Friday, 28 December 2018
December Smalls SAL
The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus
My main Small project has been my 12 Days of Christmas by Just Nan which I completed earlier this month. I started it for 12 Days of Stitchmas last December and then completed one block per month throughout the year. Here it is all finished:
When I completed the final block I had a new start, a gifted piece from Heather of Stitching Lotus, a Lizzie*Kate design called Life is Better:
stitched over 1 on 32 count Lambswool linen
The adorable buttons were a gift from Ariadne, I just laid them on the fabric for the photo but will sew them on when I fully finish the piece.
When that one was finished I had four days free to stitch anything I wanted, unfortunately the frog came to visit!
Then it was 12 Days of Stitchmas again! This year I decided to make a start on the 12 Ornaments I will be stitching for the Christmas Ornament Blog run by Kaye. There are three themes in 2019 and I have decided to go for the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Special 2001 - 2010. I have chosen my 12 designs from the magazines and started four so far. Today is the Fourth Day of Christmas.
On Day One I stitched Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree from 2009:
On Day Two I stitched Ink Circle's Poinsettia from 2008 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:
On Day Three I stitched The Sweetheart Tree's Noel Christmas Bellpull from 2007 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree:
I debated whether to stitch design 2 as well but thought that as the Quaker Tree is quite large, I'd rather focus on that each day. I will thank myself once we get further on and I'm not trying to fit 10 designs into one day!
On Day Four I stitched Dragon Dreams' Peace on Earth from 2002 and Rosewood Manor's Festive Quaker Tree from 2009:
I am choosing my own colours on the Festive Quaker Tree and didn't get much done today as the paler colours blend into the fabric too much. I frogged and will restitch with a medium blue and B5200.
Throughout the year I was stitching 30-a-Day on my Just Nan Smalls. That ground to a halt in September when I switched to Leonore's Wedding present.
I did manage to complete 10 Just Nan Smalls and here they all are:
And here are Leonore and Felix's wedding presents:
Finally, there is housekeeping to be done on the blog, the "19 in '19" list to be finalised, the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL to set up for next year and the Happy Dance list and blog to be updated. Plus rather a lot of emails to answer. Good thing I have some time off work!