Embroidery Family Finished Handmade Knitting Work in Progress

Stardust {handmade in a tent}


I knit most of my way around Europe.  I’m lucky that because I can knit fairly simple projects without having to look at the needles it doesn’t make me either car sick or miss out on the world flying past the windows and so most of my craft storage space more commonly known as the passenger footwell was filled with yarny projects, with small and appropriate spots left for my feet.

One of the projects you’ve already seen modelled by the birthday boy and the other is still a knit in progress and destined for a certain somone’s fifth birthday.  It’s not a secret knit, she came to choose the yarn (Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras) and had some very decided views on the pattern (more on which another time) so I wasn’t trying to knit inside a pillowcase or only late late at night when the girls had fallen asleep.  I think if I tried to knit a completely secret present it would stand a nearly 100% chance of not being finished on time.

I’m on the first sleeve now so I’m in with a good shout of the finish line.

But when I was doing my craft packing I wanted to mix it up a little, to have something in hand for the days when it might just be too hot, too sticky, or too muddy to drape yourself in thick squishy wool.  I thought about a little hand piecing, or another mini quilt, or something to play with the piles of felt that the girls gave me for my birthday, but by this point it was nearing midnight on the night before we left and so I turned once more to my seemingly inexhaustable supply of Mollie Makes cover kits.  And there near the top was the kit from issue 53.

What could be more perfect than sitting under the stars stitching an embroidery of the night sky. Into the bag it went.

Space for the Butterflies

The thing I forgot about the night skies is that when you’re camping, they’re dark.  Some are darker than others, depending on whether the campsite has lighting and whether that light is a distant glimmer (Annecy) or your second moon (Merville-Franceville until 11pm when it was abruptly turned off) but when the sun had smouldered over the horizon it really wasn’t the time for embroidery.

And so I knit and watched the night sky.  Watched star after star after star appear from the deep, watched the plough chart a steady course across the sky as the earth twirled beneath it, watched for meteors and saw mostly aeroplanes and once something that I thought was an aeroplane holding oddly steady in the sky but turned out to be a village half way up a mountain.

Space for the Butterflies

And in the quiet of the early morning I stitched.  It should come as no surprise that I chose the pattern to reflect what we were seeing, though the other two are beautiful (and might have to be added to the collection at some point).

Back home this last week I finally finished it off.  We used to use rubber faux wood roll frames for mini cross stitches and Christmas tree decorations when I was little and we always finished those off but slicing away the fabric as close to the frame as possible, but this is much cleverer;


Space for the Butterflies

I cut away the corners of my blue square, then sliced them into strips and then used a liberal application of fabric glue to frame and fabric to pull them over and stick them to the back.  It’s given it a really neat finish and I shall use it again when I’m framing in a hoop.

And now I just need to find a good spot to hang it.  Kitty made the first claim, and I’m seriously considering putting in a row of hooks just above her headboard to show off all her latest treasures and curios, so it could go there.  But then Elma declared undying love for it and actually, it might go rather nicely in Pip’s room so at the moment it’s travelling.

Space for the Butterflies

Either I’ll decide where it goes, or I’ll be making a couple more!

PS. If you are making the kit, the “everything you need” on the front of the packet should read “everything you need except for the carbon tracing paper you need for the first step”. Carbon tracing paper not being widely available in French campsites I just copy sketched it freehand with a blue ink pen and it was absolutely fine.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Frontier Dreams  




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  • suzy mae 04/09/2015 at 9:57 am

    What a gorgeous piece of stitching! And a beautiful memento of your trip too. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:25 am

      Thank you and you too 🙂

  • Ivona 04/09/2015 at 11:13 am

    This is very pretty, I think I might make something like that. Did you use small beads or are those french knots?

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Ivona, they’re french knots (appropriately enough!) but it would look really pretty with tiny white seed beads, or even using a sequin underneath a bead for the isolated knots wouldn’t it 🙂

  • Kathryn 04/09/2015 at 12:12 pm

    That is beautiful Carie! I’m sure in time you will find the perfect place for it

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:33 pm

      I’m sure I will – maybe I’ll take it with us to decorate the tent next year!

  • Brandi 04/09/2015 at 3:38 pm

    That is adorable!

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:35 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Christine 04/09/2015 at 3:55 pm

    Very cute piece of art!

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:36 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Ruth 04/09/2015 at 4:00 pm

    This is really cute and lovely – go on, make more!

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:36 pm

      it’s very tempting isn’t it!

  • Lee Cockrum 04/09/2015 at 4:02 pm

    So sweet! I agree it would look fabulous with seed beads in place of the French knots!!

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:36 pm

      Well that’s settled it then, the first time I make another one I’ll dig out some beads!

  • Angela @Little Apple Tree 04/09/2015 at 6:45 pm

    What a lovely piece of stitching! And absolutely perfect as a holiday memory; its been years since I had a clear view of the stars without light pollution, it must have been so lovely watching the sky.

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:37 pm

      Oh it really was, especially in the Black Forest because it’s so dark and in Normandy because of the skies

  • Caffeine Girl 05/09/2015 at 7:29 pm

    I love the embroidery — and that you did it while camping! I have a feeling you’ll be making a couple more.

    • Carie 05/09/2015 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you – and I think you may be right!

  • Iris 05/09/2015 at 10:17 pm

    Oh, this is so pretty! What a lovely project!

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:31 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Colleen 06/09/2015 at 2:38 pm

    beautiful finish Carie. Not being much of a camper I was amazed that you thought ahead to bring some handwork. I think the fact that you had time to work on a few projects also speaks volumes of what a nice holiday it was.

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you – I could never travel without a craft project (or two three) the days just wouldn’t feel right without it, but then I do have a much more portable craft!

  • Alina 08/09/2015 at 12:56 pm

    This is so cute! I love this idea! And it’s amazing to always have something to work on even during the trips!

    • Carie 08/09/2015 at 8:52 pm

      I don’t think I could have gone if there wasn’t room for the knitting!

  • Mimi 08/09/2015 at 8:43 pm

    This is really beautiful, and how nice that it holds such lovely memories.

    • Carie 08/09/2015 at 8:57 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • sally 21/09/2015 at 10:05 pm

    What a sweet embroidery, I definitely think there’s a need for more of them.

    • Carie 24/09/2015 at 9:37 pm

      thank you 🙂