Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Theme-a-licious Looking Backward and Forward II plus my Oldest UFO

February's theme was Fan Girl February, stitch your favourite designer's work.

I managed two of my four favourites - Joan Elliott and Just Nan.

The two Just Nan pieces can be seen in this mid-month update and the Joan Elliot piece was my contribution to the JE RR starting imminently on the Yuku WWRR Board.

I've decided on the Flower Fairies series.  There are six of them and seven stitchers in the RR so I thought I'd do the centre piece featuring each of the flowers.  The mock-up can be seen on the post linked above.  Here's the pic:

 I've not stitched any metallics, beads, backstitch or leaves yet.  That will all be added when it returns to me in November.  I was unsure about having any leaves but I really like the pop of green on the Chrysanthemum so I will be adding some more at the end.

The whole thing:
The blocks have been stitched in tacking cotton to show the placement.  I don't want solid lines around my fairies, I want their hair and tendrils to flow outside the blocks.  I've spent ages drawing on the working copies of the charts to show which bits to stitch and which not!  I hope it all makes sense to the other stitchers.

Now I've got the blocks marked out I'm really pleased with it, there are two 50x50 blocks, two 40x60 and two 60x40.  All the fairies are facing inwards so they look like friends!!  I may stitch borders round each block when it returns, I'll see if it needs it.

The fabric is Sunlit Heath by Crafty Kitten, it's more green in real life.  I stitched Nimue's Baby Swing on it and Green Goddess.  Those of you who have mailed things to me may recognise the word "Heath" from my address.  Yes, the fabric is named for me!  How cool is that?  Thanks Dawn.

Looking forward - March is:
March Madness
Stitch or knit on something different every's madness...of the funnest possible kind.

Now, anyone who knows me as a stitcher will know that's just not for me!  But Heather says we can be loose and imaginative in our interpretation of this, just step outside our comfort zone a little.  So I thought I'd see how many different designers I could stitch on without doing more than one by each person.  Unfortunately obligation stitching has already cause one glitch - I need to stitch two of the WOCS Flower of the Month cards and if I stitch the JE RR then I shouldn't stitch Green Goddess or vice versa.

But hey, it's my hobby so I can do it if I want to!  I'll just claim a "moment of madness" made me do it.

Finally, here's a little finish for the oldest UFO thing organised by Evalina Maria:


Those little frames are quite tricky to get the fabric in!  I'm not entirely happy with it, it's a little squiffy still.  I'll have another go tomorrow I think.  I have no idea where the chart comes from, there's no label or packaging at all.  I used threads from my scraps bag and subbed the coloured stitches on the tree for beads of the same colour

This was also part of the Christmas All Year Round fun and was my first finish for their our blog.  March is a free choice month so I may stitch one of the Heart Strings Santas Dixie Samplar sent me.  There's only 12 to choose from!!


Karen said...

Jo, I'm so excited about your RR! I love the flowers in the middle. I think adding leaves will be fantastic. I can't wait to stitch my Lily on your piece!

Susan said...

Jo, your RR start is amazing! That is such a unique layout and I love the idea of the flowers in the middle. Very cute finish also. I did a few projects with that type of frame and know what you mean about getting it lined up just right.

Veronica said...

Your RR looks great. I really like your idea for it. It's gonna be stunning when the fairies are all filled in. The fabric is lovely too.


Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching.

Christine said...

Your RR is going to be fabulous when it is all done.
Well done on finishing your oldest UFO, and good luck with the March Madness

Unknown said...

I love the look of your RR and its going to turn out super looking. Well done on the finish and best of luck with March.

Julie said...

The RR Is going to be stunning, a great idea. Looking forward to watching it develop.
Well done on finishing your oldest UFO.

Kate said...

Your RR is off to a great start. Love the little tree - I haven't finished mine yet!

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog.

Your RR piece will be stunning when it's finished!

Love your Just Nan stitching - I love her designs too!

Sherrie said...

Beautiful! Love the colors in the stitching. Have a great day!

Food for Thought

Giovanna said...

Cute ornament, and the RR looks wonderful - well done!

Topcho said...

A great start for the RR! I'm so excited about following this fab project grow! Will post updates on the other part somwhere too? And congrats on finishing your oldest UFO - the tree is darling!

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Look forward to seeing the progress on your RR.
That is a sweet little tree and a great idea from Evalnia Maria for the oldest UFO.

♥ Nia said...

Your little tree looks so adorable! =)
Happy March to you!!! :D

Joysze said...

I love your RR flowers, Jo!! I can't wait to see the whole thing stitched up.

Holy smoly.... I'm going to be looking forward to your Mad March projects. :D

Tree looks adorable. Good luck with redoing the frame today.

Sue said...

Your RR is very pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing what you stitch fo rMad March.

blue star stitcher said...

I think the flowers will look great with some green leaves. I really like your idea to use a flower from each fairy.

Erica said...

The Flower Fairies are beautiful! I hadn't seen these before. I will watch your progress!

Jo said...

Great stitching - It'll be fun to see how the RR turns out - it sounds lovely

Jennifer M. said...

Ooooo I can't wait to see that fairy piece when its done. Congrats on finishing an old UFO. It actually feels great to pull out the old projects and attempt to finish them. :)


Anne said...

Ooh those flowers are pretty! I love the poppy!! Lovely little finish in that frame! I've always had a hard time too getting my stitching into those frames! So fiddly!!

Julie said...

I love your flowers! I kinda want to do the poppy. I have no idea how a RR works though.

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely stitching! Congrats on finishing your UFO!

geeky Heather said...

Oh, I can't wait to see this RR coming along! What a great idea you've had!

I like your idea for March Madness! Obligation stitching always ruins the best-laid plans, doesn't it? =)