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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

February Smalls SAL

Stitching Lotus Ornament SAL
The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I am going to have two monthly challenges:

1. The Primitive Hare Hallowe'en Cubes SAL with Giovanna
2. The Hallowe'en Ornie SAL themed blog.

Last month I started the letter H for the cubes which I finished this month and then added the A cube too:

Stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

The theme for the Ornie SAL was skeletons.  I found it rather tricky to find a good skeleton pattern and had quite a hunt for a freebie I knew existed somewhere on the internet.

I could find the picture on Pinterest via Google Images but no-one ever bothers to credit and link the designers there.  So frustrating!  Eventually I found the chart on the Casa Cenina website.  Hooray!

Here is the Dancing Skeleton on his own, this would make a great ornie by itself:


And here is the completed piece:
Cuore di Hallowe'en by Savoir faire Vailly
Stitched over one on 32count Cognac evenweave
DMC B5200, 310 and 740

When I had finished stitching I showed it to my son and said "It's a skeleton, some ghosts and some long legged beasties, I think".  He was the one who realised that the black shape is actually a skeleton cat.  Sometimes you can be too close to a piece to see it!

I also stitched a Birthday card for my friend Nicola.  Together we run the Scarlet Letter Years Blogs and more recently, the Scarlet Letter FB page along with Krista.  Each year I stitch a different red letter N for Nicola's Birthday.  Here is this year's:

N by Broderie
Stitched over 1 on 32 count Antique White linen

The Broderie website is a French site which offers two freebie charts per week.  After that you can usually buy them for 1euro.  I try to visit once a week to download the free ones!

Finally, I made a small start on a new SAL.  Linda from Stitching with my Furbabies has several of the Satsuma Street Cities among her many WIPs and she suggested we SAL with one.  I chose London as it is my capital city (I also have Paris and Italy, which is not actually a city but came as a set of three).  Here is my Tuesday start:

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen









28 comments:

  1. Congrats on all the lovely finishes, Jo! A cat, wow, I didn't see that until you pointed it out. But of course it is; someone else's eyes can be so helpful. Love the birthday card; what a clever idea. I'll be joining you and Linda on the Satsuma Street SAL, but I have to wait until next week to get my chart. I still don't know which one I'm getting! Take care :-)

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  2. I wouldn't have guessed about the cat!! :D
    Love your latest start, these Satsuma designs are so bright & colourful, they will be fun to stitch.

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  3. Great fun finishes for the fall and Halloween

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  4. Okay, I must say Nicola's N is just lovely.
    Satsuma Street patterns are so fun!

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  5. Love that Halloween Heart and especially the skeleton!

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  6. The orange fabric for the skellys really does pop, that one is amazing.

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  7. Your "Cuore di Hallowe'en" is amazing!!!

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  8. I must admit Hallowe'en isn't really my thing, but I REALLY like those designs. I may have to rethink. The "N" is very pretty and a great idea for a birthday stitch. Looking forward to watching your progress on London.

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  9. Great stitching! The dancing skeleton is neat. I've been watching so many of the Little Cities being stitched I really want to get a few... or all... of them.

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  10. Good progress I especially like the skeleton

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  11. Halloween not really my thing either, they go a bit overboard over here, lol, but DO like your PH Sal, just love that witchy shoe and sock! Better go and find my small and post!

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  12. Congrats on the great finishes Jo. I also started London yesterday.

    Linda

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  13. Love all your pieces, but I am REALLY loving the dancind skeleton! WOW!

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  14. That dancing skeleton is hilarious. Lovely work

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  15. Congrats on catching uo with the blocks, and that dancing skeleton is totally awesome too :) I love Satsuma Street designs as well, so I'm really looking forward to seeing more of that city.

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  16. I LOVE your Halloween stitching. Amazing work! Also, great start on the London Satsuma Street :D

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  17. Oh I love the dancing skeleton!

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  18. PS, I popped over to download the chart for myself and the key words underneath are "cats" and "hearts" so your son is right

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  19. You certainly had a succesful stitchy month, Jo! Love that skeleton piece.....I had to scroll back to look at it when you said it was a skeleton cat! I hadn't seen it the first time either! Clever boy! :)

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  20. I love that Halloween Heart! I didn't see the skeleton cat either. Your N for Nicola is lovely. Great start on London.

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  21. Thank you so much for including the link to the fabulous Halloween heart which I've printed out for future use. I even have some Cognac linen (from a previous Willow Fabrics sale) in my stash. Your letter N looks wonderful - I have been collecting these letters as well but yours is the first I have seen stitched.

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  22. You have been busy! So many wonderful pieces. Your Halloween skeleton design is fantastic. I too chose a Halloween design for this months SAL. I look forward to seeing your progress on the primitive hare cube.

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  23. Great update! Beautiful work!

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  24. That dancing skeleton is quite cute! :D As a cat lover, I would'nt've picked that as a cat without some effort haha. I can see the legs, tail, and body but the head... spider cat! But thanks for that one especially; it is really an adorable pattern that was instantly added to the hoard.

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  25. Awesome stitching! A skeleton cat, so cool, I would never have got that. I love the Satsuma Street designs, think I have all of the cities on my wishlist - maybe next year lol!

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  26. These are great! Way to go!

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  27. I love to see your Halloween letters grow. And that Halloween heart by Isabelle Vautier is just gorgeous. I have a couple of her hearts as well but have ever seen this one before. How strange ...

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