Thursday, 31 October 2019

October Stitch from Stash and Pie

A rather different Pie this month, it's a Pumpkin Pie!

Yes, I worked on only three designs in October!  Apart from my Bath Time Stitching which doesn't usually feature in the pie.

I stitched on the Mystic Sampler every day for 27 days but it only appears on the Pie for the days when I didn't stitch anything else.  Days when I did a full day at work usually.

I started on 1st October and aimed to stitch approx one 20 x 20 area per day.  I finished on the 27th October.

stitched on 40 count Newcastle linen in Jewel Butterbeer by Under The Sea Fabrics

The next piece was my spooky conversion of Lavender & Lace's Enchanted Alphabet.  Unfortunately I had to make a choice as to whether to finish this one or Raven and Raven won!  I still have a few more motifs to add so I won't show the whole piece.

stitched on 32 count Murano in Tiger Lily by Sparklies

But the good news is that I did finish Raven by Nora Corbett!  I started her in October 2017 and finished her on 31st October, 2019.

I stitched her skin over one

I changed two of the bead colours.  I knew there was an issue with the charted 02056 Sable which are now very red so I used 00081 Jet instead. As you can see there is a nice shine to them as opposed to the 02014 which are more of a matt black.

The other bead I changed is 10019 the Claret Magnifica which are used in the strings of beads around her shoulders.  I used 03004 Eggplant because their DMC colour is 550 which is used in her dress.

When I am substituting beads I always look at the colour thread Mill Hill recommend to attach the bead and then look for a bead which uses the same colour or a colour within the stitching. 

I also substituted 155 for 156 in her dress, one is more blue than the other which did not look right.  I also used 3 yellows for the moon - 743, 744 and 745 instead of 743, 3078 and a blend of the two.

Other than that, she is all as charted.

stitched on 32 count Belfast in Nebula by Crafty Kitten

The fabric is darker in person and the light patches and blue patches don't stand out so much.

I still have the other half of the fabric so I can stitch another Bewitching Pixie to face her!

I didn't start either of the other Hallowe'en projects on my list because I really wanted this finish after two years.  I had planned to stitch a Just Nan mouse but I bought another one instead!  This necessitated a visit to a needlework shop not too far from me.  Of course you can't just buy one chart so this is what else I got:

The Just Nan is the Autumn Mouse Scissor Roll.  It's a good thing I pre-ordered this as she sold out before they even came in.  I picked up two bargains from the Half Price box.  One is a nice band sampler by Elizabeth Designs called Autumn Leaves and the other is by MarNic Designs and is a beautiful Russian Mother & Child stitched on blue fabric using a mixture of cross stitch and satin stitches as well as beads and metallics.  It looks like needlepoint but it isn't.  I just love the colours.

I also bought a packet of bugle beads to make candles for this month's Christmas ornament and the lovely owl thread holder.  So here is the total spend:
JN Autumn Scissor Roll £24.99
Elizabeth Designs chart £2.50
MarNic Designs chart £4.99
Bugle Beads £2.50
Owl Thread Holder £2.49
Total £37.47

Luckily for Stitch from Stash, the Just Nan was my final Birthday present so I am well within budget again.

Finally, the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop went up this morning.  Don't forget to hop around and visit everyone, leave a comment and try guess the mystery phrase. 


Susan said...

WOW! You have been busy. Everything looks amazing! Congratulations on finishing Mystic Sampler. I can't wait to see the whole conversion of Enchanted Alphabet. The birds are perfect. I was telling my not-so LNS owner about your conversion and she's looking forward to seeing it too. After seeing your Raven, I've put it on my wish list. I have a piece of fabric I was going to use on Luna, but it didn't work out for her. I think Raven will be perfect on it. It will be my last purchase until December of 2020.

Kay said...

Raven is absolutely stunning, I think the fabric choice makes her extra special. x

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your finishes, especially Raven. You couldn't have timed that better for Halloween! She looks absolutely fantastic. Are you planning on starting Bewitching Pixie soon, now that there is a massive gap in your WIPs?!
Well done on SFS too; you're very good at not being tempted and keeping within budget. :)

Shelly said...

Wow, Raven is perfect on that fabric! Just gorgeous! Good for you for keeping up with Stitch from Stash:)

Christine said...

Congratulations on your finishes. Raven is absolutely stunning!

Julie said...

Raven is magnificent, well done Jo.

Katie said...

Fantastic work and gorgeous finish on Raven!! Great new purchases. Love the Just Nan and will enjoy watching it grow.

Leonore Winterer said...

Wow, you had a very productive month! I do love Raven and hope the Spooky Alphabet will follow not too far behind. Great purchases too.

Bethan said...

I love the use of beads in Raven - they are so effective. Congrats on a great finish, and I'm enjoying it was started and finished in October (albeit 2 years apart) x

Lelia said...

Your blog is always full of treasures! I enjoy all your posts : )

Astrids dragon said...

What, only three?! But those three look fantastic! Wow, Raven looks stunning, I'm looking forward to seeing your next one to accompany her.
Your new stash look good, I know I'm already going to love the mouse!