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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - September 2020

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness this month. This is hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and is an opportunity to show stitching related gifts that we have made or received.

Earlier this month it was Clare's (Aimtu's Stitching) birthday and I sent her a small stitched sampler card. You can see it here on her blog as I forgot to take a photograph of it before I posted it.

My main stitching focus this month continues to be Alpine Seasons. I am now stitching the outer border which you can see in the crinkled photo below. 

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine as at 18 September 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads

It's not a Gifted Gorgeousness project but I've also been stitching on Mary Stead 1824 as part of  @Senoritastitches September Sampler Soiree on Instagram. There are just five colours in this project and I like how they blend together.

Mary Stead 1824 - Hands Across The Sea Samplers
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart Light Mocha/Mushroom linen
Threads: Recommended DMC


Monday, 7 September 2020

Alpine Seasons Garden update

I'm pleased to say that I've completed the detailed tree and mountain seasonal stitching on this project. The next couple of sections should be stitched more quickly ... in theory.

This will probably be the largest and most detailed design that I will ever stitch but it is worth it.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine as at  7 September 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads


Thursday, 3 September 2020

September Sampler Soiree

@Senoritastitches is hosting the September Sampler Soiree on Instagram. Given that I've finished my Little Sheep Virtues this is just the prompt that I needed to start Hands Across the Sea's Mary Stead 1824. This is part of their Little Gems series which I really like and it includes some more designs that I would like to buy at some stage.

After two days, here is my progress on Mary Stead 1824.

Mary Stead 1824 - Hands Across The Sea Samplers
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart Light Mocha/Mushroom linen
Threads: Recommended DMC 

I'm still stitching on Alpine Seasons Garden and I'm close to completing the seasonal circle of trees and mountains. Once this is finished, the dense cross-stitch coverage will be completed.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
as at  2 September 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads




Friday, 28 August 2020

Smalls SAL August 2020 - It's A Finish!

It's the last Friday of the month and time for a Smalls SAL update. This is hosted by Mary of Mary's Thread and all details of how it works can be found here.

I've been treating each of my Little Sheep Virtues as 'smalls'. Simplicity, Kindness, Gratitude and Joyfulness were all stitched in August to complete this project.

I started Little Sheep Virtues and Sheep in the Meadow in February on Ash Wednesday and six months later on Wednesday night, I finished it. This has been a lovely project to work on and was ideal for keeping my hands busy while watching television.

I haven't decided how I will finish it. It's a toss up between framing or a quilted wall hanging. One thing I do know is that there's no rush on deciding what to do.

Thanks to Julie of I'll Cross That Leg When I Get To It and Giovanna of Giovanna's stitches for inspiring me to stitch these designs like this.

Little Sheep Virtues - Little House Needleworks and
Sheep in the Meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 40ct Zweigart Natural line
Threads: Recommended DMC and Weeks Dye Works threads


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - August 2020

The 15th of each month seems to keep coming round more quickly as the year progresses. Nevertheless, it is a good opportunity to showcase the stitching and/or craft gifts that we have made or received. All the details on how Gifted Gorgeousness works can be found at Serendipitous Stitching, the blog of Jo, our host.

Now that our heatwave is over (for the time being), I have been stitching on my Alpine Seasons Garden. As it was my husband's Christmas present to me several years ago, he likes to see my progress. He's also looking forward to the day when it is completed and framed so that we can both admire it. We've already decided where it will hang.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
as at  17 August 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads


Saturday, 8 August 2020

Stitching Friends Summer Blog Hop

 

This year's Summer Blog Hop from Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is an opportunity to get to know our stitching friends. We each write something to describe our stitching friend and choose a design we think they might like. I will reveal my partner at the end of this blog post.

My stitching friend lives in France and has been delighting her blog readers for almost nine years. She regularly takes part in Jo's blog hops, especially Gifted Gorgeousness.

