Wednesday, 1 December 2021

2021 Online Advent Calendar

  Here is our Online Advent Calendar, it will be updated every day. 

Scroll down to see the latest picture and a link to the poster's blog.

This year I have asked each participant to tell us all about their Christmas Tree, their traditions, ornaments and whether they are a Star or Angel household when it comes to a tree topper.

Wednesday 1st December

Thursday 2nd December

Friday 3rd December

Saturday 4th December

Sunday 5th December

Monday 6th December

Tuesday 7th December

Wednesday 8th December

Thursday 9th December

Friday 10th December

Saturday 11th December

Sunday 12th December

Monday 13th December

Tuesday 14th December

Wednesday 15th December

Thursday 16th December

Friday 17th December

Saturday 18th December

plus a special memory from a stitcher we lost this year

Meg from Live to Stitch

("a man is not dead while his name is still spoken" - Terry Pratchett)

Sunday 19th December

Monday 20th December

Tuesday 21st December

Wednesday 22nd December

Thursday 23rd December

Friday 24th December

I do hope you have enjoyed the Hop again this year, please leave a comment on each blog as it does encourage people to keep posting!

Finally, I shall be posting my Tree photos as soon as I get one!

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

November Stitch From Stash and Pie

 Let's start the post with some very evenly spaced pie:

If any one pie sums up this year, it will be this one.  2021 was intended to be my Year of Rotation following two years where The Discworld Mapp was my focus piece.  

You've seen most of the projects on that pie already, CCN Main Street and Hands on Design were both finishes this month.  Fairy Idyll was a WIPGO Goal met, Stoney Creek is rolling over to next month to complete the final three Days of Christmas.

That leaves my Bothy Threads 12 Days of Christmas.  I am in a race against time to complete another Day before the end of the year!

stitched on 32 count grey-blue linen

As usual, I am stitching all the background first, you can see the number 3 start to appear in the bottom left corner and the hen's tail in the centre top.  The gaps for the leaves are quite fiddly and although it doesn't matter too much if they are not in the correct space I have had no counting errors at all.  They only happen when it does matter!

I'm going to shift to the Stoney Creek 12 Days tomorrow and knock them out to see them finished this year and then return to this one.  Some of my stitching days are going to be a little shorter than usual because of working more shifts.  Short ones but even so, not getting home until 3.40pm still cuts down the stitching time!

Just Nan's Christmas Elegance is our current Band Sampler SAL and here's where I am after 4 weeks and 4 bands:

stitched on 28 count off-white evenweave

Here's a close-up of the lovely backstitch band:

 There are a lot of beads to be added at the end, fortunately I have the embellishment pack for this one so I don't need to try source them.

Spending-wise this was a good month.  There wasn't much I needed, just two skeins of DMC Metallic for this sampler.

In the interests of transparency, I realised that I had bought some DMC and beads in July which I hadn't included in my spending.  So July's SFS looks like this:

I will be amending my totals when I do my SFS check-in this month.

Finally, the annual Advent Calendar Blog Hop starts tomorrow!  My post with all the links will go up in the morning so you can see who is going to be taking part.  We will also have a special memory for a recently departed blogger.  Meg from Live to Stitch sadly passed away this month.  A close friend emailed me and asked to let her stitching friends now.  I suggested adding a link to Meg's blog on the anniversary of the last stitching post she shared with us all and we thought that was a nice way to remember her as it was a Christmas post.  Here's the post letting us know of Meg's passing - Stitchy McFloss

Sunday, 28 November 2021

November WIPocalypse New Discoveries


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 6 of them and had 2 finishes plus I met 3 WIPGO Goals.   

7. Lin Pulsion Bubbles of Happiness

10. Stoney Creek 12 Days of Christmas

12. Mirabilia Fairy Idyll

13. Bothy Threads 12 Days of Christmas

16. Hands on Design Scary Apothecary Coffin Paint

21. CCN Halloween Village Millinery

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

Measi always gives us a topic to discuss too:

November – What new discoveries did you have in the stitching world this year?

To be honest, a lot of this year is a blur which does mean doing the Yearly Recaps next month is going to be news for me as well as you all!  I do remember being introduced to a new designer by Rachel and Tiff and having to purchase their charts immediately!

See if you can guess what it is from these photos:

Colour 1 completed

Colour 2 completed

Colour 3 completed

No idea? It's a dragon from Stitch It Picasso on Etsy!  Here's the link to the shop - Stitch It Picasso on Etsy

Finally, I emailed all the participants for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this morning.  If you signed up and haven't had an email with your date, please get in touch and I'll try again!

