Saturday, 2 February 2019

The People Chose Hearts

Regular followers will be aware that for over 3 years now I have run a themed SAL on the first Saturday of each month.  First we spent 26 months doing The Alphabet Club and then 12 months of the Zodiac.  Now I have decided to listen to the People and post about your choice of theme.  Each month I ask for suggestions on the blog and then make a poll in the IHSW Facebook Group from those suggestions.

February - Hearts
March - Freebies
April - Speciality Stitches

The Hermiters are a romantic bunch and chose Hearts for February.  I have stitched a lot of heart designs in the past and even have one as my avatar.  Here's a collage I made for the letter H in the Alphabet Club back in 2017:

You can see my avatar on the top left.  That one is by Heather Holland-Daly from her book Stitch Graffiti.  I stitched it on a piece of upholstery fabric using a piece of aida as waste canvas.  Not entirely successfully as it was hard to pull the fibres out from the densely stitched areas.  But it looks good if you don't look too closely!

Three Just Nan smalls I have completed since then:

Just Nan Christmas Rose Cross Stitch Ornament

And this beautiful little cube I stitched for last year's Valentine's Day Blog Hop:

Tiny Heart by Amint Kipatten
(that's a good link for heart freebies)

I've also been busy painting heart rocks to hide for Valentine's Day and bring some love and a smile to people's faces.

I have a new collage maker as the old one is being retired due to issues with Flash.  It's a lot more versatile and it's going to be fun playing with it.  You can find it here - Photo Collage

Now it's over to you.  All you have to do is make a post on the theme of Hearts, mention The People's Choice SAL (you can copy the picture I used at the top of this post and in my side bar) and my blog.  Please link up using the URL of the actual blog post, not the home page of your blog.  I look forward to seeing what you all post.



I shared one link for freebie hearts up above and here are some more.  They should all be "live" still but if you find one that isn't please let me know and I'll remove it.

Finally, I need your suggestions for the next poll.  Any thing, no matter how obscure, weird or random will go into the poll.  Keep the theme suggestions to a single word or two - so you could have Cats, or Blue, or Holidays, or Warmth etc.  Really anything which could be illustrated in cross stitch.

Looking forward to reading them all!


Julie said...

Such a lot of hearts to admire, you are a LOVEly stitcher.

Pamela said...

You have so many gorgeous hearts! The heart rock idea is fabulous. For a future month, I choose Cats.

Linda said...

Lovely projects Jo. I love your rocks.


Janet said...

You have so many beautiful hearts. Thank you for sharing.

Katie said...

Great heart filled post. All linked up. Another fun one to join in on.

Themes...dolphins, mermaids, lighthouse. May, warmth, campfires. Just a few quick thoughts.

RJ said...

What a wonderful collection of hearts you have made Jo. Love them all. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Rachel said...

So many hearts and in such a variety of colours too! The tree silhouetted by the heart-shaped sun is my favourite, although the cute little Just Nan ornies come a close second.
I hope you get a lot of smiles from the gorgeous rocks. :)

Mini said...

I love stitching hearts and love you the ones you have stitched.

I may actually join in this time.

Clare-Aimetu said...

What a beautiful collection of hearts, thank you for all the links.

Kay said...

Thank you for the list of heart freebies, i will enjoy looking through them. x

Kate said...

Jo, one can never have too many hearts. Thanks for all the great links. Your heart rocks are such a great idea!

rosey175 said...

I always manage to forget about the Anne les petites croix stitches. They're very cute hearts! I saved a few this time around so no excuses for next year, right? :) The "VariousDesigns - Stickeule" does not work for me; I think the blog might still be active but it's for "invited readers" only.

I like the rock with the tiny vines growing love! The rainbow hearts are always my favorite though I can't remember that heart tree with heart sun piece. How pretty!

Shelley E said...

Thank you so much for collecting and providing these links. So many lovely heart patterns from bloggers all over the world. Thank you!

diamondc said...

Jo: I love this post, I have never seen a widget like this, what fun.
All your heart designs are lovely.


Barb said...

What a beautiful collection of hearts!!

Tiffstitch said...

That is a ton of hearts! Thank you for the links.

Vickie said...

What an awesome collection of hearts you have stitched Jo. I love them. They are beautiful. And the rocks you painted are just awesome! Well done!

Beth in IL said...

Love all the hearts, but the rocks are fabulous! I found a rock at our local craft store the other day, but left it as the place was crawling with kids. Hope one of them found it and took it home.
Red? Cats? Coffee?

Christine said...

Loads of lovely hearts! Thanks for the links.
I vote for Cats as a theme, or penguins, obviously

Leonore Winterer said...

There's a lot of love in the air! I hope to finish my hearts projects this weekend, and I'm already making plans for the next themes :) As for suggestions, let's see...I nominate 'Fandom' and 'stars' (because I just feel like stars :D)

Astrids dragon said...

All lovely stitched hearts and the rocks are always fun.
Thanks for sharing all the freebies, I'm sure to find at least one I'll "have" to stitch!

Little Stitches Art said...

Great heart collection....... Hope you like mine.

Leonore Winterer said...

Linked up :)