About Time – A Story


Here, at last, is my Summer Stitching book. First the story, then some notes.

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A story’s worth of stitching and suchlike.


A house with roots is a home.


To knit against cold in the wintertime.


To tend the good earth during swallow time.


And day follows day and the years roll on and all goes well. And yet…


Don’t you remember when we were young and nothing was impossible?


But now there is no time.


There is no time – like the present!


In the present, of course, you will find an Adventure! And there’s no time to lose so snatch up your fabrics, threads, yarns, pen – whatever you have to hand…

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Keep to the road and follow wherever it leads step after step, word after word, stitch after stitch.


Not the end – time to embark on a new adventure…


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For the pages in this book I used a selection of utility fabrics interlined with with Vilene Fusible Low Loft Fleece. For the cover I also used a layer of hobbs wadding.

For the stitching, I used a wide variety of stranded embroidery threads (including Anchor, DMC and unbranded) and ordinary sewing threads (including Guterman, Vintage Silko and unbranded).

I also used a wide selection of new and vintage fabric scraps, lace, tapes, yarn, buttons and notions.

For the transfers I used Lesley Riley’s Tap Transfer Paper and the transfer pictures are public domain images from The Graphics Fairy.

I gave myself two rules – 1. No frogging and 2. Using only materials that I had already.

It has been an interesting experiment, which I’ve enjoyed. It has given me lots of stitching practice and ideas for future projects :)


Janine @ Rainbow Hare


I am linking this post with Soma at Whims and Fancies for Wandering Camera.


About Time – Finished at last!


At last I have finished my Summer Stitching book and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s about time! The whole thing has been very experimental and I gave myself a no frogging rule so it’s a million miles from perfect but I’m very, very happy with how it has turned out and even more so with the fact that I’ve really made a book, which is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time


We are, currently, in the middle of having some ceilings taken down and re-plastered so our house is full of dust and, outside, gales are blowing so proper photos of this book will have to wait for another post but I’m sharing a few photos now as this was my One Monthly Goal and I would like to link it up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – November Finish Link-up

Also, although I have been stitching the pages since about May, this was the month when I finally turned the whole thing into a book and, having finally accomplished my dream of becoming a bookmaker, I am linking up with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me!


Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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