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Monday, December 4, 2023

December Day Four

About this time last year I bought some cute little 'kiwi' flavoured Christmas stitcheries (shown *here*).
Me being me, I stitched them up but did nothing else with them.
The other day I pulled this one out —
There aren't many NZ/summer themed Christmas designs so of course I had to have it. This Christmas kiwi is sitting under our beautiful Pohutakawa, which flowers at this time of the year. I took these photos a few years ago; I haven't seen any blooms yet this year but they aren't too far away.
I selected a few fabrics and decided to border the stitchery with narrow strips. I sewed them on quilt-as-you-go style i.e. as I attached the strips to the stitchery block I sewed through the batting and backing as well (forgot to take photos). The one thing I don't like about this technique is that the back often has messy looking lines that stop and start seemingly in the middle of nowhere. However I used a busy (Pohutakawa) backing and they don't show too much!
I used a single fold binding which seemed to be all it needed. I cut the binding at 1¼". You sew it on the same way as standard binding, you just don't double the binding strip before attaching it —
I sewed corner triangles into the binding to insert a piece of dowel for hanging.
And here is the finished piece. It didn't take me long once I started it, so I'm pleased I tackled it!
Now I just have the rest of this set of stitcheries to deal with as well (and I've just discovered there is a new design in this series out now too)!
'til next time,
happy stitches,


  1. Framed beautifully Raewyn and a cute design. xx

  2. Love it!
    That's a good way of hanging it ..neat and unobtrusive

  3. Love your kiwi finish--sooo cute!!! I too have stitcheries in a box to finish--I couldn't wait to get each one stitched--and then----????
    hugs, di

  4. Beautiful Kiwi finish Raewyn. Love the pohututkawa tree.

  5. Your stitchery is very pretty. I do like that tree.

  6. Such a cute stitchery and so nice to find a kiwi one. You have showcased it so well.


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