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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Mailbox Has Clattered Once Again ..

Hello my dear friends,

last week my mailbox made my favorite noise again.

There is was a larger letter from British Columbia from the lovely Jillayne, from 'A Fine Seam'.
Inside the envelope was something new for me to learn which I am so looking forward to and can't wait to start.

Jillayne is a sweet lady that does the most amazing and beautiful things with her skills which is almost anything to do with fabric and embroidery and I love everything she does.

Here are a few photographs of her work ...

(Photographs courtesy of Jillayne W.)

Here is the link to her blog ... A Fine Seam.
You should really visit her some time, say "Hello" and take a look at her work ~ it is so lovely.

 In one of her posts Jillayne shared her project that involved 'waste canvas cross stitch'. I honestly had never heard of it before and told her how much I loved what she was doing, ...

... so she put a little tutorial together for me with a little piece she had made to show me how it is done ...

... and everything else I would need to learn this technique. 

I always love to learn new things and now I am so buzzed (my newest favorite word) and waiting for a quiet moment so I can start on this new little creative adventure. I will keep you up to date on how I am doing.

Something else I would like to share with you today is some of the most beautiful embroidery 
thread I have ever seen. It is called 'Cottage Garden Threads' and it is made in Australia. I found it in this Etsy shop named 'Braidwood Heritage Crafts'.

(photograph courtesy of Braidwood Heritage Crafts)

Just click here Cottage Garden Threads and it will take you to where you can find this lovely thread.

This thread comes in the most amazing colors and the all have so pretty names too like ... Sail Away, Hugs 'n' Kisses, China Doll and Bird Bath and I could just keep going on and on.
So if you like to embroider or even if you don't, whenever you have a few spare moment, just pop over and take a look at all the wonderful color combinations that are available.

And that is all I have to share for today.
I have been intensely busy these past days. I am working on my older daughter bedroom that I turning now into a guest room. Unfortunately I am also somewhat under the weather these days but trying to ignore it still a little but a doctors visit is also on my to-do list because of it.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit here at Todolwen.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. You will have such fun now that you have discovered waste canvas. I use this to add cross stitch and beading to clothing. My favorite piece is a vest made from old denim, with pumpkin cross stitched on the side, perfect for autumn wear. Lovely thread, thanks for the links!

  2. Hope you are going to share photos of your guest room makeover. What ever happened to your basement redo?

  3. Oh my...I have not done waste canvas stitching in some time....I hope you like the technique....it lends to so many possibilities.

  4. How very kind of Jillayne to provide you with such a fab tutorial, I hope you have lots of fun working with this new technique. And oh my goodness, those threads look delicious!

  5. It's always nice to receive gifts in the post box, even more so, when you get a tutition on how to do something new. Look forward to seeing what you will show later.

  6. So sorry you're feeling 'under-the-weather-ish'. At least it's a bright spot in your day to receive something special in the mail. You'll love working with waste canvas I'm sure - it's one of my favourite things! Take care of you.

  7. Just beautiful ...

    Now go and feel better!!!!!!!!

  8. Funny to see the little packet I put together all the way at your house now - such a simple little thing but I hope you like it. I finally found my other package so if you haven't been able to get any yet please let me know and I'll send you a bigger piece.
    And that thread - my it is pretty! Think what you could stitch with that...