Monday, March 23, 2015

A prime piece of real estate

Well I think it is, that is of course, if you have a penchant for cute li'l knitted cottages in the guise of a knitted cushion, which of course I seem to.


I seem to have a propensity for whipping up cute cottages in one form or another. Those of you who are new to my blog perhaps have not seen this cottage backpack I fashioned, complete with Jack and his sweet family all ready to take residence, which I penned all about here.



And....this cottage was a needlebook swap that I stitched last year which I gushed a little about, here.


But to get to the subject of this post, I have just finished my li'l wool cottage, hopefully transforming it into a prime piece of real estate. I donned my gumboots, dug out my spade and planted a few embroidered wool flowers, here and there (oh all right I couldn't help myself.......I stitched a full-blown garden) and hung little snippets of a pretty crochet doily to  decorate the windows. Oh, and I free hand machine stitched a doggity dawg! Every cute cottage needs a  puppy to sit amongst the flowers. I am afraid I went a li'l crazy with the flowers as I covered the 'grass' with oodles of floral delight. Every cottage is all the more lovelier, if it is swallowed up by a wild and glorious garden....don't you think??










For the garden, I embroidered lazy daisy, buttonhole and french knot flowers and leaves all over the grass at the bottom of  the cottage and stitched a flower vine to wind it's way up the front door, around the windows and then escaping up onto the roof. These are embroidered in tapestry wool.


I then quickly knitted up the back. As this cushion is for me I decided to leave the back plain, with no embroidery and no windows or back door. Normally I would embellish the back to an inch of it's life but on this occasion I just wanted my cushion done!


And of course I knitted  a couple of chimneys.....after all every cottage needs a chimney or two, to blow out all that nasty smoke. We can't have the parlour filling up with sooty vapors now....can we??








 I am happy with my li'l woolly cottage as I didn't have any pattern....I just went with the flow. Whilst knitting this cottage, my fuzzy mind imagined a few more different styles of real estate I could 'whip' up.....but I might 'build' these at a much later date. This cottage measures 15 inches wide and from the top of the chimneys to the bottom of the garden 15 inches in length. The two knitting patterns were very easy....a brick pattern and a honeycomb pattern. I thought these two stitches perfect for the knitting of a cute li'l cottage.


As for my li'l cottage, it is perfect sitting on my rocking chair......mmmmm.....very nice....very nice indeed!

Linking up to Janine's, Wool on Sundays. 'Tis toodles from me. Wishing you all a wonderful week!



30 comments:

  1. Oh my, I am in LOVE! It is absolutely gorgeous! I am trying not to look through my Stitchcraft magazines in advance, but I do have my eye on a cute knitted cottage tea cosy. But it is not as beautifully embellished as yours. Love the back pack as well. Wonder what you will be working on next?! Can't wait to see.

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  2. All your little cottages are so sweet - but I especially have to love the newest one! The little dog is absolutely charming.

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  3. Are you kidding me? This is the cutest ever. I absolutely love this gem on that rocker! Your work is amazing.

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  4. That's just terrific! It's an artwork - good enough for exhibition.

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  5. hahaha :) Ohhh I love it! WOW! love all the detail you've done on your cottage cushion, the little dog and flowers, it's a treasure to keep forever! you're so clever and creative, I love visiting your blog to see what you've made. love it, well done.

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  6. Oh Wow Kim ... for some strange reason, I was thinking of your little knitted cottage just yesterday while I was gardening :-) Couldn't wait to see how you embellished it ... & I was not disappointed. It is just beautiful. I love the little dog you have stitched but I think most of all ... I love the doiley curtains at the windows. Just soooo beautiful xxxx

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous Kim - love the embellishment!

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  8. Oooh Kim, your little real estate portfolio is growing and your knitted cottage is just oh-SO-fabulous! I love, love, love it! What a clever gal you are :-) And as for that sweet little pup, well you know I just can't resist a cute dawg!
    Happy week to you too,
    hugs xx

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  9. I've been looking forward to seeing how you would embellish this cute cottage. Your embroidery is wonderful. The garden is beautiful, as is your own :) Thank you for linking up with Wool o Sundays :)

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  10. Love the little dog and the curtains in the windows and all the beautiful flowers and winding vines you have added to your delightful pillow.

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  11. The cottage is so pretty and I just love the little puppy you put on it. It is really a home now.

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  12. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE.... what more can I say. You have done it again. I am weak for little cottages. Too bad I can't knit. I did make a cottage tea cozy once using applique. And then ended up selling in my shop which I now wish I hadn't. I just love seeing what you come up with next!!!

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  13. Well, if that isn't the cutest thing I've seen in a good long while! I'm amazed that you knitted that, since I don't know a thing about knitting. I absolutely adore cottages and would dearly love to have one of your creations and the lovely chair for it to sit upon!

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  14. I wondered if you had finished this. Very cute. Well done.

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  15. Oh my gosh your talent amazes me! That you can just whip of this cottage without a pattern. Love the blooming garden and the doily curtains! It's just the sweetest thing I ever did see! lol!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Wow! That is beautiful, love the garden and the dog, your stitched flowers are amazing! In fact all your house creations are wonderful!

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  17. Oh how darling! The lavender and green is my favorite!

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  18. Oh Kim. How darling is that! Your pictures always make things look so charming : )
    I don't think Id sit in the parlour anyway. I'd be outside enjoying all the flowers you have stitched on so perfectly

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  19. It's a gorgeous real estate! I bet it's priceless too!AriadnefromGreece!

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  20. Lovely, I am dreaming about summer! Thank you.

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  21. It's a stunning country cottage! Lovely!

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  22. Beautiful work Kim, love the colours and the dog, woof woof

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  23. I love your cottages and this one is so lovely!! I adore the little garden and yes, every cute cottage definitely needs a puppy! Yours is adorable!!!

    -Soma

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  24. How stinking cute is this!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE every single detail of this little wooly house.

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  25. This is amazing!
    Beautiful, so sweet details!
    Have a lovely weekend.:*

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  26. Lovely finish the colour of the bricks the roof and all flowers and the detail.

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  27. I saw the beginnings of this cute little cottage, and then I took an unexpected blogging break. This is adorable, and I'm glad I kept reading back through your blog so that I could see the finished cottage. What wonderful details you have stitched into this amazing cushion!! Love the little gardens so lush with flowers, and the vines climbing over the windows. Such a clever and fun idea!
    Wendy

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  28. And this shows once again how amazing you are! I laughed when I read that you left the back plain. That back, to me, is not plain!! I love the entire cushion; the dog, the flowers, the curtains, the chimneys - every little bit!

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  29. I could work a lifetime and never accomplish what you have done here. Every item is exquisite. I love that you include pets - dog or cat - with the cottages. Every cottage needs a beloved pet! Beautiful and charming work.

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