Friday, 10 January 2020

Finally Fully Finishing Fun for January

FFG SAL - 10th of each month
Hosted by Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher

This SAL is designed to motivate us all to do something with that box of Finished pieces instead of just storing them under the bed.  We will all be linking up on Rachel's blog on or after the 10th of each month (10 Hour Stitcher - 10th of the month).

Let's start the year off as we don't mean to go on - doing nothing all month and realising on the 9th that you have one day to FFO something, anything to show on the 10th.

Luckily I have a folder of unfinished items and many of them simply need scrapbooking.  So here are two Blasts from the Past:

The owl was stitched in December 2014.  This freebie design comes from Jacquie and is available from her blog My Journey.  I stitched it on 28 count black evenweave using a GAST thread appropriately called Harvest Moon.
The other design which was already on the page is by Lizzie*Kate as discussed in The People's Choice this month.  I added a witch silhouette that my friend cut for me using her special machine:

This one is from February 2015 and is Cuore di Hallowe'en by Savoir faire Vailly
Stitched over one on 32count Cognac evenweave using DMC B5200, 310 and 740.

I used double sided tape to fix the stitching to the purple square and then trimmed it using some purple lace-patterned tape.

So that's it for this month.  Maybe I'll spend some time this Sunday finishing an ornments so I won't be rushing around at the last minute in February!

Finally, I will be running the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop on Valentine's Day.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

It's really very simple, all you have to do is email me a picture of something you have stitched which is suitable for a stitching friend on Valentine's Day.  It could be a heart, or a pair of cute creatures, or the word "love" or anything which warms your heart.  Really anything you think a fellow stitcher would like to receive in her email Inbox.    It can be something you've stitched in the past or something you've made especially for this year.  It could also be quilted or sewn this year as I know some of my followers do other crafts too.

Send me the email by 10th February.

When I have all the emails I will randomise them and send one to each participant on 13th February. Then on 14th February you must post the picture you receive onto your blog under the heading
 Secret Stitching Sweetheart

There will be a list on my blog of everyone joining in, so check out all the blogs and find out who got your picture and identify yourself in their comments as their

 Secret Stitching Sweetheart

Does that make sense to everyone? I hope so!

If you'd like to be involved then leave a comment on this post or send me an email if you are "no-reply". I'll be putting little reminders up from time to time and will email on 9th February to make sure you send the pic in time.


Astrids dragon said...

Great finishes for Halloween, the purple looks good with your Cuore di Hallowe'en!
I'll be looking for a Valentine to send for the secret stitching.

Vickie said...

I will take part in the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop Jo!

Julie said...

Two great inclusions to meet the requirements for this month, well done (even if last minute lol)

Kaisievic said...

Great FFOing, Jo, as always. Count me in on the bloghop and I am off to FFO something right now!

Barb said...

You do such a wonderful job with the scrapbook finishes!!

Clare-Aimetu said...

It's nice to see some spooky stitching. I'll be joining in the Blog Hop and will email you soon

Amy Davidson said...

The scrapbook finishes are so clever and lovely!

Katie said...

Beautiful finishes. I waited till the day before for 3 of mine too. I think it makes you work harder haha. Please sign me up for the Blog Hop.

diamondc said...

Jo: I love owls, they just have something that pulls at my heart.
These are lovely finish's.
Have a great week.


DJ said...

You're the second blog I encountered today who is getting things finished off! Well done! Your finishes are fabulous! I may have to create my own challenge and get some things dusted off that has been in my "to be finished" box for far too long! You've inspired me!! I'm searching for something for the blog hop!!

Mary said...

Such cute stitching and finishing.

Needles Everywhere said...

This is a great idea. I am trying to FFO my pieces, but sometimes I am just not into it!! Also, I am not very creative or "crafty" when it comes to sewing and gluing, etc. Thanksfully there are some great tutorials out there. Lovely work.

Rachel said...

If it's any consolation, you weren't the only one FFOing pieces on the 9th!
Both of your finishes are really sweet, I especially like the owl's eyes - you are being watched!
Thanks for participating. Hopefully you won't leave it to the 9th next month! :)

Christine said...

Great finishes, I love the dancing skeleton.
Count me in for the blog hop

Bethan said...

Lovely finishes - and the witch your friend cut out for you is great! x

Leonore Winterer said...

It's a good thing scrap booking makes for such quick and easy finishes. I like how you coordinated the moon with the background, and that lace-tape is awesome.

I'll make sure to start my Valentine stitching in my next rotation, so I have something to send to you!