Saturday 15 June 2024

Gifted Gorgeousness June Link-up Post


Welcome to the June Gifted Gorgeousness link-up. The link-up date continues to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.

Once again, neither of my monthly focus pieces have a gifted element to them so I'll stick with my two staples for the SAL this year!

This one was a gift from the designer and the fabric was a gift too.  

Steady Thread - Tree of Life Temperature SAL

Mostly yellows and limes for the last couple of weeks.

I'm adding quite a bit to the ground and the border too.

stitched on 28 count Meadow Mist linen from Silkweavers

I record the temperature each day and then stitch the leaves on the Sunday morning.

My Dark 13 design is stitched on gifted fabric, a beautiful 40 count linen called Witch's Brew from Zweigart.  My plan is to stitch one letter per month until we reach October and then complete it during Dark October.

stitched on 40 count linen called Witch's Brew from Zweigart

Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "June Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.



Finally, I have been unable to allocate an entire day to my Longest Day Marathon this week so I am going to attempt to stitch two pieces per day for the week and see how that works instead.  Disappointing but that's life sometimes!

Monday 10 June 2024

Finally Fully Finishing Fun for June


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).

I decided to scrapbook something this month as I hadn't had a chance to buy any frames.  Wilkos in town closed down so it involves a car trip to the out-of-town retail park now.

However, we recently bought a new bed with underbed storage which I filled with a lot of the boxes in the bedroom including the one with my scrapbooks in as it was such a large box.  So the first job was to empty under the bed, remove the box and repack it all!

For one tiny finish!

Spring Spell by Just Nan
Stitched for my Just Nanathon and finished in May 2024

Here's the whole page:

Top left - Lizzie*Kate Life's a Stitch
Top Right - Just Nan Spring Spell
Bottom Left - freebie I have forgotten the name of
Bottom Right - Just Nan Dewdrop Bunny

Finally, life is looking a little challenging to find an entire day free for my Longest Day SAL so it might have to be spread over two days.  Stay tuned for more news on that!

Thursday 6 June 2024



It's TUSAL time!  

Here is my TUSAL jar with my current projects:

On the left is Stitchy Princess' Alice in Wonderland:

stitched on 32 count Millenium Blue linen

And on the right is my evening project; Living on the Rainbow's 3D Haunted House:

stitched on 32 count purple linen

This is the front of the house and is almost finished, just a little backstitch to go.

Finally, it's a Focus Weekend in the WIP Warriors group so I'm hoping to get some good progress on Alice.  It's such a fun project with only a few colours and they really pop against the fabric colour.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

June Plans

At the start of the year I made a list of 24 projects I want to stitch this year for my "24 in '24".  The order I stitch them in is going to be determined by the WIPGO Board.  Jessie-Marie calls two numbers each month and those will be the two projects I stitch that month.  One small and one medium.

In May, the numbers were 5, 13 and 19.  These related to Drawn Thread Spot of Autumn, my Longest Day Marathon and Nora Corbett's Claire.

Claire was a finish but Spot of Autumn had to give way to my Just Nanathon.

stitched on 28 count hand-dyed evenweave of unknown origin

In June, the numbers are 2 and 25.  These relate to Stitchy Princess Alice in Wonderland and Living on the Rainbow's Haunted House.

This is my daytime project and I've made a great start so far:

stitched on 32 count Millenium Blue linen

I'm using the charted DMC colours but have changed the pale blue to a darker one as the fabric makes it blend in to the white too much.  The fabric is a much richer blue than showing in the photo.  Check out this finished piece for better colour representation - Noel Blanc

This cute little 3D design is my evening project.  I have nearly completed the front of the house:

stitched on 32 count purple linen

Again I am using the charted DMC but 32 count fabric rather than 18 count aida so mine will be a little bit bigger than the model.

Finally, what about 13?  Well, that's the centre square and I use that for my Longest Day Marathon.  The official Longest Day (Northern Hemisphere) is Thursday 20th June this year but I am busy that day so I will be attempting my Marathon the day before - Wednesday 19th June.  If anyone wants to join in at any time between the 17th and 23rd June - feel free!  All you have to do is attempt to stitch on as many of your WIPs as possible.

Friday 31 May 2024

May Stitch from Stash and Pie

 Here's my May pie:

Claire was my focus piece and she has her own post dedicated to the finish - Happy Dance For Claire

I had 6 days where all I stitched was my daily Just Nan due to being away from the house all day.  I managed to get the borders completed on all four of the seasons, which was a nice achievement.



One other achievement was completing the final Zodiac sign on my Art Nouveau Tarot series from Circle Cross:

stitched on 28 count sky blue evenweave from Silkweavers

Now all I need to do is add the beaded constellations for each of the signs and find a large frame!

