Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Sensationally Super Alphabet Society

It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for detention!

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"

I think most of you know the lovely enigmatic Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail?  We were chatting via email a while back and between us came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge.  We batted some ideas around and are calling it the The Alphabet Club.  Chiara has the full details on that link but basically she will post a link-up post on the first Saturday of each month (Saturday being detention day in the film) reminding us of the month's letter and we will all link up with themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.

S is for Skeleton from The Dark Alphabet by A Note of Friendship Blog.  The charts are no longer available on the blog, but contact Julie or Becky via their emails and ask if you are interested in stitching this project.

S is for Sampler, this month's block in The Stitcher's Alphabet by Brooke's Books:

stitched on 28 count afghan

Here is the page I have just completed.  I plan to make a soft book out of these when I finally finish the stitching.

So, Sampler, I love Samplers!  Modern ones, reproduction ones, large ones, tiny ones. I just love them.  In fact the first project I ever cross stitched was a mini sampler:

14 count aida, stitched in 1993

I won't attempt to show every sampler I have stitched, that's what The Happy Dance blog is for.  But here is a collage of my older finishes, these were all completed in my pre-blog days prior to 2011:

S is for Speciality Stitches.  Apparently Americans say "specialty" instead of "speciality", another example of the missing vowels to go along with all the missing letters "u" in words.  This little sampler is one of my favourites for speciality stitches, there are 14 different stitches in a piece 3 x 2 inches in size:

Love by Drawn Thread

There are plenty of designers beginning with S to choose from too.  I counted 16 on my Happy Dance blog!  Three of my favourites are Satsuma Street, Shepherd's Bush and The Sweetheart Tree, so here's one design from each:

Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street

Bilberry by Shepherd's Bush

Tudor Rose by The Sweetheart Tree

S is for SALs, you can see the full list on my WIPocalypse post or you can click on the icons in my sidebar to visit the hosts.  SALs are a great way to keep you on track with your stitching and your blogging.  They are also a good way to connect with other stitchers and feel part of our community.  There's nothing like knowing that people all over the world are thinking "there's a new moon, time to show the world my ORTS" at the same time as you are!

Now the really hard bit - the Blog Roll.  There are so many S blogs it would be impossible to list them all!  Again, I have a list of blogs I follow in my sidebar if you want to check them out but here are a few who comment regularly and I have followed the longest.

and lastly, because she's pretty much the only S blogger without the word "stitch" or "sew" in her title:

Secret Stitching Sweetheart

Finally, a whole slew of S's - Secret Stitching Sweetheart!  The next blog hop I am hosting is for Valentine's Day.  All you have to do is send me a photo of something you have stitched which is suitable to send to a stitching friend.  I will send the photos to the participants who will post on their blogs and then we hop around to find out who sent which photo.  I need the photos by Friday 10th February please to give me time to sort them out.


  1. A super post! You have stitched some beautiful samplers.

  2. Lovely to see past stitching.

  3. S... S... Sensational post, Jo! You have clearly been stitching for a long time!

  4. Jo I had such fun looking at your many samplers. Pretty Little London is so wonderful! And Tudor Rose, well, you know. ;)

  5. Another great alphabet post Jo. I love all of the samplers that you have stitched.


  6. Wow! That is an impressive selection of samplers.

  7. Simply spectacular stitchery showing! My goodness, I hadn't realised you had stitched so many samplers and I love them. Top of the list for me are reproductions, but I enjoy them all. Great 'S' pieces from your alphabets - I especially like the skeleton.

  8. Wonderful samplers, Jo - you have accomplished so much stitching! I really enjoyed looking at them all. I think that we say Specialty not Speciality here downunder - the American TV influence, maybe?

  9. The colors in your Stitcher's alphabet are so pretty. Wow! What a wonderful collection of samplers.

  10. Your sampler's are wonderful but I especially love your Love sampler! I really enjoy your Alphabet Club posts.

  11. A Spectacular Post! Love the sampler collage so much. Pretty little London is awesome too, aaahh, all of them are🤗

  12. Such stupendous stitching! Great finishes too.

  13. Spectacular post Jo! Oh my you have stitched so many beautiful samplers. Can't believe that your first stitching was so neat.

  14. What a Super post. Just Satisfying to read. So have a Stupendous day.

  15. Yet another great post! I love all your sampler finishes (one of these days, I really need to go through your Happy Dance blog) and also that Sweetheart Tree Ornament. S is a splendid letter!

  16. Great post! It's wonderful to see all those samplers.
    Ah the missing letters - laboratory and aluminium are my pet hates

  17. Simply super samplers, Jo, and I especially love Tudor Rose, and the wonderful "Love" sampler!
    Great post, Jo!
    Barbara x

  18. Love your Stitcher Alphabet and of course samplers are just amazing. Simply Stunning! xxx

  19. Such spectacular samplers for your S post.

  20. Wow, what a lot of beautiful samplers done, love the Tudor Rose and Love by Drawn Thread, pretty work. p.s. thanks for the mention.

  21. Spectacular sensational stitching!
    Great S post :o)

  22. Great 'S' post! I love the Sampler block in the alphabet - that house is too cute! You've stitched an amazing amount of samplers. Thanks for mentioning me :D

  23. Oh my, Jo, I'm completely fascinated by your sampler collage. Such a lot of samplers. They all look gorgeous. Yes, there are a whole lot of stitching related words starting with S. Great S post!

  24. Splendiforous post! What can I say? Us Americans are lazy :D. Although I usually find myself spelling things with the u anyway...well some words.


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