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Joan Elliott Round Robin and a row of cats (minus the frog)
I finished my block just in time, mailing day is Tuesday! Karen's theme is Fairies. I had thought of Winter Fairy or Poppy Fairy but when I saw the two designs already stitched I knew I had to choose one with more wing showing. So I went for Butterfly Fairy from the cover of the latest Joan Elliott book Fairy Enchantment (available from Waterstones for only £9.99).
Here is my block:
And some close-ups:
And the whole piece:
I used the recommended DMC and Kreinik from the book but subbed the Kreinik french knots for beads. C'mon - Kreinik AND french knots, who is Joan kidding?!!
The difficulty was remembering which squares to leave empty for a bead as the charted knots went inbetween stitches but I wanted beads to replace stitches.
This is such a great Round Robin so far. My design is slowly growing, Daffodil was added this turn. Of course I only get to see photos until the end of the year. I've signed up for a Giant Mira RR for next year, blocks will be 5,000 stitches rather than the usual 2,500 but we'll get 12 weeks to stitch rather than the usual 6. I'm going for the Calendar or Birth Month Fairies for my choice.
I can now show your Rachael's Birthday Card. I stitched this as part of the Needlecraft Haven Birthday Exchange but as Diane shares Rachael's Birthday I stitched her the WOCS Flower of the Month and chose Rachael's favourite cats for her card.
This card was stitched over 1 on 25 count using DMC 69. The moon is my own addition to cover up the frog's mess! When you frog red thread from white fabric you can see the red left behind! So there is a nice little moon now.
Finally, a Big Thank You to everyone who commented on The Danse Macabre post about my completed Dark Alphabet. After posting Wednesday evening I was up half the night with a Small Boy who decided 3am to 6am was Play Time. So when I got the the computer Thursday afternoon I was feeling rather tired to say the least! Reading all your comments really buoyed me up again. It's so great that you all shared my excitement at finishing this project and getting the lovely gifts. I'm also pleased that people appreciated the individual pictures as they took ages to load on!