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Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Smalls SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I have two Small Challenges:


For the Hallowe'en Blog we had Bad Fairies which was a very tricky subject to find!  In the end I converted a Lucie Heaton fairy to be a Bad Bat Fairy:


Here's the original design so you can see the changes:


I used the silks from Counting Bats for her dress, tights, shoes, hair and hat.  DMC for her bat wings and Kreinik for her wand.  I sketched her on graph paper to get the wings right.

For the Christmas blog we had Festive Food for the theme, lots of yummy stitching going on there.  I am stitching the Primitive Hare Cubes for this blog and here is "I":


This is exactly as charted apart from the substitution of B5200 for Blanc.

Here are all seven so far:

stitched on 35 count Country Mocha from Willow Fabrics

You can tell "I" was photographed at a different time to the rest!

My other Smalls are two Sugar Skulls by Brookes Books which may be small in size but certainly take a lot of stitching!  Here they are nearly completed:


That photo was taken on Monday, I have actually finished all the stitching now but forget to take a photo before I started cutting them up.  So you'll have to wait until I have finished-finished them to see what they look like!

This is my current evening project; an extract of Potions and Brews by Cherished Stitches from the JCS Hallowe'en Ornie special 2016:


I'm stitching it on a 28 count evenweave which is far too big for a small!  If/when I stitch the whole thing I will definitely go for a 36 as recommended.  This is what I had in my stash and I wanted to stitch the top part right away.  It's called Moondust from Crafty Kitten.

Finally, I received another Birthday present which I will show you soon AND I ordered my fabric and threads for my Chatelaine taking advantage of the Birthday discount Crafty Kitten gives you.  I have some of the special threads as gifts, I have ordered the Rainbow Gallery and one Waterlily which didn't convert to DMC.  The rest will be the DMC conversion or a Jodyri thread substitute as some of those threads might be more suitable.  Exciting times ahead! 

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on the cute finishes Jo. Potions and Brews looks great.

    Linda

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  2. I love your bad bat fairy,what clever changes you made, and the Primitive Hare designs are lovely.

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  3. Your fairy is perfect! What a great conversion!

    I'm really enjoying your Primitive Hare stitching. I'll probably have to break down and buy the pattern soon. ☺

    Great stitching all around!

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  4. Bad Fairy is a difficult one, you did a great job!

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  5. I do love your bad fairy :o) she is just so cute!!
    The Potion extract is looking good - fabric looks really lovely
    Can't wait to see the sugar skulls finished finished! :o)
    Hugs xx

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  6. Love your bat fairy and your new start. I'm really looking forward to seeing your Chatelaine, they are such beautiful projects.

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  7. Lovely small stitching!
    Pretty new start on potions and brews :)

    Hugs,
    Lili

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  8. Fantastic stitching on everything. The Halloween fairy conversion looks fantastic, well done.

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  9. Great progress on your stitching! I'm loving your Christmas cubes :D

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  10. Love them all, especially the "Bad Fairy"!

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  11. I am sorry, your adorable fairy isn't bad enough! She is too cute and is wearing truly fabulous stockings haha. Love the sugar skulls finish too, magnets are a great idea. Now I have an inkling of something to do with the little Halloween Kitties!

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  12. I love your conversion into Bad Bat Fairy, but she looks too sweet to be wicked. Wicked cute maybe. Great job on all your Halloween and Chrissy smalls too.
    xo Alicia

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  13. Love, love how you made her into a bat, so creative!

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  14. Great smalls, that bat fairy is so very cute! What an interesting theme to pick.
    Also, I am *really* excited for that Chatelaine!

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  15. I love the bad bat fairy! The Potions plaque is looking good too.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished skulls

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  16. Loving the bat fairy, she's fantastic.

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  17. I love the bat fairy--much more than the original. You did a great job on the wings!

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  18. Great Bad Bat Fairy. She looks great. I love the Potions and Brews chart. I have that on my todo list. It will be fun to watch your progress on your Chatelaine.

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  19. Perfect fairy!! She looks so sweet!!

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  20. I love how your Bad Fairy is now known as Bad Bat Fairy, awesome! The cubes are looking so great, Jo. Can't wait to see the whole set.

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  21. Your little bad bat fairy is such a nice idea, she really tries hard to be a bad fairy, lol.
    And the Potions and Brews design looks very promising. I haven't seen the whole chart as I don't have that magazine yet.
    These Sugar Skulls look great, too. Meanwhile I googled this tradition that I hadn't know before. Very interesting to read about it.

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  22. Love how you've batwomaned your fairy and all the charts of PH cubes are lovely, specially that cake which looks delicious. xxx

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