Friday, 17 March 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

Gifted Gorgeousness is created by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Each month on (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 click here, this will take you to Jo's blog and the links to the other stitchers who are taking part.

2017 GG

This month I have one finish and one almost finished project. I'll start with Halloweenies. I thought this was going to be a finish for this month's Gifted Gorgeousness. As I started stitching the final letter on Tuesday night, I had already begun to think about how I would finish this as a pillow. Then I spotted it! An error - I worked back on each of the 11 letters I had completed to discover I had made my mistake on H, the first letter. I had started it four threads too far to the left. How I didn't spot this sooner I don't know, for once I saw it, it was glaringly obvious.
As you can see from the photo below, I have yet to restart the lettering. I will ... this weekend ... .

Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colour

But on to more successful stitching. I finished and posted this small project bag/envelope to my Friendly Stitcher's partner, Meg, for Stitcher's day. I will share what I received from Meg in a separate post.

With a little adaptation, I followed the instructions on Vonna Pfeiffer's YouTube tutorial and I was pleased with how it came out.

This is a free design from Cosmic Handmade which can be found here with some other free designs that she has placed online.

Friends - Cosmic Handmade
Fabric - 28ct evenweave white
Threads - Recommended DMC threads
Small pocket added to interior of bag
Back of project bag
Of course, making this bag wasn't all plain sailing. I was determined to add an interior pocket to hold scissors and a packet of needles. However, I forgot about it until I had sewed the sides. I didn't want to undo the side seams of the bag so I hand-stitched the pocket in. Moral of the story - remember to stitch the interior pocket in before stitching the sides!

On that thought, I will leave you for today. Have a good weekend and for those celebrating St. Patrick's day, have a good day.


  1. Two beautiful projects Mary. I love the bag you made for Meg. I'll have to give that tutorial a try!

  2. Oh sweet stitching Mary. I have stitched up and gifted that friends freebie also.:)

  3. Your project bag for Meg is so sweet. I love the design you chose and stitched on it. And yes, Vonna's tutorials are just perfect and you can't go wrong with them.
    I'm sure the lettering on Halloweenies will soon be re-stitched.

  4. Thanks for taking part in GG this month. What a shame the frog has been to visit your Hallowe'enies though.
    Lovely project bag and I'm off to check out the freebie link now.

  5. Halloweenies is very cute! That project bag is very nice; great job!

  6. So sorry you had to rip out a portion of Halloweenies, Mary, but I'm sure you'll have it finished in no time--it is an adorable piece! And I love the bag you made with Vonna's tutorial--so sweet :) Happy Spring to you!

  7. Bad luck re the lettering but at least you saw it before you had it finally finished! Lovely stitching.

  8. A lovely project bag for you exchange partner.

  9. Love the Halloweenies! And nice fully finished object as well.

  10. Lovely stitching and finishing


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