Monday, 15 July 2019

July Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

2019 GG

Welcome to the July Gifted Gorgeousness link-up.  The link-up date continues to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.

My main project for Gifted Gorgeousness has been my Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs, which will be a gift for my son.  This is where I left off last GG post:

This is where it was at the end of June:

Here is the portion I have been working on this week:

Here's where I am today:

I am currently filling in swathes of cream which make up the Hubland Steppes, home to the Horse People:-

A nomadic barbarian tribe who live up near the Hublands. As their name suggests they are very fond of horses. They fight on them, ride them, and it is said are ‘born in the saddle’ though few women would appreciate this as a birthing position.

In their tents, made from horse hide, they eat horse sausages, and drink what is hopefully beer, and burn horse dung on their fires as fuel. Rincewind remarked that they ‘had a lot to learn about ventilation, starting with what the word meant’.

They are friends with Cohen the Barbarian and give him and his companions shelter in The Colour of Magic.

They had a necromancer as their wise woman and spiritual leader, who appeared surprisingly adept at her craft. She used the Caroc Cards to determine where Twoflower had gone, and then sent Rincewind to the house of Death to bring back his soul.

Source: L-Space

Other gifted projects include my Butterfly Needlebook by Just Nan which is stitched on gifted fabric:

stitched on 28 count hand-dyed pink evenweave

stitched on hand-dyed 28 count pink evenweave

The plan is to photocopy the finished piece to make a notebook cover for a friend and then stitch my initials in the space and scrapbook it.

Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "July Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.



Finally, I took part in a Craftivist Training Day ready for a workshop in September as part of the Heritage Open Days.  This year the theme is Dare to Dream and there is lots more information here:

Sarah Corbett of the Craftivist Collective has designed a kit to make a hand embroidered Dream Cloud with the message of your choice.  The workshop today had a wide variety of people from activists with Extinction Rebellion to representatives from the Heritage Open Days; crafters and textile artists to people who had barely threaded a needle before.  We will be helping out or organising the workshops in September, so stay tuned for more posts about this.

This is the kit we all got:

This is the lovely Sarah with the ribbon she gifted to us all:

And this is my craftivism on the go - the train home!

Saturday, 13 July 2019

DUCJC 2015 Revisited

The CJC was a challenge invented by Debbie The SoCal Stitcher several years ago.  There were various levels of challenge:

CJC = Crazy January Challenge, one new start for the first 15 days of January
UCJC = Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, one new start for all 31 days of January
DUCJC = Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, stitch 31 projects one per day for January
SDUCJC = Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, 60 starts throughout January and February

I didn't really get involved with the challenge but did enjoy seeing all the starts on everyone's blog.  Debbie passed away very suddenly in 2014 and left a massive hole in the blogging community.  So the following year I decided to support her close friend and stitching accomplice Linda by taking part in the DUCJC - 31 projects.  So that way I could use WIPs and not have a tonne of new starts.

Rachel reminded me of the challenge recently which got me thinking - how many did I actually finish?  So, as today is Debbie's Birthday I thought it was a good opportunity to do a recap and see what happened to the 31 in the last 4.5 years.

They are listed in the order I stitched them in January 2015:

Day 1 - Kustom Krafts - Little Snapdragon

Current Status - WIP

Day 2 - JBW - Hobby Horse

Current Status - Fully Finished August 2015


Day 3 - CCN - Poinsettia Place

Current Status - Fully Finished January 2016

Day 4 - Lizzie*Kate - Friends are like Angels

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2015

Day 5 - Beehive Needleworks - Sunflower & Acorns

Current Status - Fully Finished December 2015

Day 6 - Joan Elliott - February Cherub

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 7 - The Sampler House - Strawberry Sampler

Current Status - Fully Finished February 2016

Day 8 - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Hallowe'en Town

Current Status - Fully Finished October 2016

Day 9 - The Nutmeg Company - Gingerbread House

Current Status - Fully Finished September 2015

Day 10 - Goode Huswif - Book of Spells

Current Status - Fully Finished January 2016

Day 11 - Brooke's Books Trixie The Hallowe'en Witch

Current Status - Fully Finished November 2015

Day 12 - With Thy Needle & Thread - January Wordplay

Current Status - Fully Finished June 2015

Day 13 - Lizzie*Kate - Autumn Sampler

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 14 - The Scarlet Letter - Elizabeth Shephard

Current Status - Fully Finished July 2016

Day 15 - Just Nan Haunted Pumpkins Tree

Current Status - Finished May 2015 not yet framed

Day 16 - Joan Elliott - Believe

Current Status - Fully Finished June 2015

Day 17 - Primitive Hare - Hallowe'en Cubes

Current Status - Fully Finished October 2015

Day 18 - Teresa Wentzler - You Were Hatched

Current Status - Finished July 2016 not yet framed

Day 19 - Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Gray Cottage

Current Status - Fully Finished May 2016

Day 20 - Jannlynn Designs - Gathering Honey

Current Status - Fully Finished May 2017

Day 21 - Joan Elliott - Faces SAL

Current Status - WIP

Day 22 - Just Nan - Winter Typography

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 23 - Stitchers Anon - Marley was Dead

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 24 - Shepherd's Bush - She Tends

Current Status - Two finished, two unstarted

Day 25 - Shepherd's Bush - Mulberry

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2016

Day 26 - Dragon Dreams - Dragon of the Winter Moon

Current Status - Fully Finished November 2017

Day 27 - Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 28 - Anchor - Kingfisher

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 29 - The Sweetheart Tree - Tudor Rose

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2015

Day 30 - Nora Corbett - Letter J Fairy

Current Status - Fully Finished April 2016

Day 31 - Madame Chantilly - On the Beach

Current Status - Fully Finished March 2015

So have you been keeping count?  How many did I finish?

A massive 17 were finished in 2015
Another 9 in 2016 and 2 more in 2017.
All except 2 of those have been fully finished.

So that just leaves 2 which are WIPs (Little Snapdragon and Joan Elliott's Face) and 1 which is a UFO.  I started the Shepherd's Bush designs for She Tends without thinking that the charts calls for very specific charms which are an integral part of the design.  I can't get the charms!  So it is on hiatus until I decide what to do instead.

It was a good challenge and one I enjoyed.  I have done multiple projects months since then for Stitch Maynia but now I stick to smalls like my series of Just Nan ornaments.

Finally, the Summer Postcard Challenge is starting very soon, keep your eyes peeled for the first card on it's way.