Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs. This month I completed Owls by Moonlight from JCS magazine:
2. Have you stitched a project by this designer before?
Yes, back in 2012 I stitched Woodsy Winter from the JCS Christmas Preview issue:
This is Mischief at Midnight, a particular favourite:
I want to stitch all the series of ornies that she has done and this seemed like a good excuse to do one!
5. Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others?
Belinda's designs are very simple with only full stitches, no fractionals or backstitch. She does use variegated or hand-dyed threads but always provides a DMC conversion. She has some lovely ornie sets on her website and also a number of samplers made up from several smaller motifs which could be restitched separately to make scissor fobs or ornies too.
One of the things I like about her website is that she includes details of all the magazines her designs have appeared in. This is a great time-saver when you want to stitch a series like I do or you need to remember which magazine the design you loved was actually in.
As well as cross stitch, Belinda does a lot of quilting so my followers who are also quilters may be interested in that side of things too.
Oh yes, and there's a range of lace snowflakes too! And some Hallowe'en themed lace bits as well.
And here is the Pie Chart for May:
Finally, I have launched the annual Summer Postcard Blog Hop. The theme this year is Pets. All you need to do is email me a photo of something you have stitched on this theme plus a little message about what pets mean to you. Once I have a few I will start emailing them to the participants who will display them on their blogs. The Blog Hop lasts all Summer so don't worry if you don't have anything suitable stitched yet. I'm going to be finding some freebies online to inspire you. Today I have been on a Bunny Hunt! There are already links to Easter themed Bunnies on my freebie page but I found this Rabbit on Gazette 94's blog, more of a gardening rabbit than a pet.