Tuesday, 15 June 2021

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.

Deb sent me the charts for the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornaments which were my Stitchmas project this year. I started all 12, one per day and will be completing one per month.  June was Six Geese a Laying (OK, just one goose!).

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

I also added the backstitch to the Five Gold Rings which look so much better now:

My Chatelaine got 6 days in May, this was a gift for my Big Birthday in 2016 and many of the threads were gifts from stitchy friends. It's a great way to kit up a Chatelaine with the silks, ask people to donate one skein as a Birthday gift.

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten

Scream House by Just Nan came up on my WIPGO board this month.  I stitched the inside walls on 28 count purple linen last year and managed to get some nice grey 28 count Linen to do the outside walls.
The Linen was rather creased along the fold lines so I damped it and ironed it as I usually do. Fortunately I measured the top row next to the top row on the inside walls before going any further.
Just damping it has made it shrink to 30 count!  For a sampler this wouldn't matter much but for this project size if vital.

Luckily for me, I had cut the fabric to size and had a slightly small piece which hadn't been wet.  That is still 28 count, yes I have checked it in several places!   The walls and roof pieces will fit but I may have to use a different piece for the floor which won't show anyway.

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'm going to be taking sign-ups for my Summer Blog Hop on the same theme as last year - Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count.  Have a look at this post for last year and let me know if you'd like to take part this year.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

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).

It's been a framing festival this last month.

First of all, a professional frame job.  I wanted Snowfire Christmas by Just Nan to coordinate with another sampler I had in my collection so I took the original to my framer and asked her to match it.  

Here's the other sampler for reference:

Elizabeth Designs - Joyeous Noel

To make up for the expense, the next two are charity shop frames!

Just Nan - Morning Meadow
A 2020 finish

One of the members of the JN FB group always stitches the name of the sampler at the bottom and I thought this was a brilliant idea and will do it from now on.

This is a recent finish and FFO'd within the same month too!

Just Nan - Nan's Garden

In the JN FB group we have started choosing a sampler to SAL every two-three months.  Nan's Garden was the choice for Spring and we allowed ourselves two months to stitch it, a band or two each week,

Here are some close ups of the bands:

I managed to get a copy of the chart which included the embellishment pack and the cute frog charm

The chart also came with a Just Nan charm which I fitted inbetween the hedgehogs.

The fabric is actually a nice reed green 28 count linen which is very hard to photograph.  There is so much natural light at the moment everything is bleached out.

Our current sampler is Follow the Needle and I have stitched Band 1 so far:

stitched on 28 count Lilac Brittney evenweave

Finally, I'm going to be taking sign-ups for my Summer Blog Hop on the same theme as last year - Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count.  Have a look at this post for last year and let me know if you'd like to take part this year.

June TUSAL and my Stitching Library


It's TUSAL time!

Here is my TUSAL jar with my current project:

Slightly washed out photo of the fifth Scary Apothecary from Hands on Design.  This one will be Cauldron Cleaner and is stitched on the same 28 count Radioactive linen from Chromatic Alchemy as the rest of the series.

Last week I finished my oldest WIP, the only one from the 20th Century!  I started the NOEL letters from Ernie Bishop in about 1999 and only really stitched on them at Christmas time.  I have done my best to work on them in recent years and this year they made the WIPocalypse list.  I decided to simplify the hardanger and just do plain wrapped bars rather than curved corners and fancy eyelets.

That big chunk of white in my TUSAL jar is the snippings from making the hardanger!

Here are all four of them together:

stitched on 28 count white linen

Hopefully I can FFO them before this Christmas!  If I can find the dowels I put in a safe place...

What's on my Shelf?

This is a new feature I'm going to include on my TUSAL post until I run out of books! I started a Page on my Happy Dance blog for my Stitching Library and realised what a huge task it was so decided to break it down to one book per month. For the next four years...

I chose this month's book to go with my Christmas finish of the NOEL letters.

Title: The Best of Teresa Wentzler Christmas Collection
Author: Teresa Wentzler
Publisher: Leisure Arts
ISBN: 9781574863871

The front cover shows the largest project - Angel Procession:

And the back cover shows the other nine projects, eight of which are pictures:

One is the beautiful Byzantine Ornaments set:

I have stitched three of these but totally changed the colour scheme to red and gold on a burgundy fabric:

Something else that needs FFO'ing!  I stitched these in 2016 and intended to stitch the next three and finish them all together.

The book is a great way to get a range of Teresa's designs in one place.  I think all of them are still available as individual charts from Patterns Online.  Most of them are computer drawn charts but there are a couple of hand-drawn charts which are actually lovely to see.  There are some gorgeous borders you could use for any project or make a band sampler.  Most of the faces are charted for over one stitching with clear, enlarged versions of those parts.  And of course, thread lists that cover two pages with all the blended threads used!