Friday, 26 November 2021

November Smalls


The Smalls SAL is hosted by Mary's Thread

This year my Smalls will be the Stoney Creek 12 Days of Christmas 2019 Ornament series.  I have nearly finished Day 10, just the beads to add and stitched about half of Day 12.  I have decided to stitch the final 2 days together, colour by colour and add beads to all three at once.  This will save a little time!

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

I added November to my Tiny Modernist Calendar:

stitched on 32 count Summer Sky Belfast linen from Silkweavers

A slightly larger "small" was the third in the C part of the Scary Apothecary series from Hands on Design.  This is Coffin Paint:

stitched on 28 count Radioactive Linen from Chromatic Alchemy

I used all the recommended DMC for this one except for the paintbrushes where I used a lovely DMC Satin thread, the equivalent of 321.  Much easier to do satin stitch in satin thread than in metallics.  I am rather tempted to redo the bottles in Bitter Brew with this thread as the metallic warped the fabric.

Finally, this is the last call for participants for my annual Advent Calendar.  I have a couple of doors left which is very unusual.  Let me know if you would like to take part this year.

Monday, 22 November 2021

November IHSW


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.

You saw my Friday progress on Mirabilia's Fairy Idyll in my previous post, that concluded a six day stitching period so on Saturday I turned to the current Scary Apothecary design.  This is a series of 9 designs from Hands On Design each featuring an Apothecary style label.  I have completed five in the series and this will be my sixth, hopefully this month.  That leaves three for next year.

This is Coffin Paint:

stitched on 28 count Radioactive Linen from Chromatic Alchemy

Those funny little fish things are going to be paintbrushes.

I'm also making good progress on my Just Nan Sampler - Christmas Elegance:

stitched on 28 count off white evenweave

We usually allocate a band to each week but as some of these are very large, we have two weeks to stitch one large and one narrow band.  I have done most of Band 3 this week.  Band 4 is a simple backstitch border.

Finally the next IHSW will be 17th - 19th December 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.

Friday, 19 November 2021

The Wonder of WIPGO


What is WIPGO?  It's like Bingo for your WIPs.  At the start of the year you choose 25 goals for your stitching and pop them all on a numbered board.  Each month the Admin call out two numbers and those are your goals for the month.  You can stitch things out of sequence but you can't tick the numbers off until they have been called.

It's worked really well for me this year and I'm looking good to complete 24 out of my 25 goals.  It would have been all 25 but I thought I had stitched more on my Chatelaine than I actually had and I don't think I can meet that goal this year.

What I did manage was to stitch the final six days on Fairy Idyll to make a total of 24 days this year.

I added the darkest gold at the bottom of the dress and then the purple frills of the bedding.  On the original these are pink but I didn't like the colour with my fabric.  I looked at two other conversions and used the darker shades from one and the lightest shade from the other.

stitched on 32 count Murano in Vineyard from Crafty Kitten

The other WIPGO project I've been working on each evening is the Lin Pulsion Bubbles of Happiness:

stitched over 1 on 25 count white evenweave

I went for a rainbow scheme for this one using various Anchor threads from an inherited stash.  Now all the bubbles have been released I am completing it colour by colour so that gap is for an orange bubble which will wait for the final bubble in the bottom left corner which is also orange.

Here's what the Board currently looks like:

Outstanding blocks are

5 - Lin Pulsion Bubbles of Happiness - will be completed in December
7 - Hands on Design Scary Apothecary - will be completed in November *
9 - Bothy Threads 12 Days of Christmas - will be called and completed in December
16 - Chatelaine Gardens of London - thought I had completed this one but sadly not
23 - Just Nan Scream House Roof Pieces - will be called in December, already completed

I am currently putting together my Board for 2022 where my focus piece will be Halloween in Hawk Run Hollow.  Trying to decide whether to have 12 numbers for that or not.  How many other WIPs should I include?

* It's also IHSW so I'll make that my focus piece and see how far I get, check back on Monday to see!


Finally, it's time to sign up for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop!  For this hop, each participant is allocated a day in December to make their post on.  They will show something they have stitched on a Christmas theme and answer the topic question I set.    I then copy their photo onto my blog post in the style of an Advent Calendar.

So if you'd like to join in, please leave a comment or send me an email.  Let me know if there is a date you would particularly like or one you'd like to avoid. I will be in touch towards the end of the month!

Here is a link to last year's so you can see how it works: