The NNC group celebrated the first anniversary beginning of the month. We had a small (but very noisy) party and brought along some stitching gifts to be entered in an exchange draw.
I picked these items made by Janet in the draw, a patchwork wall-hanging and crochet coasters. Janet does wonderful patchwork and quilting, something that I have not tried before and don't think I will any time soon. Thank you Janet for the lovely pieces.
My contribution to the draw were these - three small doilies and a pin-cushion. The doilies are crocheted with size 20 thread, and the pincushion is tatted with Olympus Gold #40. The person who got my gifts is Mel, who had asked me to make the snowflakes in my earlier post.
This is a close-up of the pincushion. The pattern is adapted from the book A New Approach to Tatting. The originally pattern is for a potpourri pouch, but I made a mistake somewhere and by the time I realised it, I don't feel like starting over. The only way out that I can see is to turn it into into a pincushion. I think I like the pincushion better, :-)
Here are a few other smalls I received. A beautitful cross-stitch hanging ornament form MW. A pretty and practical flower pincushion from June - it can be tied to the wrist. Two lovely crochet bookmarks from Usha, and another pin cushion from Nik.
A big thank you to everyone for a wonderful afternoon and especially to Nik for being such a gracious host.