She has many interests which include stitching, painting, sewing, crochet gardening and photography. As she also enjoys travelling I thought she might enjoy this free design 'Love Paris' from Madame La Fee

Love Paris - Madame La Fee

or perhaps she might like to escape to some Alpine Mountains like those in my Chatelaine 'Alpine Seasons Garden' which is slowing being stitched.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine as at 02 April 2020 Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen Threads: Recommended silk threads
Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
as at 08 August 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads


If you haven't yet guessed, my Summer Stitching friend is ...

Jocondine 

All the participants in the 2020 Summer Blog Hop can be found in this post from Jo.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Smalls SAL - July 2020

Two more 'smalls' have been completed in my Little Sheep Virtues/Sheep in the Meadow project. I have completed Patience and Faith. As you can see below I am now stitching the central piece of Sheep in the Meadow. This centre section is almost finished but I haven't taken a more recent photo yet.

Little Sheep Virtues - Little House Needleworks and
Sheep in the Meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 40ct Zweigart Natural line
Threads: Recommended DMC and Weeks Dye Works threads

I also stitched my first Redwork embroidery piece during July.  The FaceBook group Love & Hugs from Australia are running a Love & Hugs for Christmas SAL and this was the first design block published. I have decided that I will stitch each block in DMC 498. My plan is complete this as a wall hanging so the surrounding fabric decision will be made later.

Designed by Helen Stubbings Hugs ‘n Kisses
Fabric: White poplin
Thread: DMC 498



Sunday, 19 July 2020

Let the People Choose! - July 2020

This is the first time that I've taken part in Jo's (Serendipitous Stitching) Let the People Choose! SAL but it was one that I could not miss - 'The designer that you have stitched the most'. Those of you familiar with me will know that my favourite designer is Just Nan so it is no surprise that she is the designer that I have stitched the most.

However I have a long way to go before I can compete with Jo's 80 finishes as I have 32 to date. All but 12 of these were given away in exchanges. Some of my finishes are missing from the collages below as there are at least four designs that I've completed that were given away before I took a photo. So here are my Just Nan finishes:



The top left design in the collage below is a WIP called Mermaid Heart. Pulling it out for this photo reminded me that it still needed to be finished.






Gifted Gorgeousness - July 2020

I'm pleased to have something to show for Gifted Gorgeousness (GG) this month. GG is hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and is an opportunity to show your crafting where basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift to or from you. Full details on how it works can be found here.

I've finished the Silver Wedding Anniversary design gifted to me by Julie of Julie's StitchyKnitter Journal. This is a lovely design. Thank you Julie, I've enjoyed stitching it. I'm hoping that the card will arrive in time as post from France to the UK is taking 12 to 14 days to arrive instead of the usual 3 to 4 days.

Silver Anniversary - Nia cross stitch
Fabric: 40ct cream Zweigart Newcastle linen
Threads: Recommended DMC and Anchor Marlitt threads

I've stitched the design suggested by Christine in Needlecraft Haven's Stay Safe Exchange. I just need to decide on how it will be finished.

Think Happy Little Thoughts - La Comtesse & Le Point de Croix
Fabric: 32ct Crafty Kitten Murano Just Pink
Threads: DMC 729, 817;
Olde Willow Stitchery linen threads 222L Octagon Blue
and  unknown 2013 Bleu Pastel

Finally, I intend to finish this design by Hinzeit as a scissor fob. It was stitched one over one and I omitted the 'Cure' letters on the the key. The fabric is a beige evenweave that was gifted to me at my sewing group. This free design can be found on Hinzeit's website, here.

Hope Cure 2020 - Hinzeit
Fabric: Unknown 28ct Beige evenweave
Threads: Suggested DMC threads


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - June 2020

Another month, another Gifted Gorgeousness. Hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching this is an opportunity to share stitching projects/items that have been gifted to us or that we will be gifting. 

I'm stitching a silver anniversary wedding card using a chart gifted to me from Julie of Julie's StitchyKnitter Journal.  I've had the chart for over a year as originally I thought the silver anniversary was last year. Once I realised it wasn't, the project went on the back boiler until now. I love how the thread colours are blending with each other.

