Saturday, 31 May 2014

Theme-a-licious May Update

Theme-a-licious is hosted by Heather of It's Geek to Me

Each month Heather thinks up a theme for us to stitch to, or in my case, a theme to somehow shoe-horn my existing stitching into, no matter how tenuous the link!

Menagerie May
Is it a zoo in your stack of WIPs? How many projects can you find that include animals or birds? 

Relatively easy this month.  Lots of my projects contain animals or birds in one shape or another.  Let's start at the beginning of the month:

A bird:
The Little Owl Sampler by Knotted Tree Needleart 
from the Just Cross Stitch Hallowe'en Ornie Special 2012.

One re-animated animal:

Franken-Kitty from Carand88

One arachnid and one animal:

Spooky Countdown by Primitive Hare

Three birds:

Twelve Days of Christmas by The Little Stitcher

Edit to add this little animal!!


One amphibian:

Noel Blanc by A Mon Ami Pierre

What do you mean, you can't see the amphibian?  There's one huge great frog sitting in the middle of the piece!!

After stitched the border to the left of the reindeer I moved onto this border and reached the bottom of the left hand piece (I started from the same level as the right hand part to give you an idea of how much I stitched).  When I reached the bottom I was about to turn left when I noticed the bottom motif was the wrong size.  Oops, unpick.  Then I noticed that the five times it occurs (ringed in red) it is charted in different sizes!!  Four stitches wide at the top and bottom and five stitches wide for the other three.  Whereas mine were 4,4,4,5,5 which resulted in being one stitch too short at the end.  Unfortunately the corner design at the bottom echoes the corner design at the top so there was no way I could rechart or somehow fudge it.  And believe me, I tried!

So, an hour of frogging and we've got a few evenings of restitching to do.  Bearing in mind I only manage one or two lengths on this an evening it's very frustrating to say the least!  Maybe I'll do it tomorrow afternoon while we're watching our Sunday film.  I really ought to give those little birdies their beaks too.

Finally, don't forget the Summer Postcard Blog Hop.  This year's theme is Gardens, click on the picture of the garden to the top right of the blog for more details.


  1. Love all the critters you stitched Jo. Sorry about the frogs still keeping you company.


  2. All the pieces are cute. I love animals. Don't like frogs though so hope it goes away for you.

  3. You did a great job with this month's theme..except for the frog..ugh! I am looking forward to seeing your gardens.

  4. These are so cute - great progress - keep up the good work!

  5. How annoying!It is looking gorgeous though

  6. Stunning stitching. So sorry you were visited by the dreaded frogs :(

  7. How frustrating having to unstitch all that work! Noel Blanc is in my 'To Do' pile, so I must remember to double check that section when I get to it ... someday.

  8. Love all the animals but definitely NOT the frog! I hate when things vary like that within a piece. I've done something similar more times I care to think.

  9. The kitty and squirrel and birds are so cute, but not the frog! So sorry you had to rip-it rip-it rippit ribbit out! No fun at all. :-(

  10. Such cute creatures - what fun :-)

  11. I bet you could have done without the frog creeping in to be a part of your stitching!! But...a frog is a critter too :) Love all the bits you did!

  12. You definitely fulfilled last months topic.
    Shame the frog came to is gorgeous though.

  13. Nice collection of stitching animals.

    Sorry about Noel Blanc :(

    That squirrel is so cute!!


  14. it's amazing how many animals sneak into our stitching - including the unwelcome frogs... Great stitching on everything.

  15. It was such a lot of fun to see the May theme on various blogs. All sorts of animals, but your frog is unique, lol. And quite obviously he loves staying with you. But let's hope that he'll soon disappear in a pond.

  16. SQUIRREL!!!

    I think this may be your record for actual themed pieces (not counting March Madness)! I also had a few frogs show up, but I beat them into submission and there is no photographic evidence...I don't want to reward their bad behavior by giving them a photo shoot. =)

  17. OMG I was looking for the bloody amphibian for ages, I should have kept reading LOL! You got me good stunner.

    They all look great, sorry about the frog though!
    xo Alicia

  18. Sorry to hear about you problems with the frog :(. All your projects are looking lovely

  19. This may theme was specially pleasant to stitch, feeling surrounded with those sweet animals (except fr... of course). ;)

  20. So many works :D twelve days of christmas looks so simple and so lovely! Charming :)


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