! For the exchange, we are supposed to give our partner a hand-made gift, plus 2 stash items.


Rose however went further than that! Let’s see what she got me in this bag:


There were TWO packages inside the bag:


The contents:


Another look:



Finally, what’s inside the wrapped white paper:


Rose is always good with cross-stitch, and I just love the framed picture above. I was told that the ladle (and the rest above, minus the ribbons of course) are to go with the country home theme of the picture πŸ™‚ .

Finally, the birthday card:


No, I am not going to share the content of the card πŸ™‚ .


Thank you, Rose for the lovely gifts!!!



Mug Rug Mania?

I have just enlisted myself for another exchange at the NeedlesNCraft e-group. As if the other exchanges that I’ve joined it (anniversary, bookmark, embroidery and birthday exchange) are not enough! LOL! So far apart from this mug-rug exchange, I have yet to get over the embroidery and birthday exchange.

What are mug rugs? They are like placemats, but much smaller. I went crazy when I searched for it, as shown partly here:

I couldn’t resist trying to make some, and here they are:

I’ve given away 2 of them. Actually I made 2 others before these, but i do not have any pic of them.

So, my dear friends, you’ll be seeing more mug rugs in my blog! πŸ™‚

NeedlesNCraft 4th Anniversary Meet

Date: 19th March 2011 (12 noon – 6pm)

Venue: Somewhere in KGSAAS, Shah Alam.

Veronica has already blogged about the meet here.

I’ve been a member of the Yahoogroup NeedlenCraft for at least over 2 years now. I’ve attended the 2nd anniversary meet at Nik’s place, and the 3rd was held at my placeΒ  last year πŸ™‚ .

I arrived (with Aina)Β  at the place just before 1pm (having had a breakfast meet earlier in the day). Many of the ladies were already there and enjoying the food. I brought some chicken sate as promised.

Only after I had my food that I remembered to take some pix of the dishes:

more food:

We also had rice with chicken curry:

Well-labeled delicious desserts too:

An anniversary meet is not complete without Mel’s cheesecake (though I don’t like cheesecake πŸ™ ):

Some pix while we had the food:

and a “group” pic;

or two:

or three:

Didn’t I tell you earlier that I have over 100 photos of the meet? It’ll ber difficult for me to choose only a handful for this blog entry but I’ll try..

We had a class on hardanger embroidery, conducted by Nik:

We were very good students πŸ™‚ :

. Nik was so well prepared. She had 4 different pieces herself, of different stage of the embroidery:

We were so keen on how the cutting and pulling of the threads:

We stopped the lesson after Nik showed us the cutting and pulling of threads. She then gave some tips on the technique.

We continued the day with the giving out of the door gifts for the kids:

Aina was happy to see hers:

Nik & Margaret also distributed the door gifts to member:

Each bag was individually labeled:

The contents were contributed by several members of the group:

My contributions were the brooches:

which were individually put inside the pouches that Aina had stitched up for me:

We later took turn drawing and opening the anniversary gift (of the gift exchange).

Here’s a pic of the gifts stacked together:

I was inspired by Erin’s pillows here hence I crocheted (instead of knitted) and sewed this pillow:

We also had to cut gingham in heart shape and stitch them together whichever way we like. Here’s my gingham heart (pic later):

My gift and heart were won by Carla, from USA.

In return, I received gifts from Usha:

The way the draw was done was very interesting. We each picked a chocolate, to see the name of the recipient, and got to eat the choc after that πŸ™‚ :

There are too many pix of others opening the gifts, but here I am putting the collection of gingham hearts that day:

The gracious hostess with her gifts:

We forgot to take a group photo, but here are the pix aas we were leaving:


Anna to Janet
Carla to Sally
Diane to Lillie
Janet to Mel
Josephine to Tini
Lillie to Shanny
Margaret to Rose
Mel’s to Anna
Nik’s to Veronica
Paul to Diane
Radha to Zarina
Rose to Margaret
Sabariah to Carla
Sally to Josephine
Shanny to Radha
Tini to Nik
Usha to Sabariah
Veronica to Usha
Zarina to Paul


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™‚

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™‚

Happy Birthday, Shanny!!

Shanny is a Malaysian, residing in Switzerland. I got to know her through the NeedlesNCraft e-group. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at Tini’s place.

This year, Shanny is my Birthday X-change partner. For the exchange, we need to send to our partner some gift, preferably hand-made.

Remember the tatted bookmarks I produced some time ago:

I could not disclose then, but the blue one was meant for Shanny.

I also made this gold-filled 9Malay: suasa) chain for her, using the stones that I bought at a shop in Kelana Jaya Mall:

As for the stash (we needed to add at least 3 stash), I opted for a cross-stitch kit that I bought some time ago (Oh, no! I forgot to snap a pic of it). I hope the kit qualifies for the 3 stash types, because it has thread and fabric. I also added a piece of cotton to the package, hence the final package looks like this:

Shanny, I meant to add in a Japanese paper fan, when wrapping them I totally forgot about it! πŸ™ .

So, Shanny, I hope you like what I’ve got you. And I also wish you a wonderful birthday – may all your wishes come true!

Hope to see you again when you come back to Malaysia, ya!

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.