Stitching, stitching and more stitching…


Long ago, in my pre-blogging days, I used to do a lot of stitching, mainly cross stitch and some blackwork. Back then, it was the sort of pick-up-put-down portable work that knitting has been, for me, lately. Every now and again I find odd pieces mixed in with fabric scraps and I sew them into a cushion or something but I remember the stitching was always slow going and, as I found when I was asked to sew a verse on a bridesmaid’s handkerchief for a friend of my daughter’s a couple of years ago, my eyesight is no longer so keen as it was.


So it has been years since I have felt the slightest inclination to stitch again, let alone embroider something for its own sake. And long may that have continued had I not chanced upon a photo of an embroidery stitch sample book by the wonderfully talented Maya Matthew from Million Little Stitches. Do check out the link and then I’m sure you will be able to understand my unexpected stitching obsession! Then, as happens in blogland, one thing led to another and I found myself at Pintangle contemplating whether to join TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday)…And to cut a long story short, I have embarked on three stitching projects and I am basically following the TAST stitches – though I am very far behind and may never catch up. I have started my first piece with the 2018 image from my Makery Log and I plan to have this as a ‘Year of Stitches’ project and possibly add it to the Unexpected Alphabet (‘A’ for ‘a year in stitches’?).

The first ten TAST stitches are:

TAST Stitches by number

And, so far, I have used half cross stitch (not on the list), running stitch, buttonhole stitch and stem stitch.

And for my second project, I am making a linen stitch sampler book, in which I will follow along with ‘Beyond TAST’ and maybe add anything else that happens to appeal to me.

Beyond TAST

It took a good deal of setting up!

And, so far, I have only done a Running Stitch page…


I should probably mention that I am thinking of this as fun learning project and hoping to improve over time!

Lastly, I have a little secret stitching but here is a little peek. I don’t really have time to do this but I so love this cursive alphabet…


So, all in all, I’ve had some very pleasant sewing evenings.

I wish you a very happy weekend :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays 151 – (Happy Easter!)


Welcome to the Easter edition Wool on Sundays and a very happy April Fools Day too :)

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My March knitting was Easter Bunny themed. You may have met Eggbert already (for more info about Eggbert and his daffodil, please see this post) and you may have wondered what he was going to do with his daffodil.


Well there is a pretty little rabbit called Lettuce, who lives on the other side of the bank where the primroses grow, and on Easter morning Eggbert set out to pay her a visit.

“Would you kindly do me the honour of accompanying me to the Easter Parade?” he asked. Rabbits can sometimes be a touch formal in their turn of phrase, especially if they are feeling at all nervous,


Lettuce replied that she would love to go but, sadly, the mean-spirited East Wind had, just that morning, whisked away her bonnet and rolled it right down the hill into the water meadows where it had been trodden into the mud by a flock of sheep. And she began to cry.


You’ll be the finest rabbit in the Easter Parade!

But Eggbert, of course, had the perfect solution!

And, after the initial surprise of finding herself with a rather large daffodil on her head, Lettuce said that in that case she would be delighted.


And they went not only to the Parade but to the party afterwards, where they danced until the cows came home.


On the road going home, they met Mrs Chicken, who was carrying her umbrella because it was sure to rain.


And she said they made a lovely couple and she would be sure to listen out for happy news from them in the Summer :)


If you have any wool/yarn posts to share, I’d love you to link up. The rules, as usual, are: 1). Posts must include some content – makes or musings or photos – related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don’t link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don’t have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). MOST IMPORTANT visit anyone else who links. The next Wool on Sundays will be on Sunday 6th May.

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Some Views from a Gondala

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Well, it’s a far cry from the Rainbow Hare Makery, the city of Venice. So much so that I’m almost at a loss for what to say or where to begin. So, whilst I collect my thoughts and organise my photos, I will start simply with a selection of views from a gondala :)


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I will be linking this post with Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2018.

Edited to add: Also ‘New to Me’, I hate the way WordPress scrambles up the format and images in a post for email subscribers. It doesn’t seem to be possible to have a page break only in emails so, today, I attempted to solve that by selecting ‘show summary’  for each article in a feed. Now it has emailed not only the whole slideshow in a random layout but also included pictures that are not even in this post :(


Janine @ Rainbow Hare