Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness March Link-Up Post

Welcome to the Gifted Gorgeousness link-up post!  The link-up date will continue to be the 15th of each month but I will keep the linky open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time to join in.

The format remains EXACTLY the same as last year so I'm sure you are all aware of what can be included - gifts to and from you; charts, fabric or threads; shoe-horns welcome!

It's currently 9am in England and I'm helping out at school this morning then trying to finish the beading on Nora Corbett's E Fairy so I'm just posting the link-up part now and will come back this evening and edit it, hopefully with lots of blingy photos of Ms E!

7pm - Welcome back!  It has been a most productive day and the third Alphabet Fairy is completed.  Here she is with her sisters:

And here is her solo:

Stitched on 32 count Love-in-the-Mist Murano from Crafty Kitten

I used the flash to take the photo, so although the bottom is a little blurry you can really see all her sparkling bling!  The beading took two sessions for her as opposed to one each for her sisters.

Here are some close-ups:

I stitched her pretty much as charted with all the recommended CC threads.  Once again I changed the backstitch to 356 for her skin and also 3371 for the swirls.  The original chart has an extra border around three sides but, as with C, I decided she didn't need that extra border.

What do you do when you have been stitching fairly OAAT on Fairies for the last three months?  Pick up another one!

The actual fairy was stitched in January last year for the DUCJC2015 and the swirls at the bottom were stitched this afternoon.   There is maybe two hours stitching or a little less from today.  This is going to be J for Me.  Hence the lack of urgency.

The first three fairies qualify for GG because they are gifts for my Godmother's Grandaughters, the chart for E was a gift from Kaye, the charts and fabric for C and S were paid for by Alicia.  J qualifies because the chart was a gift from Justine.

Other GG stitching in the last month included this little motif for Stitching for Syria (a gift of support for the women out there):

Elizabeth Shepherd (a gift from Nicola):

The Strawberry Sampler you can see further down (a gift from Lee Under The Mountain).

Mulberry by Shepherd's Bush (a gift from either Heather or Laura!  Both of them sent me a selection of the SB mini-samplers and I'm not sure who sent which now):

Counting Bats by Just Nan (a gift from Epic Mel) and Sampling Easter by Lizzie*Kate (a gift from Justine (again!))

Here is the place for you to link up so we can see what Gifted Gorgeousness you have been stitching so far this year.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field NOT the words "March Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.
And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.
Thank you.  I can amend links if you make a boo-boo though.



I am also hosting a GGG this month, the chart for the lovely Strawberry Sampler seen here:

There are a mixture of cross stitches and speciality stitches in this one but the chart includes instructions and diagrams so it is suitable for a beginner to this type of stitching.  To go in the draw, simply link-up and then leave a comment making it clear you would like to be in the draw.

Katie AKA Jeremiah's Mom is also hosting a GGG this month, so follow her link-up and take part there.

Last month Gillie The Generous had a GGG, a lovely Jardin Prive design of the letter S.  This was won by Lovely Linda whose surname starts with S and is a Serial Starter too!

Finally, we'll finish with a collage of the E Fairy's journey to completion:


Mini said...

Yay I'm the first one to linkup. Weird thing is I can't see your post in my blogger dashboard. I see this only when I visit your blog without logging in.
Anyways I will be back to read the edited post.
Yes please include me in your giveaway. I really want to learn some new stitches.

Justine said...

Looking forward to seeing pictures of Miss E! Please don't include me in your generous draw, I'm really happy sticking with little xs!

Katie said...

Please enter me into your drawing. What a cute chart and we love to eat Strawberries. I'm hosting a giveaway too so I hope people stop over and join in if interested in a cute snowman chart. Thanks for hosting Jo!! Can't wait to see E!!

sunny said...

Thank you for leaving the linky open longer. I don't post as often as I used to and it's usually near the end of the month now. :-)

DJ said...

Hi Jo! Thanks again for hosting the gifted gorgeousness! I'm running around quite busy today too! I'll try to drop by later and see your editing! I hope you finish up your beading! I'm off to a hockey game with my guys tonight. Have a great day! I'll pass on entering for the chart, and give your other guests a chance, though it is a beauty!

cheryl said...

Cute sampler! I think I will pass on the giveaway this time ... I haven't yet started the charts I won previously.