Silver Anniversary - Nia cross stitch
Fabric: 40ct cream Zweigart Newcastle linen
Threads: Recommended DMC and Anchor Marlitt threads

My Alpine Seasons Garden was a Christmas present from my husband several years ago. It has had very little attention during the past weeks as the weather has been so dull. The only addition has been about 20 light grey stitches on the extreme right of the snow capped mountains. I prefer stitching on it when it is bright as I think I concentrate better. Well, that's my excuse.
Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
as at 16 June 2020
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand linen
Threads: Recommended silk threads

My evening stitching continues to be Little Sheep Virtues. I have now completed 'Hope' and I've started stitching 'Patience'. There will no more stitching on this until I have finished the Silver Anniversary card.
Little Sheep Virtues - Little House Needleworks and
Sheep in the Meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 40ct Zweigart Natural line
Threads: Recommended DMC and Weeks Dye Works threads

I've also baked a one pot yogurt cake as recommended by Christine. I didn't have a suitable cake tin so I found a slight variation of the recipe she suggested, here and baked it in a 2lb loaf tin. I used Greek yogurt and added a splash of lemon juice and some lemon zest and it tastes good. Half of the cake has gone in the freezer, for eating at a later date.
One pot yogurt cake with lemon flavouring


Thursday, 4 June 2020

Stay Safe exchange

Clare at Needlecraft Haven is inventive and given the disruption/delays to postal services over the past couple of months, she decided to arrange a Stay Safe exchange. To our partner we each had to email a link to a free cross stitch design, a cake or biscuit recipe and recommend a film or T.V. series. My Stay Safe email partner was Clare and it was difficult making my selections as there are so many things I thought Clare would enjoy. If I was sending the email today it is more than likely it would be different!

My stitching design was Sweet Summer by Lizzie Kate.


I sent two recipes for my cake choice as these are both favourites of mine. The first is a no-bake Baileys Cheesecake. I used 2 tablespoons of Baileys rather than a miniature bottle and I found that plenty. My chocolate cake recipe is one that I've used for years.
Baileys Cheesecake with a
flaked chocolate decoration
My favourite chocolate sandwich















My film choices were The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and The Green Book.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Poster
After World War II, a writer forms
 an unexpected bond with the residents
of Guernsey Island when she decides
 to write a book about their
experiences during the war.
Green Book Poster
A working-class Italian-American bouncer
 becomes the driver of an
African-American classical pianist
 on a tour of venues through
the 1960s American South

















I received my Stay Safe exchange email from Christine. Christine's design from La Comtesse et Le Point De Point is ideal to encourage positive thinking.
My fabric and thread choices
(for now)
La Comtesse & Le Point De Croix















A lemon flavoured yogurt will be added to my shopping list at the end of the week so that I can try this Yogurt Pot Cake from Nigella Lawson.

Based on her suggestions among my viewing choices this summer will be The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Misbehaviour.

Misbehaviour Poster
A group of women hatch
 a plan to disrupt the 1970
Miss World beauty competition in London
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Poster
A housewife in 1958 decides
to become a stand-up comic





 













Thank you Clare for organising this exchange which enables us to share those things that we enjoy.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Smalls SAL - May 2020

Most of my stitching this past month has been done in the evening as during the day I've been busy doing family history research. I sit down at the laptop for a short while in the afternoon and the next thing I know, it's dinner time!

However, I managed to 'finish' a couple of smalls. I stitched Peace and Love on my Little Sheep Virtues sampler. I still find this a relaxing project for the evenings.

Little Sheep Virtues - Little House Needleworks and
Sheep in the Meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 40ct Zweigart Natural line
Threads: Recommended DMC and Weeks Dye Works threads

My second project was Shepherd's Bush All Seasons Scissor Fob. I love the colours and delicate look of this design. I still have to fully finish it but I'm getting there.


All Seasons Scissor Fob - Shepherd's Bush
This was a kit so all fabric, threads and embellishments were included