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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Hallowe'en and Christmas Stitching and Easter too!

Almost completely unseasonal!

As I mentioned in my interview on the new Blogger of the Week Blog, my current rotation starts with The Enchanted Alphabet, followed by The Stitcher's Alphabet and then the two Ornie Blogs - Hallowe'en and Christmas.  For both of those I am stitching a portion of a larger design with the aim of completing two large WIPs by the end of the year.

The first one is Happy Hallowe'en by Imaginating.  This month's spooky theme is Spiders and Cobwebs so here are the two Es and their creatures:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Murano

Here is the full piece so far:

Why will the fabric colour not come out right?

I have a second Hallowe'en piece which I am stitching alongside this one if I have time in the month.  It is Witches by Oberlin Samplers:

stitched on the same fabric.

My Christmas design is The 12 Days of Christmas by Joan Elliott and I have reached Block 3, although I haven't quite finished it yet.  I just wanted to get a blog post up today!


I have been diligently working my way round the border every evening.  Most recently I have been stitching the blue snowflakes in the corners.  Then it will be more dark red lines followed by another double row of metallic!  Once I finish those I will start on the vines between the two rows of border.  I have a feeling this border will be my evening stitching for the entire year!


I hope to finish the French Hens and the red in the left-hand angel tomorrow.

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Finally, we are approaching the Easter Holidays which means only one things - Chocolate Eggs!  
NO - Easter Blog Hops!  As usual I will be hosting an Easter Blog Hop with a Treasure Hunt for the Mystery Phrase.  Provide your own eggs!  If you would like to take part this year, just leave a comment here.  The week before Easter I will send you a letter of the alphabet which will form part of the mystery phrase.  On Good Friday you will post that letter along with a photo of something seasonal that you have stitched (could be Easter or Spring or just something cheerful and sunny or floral).  We all hop around like little bunnies to find the Mystery Phrase!

Here's a link to last year's hop so you can see how it all works - Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2016

26 comments:

Keebles said...

In my eyes...Halloween should be 24/7!

Kerryp77 said...

Great work Jo, count me in for the Easter hop.

Ariadne said...

Count me in for the Easter blog hop I have stitched some beautiful things for Easter this year!AriadnefromGreece!

Linda said...

Wonderful progress Jo. I wish Joan Elliott didn't use so many quarter stitches.

Linda

beadgirl said...

I'm soooo not in the mood to stitch Christmas or Halloween designs right now. Of course, come the fall, I will be envious of all the designs you have finished or almost ready ....

Preeti said...

Beautiful stitching on all the projects, you are going great!

Mini said...

Lovely progress on the Halloween and Xmas projects.

butterfly said...

lovely stitching Jo love the Halloween looks like a fun stitch.
Enjoy your day.

Wendy said...

love those Halloween pieces!

Christine said...

Twelve days is looking great Jo

Mii Stitch said...

Great progress on your various projects.
My favourite has to be the Halloween one on the lime green fabric, so colourful, must be so much fun to work on that one!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Good progress on both the Halloween and Christmas projects. It wouldn't be Easter without a chocolate egg :) .
Please include me in the Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop. Thank you.

Carol said...

Those are both so cute, Jo--that Halloween one is darling on the fabric. I, too, share your feelings about the difficulty in getting a fabric's true colors to show up in our photos!

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful stitching on everything! That 12 Days is going to be amazing when complete, and as long as you keep your sanity with all that metallic, it will be worth it. You can count me in for the Blog Hop as well please.

Deborah Richardson said...

I think I will have found something suitable in time so please add me to the Easter Hop list, a most appropriate time for hopping.

Brigitte said...

Your two Halloween projects are gorgeous. I lover these big letters with all the smallish motifs all around and between them. A very nice effect. The lime green fabric is more than appropriate, lol.
Three French Hens are nearly done. But that border seems to be very time-consuming. And then the metallic threads ...

Barb said...

You have seen busy doing some lovely stitching. I just love the Halloween piece with the letters.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Happy Halloween looks so pretty, as does all of your projects. But I am still in love with your 12 Days of Christmas. The more I see of that the more I am thinking of adding it to my stash. I must be strong.

Astrids dragon said...

I love both of your Halloween pieces, I think I need to them to my list.
12 Days is looking great, at least you know what you'll be doing in the evenings!
Of course I'm hopping this year, count me in.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Great stitching! Love your Halloween pieces :D

diamondc said...

Hi Jo: I love the Easter Season, I look forward to each year.
All your stitching WIPS are great choices.
I have never done a Blog Hop before, I should give it a try.

Blessings
Catherine

jocondine said...

Halloween stitchings look great, love this little cat flying on the broom. Lovely pudgy hens too. Count me in for Easter Blog Hop, happy to add this event on my schedule. xxx

Julie said...

The green was a great choice of fabric for the Halloween stitches.

Leonore Winterer said...

Lovely progress on your SALs. So many seasons in just one update! I'd love to be a part of the Easter Blog Hop again this year. I hope I'll get something new stitched up too!

Katie said...

Just love your progress on all your beautiful pieces. So much fun to watch them come along. Please sign me up for the blog hop. I love joining in on the fun.

Stitching Noni said...

Great progress update :o)
I am loving stitching my "E's" at the moment.... that is such a fun piece to stitch
Hugs x