Sarah in Stitches said...

I've just linked up, thanks, Jo! :D

Julie said...

Added my link for this month. I'll come back later to see your beaded lady. lol nearly typed bearded!!

Tiffstitch said...

Thanks Jo! Please don't enter me in the giveaway though, too much going on, but it's a lovely chart. Good luck everyone!

Kerryp77 said...

E looks stunning Jo, you've had a busy month. I love seeing progress on Elizabeth shepherd too. The fruit samplers look beautiful, I'd love the chance to stitch strawberry sampler too.

craftingpaws said...

Wow Jo, you've done some really lovely stitching!
Please don't enter me in the giveaway though, I'm afraid I have more charts then I'll ever have time to stitch.
Thanks again for hosting the GG!

stitchersanon said...

Beautiful stitching! Added mine...eventually. Time travel at it's worse lol

Amy said...

The E fairy is gorgeous!! Such beautiful stitching! Loving Elizabeth Shepherd too.

rosey175 said...

I also rarely see your blog in my dashboard. When you post, it does show up in my alternate reader thing though!

Love your beaded lady. Let's see, we've had Cleaning and Swirly, what is Miss E? Enthusiastic enchantress? Her bling is truly stunning! Glad you're working on J next. :D As lovely as it is, I'll pass on this giveaway I guess siiiigh.

Linda said...

Your fairies are all stunning Jo. Great progress on the others.


Mini said...

Wow E looks gorgeous . With all those metallics ,she stands out. Beautiful stitching on all other projects too.
Congrats to Linda.

Rachel said...

So many gorgeous pieces again this month Jo. I shall now go and browse some of the linked ones. :)

Bea said...

Oh my goodness, E is gorgeous! All the fairies were, but she really catches my eye. Please don't enter me in the giveaway - love that little sampler but it's not something I would ever stitch.

#HeatherMakes said...

Wow, what fantastic stitching! I have linked my GG post ... a few days late sorry!! I was so busy spring cleaning I totally forgot to post lol!!

Preeti said...

Your E fairy is excellent !! She is the most gorgeous one:) Great job!! Love all of your GG projects.
You have been so much productive within a gap of one blank line ;)

Christine said...

Fabulous stitching Jo, the E fairy (and that sounds wrong even as I hear it in my head) is absolutely gorgeous

Lady Stitch-a-Lot said...

Such lovely stitching =) The fairy looks amazing and all those lovely sparkles!!! =)

Thoeria said...

Your "E"is EEEEMAZING! (Yes corny I know! :D) But seriously it is gorgeous! All that sparkly bling!

diamondc said...

Oh my goodness your stitching is beautiful.


Brigitte said...

Oh my, Jo, the E fairy is breathtaking. There is such a lot of great bling in it, I truly love that. The other fairies are wonderful too, but she has to be the Queen of fairies, lol. Beautiful stitching all over.

Leonore Winterer said...

Just added my post to the linkup...but much more importantly...that E fairy is stunning! She really looks like the quuen of the letter fairies, there's no other word to properly describe her than 'royal'. Great work!
All your other projects look great as well, I'm really looking forward to yet another beautiful fairy :)
Also, I'd love to be entered for the strawberry chart, as I recently mentioned I do love band samplers :D

Solstitches said...

Such gorgeous stitching. I love the fairy with her gossamer wings - so pretty.
Beautiful stitching on the Quaker chart and what a lovely SB piece.

♥ Nia said...

Ohhhhh that fairy... gorgeous!! stunning :D
They are all so beautiful =)))))

gominam said...

Ooh those beads are perfect! Your letters are so intricate and neat, love love love it:)

Emma/Itzy said...

I just remembered to come back now to look at your E finish! It's wonderful! Well done! xx

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Congratulations of the finish of your E Fairy!!! She is just stunningly gorgeous, all that beading was totally worth it for the sparkle :) I've finally joined up to this year of GG, and I'd love to be considered for the Strawberry Sampler; I'm always interested in learning Specialty Stitches!

Stitching Noni said...

So late signing up... but done before the end of the month!!!
I love your E Fairy - it is stunning! :o)
I must now try and get around and see the blog hop posts... lots of train reading coming up for this week!!
Hugs xx