Friday, 28 June 2019

June Smalls SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Mary's Thread

For this SAL I am showing the monthly project for the Christmas Ornie Blog. I am choosing from the back issues of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Specials. This month we could chose any ornament from any issue from 2001 to 2010.  I went for a Just Nan design from 2002; A Little Joy.

stitched on 28 count Platinum linen

The fabric next to it will be the backing fabric for the ornament finish.  The original was charted so the small design in the centre was stitched over 1 on a separate piece of fabric and then put into a tiny frame attached the main design.  But as I don't have a tiny frame, I stitched it direct on the fabric and added a little gold backstitched frame around it.

This was a lovely design to stitch, some speciality stitches, some metallics and some beads as well as the tiny over one scene in the centre.

The other regular project for the SAL is my spooky conversion of Lavender & Lace's Enchanted Alphabet.  I finished the letters a while back and now I am adding various spooky motifs each month.  This month I added some little ghosts:

I am also stitching a Just Nan small each month.  This is side 1 of Butterfly Needlebook.  I am calling this a finish although there are some initials to be added in the centre of the motif.  I want to complete both sides before I add them.

stitched on 28 count hand-dyed pink linen

This is side 2 of the Needlebook:

Finally, a less pleasant subject - Spam.  I have had a rash of spam comments just lately.  Fortunately they have not appeared on my blog as I moderate comments, so for those of you who do not moderate - check your comments daily to delete them.  Most are quite obviously spam although there was one that seemed to be a real person "Millie", until you followed their link and they were not!


Linda said...

Love all your small projects and congrats on the finish Jo.


Mary's Thread said...

Jo, all your projects are lovely! I always enjoy seeing your Nans, and I continue to be impressed with and love watching the progress on the Spookification of the Alphabet. You are doing just a marvelous job on that. It is so cleverly done. Thank you for letting me know about the Linky. I fiddled with it. I think it needs more fiddling. But I have you on there!

Pamela said...

Wonderful stitching! The ornament with the trees in the corners is really gorgeous.
I moderate my comments and have also noticed more spam. Lately, there are many blogs that I cannot leave a comment on with my laptop, but can with my iPad - I don't kow why this is.

Rachel said...

The Just Nan are lovely and just how cute are those little ghosts? Nothing scary about them at all! :)

butterfly said...

Some lovely Just Nan stitching , all your stitching looks fab.
Yes there is allot of unwanted comments coming in , it's been good for the last couple of years ,so I wonder what's different.

butterfly said...

Love all your Just Nan stitching I am also a fan of this designer .
Have a lovely weekend.

Vickie said...

A Little Joy is so wonderful Jo!

Sheryl said...

A lovely Just Nan design Jo, I like how you managed to incorporate the center design surrounded by the gold backstitching.

Shebafudge said...

Joy is gorgeous and if it was 2002, I should have it. I'll have to have a look. It looks like you made great progress with your smalls SAL

RJ said...

All of your stitches are looking wonderful Jo. I especially love the Just Nan..such pretty work. Just got back home from a nice week at the beach and was so happy to see a new post from you. I always enjoy what you have stitched. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Katie said...

Beautiful stitching! Yeah I've noticed spam seems to come in waves. I won't get it for a long time and then bam all the sudden I get a whole bunch. I go in and mark it spam and delete it.

Julie said...

I've not seen the needlebook design before, that's a pretty one.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great smalls! I love your cute little ghosties, and the Just Nan designs are always pretty.
Interestingly enough, I had a LOT of Spam comments up until a few weeks ago (sometimes about 5 a day), but haven't had any in a while. Seems like they are wandering around!

Bethan said...

Amazing - I even guessed the Christmas piece was a Just Nan design before I read your description. It is so lovely; the backing will be perfect with it. Beginning to think I need to investigate some Just Nan designs...x

Astrids dragon said...

Your Just Nan's are lovely, especially Joy since it's finished!
I love the ghosts you added, you know I really love this one!