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Thursday, 26 May 2016

May Smalls SAL

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.  May's theme was Spiders and I stitched this band:

stitched on 32 count lilac linen

That is one giant spider!  I am not surprised the ghosts are fleeing.

Here is the whole piece with my special scissors and fob:


The theme on the Christmas Ornie SAL blog was Reindeer and I decided to stitch one of Daffycat's cute little reindeer freebies.  In the event, I stitched three of them!  Jinglebell, Holly and Mistletoe.




I also completed another Small, this time as part of the Stitch Maynia Colour-a-Day SAL, which was Red.

stitched on 28 count Platinum linen


This was a gift from Vickie so I will be sending it back out into the world as part of June's Gifted Gorgeousness post.  So keep your eyes open then!  I used the charted DMC 902 for the darker red and substituted 3722 for the charted 3726 which looked too brown to me.  I also used standard size beads instead of the charted petite.  The standard beads filled the spaces much better than the petites.  Plus I had them in my stash and didn't have the petites!

Having completed that piece I needed something simple to start straightaway and chose the second in a series called Winter Woods by The Little Stitcher.  Only a couple of evenings bathtime stitching and a lunchbreak at work and it was done:

stitched over one on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Here is the previous piece in this series:


There is one more and I'll scrapbook them together.

I almost forgot my other Small! Inspired by our host Heather, I stitched on the Teresa Wentzler Byzantine Ornaments too.  I used burgundy fabric and changed the colours too:

more details in the post here

Finally, in my last post I showed a picture of Just Nan's Haunted Pumpkins Tree and said I couldn't remember what happened to it.  I found it!  In a sensible place, surprisingly.  I had put the finished piece into the bag with the chart and put them back into my Just Nan bag.  There are a LOT of charts in that bag.  Maybe I'll pull out a JN small to start tonight.

31 comments:

  1. Jestem zachwycona! Wspaniałe prace!!! Pozdrawiam.

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  2. Wonderful stitching! I especially love the ornaments. Laura

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  3. Congrats on all of the adorable finishes Jo. I don't have time to do any finishes, I'm to busy doing starts. lol

    Linda

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  4. Beautiful new finishes and thanks for the link the The Little Stitcher!

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  5. I love Counting Bats. 😀 And your Christmas stitching is so tiny! And so cute!

    The red design is lovely. You chose really great colors!

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  6. Lovely group of smalls. The Winter Woods especially caught my eye.

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  7. Great stiching! Your Halloween piece is really looking good.

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  8. Oh what BEAUTIFUL stitching you have shared again with us!!! I love all that you have blogged about today for the Smalls posting!!! Great job!!!

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  9. Oh I like the Halloween piece.Guess what as I was writing this comment, DH looked at my screen and said oh this is good abt the Halloween piece :)
    All your smalls are lovely. Specially the one from Vickie and Byzantine Ornament.

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  10. Wonderful smalls, my dear - Counting Bats is my favourite this month, I think. xxx

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  11. Lovely smalls!! I liked your special scissor and the fob :)

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  12. Yay! The Sweetheart Tree finish is splendid!

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  13. Love all your smalls! Good job!

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  14. Beautiful stitching as always Jo, I'd be fleeing from that spider too and I'm chief spider catcher in our house! Lovely winter and Christmas stitching. Daffycat's reindeer are lovely. I stitched a couple last year.

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  15. Love all your smalls finishes!

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  16. Love your update, so in love with the reindeer!

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  17. Amazing! Beautiful stitching!

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  18. Another Etsy shop to visit - It's a wonderful thing. Those little reindeer too. Thanks for sharing - Stopped by your Scrapbook page - So amazing.

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  19. Lovely work! The little red sampler is beautiful

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  20. Your needle has been flying! I have to admit the little reindeer have caught my heart, but all the others are lovely too - even the bats.

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  21. These are gorgeous! Love them all.....
    xxx

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  22. So many lovely smalls! Happy stitching!

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  23. Gorgeous stitching! I love your Halloween band sampler, it's fantastic! :D

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  24. So many lovely pieces....

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  25. You certainly have been busy! I love that giant spider.

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  26. Wow, you are so productive! Everything is wonderful! I especially love your Halloween band sampler! Can't wait to see the completion.

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  27. Halloween stitching always looks so good on purple/lilac fabric. Your band sampler is stunning.

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  28. Great progress the bats piece is really coming along!

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  29. These smalls are just wonderful. I love the ghosts fleeing from the giant spider, and yes, giant it is, lol. Just this morning I read a blog post where someone was talking about a giant spider coming out of her project bag. In the future I will be careful when rummaging through my project boxes, lol.

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  30. Wow, you had quite a bit to show this time! Those little reindeer are just so cute, and so is the winter woods one. Great progress, I'm surious to see what you will pick next!

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  31. Love them all, especially the reindeer on the sparkly fabric! Great job.

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