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Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Spot of Winter

Not just the weather, but a finish too!  Back in November Kaye from Kitten Stitching showed some new stash including four Drawn Thread designs; the "Spot of ..." seasons.  I mentioned that I had the same four charts and we decided to start a You've Got a Friend SAL (Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you have to do is call etc.) because that's the order we're stitching in.  Despite it being Summer in Australia!

Anyway, I decided to use the same fabric for all four designs which is the 35 Country Mocha linen I used for the Christmas Cubes.  Here is Winter:


Each chart comes with a little charm, a snowflake for Winter


And a selection of speciality stitches.  The trees are Sprats Head stitches, aren't they effective?


I used my own DMC conversion, changing some of the colours to make them a shade lighter or darker to suit the fabric.  And B5200, of course!  I also added a little Smyrna stitch in the centre of the hollow eyelets because they looked odd being empty!

I'm waiting for Kaye to catch up and show her's now.  We'll start Spring on 1st March.  If either of us remember!

In the evenings I've been down in the forest with the foxes!  Lots of progress on Fox Forest by The Workbasket here:

stitched on 32 count Light Khaki linen
(which is more green in real life)

Again, I am using my own DMC conversion to make it a little brighter.  I have one more fox to start and finish the rather raggedy looking fox on the bottom left.  The top left one looks like a corgi to me!

I finish-finished another Christmas Cube:


Because they are slightly smaller than the Hallowe'en Cubes they will actually fit in the shelf three high.  Just!

Finally, I signed up for a new Challenge on Facebook - The Ten a Day challenge!  Nothing to do with feminine hygiene, it's simply choose a project with approximately 3,600 stitches and stitch 10 stitches a day, you'll complete it at the end of the year.  I have copied Claire and chosen Just Nan's Spring in the Square:




2016 Online Advent Calendar

Here is our Online Advent Calendar, it will be updated every day. 
Scroll down to see the latest picture and a link to the poster's blog.

Pop over to each blog to see how they celebrate.
This year I have asked each blogger to tell us about their favourite decoration, maybe a family heirloom, something their children made or one with a special memory.


Thursday 1st December

Friday 2nd December

Saturday 3rd December

Sunday 4th December
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Monday 5th December

Tuesday 6th December

Wednesday 7th December


Thursday 8th December

Friday 9th December


Saturday 10th December

and

Sunday 11th December

and

Monday 12th December


Tuesday 13th December


Wedneday 14th December


Thursday 15th December


Friday 16th December


Saturday 17th December

and

Sunday 18th December

and

Monday 19th December


Tuesday 20th December


Wednesday 21st December


Thursday 22nd December


Friday 23rd December


Saturday 24th December


Hope you enjoyed the Advent Calendar this year!  Remember to leave comments on each day to let people know you have visited too.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Quaint and Quintessential Alphabet Quorum

It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for detention!

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"



I think most of you know the lovely enigmatic Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail?  We were chatting via email a while back and between us came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge.  We batted some ideas around and are calling it the The Alphabet Club.  Chiara has the full details on that link but basically she will post a link-up post on the first Saturday of each month (Saturday being detention day in the film) reminding us of the month's letter and we will all link up with themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.



Q is for Queen of the Night from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.   She has Queen stitches in her crown.  These are a real love 'em or hate 'em stitch.  The Queen in the stitching is holding an embroidery hoop and an over sized needle and represents the Queen in a Turkish fairytale related on the NoF blog here - Q-is-for-Queen-of-Night.html

Q is also for Quilt which I know a lot of my followers enjoy.  Here is the Q block from A Stitcher's Alphabet by Brooke's Books.  It's a little different to the other blocks as the letter is not the focal point of the block, it's tucked into a corner:

stitched on 28 count afghan.

Q is for Quaker, a style of sampler made popular by the Quakers, a group of Christians founded in England in the 1600s and more formally titled The Society of Friends.  You can read more about their history here - Quakers - Our History.

The samplers often feature geometric motifs in a symmetrical pattern, or close to one, depending on the skill of the stitchers!  Here is Elizabeth Shephard, a Scarlet Letter reproduction I completed earlier this year:


And here are a couple of modern Quaker designs, Bunnies from Palko-lap:

 

I don't have any Q designers in my stash but I did find Queenstown Sampler Designs who have both reproduction samplers and original designs on their website.  And yes, they have a Quaker inspired design:

Quaker Friends by Queenstown Sampler Designs

I do have two Q designs in my stash, one called Quiet Hour Sampler by La Broderie and this one:

Queen Anne's House by Mill Hill


Over to blogging friends:



and a YouTuber


I knew it would be a shorter alphabet post than usual!

Finally, the Advent Calendar is up and running, we have a new Door every day and Double Door weekends so make sure you pop back each day to visit the new bloggers.  Remember time differences mean some people post after some other people have gone to bed!  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Pie and a New Start

Slight accumulation of posts at this end of the month!  I usually try space them better earlier in the month.

Let's have some Pie first:


You can certainly see what I worked on most during November!  Dragon of the Winter Moon by Dragon Dreams started off looking like this:


And ended up looking like this, not just a heap of snow after all!

stitched on 32 count Moondust evenweave from Crafty Kitten

I also spent quite a lot of time on the Brooke's Books Alphabet because I stitched 2 days on P at the beginning of the month and 4 days on Q at the end, usually it's only one letter per month.

I finished Q yesterday so I thought I would get a head start on the Hallowe'en stitching today instead of waiting until Friday.  Here's what I stitched:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Murano

At least one person will recognise the design!

Here's where I am with The Workbasket's Fox Forest:

stitched on 32 count Light Khaki Linen

Apparently there are other Forests in the series - Deer, Rabbits and Owls.  Not sure if there are any more than that.

Finally, I would usually detail my spending for the month here.  But not this month because I spent a grand total of Nurthin!  Absolutely Zero, No Pounds and No Pence.  Even my mag sub isn't due until December!   See you all tomorrow for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop.  

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

November Smalls SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I have two Small Challenges:


I completed the design I stitched for both October and November's themes which were Black Cats and Skeletons.  The design is Ghastly, Ghostly Ghouls by Just Nan:

stitched on 28 count lilac linen

I also completed an extra Hallowe'en Small for the blog hop, Sampling Hallowe'en by Lizzie*Kate:


stitched on 28 count lilac linen

And I finished a larger series for the Christmas Ornie blog, the final block for Christmas Cubes by Primitive Hare:

stitched on 35 count Country Mocha linen

The whole series ready to be finished into cubes:



Finally, I know a lot of us do online shopping, especially at this time of year.  Have you signed up with a charity cashback website yet?  If not, please could you consider using this link below to sign up with Easy Fundraising?  My son's school is a registered charity and every time I shop online the website donates funds to his school.  It's a small school - 120 pupils from age 3-19 and a lot of parents don't have much money so the majority of our fundraising comes from outside sources.  Using this link will donate a bonus sum to my son's school.