Finally, I'm going to be taking sign-ups for my Summer Blog Hop on the same theme as last year - Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count.  Have a look at this post for last year and let me know if you'd like to take part this year.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

The People Chose Butterflies

This SAL is all about what you want to see on the blog. Each month I ask for suggestions for themes and then put them up to the members of the IHSW Group on FB to vote for their choice. This is what they have chosen:

June - Butterflies
July - Houses
August - Books

Butterflies is a lovely topic for the summer months.  Who doesn't love a butterfly, surely the prettiest insect?

Joan Elliott certainly likes them and I stitched part of her Butterfly Fairy for a Round Robin back in 2012:

I also added some of her butterflies to the centre of my Faces SAL:

I stitched them over 1 so they would fit in the centre block.  I will add some beads when I finish the blocks on either side.

As you might suspect, rather a lot of my Just Nan's feature butterflies too!  Some in the title and some just have butterfly charms added:

Butterfly Bouquet

Butterfly Rose

Butterfly Lace

Dragonfly Summer with added Butterfly!

Painted Lady (a type of butterfly)

Butterfly Welcome

Butterfly Needlework Book

The magazines like to include butterflies in their cover kits:

Cross Stitcher issue 237

World of Cross Stitching issue 175

Cross Stitcher issue 356

A close friend of mine used butterflies as part of her wedding theme, so I had to include one in the sampler I made for her:

Now it's over to you. All you have to do is make a post on the theme of Butterflies, 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.



Finally, we have remember our dear blogging friend June, AKA Butterfly Wings.  A fantastic stitcher, a good friend to us all and the owner of the most beautiful garden too.  A little butterfly also told me she is celebrating a Birthday this month!  So Happy Butterfly June to June Butterfly!


Monday, 31 May 2021

May Stitch from Stash and Pie

 It's the end of the month and time to look back at my Pie:

It's been a very even month with 6 days to each of my focus projects and 5 on the Just Nan sampler we have been SAL-ing in the Just Nan Junkies group on FB.

You've seen the first three projects for my WIPocalypse post already so I won't show them again.  When I picked up the NOEL letters at the beginning of the week they looked like this:

All the stitching was done and I had started cutting out the threads for the hardanger.

Now, three of them look like this with all the bars wrapped:

This is the best one out of the three!

I have one more to do and then just have to fully finish them.  I have an idea if I can remember where I put the dowels to make the hangers!  They are in a safe place somewhere.

Stitch from Stash was good this month:

I did buy some scrapbook stuff though.

Finally, I completed my Just Nan-a-thon for Stitch Maynia.  I started this for March Madness a few years back with a different Just Nan Small for each day.  Throughout the year I work on them OAAT until I finish them.  Then the following May I get a new start if I finished the design from the previous year.  The list currently stands at 16 started in 2018 and 7 started in 2020 which left 8 new starts for this year.  

Here are the 32 pictures.  There are 32 because Day 28 has two parts to it and I stitch them on the same day.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

May WIPocalypse First Stitches

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 "21 in '21" for this year.  This month I stitched on 5 of them and met 1 WIPGO Goal.  

1. Ernie Bishop NOEL Letters
stitched on 28 count linen

4. Chatelaine Gardens of London

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast from Crafty Kitten

10. Stoney Creek 12 Days of Christmas

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Linen

11. Carriage House Samplings Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow

stitched over 1 on 25 count Cassia Rose evenweave from Chromatic Alchemy

20. Country Cottage Needleworks Main Street

stitched on 32 count Murano in Charcoal Slate from Sparklies

The full list can be seen here - WIPocalypse and 21 in 21

Measi always gives us a topic to discuss too.

May – What was the first project you ever stitched? (whether you finished or not)

Way back in 1993 I saw a friend doing some cross stitch, a Country Companions design.  The subject matter didn't appeal but the process did.  So I went down to Bonds department store (part of the John Lewis group) and visited their stitching and haberdashery department.  I bought two mini sampler kits from Anchor and stitched both of them.  I am fairly certain this blue one was the first:

It was swiftly followed by this pink sampler:

Then something on black fabric:

And then a slightly more complex design:

By one of those strange coincidences, the designer for the Chinese Dragon is Serendipity Designs!  I did not remember this until I started my Happy Dance blog a few years after I chose my blog name.

Finally, the WIPGO numbers are out.  1 and 17 which are both Halloween designs.  I am also trying to finish my block on Halloween on Hawk Run Hollow so it's going to be a Dark June, for my stitching but hopefully not the weather!