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It's TUSAL time again! For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.
Here is my ORTS jar posing with the current stitching project:
This week I have been stitching different things almost every day. On Monday I finished another project from my 15 in '15 - Joan Elliott's Cherub from the 2013 Diary. Tuesday was Satsuma Street day. On Wednesday I went on a train journey so took Trick and Treat because it's all one colour, on Thursday I picked up Just Nan Winter Typography and Friday saw another finish for a DUCJC project - Sweetheart Tree's Tudor Rose. Today is Saturday and a work day so no stitching so far!
Way back in December 2012 World Of Cross Stitching magazine had their most popular cover gift ever, a diary featuring 12 Joan Elliott designs. I intended to stitch one a month that year. Then I revised that to exclude three of the more cutesy designs then I revised it again and actually managed three finishes and one start! February was started in February 2013 and was in last year's 14 in '14 (unsucessfully) and now in 15 in '15. As ever, the crazy thing is that it only needed three days stitching to complete it. Two were pretty full-on days though, we're talking four or five hours a day.
Stitched on 28 count evenweave dyed with fruit tea
(which smells lovely when you are stitching!)
Mounted in my scrapbook.
I need some more gold heart stickers, I only had silver.
I used the recommended colours except for the heart because they were too pink. I also left off the border of backstitched hearts. That saved a couple of hours!
(It's the scanner that makes the linen look weird)
This week I stitched more of St Paul's Cathedral.
The Sweetheart Tree Tudor Rose was very nearly completed last week but I wanted to save the beading for a day when the boys were at school. Beading and the Small Boy are not really compatible! Here are several photos of the finished piece:
Stitched on 32 count Light Mocha linen.
I substituted plain DMCfor the border and used DMC throughout.
The beads and charm were supplied with the chart.
I had stitched the centre last (as instructed) and noticed that it was quite raised where the eyelets had pulled the fabric so decided to make a stuffed ornie.
With the intended backing fabric:
And hanging in place:
The chart was a gift from Vickie and will now be travelling on to Gillie as a prize for leaving my 7000th comment a while back. I gave her first choice before I chose the Giveaway charts and she picked this one.
Finally, the Giveaway of the other seven charts is continuing. To be in with a chance, just leave a comment on my Blogaversary post. Anyone who links up for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL gets an extra chance. You don't have to do anything to claim that, if you have commented and linked up then my spreadsheet will automatically put your name in twice.