FINALLY! My 3rd and final Harry Potter sampler cross stitch is finished!!!!
I am beyond excited to be done with this in all honesty.
I love cross stitching. I love the methodical nature of it, and of watching it appear before my eyes. I love that it takes patience to complete, and I love that it keeps me occupied whilst we watch a movie (because lately, I always fall asleep before the end of a movie and never get to see the finish!).
But stitching this 3 times has been a mammoth task. There’s SO many stitches in this pattern, and it’s so intricate..
But anyway, IT’S DONE! It’s been washed and ironed and I began sewing it into a cushion last night. I’ll be posting once this order is done as I love the colours my client requested.
So here’s a little bump update of our ‘Baby Coco’ at 15 weeks – we’re calling bump Coco as we’re not finding out the gender, and it sounds a lot nicer than calling bump ‘its’ haha! There’s a back story about how we go to Coco, but I won’t go into that.
Coco’s popped a little bit! On the 11th May, 1 day before I took this photo, I felt Coco’s first movements which was pretty amazing.
Mr A & I were sitting on the couch, I was resting my hand on my belly and then all of a sudden it felt like a bubble popped inside of me.
I’m not going to lie, the first few times I felt it I was thinking, “Do I have gas?!” but then I realised this felt entirely different to anything I’ve ever felt before.
The bubble popping sensation happened 4-5 more times over the course of about 5 minutes and then went away. Part of me was thinking, “Naaaah it’s not Coco, I’m only just over 15 weeks – that’s way too early!” but then I had a little look online to see what others felt, and quite a few mentioned the bubble popping sensation. My best friend also confirmed it was more than likely Coco. Part of me was thinking maybe I just convinced myself that it was Coco, because I wanted to feel some movement so badly, but I felt little butterflies again 2 days ago!!
So far all is going really well. I still have fatigue and some days are better than others, but I’m just thankful for this whole experience. Lots of people like to tell me that the fatigue is just how my life will be forever going forward haha!
I’ve been stitching away on my last Harry Potter Sampler cushion as well and have been trying to do some every night. I honestly CAN’T WAIT until this one is done so I can get onto making some things for Baby Coco! We’ve decided on the nursery colours but haven’t started doing anything in there just yet as we need to move some boxes, and paint the walls .. but I have a few ideas in mind and I just want to get started already – impatient much?!
Latest completed commission is a pretty adorable personalised applique cushion for a baby girl. My client stated she wanted something girly, but not overly so, so no huge use of pinks or purples. Once I saw this fabric range, I knew we we were onto a winner as it’s feminine and girly, but subtle.
There wasn’t too much scope for this commission, just that Stella’s name be on the front of the cushion. I kept the pattern quite simple to show off the fabrics, and had fun adding ric rac to define the edges of the pink rectangle. I also like having different textures on cushions for young children, so the ric rac was a double win.
I kept the back simple with applique hearts and more ric rac to tie in with the front, and used fabric within the range for the binding also.
I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and so is my client which is the main thing! :)
Applique Cushion Front
Applique Cushion Back
A lot of us crafters either make items for commissions or to give as gifts, whether it be knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewn, or cross stitched wonderful things.
So I’m wondering … Do you give care instructions when you sell / gift things?
It’s something that has been on my mind lately, especially for commissions. Quite often I’m engaged by someone else to make an item as a present, so I don’t get to speak to or hear from the actual end user. When I sold my first quilt, I wrote a little hand written note just to say congratulations on their new addition, and to give them some simple care instructions for their quilt. I thought this was really important, as I wanted them to use their quilt and not be afraid of washing it, and I personally knew I would be a little afraid of washing it if I’d never owned a quilt before.
What I really wanted though, was some feedback from the client who engaged me to make the item. 95% of the time, my requests for commissions come through my Facebook page. Potential clients see my work and current projects on there, and I try and update it when I can without inundating people with things. As a teeny tiny small business, reviews are invaluable to me and my potential clients, so following up with people for reviews is always a high priority for me.
So, I decided to roll care instructions and requests for feedback into one postcard sized card that I now add to my items when they’re wrapped. It provides care instructions for quilts and cushions, and also asks people to leave feedback on my Facebook page if they would like to. I’d love to know what you think of them!
I had some new business cards made up in the same theme as the care instruction / feedback cards to add to my completed items when they’re gifted. My previous business cards didn’t actually say what Crosstitchery was all about (I know, so silly!) so I updated everything to have a small description of what I do; ‘custom quilts, cushions, cross stitches & decor,’ – I think that summarises Crosstitchery pretty well :)
My latest commission is inspired by the book,’ 50 Shades of Grey,’ – 2 best friends commissioned a cushion for their 3rd best friend who is an avid reader, and loves the writing style of 50 Shades of Grey.
I would’ve loved to have pulled 50 shades of grey to create a pattern, but unfortunately each of the fabric stores I visited had a very limited selection of greys, and due to the timeframe of this commission I was only able to pull 5 shades.
The room this cushion is going into is quite classic, so I played with the shades to create a destructed star pattern, just using HST’s. There is a green chair which features in her bedroom, so I pulled a green pattern fabric as the centre for the cushion – here’s what the top looks like.
I’m really happy with how the top turned out as it really pops in my opinion :)
I then added a border of the same green fabric to tie it into the chair, and tried to mitre the corners for the first time. I usually have blocks as the border for cushions, but thought I’d give it a go for this cushion and used this blog for instructions. I’m sort of happy with how the corners turned out, but I’m going to practice a bit more before I try my hand at the next one.
The back of the cushion features an embroidered personal message and the birthday – we did the handwriting in a messier type, as all 3 ladies are teachers so it ties in with young kids handwriting :)
Awhile ago I posted about Spoonflower and custom fabric for having had tags made to sign my work. I’ve been really slack with adding these, as a large part of me felt like I shouldn’t for custom orders. After speaking to a few people though, I’ve realised that I should sign my work in some way – a lot of time and effort goes into these pieces! So I stitched my tag into the binding of this cushion, and I’m happy to say it’s discreet. I stitched it into the bottom, so you can’t really see it unless the cushion is sitting on it’s front. It likely won’t get seen much, but I feel a lot better having my tag on my work.
I’m really happy with how this one turned out! :)
Tag stitched into binding
Embroidered personal message
Cushion back with message