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Thursday, 8 October 2015

And a Morris Dance for Pretty Little London

Which is the larger of the two London designs, the other one being Pretty Mini London.

Pretty Little London is a Satsuma Street design I have been stitching every Tuesday along with Linda and Kate.

Scanned picture to show the colours

Close up of the cloud.  
I added the silver metallic because "every cloud has a silver lining"!

Framed for my scrapbook to co-ordinate with Pretty Mini London


Closer photo:

The curved top is to give the effect of a snowglobe.  Rainglobe?

And here is a nice collage of all the iconic sights in the design:

Top - The Rain, Coldstream Guardsman, Houses of Parliament Clock Tower, Tower Bridge
Middle - A Black Taxi, The Gherkin, A Red Bus, The Shard
Bottom - St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Railway Arches, London Eye

I stitched Pretty Little London on 32count antique white linen because it was the only white I had at the time and "Stitch from Stash" but with hindsight, it was not the right fabric for this design.  I have some 32 count white evenweave I will probably use that for the next "Little" design.  But for the rest of this year, Tuesdays are going to be WIPocalypse days in an effort to make progress on my list for that SAL.  Satsuma Street will recommence in January!

I did have new start this week, to celebrate two finishes (London and the Mail Art Exchange which I can't show yet).  The new start is one of those designs getting great publicity on FB.  Glendon Place decided to give a free chart when they got 500 members of their FB group.  It must have worked because they now have over 1100!  The chart is great, a mandala design called Friendship Compass.  They aren't giving a colour key, you have a completely free choice.  There are some lovely schemes appearing on the FB page so far.  I have gone with purples, starting with  my favourite 333 and working down the shade chart from there.

Here is my progress so far:


Stitched on 32 count white evenweave


Finally, Hallowe'en is fast approaching so it must be time to launch the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop.  Regular followers will know the format.  Leave a comment here saying you would like to take part in the hop as a Picture Poster.  When I have everyone signed up I will choose a Mystery Phrase and allocate each Picture Poster a letter of the alphabet.  On 31st October they must make a blog post showing their letter and a photo of something they have stitched on a Hallowe'en theme.  On my blog there will be a list of all the contributors so people can hop around and collect the letters to work out the Mystery Phrase.  You don't have to be a Picture Poster to collect the letters and join in with the competition but all Picture Posters do get an extra entry in the competition.












28 comments:

Vickie said...

Both your London pieces are wonderful! I like the silver lining. ;)

D1-D2 said...

I love the little drops of rain. It's a nice touch.

Bea said...

London looks fantastic and thanks for the collage. I was about to ask you what the shapes were that turned out to be the Gherkin and the Shard. The others I recognised, but those I didn't have a clue. Loving the start to the the GP piece. I must admit I'm rather fond of purples as well.

Rachel Tomkins said...

Congratulations on your Morris Dance! And thank you for putting the Mini and Little Londons together. I started Little as one of my January/February Challenge pieces but have hardly stitched on it since. :( Perhaps your finish will inspire me. As for the Glendon Place freebie, I'm loving it so far and can't wait to see more. :)

Kerryp77 said...

London looks brilliant. I just love tHe colours in satsuma street designs. Great start too 333 is a great purple!

jhm said...

I'm willing to do the Halloween blog post. I'm working on a piece now and hope it wil be done but I do have other already completed pieces as well (for Halloween that is).
Jackie
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

Mini said...

This is gorgeous finish. I like Pretty little more than Pretty Mini even though you say it isn't stitched on the right fabric.

Preeti said...

It looks very pretty!! love the cloud and the raindrops, very cute:) Great new start!!

Jacquie Morris said...

Oooh your very clever, love your finishes, great idea to curve the top... Brilliant!
Happy stitching :)
Smiles :)

Tiffstitch said...

Great finish and love the new start!

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finishes Jo. They make me want to work on mine. I really love the way you finishes them off. Pretty new start. Yeah, maybe I can get mine done before Jan. Only problem is my stitchy bug done ran away. I have done about 100 stitches this month. All I want to do is crochet.

Linda

Christine said...

Love the London finish! (Not so sure about the Morris dance)
Great new start too

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on your latest finish!
It is a lovely & colourful design.
I really like how you finished it off with your scrapbooking skills, it really looks great.

Justine said...

I love how you finished those London designs with your scrapbooking. They look amazing! Well done. The Glendon Place piece looks interesting. I like your colour choices.

Katie said...

Congrats on your finish. Love your finish of it too. Great new starts. I love purple!

Julie said...

Fabulous finish, love how you are going to use this stitched piece. The Union Jack with the irked top is such a clever idea.
Your new start looks intriguing, as I don't do Facebook it will be nice to watch that develop.

Mii Stitch said...

Could I take part in the Halloween blog hop as a picture poster please?? Thanks

AnaCristina said...

Thank you for commenting in my ornie sal post. I would like to go to London some day in the future.

gominam said...

Pretty start! Congrats on your beautiful and colorful finish too, nice to see the photos of the landmarks;)

Heather said...

Congrats on the finishes! London looks very pretty. These designs remind me of the small world ride at Disney with their use of colors. Good new start too :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks gorgeous. I love how you framed it, too. Can't wait to see more of your new start! :D

Stitching Noni said...

Well done on your London stitching! I love the scrapbook finishing idea :o)
Great thinking - every cloud has a silver lining - love it!
I have the Friendship Compass on my list of new starts to do soon... but as yet I haven't sat down and really thought about colours (that is always the hardest part for me!!)
Going to have to get organised for Halloween - maybe I might be able to finish off one of those long suffering Halloween WIPs just in time for the Halloween blog hop!
Hugs xx

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Love your Pretty Little London finish Jo and it looks amazing for your scrapbook!

Thoeria said...

Really lovely how you finished these!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great finish, I love the part with the silver lining. Pretty new start as well, I'm sure it will look great in purples :)

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Jo, such a gorgeous finish. And I love your new page in your scrapbook, a lot.

Steph said...

Fabulous! xox

jocondine said...

For me, it's definitively a "starglobe"! Want to keep the little stars in my eyes, thanks to my eighties memories of my London holidays! Great finishes with scrapbooking! xxx