Saturday, 2 January 2016

The Fabulous and Fantastic Alphabet Fanclub

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) reminding us of the month's letter and we will all link up with themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.

F is for Furies from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

F is also for Fair Isle and Flowers as shown in the Brooke's Book's Stitcher's Alphabet piece I am stitching for the Alphabet Club SAL:

stitched on 28 count Afghan fabric

Fair Isle is a style of knitting originating from one of the Shetland Island called (you guessed it) Fair Isle.  Here is an article about crafts from the Fair Isle and here are some jumpers:

I'm not a big one for stitching flowers, but I did complete The Year of Flowers from World of Cross Stitching magazine a few years ago:

Each of these was backstitched on 14 count aida and then coloured in using Felt-tipped pens.  Nothing Fancy, just ordinary kids' pens.  Then they were sent to various people for their Birthday.

Another popular stitching F is Fairies.  I have to say, once again, I'm not that into fairies but I do like Joan Elliott's designs and here is the Round Robin from 2012 featuring her Garden Flower Fairies:


Of course, Frogs are to be totally avoided by stitchers, these ones seem to be quite content to live on my stitching bag (made by Lisa The Inspired Stitcher) and not infest my stitching:

F is for one of my Favourite themes - Fantasy.  For me, that means Dragons!  Which I covered in my D post two months ago.   So here's a random picture of a dragon which inexplicably got missed off that post:

Above the Clouds by Teresa Wentzler

I've got two F WIPS at the moment:

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Hallowe'en Town

Faces SAL by Joan Elliott

On to the Blog Roll:

All Fabulous and Fantastic bloggers there!  I'm sure they would appreciate new Followers too, so why not pop over and make a new Friend.  We all love to get new Followers and I do like it when my new followers leave a comment.  So if you've been silently stalking me, why not break the silence and say Hi?  In return I'll come and follow your blog and say nice things to you too.

Finally, I know you all enjoyed the Advent Calendar Blog Hop in December.  I will be continuing my Blog Hops this year with the Secret Stitching Sweetheart being the first one for Valentine's Day followed by the Easter Treasure Hunt.  I am contemplating doing a Birthday Blog Hop instead of the Summer Postcard, there's a good reason why but I'm saving that for another post!


  1. Great post I love the furies design and the dragon. Good way to keep the froggies at bay :)

  2. Beautiful...super beautiful stitching xxx

  3. Beautiful... I love the Furies, the Spooky Alphabet is on my To Do list. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Great post Jo. I love the pieces your working. The monthly flowers look great and I look at mine quite often.


  5. So many pretty stuff going on! I love the flower cards and that Teresa Wentzler dragon is a sight to behold:)

  6. Such wonderful "F" stitching. Your dragons are just amazing!

  7. Fantastic Fun Filled Fabulous projects. Love them all. Especially the dragon cause I love fantasy too. I love all your blog hops so I can't wait!!

  8. I enjoy your alphabet walk-throughs, especially as it gives you a chance to dig out past works and show them to your new followers. The dragon is amazing. :)

  9. Great effing stitching :D
    I like the way you managed to sneak the dragons in again, I'm looking forward to the entries for Hydra, Naga and Wyvern

  10. FANTASTICO, Jo!! I think I never saw that dragon before, nor your project bag - those frogs! aww!!

  11. Beautiful stitching and interesting club idea. When it comes to fairies, I was not much into them until I saw pictures of fairies from Nimue.

  12. No, I enjoyed this blog post. You certainly made use of the letter F ! Lovely to see all your stitching examples too.

  13. I'm Fond of your Fairies, Fantasy patterns are lovely too in your stitching. Meilleurs Voeux pour 2016 de France. Bisous

  14. Great post! I love those projects.

  15. Fabulous stitching Jo, I loved the card you made for me for my birthday.

  16. Another thumbs up for that amazing dragon! Thanks for the blog links too - some great new-to-me blogs there.

  17. The Joan Elliott faces is lovely

  18. Great F post Jo. All the birthday cards -The Year of Flowers, look beautiful together. Can you tell me which issue of the magazine they were in?
    Thank you for the information on Fair Isle patterns.
    Joan Elliot Fairies look pretty..I may decide to stitch them one day :)

  19. Hello!

    Lovely stitching and I like your letter F post!

  20. Great post , Jo you are always so busy I love all the things you are doing on all your blogs , wish I had time to join in sometimes , but I am so busy with my SALs and exchanges I never get the time .
    But I do pop over and take a look at what you are doing .
    And I must say I like the idea about the fariy faces , so pretty .
    I might make this as a long term stitch . I also have a lovely friend who would love the fariy face so may stitch her one for Christmas . So many thanks for new ideas , Happy New Year to you and your Family.

  21. Great post - I do love flowers, fairies and Froste Pumpkin Designs! :D

  22. Wonderful stitching projects, the round robin from 2012 is so pretty.


  23. Awww...the frogs made the "F" post. Cool! It was fun to see the others in the roundup too.

  24. Reell fantastic, your F post. These alphabets are so beautiful. I used to avoid flower stitching for a long time but two years ago I discovered that I like stitching roses and have been doing this in order to create cards like you were doing with your flower Alphabet.
    This article about Fair Isle was very interesting to read. And Joan Elliott's fairies are just stunning.
    Of course, stitching fantasy motifs is just you.

  25. I'm very into fairies! Love your fairies all together =) beautiful work!!

  26. Who knew F was so Fun! One of these days I'll have to stitch that dragon, he's Fantastic!

  27. Great post, Jo, I so enjoyed revisiting your Joan Elliott pieces.

  28. P.S. Thanks for the heads up for Friday Frolics, too!

  29. Wonderful post Jo, full of gorgeous stitching, love the fairies and the flowers and the faces.


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