I also keep a pie for my evening stitching:

Nice and simple for this month!  All the different Just Nan Smalls can be seen on my Smalls post this month.

Finally, Stitch from Stash was another zero spend, doing well here!

May Smalls


The Smalls SAL is hosted by Rachel

For my Smalls stitching this year, I have chosen 12 smaller designs and numbered them for my WIPGO Board.  Each month one Small will be stitched in the evening timeslot and hopefully finished within the month.  

Or rather, that is the plan for every month except May!  Each May since 2018 I have attempted my Just Nan-athon where I stitch a different Just Nan small each evening.  If I finished one the previous year I start a new one but this year I decided not to do that and just continue stitching the current one for 2 or 3 days.  So there is a total of 26 designs this year.

Here is the collage of them all:

I even had a finish!  Day 26 was Spring Spell and I completed that lovely little one on 26th May:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

Finally, the WIPGO choice was Drawn Thread Spot of Autumn which didn't get touched at all, so I will be adding that to the month that Spot of Summer gets called and see if I can stitch both in one month.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Happy Dance for Claire

My WIPGO focus for May has been Claire from Nora Corbett, part of the Bewitching Pixies series.  I started her on the 1st May and finished her on 30th May, having stitched for a total of 20 days.

I stitched her on a piece of 28 count evenweave from a needlework shop that came without a label, so no idea of the dyer or the colour.  I do have enough to stitch the companion piece, Evanora next year.


Claire has a lot of beads and in an effort to Stitch From Stash I didn't buy any new ones, I used what I already had.  I didn't have enough of the 00283 silvery colour so I used some 00206 which are more lilac and toned well with the fabric.  I also didn't have the large Midnight beads so used so mauve ones instead.

Beads used - 

02014 - as charted

00283 - as charted

00206 - replace some of the above

18822 - sub for 18002

I used a Jodyri Thread instead of the charted Waterlilies, 029 R. Nevermore.
I did have the charted Kreinik but not a whole spool so I decided to couch the long lengths instead of stitching them.  This works better for smooth lines anyway although it is fiddly working with two needles it is worth taking the time.

Finally, this is a better photo of the fabric colour although the beads are a bit blurry:

Sunday 26 May 2024

May WIPocalypse WIPs or UFOs?


WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings

Each month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World. Since 2011 I have chosen a number of projects to focus on that year, starting with my "11 in '11" and increasing to "24 in '24" for this year. This month I stitched on 3 of them.

13. Joan Elliott Faces SAL

18. Nora Corbett Claire

(all done except the beads!)

24. Cottage Garden Samplings Halloween Sampler

Finally, Measi always gives us a topic to discuss:

May - How do you personally distinguish between a Work in Progress (WIP) and an Unfinished Object (UFO)?

For me, a WIP is a project that I will stitch on at least once a year during my Longest Day Marathon even if I don't pick it up at any other time.  A UFO is a project I have got tired of and no longer want on my list.  I might stitch it one day, I might not.  I don't often UFO projects these days as I am more careful about what I choose to stitch.  One recent UFO was the tiny Halloween Village started for Naughty November 2020.  I just lost interest in finding tiny houses but may pick it up again in the future.

Monday 20 May 2024


IHSW or International Hermit and Stitch Weekend always starts on the third Friday of the month.  It's a chance to lock yourself away and focus on your stitching for the weekend.  You can take part on your blog or via the Facebook page - IHSW on Facebook.

This year I am trying something different for IHSW - an A-Z Challenge!  These usually take place in April and people stitch one letter every day except Sunday.  I don't want to swap projects daily so thought I could do 2 or 3 letters per IHSW instead.  

May is I and J.  

My only I project is Fairy Idyll so it was lovely to get her out again, I didn't get much done but every stitch counts!

stitched on 32 count Vinyard Murano from Crafty Kitten

J was perfect for May as this is the month I do my annual Just Nan-athon.  Back in 2018 I started 31 small Just Nans and have stitched each one on the day date until they are finished.  Then I start a new one!  This year I decided not to start any new ones but to keep stitching the previous one if there was a blank day.

Here are the latest Just Nans:

Day 15 - Pansy Mix

Day 16 - Strawberry Heart

Day 17 - Pansy Cameo Ornament

Day 18 - Porcelain Nosegay

Day 19 - Primrose Path

My daytime J was Joan Elliott's Faces SAL.  I stitched some more of the lovely peacock:

stitched on 28 count Snapdragon Jazlyn from Crafty Kitten

Next month will be K, L and M.  I didn't have a K for this month but may have one by June.  We shall see!

Finally the next IHSW will be 21st - 23rd June so make sure you note the date in your diary or come and join us in the Facebook Group - IHSW on Facebook. If you don't do Facebook then you can check in here by leaving a comment on my post.