Sunday, 5 June 2016



It's TUSAL time again!  For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.

Here is my ORTS jar posing with the current stitching projects:

The project on the left is Just Nan's Counting Bats which is the design I am stitching each month for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL.  Here is this month's band:

stitched on 32 count lilac linen

And here is the whole piece so far:

There's a skeleton charm to be added in the gap under the bat

The other design is my nearly-finish of My Fair Ladybug, also by Just Nan.  It would have been finished today but I discovered I don't have the little ladybird charm for the centre!

stitched on 28 count evenweave

So I popped over the SewandSo's website, ordered the charm, some beads I need and a couple more JNs fell into my basket!  oops.  Here's a close-up of the beaded part:

I spent some time cataloguing my Just Nans this morning.  I have 49 of the small designs, not including the Hallowe'en ones!  The majority were the annual freebies but some are "bought and paid for" designs.  I have stitched a grand total of 6 of them!  Time to get cracking on another one I think.  I chose Beehive Violets to go with my bee-themed RAK from Kim.

Finally, I completed my exploding book!  As seen in the Stitch Bitch's blog.  More photos to follow in the next post.


  1. Ooo cool book and progress!

  2. Oooh, I need to get cracking on my Counting Bats but I just don't want to stop my TAAT projects (although one is very nearly finished). Lovely stitching as always and I love your exploding book.

  3. Love everything Jo.


  4. Ooh. I'm intrigued by the book

  5. Great stitching on everything and very cool book!

  6. Love your counting bats stitchery, and the exploding book looks like a fun project. The beaded work on My Fair Ladybug is lovely.

  7. Beautiful stitching. That's a very intrguing book, what surprise could be inside...

  8. The exploding book looks intriguing.

  9. The book looks interesting.

  10. Lovely stitching and ORTs. Wow the exploding book is amazing.

  11. Hi,
    Love the counting bats, really cute. Have a great day!

  12. Love both of your projects!

  13. A very interesting book indeed.
    Wow, what a lot of Just Nan projects there are in your stash. I am totally in love with her band samplers, the old and the new ones. But I also love her smaller designs. They are small but they all have so many cute details.

  14. Counting bats is really nice, it's a very clever pattern very well composed(?). The book looks great too very funny and elegant finish but I know the precision/attention needed for this cardboard. xxx

  15. That book looks really cool! Gorgeous stitching and progress :D

  16. Great progress.... :o) Me thinks that you like Just Nan designs!! :o)
    I am loving that book! Wow what a great finishing idea!
    Hugs xx

  17. Lovely progress on counting bats, and The Ladybug-small looks great, even without the charm! I'm really looking forward to seeing more of those soon-ish. And don't you just hate it when stuff just falls in your basket?! SO annoying!!


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