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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Chart Giveaway - 2 Halloween designs

As promised in an earlier post, I am giving away the following two charts (pictured below):

1) Frightful Halloween from Shepherd's Bush which includes 7 orange beads and a couple of strands of Tobacco Road. I received this chart from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures and I am now passing it on.
2) Boo! from Brittercup Designs which includes some Carrie's Thread 'Halloween' (for the border, if you wish) and a small Scarecrow charm.


If you would like to receive them, please leave me a comment for this post. If more than one person is interested I will randomly draw a recipient. The giveaway is open until Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - October

Just squeezing in for Gifted Gorgeousness this month. As my 'show and tell' this month is all Halloween related,  if I don't do it now it will seem very out-of-date come mid November. As always for further information on Gifted Gorgeousness (what it is and how it works), please visit Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

Some of this you will have already seen from my Halloween Blog Hop post. First up is the ornament I stitched for Mouse as part of Friendly Stitchers Halloween exchange.
Boo! - Brittercup Designs
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Light Mocha
Thread: Suggested DMC threads with the border
completed in Carrie's Threads 'Halloween'

In exchange I received this package of goodies from DJ of Tickled Pink in Stitches . DJ also made the Halloween themed scissor fob that came with the scissors. Thank you, DJ.

Friendly Stitchers Halloween Exchange
from DJ

To finish - I finally completed the needleroll that I was gifted from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures in her November giveaway last year. Thank you Sally, this was a fun stitch. I would now like to pass this pattern on, so I will do a separate giveaway post for this and the Brittercup Boo! design later this week. You can start your Halloween stitching early for next year ☺.

Frightful Halloween - Shepherd's Bush
Fabric: 32ct Belfast lilac
Threads: Recommended DMC and
Weeks Dye Works threads

Right side of needleroll


Left side of needleroll

Halloween Treat or Treat Blog Hop 2017

It's time for things that go bump in the night! It's also time for the Halloween Trick or Treat Blog hop organised by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Follow the blog hop to collect a letter to complete a mystery phrase. Comment on Jo's blog with the correct phrase and you could win a Halloween themed chart. A list of this year's participants and full details can be found here.

I completed two pieces of Halloween stitching this year. First up is Boo! from Brittercup Designs. I sent this to Mouse in the Friendly Stitchers Halloween Exchange.

Boo! - Brittercup Designs
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Light Mocha
Thread: Suggested DMC threads with the border
completed in Carrie's Threads 'Halloween'

Last night I finally finished Shepherd's Bush 'Frightful Halloween' needleroll. This was a gift last year in a giveaway from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures .

Frightful Halloween - Shepherd's Bush
Fabric: 32ct Belfast lilac
Threads: Recommended DMC and
Weeks Dye Works threads

Left side of needleroll
Right side of needleroll
Finally, for those of you collecting the letters for the mystery phrase, here is mine.


For your next letter, please go to http://firefliescatsinthegarden.blogspot.fr/ 

Happy hunting!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness with finishes - September


2017 has so far been the year of 'smalls' for me and this month's Gifted Gorgeousness is more of the same.

I have three finishes to show and it would have been four if I could have found one project that I had 'safely' put away. I think that this missing piece is telling me in no uncertain terms that I need to reorganise my crafting materials. Some labelled storage boxes would help rather than my current method of putting stuff in folders and hope that I remember what I put where!

But on to my finishes. First up is Lizzie Kate's 'Dog leave paw prints'. This is the fourth time I've stitched this. This one is a gift for a dog-mad cousin who I will be visiting shortly in Canada. It is sitting on the fabric that I used for mounting.
Dogs leave paw prints - Lizzie Kate
Fabric: Zweigart 32ct Belfast Light Mocha (I think)
Threads: Recommended Weeks dye threads except for Kris' Bon Bon
which was replaced with DMC 898

We had a Holiday Exchange at Needlecraft Haven where you received from your partner a Christmas design with fabric and threads to stitch and complete as you wish. Christine of The Alchymyst's Study sent me the materials for this 'Joy' design (a copy can be found here) which I stitched and finished as a mounted flat fold. As usual, when trying a new to me finish, I used Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher's YouTube finishing instructions.
Joy - La Comtesse & Le Point De Croix
Fabric: The Crafty Kitten 32ct Murano Moondust 
Threads: Anchor 19, 876, 879, 1042, 1086

Finally, I stitched 'Promises' from Just Nan. Yes - another Just Nan design!
This has been finished as a wedding card as I will be attending a wedding whilst in Canada.
Promises - Just Nan
Fabric: Zweigart 28ct Cashel flax linen
Threads: Recommended DMC threads and beads
 If you are unfamiliar with Gifted Gorgeousness where we share gifted crafty items, pop over to Jo of Serendipitous Stitching to learn more and find out how to take part.





Thursday, 7 September 2017

I wanted a relatively small, quick project, so this week I stitched and made up this Just Nan biscornu. I didn't add the suggested ribbon on the corners as I wasn't keen on it. However, it is ages since I made a biscornu so I overstuffed this one. I realised that when I found it difficult to get the central button sitting as I wanted, but I got there in the end.

Jingle biscornu - Just Nan
Fabric: 28ct evenweave White
Threads: recommended DMC threads and embellishment pack
I'm still doing the Ten-a-day Facebook group challenge and here is my current progress (Day 250) on Just Nan's Mermaid Heart. It will be finished before the end of this year as I think it has less than 3,650 stitches.

Mermaid Heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Rue Green Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended Au Ver a Soie

I have a couple of other small projects which have been stitched but now need to be finished, finished. I will hopefully show them in my Gifted Gorgeousness post, later this month.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - August

Gifted Gorgeousness (GG) has come round quickly this month but then when you've only made your last GG post a couple of weeks ago, that's no surprise ☺.

I haven't done much stitching over the past couple of weeks as I have shingles. I didn't realise it could be so painful and tiring. It's one experience that I would gladly have given a miss. But on to stitching.

This month I get to show the completed stitching on Plum Street Samplers' 'Halloweenies'. I put this away back in April as I was so fed up with the counting errors I was making. This time, I managed to avoid making any.
To be honest, I would like more thread coverage on the fabric. I've stitched this one strand of thread over two but when I tried two over two it seemed too heavy. The original design suggested 36ct linen but I got 32ct. I have no idea why I did that. However, I'm expecting it to look better when I've finished it as a pillow.

Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colour
As a reminder, Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Each month ideally around the 15th, we post about a project that we are stitching which uses anything that has been gifted to us or which we intend to give as a gift. If you'd like to sign up, you can find out more about it, here.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Christmas in July Exchange

Now that my exchange partner has received her gift, I can now post about the Friendly Stitchers Christmas in July exchange.

I received this lovely ornament from Roz (no blog). The design is from the 2014 issue of Just Crossstitch Christmas ornaments.



Here is the ornament I sent to Deb (no blog). For those of you familiar with my designer preferences, it will come as no surprise that I stitched a Just Nan ornament. I think this is my first circular finish and it's definitely my first attempt at a double coloured cord. I followed Vonna Pfeiffer's YouTube instructions for the cording. Thank you Vonna.

Blitzen Glistens - Just Nan 2008 Christmas ornament
Fabric - 32ct Zweigart Natural Opalescent linen
Threads: Recommended DMC threads and beads