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Thursday, 25 February 2016

February Small SAL and Other Things Beginning with S

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I have two Small Challenges:


For the Hallowe'en Blog I have done something a little different this year, I've chosen a band sampler by Just Nan called Counting Bats and each band corresponds to the monthly themes on the blog.  So February was Mummies and Monsters for which I stitched this Mummy:


I have chosen another series for the Christmas Ornie Blog; The Primitive Hare's Christmas Cubes.  Here is R for the theme Snow:


Here's another Small I stitched for another S - Syria:


This is for the Concern Stitching for Syria project.  The charity is running a Women's Centre in Lebanon and wants to make a hanging for the walls to show the women that the international stitching community is aware of their difficulties.  You sign up on the website and they send you a little chart to stitch and send the square to their London office.  Plenty of time to join in, the project has only just started.

This one is quite small and begins with S - Strawberry Sampler by The Sampler House.  I started this as part of the DUCJC2015 and picked it up again this February.

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

Close-up of some of the speciality stitches.
I really like those tiny pink eyelets near the top.
The word is stitched over one.

I drew a strawberry plant in the corner of the mount so it co-ordinates with Bilberry

I chose a lighter wood for the frame.  The design just fits into a standard mount too.

Yet another S finish is the one you've all been waiting for - Nora Corbett's Alphabet Fairy S:

stitched on 32 count Murano in Oceanic Fantasia by Crafty Kitten

close-up of the fairy with her lovely Kreinik veined wings

Bead shot!

The two sisters together: 

S is only 4 inches wide compared to C's 6 inches.  I think they need framing with lots of the fabric showing because it's so beautiful!

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Easter Treasure Hop

Finally, it's nearly time for the Easter Blog Hoppity Hop!  Taking place over the Easter weekend each participant will be allocated a letter of the alphabet which they must post along with a nice Easter or Spring themed stitched photo.  In recognition of the varied talents of my followers I think you can also show any sewn, quilted or otherwise crafted Easter or Spring themed items.

Everyone will then hoppity hop around like a little fluffy bunny and collect the letters which will spell out something seasonal.  If you would like to be a picture poster then please drop me an email.



44 comments:

Vickie said...

Yay Strawberry Sampler. And your lovely fairy.
I want to hop about like a little, fluffy bunny please!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

All your pieces are wonderful! Talented you drawing the berries on the mat,"; they look fantastic! Love the Nora Corbett letter fairies!

Lynn said...

Beautiful stitching Jo! I really like those fairies. They're gorgeous! Thanks for the tip re Concern stitching. I'm going to look into the project.

Julie said...

The letters do look splendid, such detail, loved the bead shot you took.
Strawberries is super, perfect frame for it.

Preeti said...

Lovely projects!! My favourites are the C and S fairies :) Both are so beautiful!!

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the beautiful finishes Jo. The fairies are stunning.

Linda

Sarah said...

You got a lot done and they are all gorgeous.

Katie said...

Oh what a fun filled post. I guess it's "S"uper and "S"tupendous. Love your finishes. The S is just gorgeous! I love the little strawberry plant you drew. How talented! Please include me in the blog hop. I can't imagine missing one haha.

Melinda said...

I love Primitive Hare -- I love the Christmas Cubes so I quickly called my LNS and they are going to order it for me. Thanks once again for sharing the link to Concern. The Beading on your Fairies is WOW WOW WOW

Mini said...

Congrats on the two gorgeous finishes (by the way when did you finish the strawberry sampler?). I like the S alphabet more than C alphabet. I think I may be able to participate in the Easter hop. will be sending you email shortly.

Kerryp77 said...

The fairies are lovely. You've chosen beautiful fabric, I agree it needs to be seen too when you frame them. The strawberry sampler is so delicate and the Halloween band is lots of fun.

Count me in for the blog hop, I stitched a few Easter bits last year.

Barb said...

Nice pieces. Love the fairy but oh that Krenik had to be hard to work with. Great job so far on it.

gracie said...

Oh I love the Bunny Hop...sending email now!

Brenda said...

