Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Amazing and Awesome Alphabet Assembly

It's the first Saturday of the month, so it's time for detention!

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"

I think most of you know the lovely enigmatic Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail?  We were chatting via email a while back and between us came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge.  We batted some ideas around and are calling it the The Alphabet Club.  Chiara has the full details on that link but basically she will post a link-up post on the first Saturday of each month (Saturday being detention day in the film) starting with the letter A and we will all link up with A themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.

A Dark Alphabet - A Note of Friendship 

So it kick things off we have Amazing and Awesome (Chiara and me, obviously!).  We also have Angels:

And Autumn:

I don't have a current WIP for A but I do have a shameful UFO, this is Around the World in 80 Stitches by Papillon which ground to a halt back in 2012.

DSC0330631Aug2012.jpg Parts 3 and 4 31/08/12

It was a beautiful mystery sampler in about 20 parts but I stopped in Part 4.  I started the Speciality Stitches version but found it very "bitty", too many colour changes and too much stopping and starting.  It looks stunning when it is finished so maybe I will resurrect it one day.

My next A relates nicely to above project because this person did actually complete it, well done Minnie from All XXs.  That link goes direct to the post which shows her amazing and awesome Around the World finish.

Other blogs I enjoy beginning with A include:

And designers I have stitched include Acorn House Designs, Drac-in-a-Box:

And designers I love but have never stitched include Alessandra Adelaide.  How can I not have stitched one of these lovely swirly monochrome designs?  I have some from the magazines and some freebies too.  So that must be put right in next year's targets.

I have also started a new project just for this SAL.  Yesterday's D.E.S.I.G.N choice was Brooke Nolan from Brooke's Books.  She designed a lovely stitching alphabet which is still available on her blog.  So I started with A for this SAL and plan to stitch one letter per month to illustrate each Alphabet Club post.  I haven't quite finished A is for Arran but you can see how much I have done so far:

I'm using the afghan fabric (another A) which was a sale bargain from Willow Fabrics.  I cut a long strip off one side, the full seven blocks long plus a half block at either end.  Each block will be divided into four and a letter stitched in each.  When I eventually finish (in 26 months time!) I will make a book out of the strip by folding it in a zig-zag fashion (for Z) and stitching it together.  The two half blocks will be sewn together to form the back cover.

Finally, nothing to do with Alphabet but it is quite amazing - the Summer Postcard Blog Hop.

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 Bea goes to Narita at The Twilight Thread


  1. Terrific choices, Jo! I'm working on my post right now.

  2. Amazingly awesome post Jo. I really enjoyed seeing and reading it.


  3. it's a nice idea, and some great choices :)

  4. What an interesting post. Jack -in-a box is just adorable and what a super job of finishing.!!!

  5. Great post Jo! Amazing, awsome A's happening there!! Love your idea of stitching Brooke's alphabet for TAC. I have a plan to do something similar but my charts didn't arrive in time for me to make a start this month.... Must go and catch up on that latest postcard now :)
    Hugs xx

  6. Lots of lovely 'A' stitching, Jo.

  7. Jo, It is amazing how you always have so much stitching to show whichever topic we come up with. My favourite is the autumn collection.

  8. What a nice read. Those angels are gorgeous! And autumn too. A.Adelaide is on my wishlist for a while now too. Have a nice weekend:)

  9. Oh, great post, Jo. All these stitchy things starting with A. And you even started a new alphabet for this club, that's a nice idea indeed. My A post will also be mainly about my stitching hobby but I couldn't finish it before our visitors arrived. So I will post it later this month.

  10. Ace post Jo (see what I did there?)

  11. With so many angels making sure my stitching is ok, I'd feel fine. Great start for this TAC, already addict to those posts full of promises. xxx

  12. Beautiful A's! May I join the club?

  13. Lots of A's. Glad to see Drac making an appearance - I still love him. xx

  14. So many As and such pretty stitching to look at! I love the idea with you alphabet book ^_^

  15. Look at all those A's! That's definitely awesome :D Love your new alphabet start, can't wait to see your progress!

  16. Your alphabet zig zag book will be 'A'mazing....

  17. definitely awesome and amazing! Love the film too! How cool is Drac in a box too

  18. Hah this is a fun post! I just love that Drac-in-a-Box! Are there others like that? Do you have them all (lol cheeky)? Looking forward to your AA stitches. I adore those swirly designs too.


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