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.