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! 


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


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

  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!

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

  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

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

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


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

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

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

  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!

  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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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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