Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Smalls SAL and Theme-a-licious Update

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

I chose three different monthly themes to follow this year:

Hallowe'en Ornie SAL - 12 different themes
Little Stitcher Fairy Tale 12 Days of Christmas - one per month
Primitive Hare Spooky Countdown - one per week starting 31st January

The theme for September on the Hallowe'en blog was Black Cats, there were so many different Black Cats to choose from this month it really was difficult to pick just one.  I searched through all my downloaded charts and my JCS issues, paper and digital and finally decided on this companion piece to Boo who is our logo this year.

The design is by Val's Stuff and comes from JCS Sept/Oct 2009.  I don't know too much about Val but she does cute designs.

I stitched this on the same 32count evenweave as Boo and changed the border colours to co-ordinate with Boo too.  I found the perfect button for the star but couldn't find a blue moon so I made a beaded moon instead.

Now I just have to decide how to finish these two.  Here they are together:

The Little Stitcher - 12 Days of Christmas

Primitive Hare Spooky Countdown is my Trump Card this month, it's part of the Smalls Challenge as it is 30 small designs plus a header and a footer but it also fits in September's theme too.  See below:

Theme-a-licious is hosted by Heather of It's Geek to Me

Each month Heather thinks up a theme for us to stitch to, or in my case, a theme to somehow shoe-horn my existing stitching into, no matter how tenuous the link!

Supersize September
Dip your needle into the vast swath of fabric dedicated to your BIGGEST projects!

Spooky Countdown fits in nicely here because altogether it is quite a large design and has taken all year to stitch it.  Here is my latest progress picture of the header and footer:

I've been haunting the local craft shop for finishing bits and pieces and now have almost everything I need.  I got the tree down from the loft and tomorrow I will be making 30 tombstone markers and a coffin container for them all.  Show and Tell to follow!

My other main BAP has also taken all year, it is Noel Blanc by A Mon Ami Pierre.  Regular visitors will be very familiar with this project.  Heck, anyone who drops by once a season will have seen it at least once!  Here is the latest photo:

I have got one more over 1 leaf to go on that mistletoe which seems to have taken forever!  To be fair I have been working on that one section since 20th August.  Once that is finished we are on the home straight with just some letters and one more snowflake.  Hopefully in time for Christmas.

Next month's theme is a particularly exciting one for me, chosen by a special Guest themer, pop over to this post to find out what and who!

Finally, I am having an impromptu Blog Hop to celebrate my 500 Followers, all details on the previous post.


  1. Everything looks wonderful. It's so exciting that you're almost finished with the Countdown, and Noel is growing beautifully. Great smalls too.

  2. Wonderful projects Jo. Love your little Halloween ornament.


  3. Wow -- your needles are quite simply flying! Congrats on everything -- they all look lovely.

  4. All looks beautiful but I love the most Spooky Countdown. Noel Blanc looks fabulous!

  5. Great progress Jo. I noticed your celebrity status on the Theme-a-licious SAL

  6. Great stitching JO! Your Noel is looking lovely - it's going to be spectacular and worth all the effort once you get it finished :)

  7. Love all your Halloween stitching - can't wait to see your tree!

  8. The black cat is so cute, I look forward to seeing your tree!

    Your Noel stitching is looking lovely, can't wait to see it finished! :)

  9. Great projects. And I'm so curious to see all about the coffin and the tombstones.

  10. That kitten is adorable. And your other pieces look good too!

  11. Great progress on my fave piece, Jo - loving it!

  12. So great to see this big view of A mon ami Pierre, I feel like Brigitte very curious about tombstones. Bravo ;)

  13. Enjoyed my catch up read after my hols.
    What a great RR, those monthly blackwork blocks are super.
    Noel looks fabulous with the mistletoe, the colours really jump out at you.
    Well done on 500 followers.
    Your SFS budget has increased somewhat with your birthday money addition... belated birthday wishes to you.

  14. Pretty work. Love the cat and the beaded moon.

  15. I just picked up Noel Blanc but love your fabric choice. Glad I didn't start it yet.

    Can't wait to see the coffin & tombstones - I am intrigued.
    Congratulations on your 500 followers. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  16. I love Noel Blanc Jo - beautiful stitching x

  17. Lovely smalls you finished! Can't wait to see Spooky Countdown all sounds fascinating.

  18. I love your boo's. Sorry but they are too cute to be scary LOL! Great colours stunner xo Alicia


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