Oh what WONDERFUL finishes!!! Love the strawberries you drew on the mat! Great touch!

Carla Eldridge said...

And I thought I had done a lot! You are, as always, so incredibly amazing! Love the Nora S finish especially. Must dig something up for the Easter blog hop, I will NOT miss out on this one :D

D1-D2 said...

The pieces are so pretty. I love the extra touch you added to your strawberry sampler.

gominam said...

Neat stitch finishes. The strawberry drawing makes it unique, pretty! Beaded S is gorgeous:)

Lesley said...

Beautiful stitching,especially your fairies!

Anna van Schurman said...

So much pretty work!

Bea said...

Love the delicacy and colours of Strawberry. 'S' is gorgeous and looking at it with 'C' I can feel the temptation to get the alphabet. Oh dear!

Barb said...

Oh my gosh, those fairies are just beautiful! Love your Halloween design, what a great idea.

Rachel Tomkins said...

Lots of lovely small and larger projects there Jo. So glad to see how beautiful S looks all stitched up. Love the little strawberry plant too; such an inspiring touch to the mount. :)

Irmeli said...

Just a beautiful finishes, all of them, especially I like your fairies, so lovely.

Christine said...

Great finishes Jo, the fairies are gorgeous and I adore the little mummy

Diane Prenatt said...

Beautiful small for stitching lotus SAL! And thank you for the connection to Concern. I've signed up!

Mii Stitch said...

Lots of sweet stitching!
I especially like your little snowman and the beautiful S fairy.

Susan said...

Nice mix of projects. Congratulations on your finishes. You did a great job drawing the strawberries. I'm rubbish at drawing and am in awe of anyone that can.

Suz said...

Your smalls are adorable! Congrats on all of those finishes.

I love the S on your fabric. I think that's one of my favorite stitches ever, I hope the next niece has an S name so I can stitch it again ;)

Renee said...

Wow! Your work is all lovely. The S at the end is amazing. Beautiful work.

rosey175 said...

Spectacular work on the S~ Her flower is beadutiful. I think I like Cleaning Fairy best though; it must be the waves. But the little strawberries! Such a cute addition to the mat for the sampler!

Go ahead and count me in for this blog hop! :D I think I have things! Otherwise my needles will be smokin' soon haha.

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching Jo! I love how you decorated the strawberry mount. Your Nora Corbett Stitched fairy is lovely.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! Congrats on the lovely finishes too :D

Heather said...

Congrats they both look great!

Leonore Winterer said...

Wow, so many great S-things to accompany your gorgeous S-fairy! Did you really draw these strawberries? Seems like you'r talented in much more than just stitching, they look awesome!
I'll need to try and find something for your bloghop, I don't want to use my spring rabbits for the third time :D

Anonymous said...

many great stitching, lovely finishes ♥

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful work Jo and love your fairies. I have the `S´ somewhere in my stash but haven´t got around to stitching it yet. Also the Strawberry sampler is so lovely.

Heather said...

I love all your finishes! Super great work!!

Thoeria said...

Superlative S's Jo :)
The fairies are stunning!
But what has me in awe are those strawberries yu drew!! You are one talented lady!

Amy said...

Your blog is so bad for my Wish List - for example, I'm pretty sure I NEED Counting Bats and some Nora Corbett designs now. (Neeeeed.)

Your little strawberry drawing is wonderful! You're so talented.

Brigitte said...

Great, your new fairy. And that Strawberry Sampler looks absolutely gorgeous in its frame - and with the little strawberries in one corner. What a wonderful post with so much eye candy, Jo.

Peter Taylor said...

Thank you so much for mentioning our #StitchforSyria campaign - we've had a wonderful response from crafters around the world and lots of inspiring messages for the women in Lebanon who we're working with. If you want to take part (and live outside the UK) we're also collecting pictures of the cross stitch patterns which we will share with the group. Thanks again!

Shami Immanuel said...

Beautiful finishes.

Stitching Noni said...

Super Stunning S finish :o)
Your strawberries are scrummy as well!!
Hugs xx

♥ Nia said...

Another gorgeous fairy!! beautiful beautiful =)