Wednesday, 26 August 2015

August 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
2. The Hallowe'en Ornie SAL themed blog.
and a third one added from August:
3. The Christmas Ornie SAL themed blog

This is the first E from Hallowe'en:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

The theme for the Hallowe'en Ornie Blog is Black Cats.  I have so many charts with black cats it was hard to pick one.  In the end I decided to start a larger piece and just stitch the part with the cats then continue it later on.  This is part of Just Nan's Ghoulies and Ghosties.  You can see the whole design here - JN180 Ghoulies and Ghosties

stitched on 32 count tan evenweave.

And now for a new monthly challenge - the Christmas Ornie SAL Blog hosted by Kaye.  She has chosen themes for the rest of this year and August's was Mr and/or Mrs Santa. 

I've had my eye on this design for some time (2012 in fact!) and this was the perfect chance to stitch it.  It's from the JCS Christmas Ornie Special 2012 and is by Knotted Tree NeedleArt.  I used the DMC conversion on green linen making a couple of changes.  The parcel is a brighter green as are the yellow stitches in the border.  I alternated them with the bright red from the hat (817) to make it look more festive.

This isn't really a small but there was only a small piece left to stitch!  I started it back in January for the DUCJC and haven't picked it up since.  All I had to do was chart and stitch the name which I finally did this morning.  It's for my cousin's baby daughter.  Her first Birthday is at the beginning of September so it will arrive in perfect time.

The design is by JBW and is called Hobby Horse which is puzzling because it is clearly a Rocking Horse.  I stitched it using my favourite DMC 115 variegated red on 32 count Antique White linen and framed it in the perfect frame from my frame stash box.

And here is Tuesday's Satsuma Street progress on Pretty Little London.  I finished Buckingham Palace on the left and thought I'd start on the long boring grey arches underneath the whole piece.  If I leave them until last I will get dispirited I'm sure!

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen.

Finally, we are approaching the end of the Summer Postcard Blog Hop, if you haven't already been to Jocondine's blog you must visit to see her delightful cartoon drawing of our hop.  She is a very talented cartoonist.

First postcard from Cheryl goes to Noni at Fireflies and Cats in the Garden
Second postcard from Vickie goes to Katie at Jeremiah's Mom
Third postcard from Noni goes to Julie at Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal
Fourth postcard from Katie goes to Anna at Stitch Bitch
Fifth postcard from Julie goes to Bea at Thoughts and Musings
Sixth card from Narita goes to Kaye at Kitten Stitching
Seventh card from Anna goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Eighth card from Kaye goes to Jocondine at Jocondine


  1. Great finishes, Jo! I love the little black owl. Oh, what a sweet rocking horse! I've heard them called hobby horses, too, but I'm not sure why. London is looking fantastic! I finally have some progress on New York and should be showing it tomorrow or Friday.

  2. Lovely smalls! and nice progress on London.

  3. Congrats on the awesome finishes! It is a hobby horse you stitched it as your hobby ;)

  4. Congrats on all of the awesome finishes Jo. London is looking great. I don't mind if you get dispirited with the gray. Maybe I can catch up. lol


  5. Your rocking horse is lovely! Seeing your progress on pretty little London has reminded me that I haven't posted my IHSW update, better go and do that now!

  6. The rocking horse is wonderful, that will be such a super gift.

  7. Great stitching Jo. I like the Christmas one, it's strange how sometimes the designs in the ornie issue totally pass you by then you see one someone has stitched up and it's like a whole new design

  8. What a great finish for your cousin's baby. Lily Grace is such a beautiful name.

  9. Cute smalls!! Love the rocking horse:) you did lot of stitching.
    I saw Jocondine's blog, she makes nice cartoons.

  10. What a great post, filled with lovely stitching! Pretty Halloween stitching, and that rocking horse is so cute, that's my fave:)

  11. Nice little pieces. Thanks for sending me to Jocondine's blog. Her drawing made my day. Delightful!

  12. That is a really cute rocking horse and it's nice to see all the different things being added to London.

  13. I am also working Satsuma Street Pretty Little London, although I started at the bottom and am working my way up. I love her patterns and this will be third one that I have completed.

  14. So many lovely projects on the go here! Pretty Little London is looking great. I always thought hobby horse was the American name for a rocking horse. It looks nice with the variegated thread.

  15. Lovely stitching, Jo. A dear friend of mine has stitched several Satsuma Street pieces. Aren't they wonderful? Love how yours is coming along.

  16. Wow, Jo! You're on fire, Girl!!! Love all your stitching and your finishes - especially the rocking horse

  17. Very pretty stitching. Enjoying the post card hop....

  18. WOW! Lots of progress this month. That red is one of my favorites too.

  19. You are just loaded with lots of wonderful WIPS!

  20. I love the cats and the rocking horse, and that christmas ornament looks great too! So many lovely smalls to admire ^_^

    How many entries do we have left for the blog hop? I'm getting a bit fidgety since I haven't received anything yet, nor has mine be posted anywhere :D

  21. Hi Jo: Great Halloween choices, love the fact that you are stitching the lower part of Ghoulies & Ghosties, wonderful idea.
    Satsuma, love this pattern.
    Rocking Horse is adorable.


  22. Such lovely small finishes this month again. The Halloween ones are just sweet. And I particularly love the rocking horse you stitched for your cousin's baby daughter.

  23. Lovely progress Jo, the rocking horse looks brilliant

  24. Beautiful stitching! Congrats on finishing the rocking horse :D

  25. Live from Lot.... thanks to the wifi, I can follow you during my holidays! Yep! Love to see the progress on little London, the very graphic chart and colourful monuments. Nice work.

  26. I LOVE that rocking horse and London is awesome as always!

  27. How do you get all of this stitched, very impressive and very beautiful !

  28. o my gawd those cats. I think I might enjoy this month's theme very much.

    All your stitching is wonderful (rocking horse especially came out nice with the variegated thread) but CATS.

  29. Goodness you have a lot going! Fun stitching! Blessings, Marlene

  30. What fun little finishes and stitches! I hope this doesn't come off as rude, but I'm glad now that I didn't join this blog hop as I surely could not keep up this summer! I really WANTED to, but knew I would be too you can see I'm still catching up on current events ha ha! But still so fun to hop around and read what DID get shared :D


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