Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 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.  June was a Free Choice and I stitched this band which has a variety of spooky motifs:

Here is the whole piece so far:

The theme on the Christmas Ornie SAL blog was Animals and Pets and I decided to stitch three more of Daffycat's cute little reindeer freebies.

Stocking Reindeer

Ribbon Reindeer

Star Reindeer

Here are all six together:

And here's what I made them into:

I mounted each square on some thin card and then whipstitched them into a cube.  I threaded some beads onto a piece of cotton thread to make a hanger and then the other ends of the thread to make some beaded tassels at the bottom of the cube.

Regular readers will know there has been a lot of Just Nan recently.  In fact, since the last Smalls post I have started three of her freebies and complete two of them:

My Fair Ladybug

Beehive Violets

Big Bee, Little Bee
not quite finished yet!

You Were Hatched by Teresa Wenztler is a little bit big for a true "small" but it's not too big.  I have stitched all the blue and all the green now:

stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave.
which never looks lilac in any photo!

I also did do more spending in June!  Where has my willpower gone?  I don't know but it's a good thing I'm not doing Stitch from Stash this year.

Crafty Kitten Fabric £19.20
JN October's Eve £6.98
JN 2 Mice £21.52
Beads £1.27
JN Charms £1.52
Chatelaine £22.75
CSC Subs £8.72

Monthly Spend £81.96

The fabric was an impulse buy, she was having one of her One-Off Pieces Auctions and I bid on a few but said "only let me win one, draw again if I get more than one".  I got a nice piece of 32 count Belfast called Nebula:

Here are the three Just Nan charts I bought:

And here is the image of the Chatelaine Gardens of London:

Which I got for 20% off

Time for some pie:

June was dedicated to Dragons and Just Nan!

Finally and unbelievably we are half way through the year already so here's how the Pie looks so far:

It is the year of Nora Corbett so far with Just Nan and Brooke's Books some way behind her.


Thoeria said...

Been doing a bit of a marathon catch up :D You have been busy! I love the clever cube finish with the reindeer! And those Just Nan charts are boo-tiful! Reading about your 20 odd projects that you could have worked on reminds me that I need to go through my hiding places and find all the projects that I've scurried away!

Melinda said...

Garden of London is very nice - Those Guards are the icing on the cake! Thank you for sharing your Reindeer Cube Finished. What a great idea. I really do think I need to get more organized - I always feel this way after I see your graphs. said...

Love the pie chart! beautiful stitching, I also have the reindeer patterns from DaffyCat , waiting until I get 2 more finishes then will be starting on those. Happy Stitching! ~ Christie ~

Bea said...

Terrific new stash. That fabric is so beautiful and I love the Chatelaine - I don't remember seeing that one before.

Tiffstitch said...

Wow! Lovely finishes and awesome stash!

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the great finishes Jo and I love your new stash.


Barb said...

I love the way you chart everything. I do love the Halloween design!

Mini said...

You have been doing great with all your Smalls Stitching. Lovely Just Nan. Wow you did really spend some money ...haha.
I have been buying stuff too but it will be a month before I can show that on my blog.
Loving the details in Garden of London.

Justine said...

I love your cube finish - so clever! My Fair Ladybug is beautiful. Well done on getting Gardens of London at 20% off too!

ANGIE said...

Hi Jo, so nice smalls again! Happy stitching!

Christine said...

Ooh, I can't wait to see what you do with that Crafty Kitten fabric!

Mii Stitch said...

Fabulous new stash & great stitching too!! The cube is just really sweet :)

diamondc said...

Jo: Oh my goodness that Nebula fabric is lovely, I cannot wait to see what you stitch on it.
I love Just Nan, I do not do enough of her designs.
Love your new stash.
I am a lover of pie charts and of course real pie.
Counting Bats is adorable.


Katie said...

Great new stash. Beautiful stitching. Just LOVE the cube! What a fantastic finishing idea. Congrats on the finishes. Good luck with your WIPs. Love your Pie charts.

gracie said...

Lovely stitching...I just love Just Nan designs....that fabric is a wow! The cube finishes are wonderful....never tried one....maybe I will.

Brenda said...

OMS!!! Jo I love your stitching all the time but I love ALL that you have accomplished this month!!! You have inspired me to pull out my JN freebies of those charts to kit up and get my tush in gear to get mine stitched!! LOL Thank you for the inspiration!!! Keep up the great work and sometimes.....we just NEED to have a little splurge!!!

Sarah Lindfield said...

Just fabulous xxx

*-* said...

I love the Nebula fabric, lucky you & beautiful stitching.
I'm trying to finish a quilt so no cross stitching til September, for me.

Sheryl S. said...

Lots of interesting work Jo, love the pretty cube and the great Halloween piece with the spiders and bats. Beautiful new fabric and love the Gardens of London design.

Heather said...

Great stitching and new stash! Nebula is beautiful!

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

Fantastic finish!!!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous stitching! Love your Just Nan finishes, they're so pretty. Great new stash, too! :D

Julie said...

Gardens of London is going to be fabulous. That's a fun piece of fabric, wonder what plans you have for that?

Elfie said...

My goodness! Your needle must have been flying this month! Such lovely finishes and WIPS. The cube finish is especially lovely.

Brigitte said...

Great smalls stitching last month. These JN freebies are so so cute.
And the new stash is absolutely gorgeous. This piece of Nebula fabric was absolutely worth buying. There are so many wonderful hand dyed fabrics out there, I always admire them when some of the floss tubers show what they will stitch on their pieces of fabric.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress! I love counting bats and the little reindeer, and you made some great new purchases as well. Any ideas for that awesome fabric yet?

Anna van Schurman said...

That cube is great!

Stitching Noni said...

Great post! Love that reindeer cube :o)
Have you seen the new Just Nan that has come out and is exclusive to Silver Needles? It is amazing!
Hugs xx

Meari said...

The cube is a great idea for the reindeer!

The Crafty Princess said...

Ironically this post is about your smalls SAL and it's anything but small LOL! Love love your Halloween piece and the sparkly Reindeers. The Just Nan pieces are very cool and my fav has to be the Beehive Violets. It looks wonderlicious. I can't wait to see what you stitch using Nebula, it's fabulicious. I haven't seen the London Chatty before. I'm sure it won't be long before it's stitched by you. Woo hoo something to look forward to.
xo Alicia