Friday 6 January 2017

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas....

I stitched some
Brown behind a Drummer
Dark Red on a Piper.
Yellow Plume on a Lord.
Brown Hair on a Lady,
Brown on a Cow,
Water for a Swan,
Black for a Goose,
Gooooooooolllllllllllllddddddddddd on the Rings,
Blue on the Birds,
Brown on the Hens,
Grey on the Doves
and completed the Partridge, but not his Pear Tree!

And here is how the full piece looks after the SAL:

stitched on 32 count white evenweave

Honestly, this SAL was so much fun!  I did the "hard-core" version where each day I stitched the blocks referred to in the song.  So on the First Day I stitched on Block 1, on the Second Day I stitched on Blocks 2 and 1, on the Third Day I stitched on Blocks 3, 2 and 1 and so on until I stitched on all 12 of the blocks on the Twelfth Day.

On work days I had to stitch things like the little green and red corner decorations in order to do something on every block but I always managed a full length on the specific day.  For the nine non-working days I stitched a full length on every block and then moved onto my focus block.  Originally that was the Angel at the top and then it became the Partridge.

The plan is to finish the Partridge block for the January theme on the Christmas Ornie SAL Blog and then complete one block a month for the rest of the year.  I'll work on the border and the other Angel inbetween. 

I have absolutely loved OAAT on this, it's even been my evening stitch during my son's bath-time.  That's when I stitch all those long boring borders.  But it does mean there's not much to show or blog about this time!  It also took up a LOT of time each day, which is why I am so far behind with emails and blog reading.

I have been keeping up with the Ten Stitches a Day challenge too.  I do my ten first thing in the morning and post immediately.  Here is how it looks after 6 days:

stitched on 32 count Light Mocha linen

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, 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.  


Linda said...

I love your 12 Days Jo. I also love the way you worked on it. Such a clever idea. AND, because of you (LOL) I joined the Ten-a-Day, except I will be working on 5 different pieces.


D1-D2 said...

I love your ode to the 12 days of Christmas <3

Kaisievic said...

Hi Jo, Great post! First of all, your 12 Days of Christmas looks fabulous (and I love your little ditty.) Your ten-a-day challenge is looking wonderful, too. Lastly, please count me in for the Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop - I am starting on my project today! xxxx

Heather said...

Wow great progress on 12 days!

Barb said...

Twelve Days of Christmas is coming along so well. My grandson used to love playing in the bath. I'm assuming your son does too. You get a lot done while he is bathing!

diamondc said...

Jo: I like how you are keeping a log of what you have stitched on the Twelve Days, the Gold on the Rings cracks me up.


The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

12 days is looking good,love the Partridge and your song:)
I would like to take part in your Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop please Jo.

Christine said...

The twelve days are looking good.
Please sign me up for the blog hop

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

The 12 twelve days is looking good and I like your plan for getting it completed this year.
Please sign me up for your Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop.

Astrids dragon said...

Great progress, you'll definitely have it done this year!
Count me in for being a Sweetheart!

Desiree Ehleiter said...

The 12 Days is wonderful! Cannot wait to watch that continue to grow.

gracie said...

Love how you have worked and plan to work on The 12 Days of Christmas....will be following your progress. Off to send you an email to join in the February Sweetheart.

Julie said...

The 12 Days does look great, its going to be a stunner.

Kerryp77 said...

Great progress Jo, you never shy away from a challenge!

Katie said...

Okay that was fun to follow along. So glad you enjoyed the 12 days so much. The piece is just beautiful! Love your ten-a-day piece too. Please add me to the Sweetheart Blog Hop.

DJ said...

I LOVE the 12 days of Christmas you are stitching...was looking through my stash and guess what?? LOL I think I found that pattern. I really need to stitcparticipate in your Sweetheart hop! Thanks for all you do to make this journey a fun one!! h on some of the stuff I have...don't you think? I would love to

Bea said...

Your 12 Days looks terrific and well done getting a bit stitched on every one every day. I'd like to join the blog hop but not sure if I have anything appropriate. Will have a look and do a definite yea or nay in a few days.

Mini said...

I love who you stitched small portions according to each day's clue. Great stitching.

Justine said...

Great idea for your twelve days of Christmas piece! It looks fabulous and I look forward to your shoehorning the rest of it into the Christmas Ornie SAL.
Can I ask - when you say you stitch a length, is that all 6 strands of floss (so if you are stitching 2 over 2 you would thread your needle 3 times) or would it just be 2 strands? I've always wondered.

Ariadne said...

Sign me in for the blog hop please!AriadnefromGreece!

gominam said...

Lovely progress on 12 days, now you got me thinking of Christmas patterns again, so early, haha. Sign me up for the Valentine Hop:)

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress on the 12 Days SAL! I imagine it's going to be a bit slower for this one now, but I'm still looking forward to seeing you complete each panel. I'll have to check if I can find anything suitable for the Valantine Blog Hop I haven't used before, or maybe I'll even find a cute small to start for it, there's still almost a month time after all :D

Brigitte said...

So great that you could stick to your plan and stitch on this wonderful design each day. It's such a great idea. And you made wonderful progress on each of the Twelve Days.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Great job sticking to your plan! Lovely stitching :D

Stitching Noni said...

Love your 12 Days! Count me in for the Valentine's Secret Stitch blog hop ;o) It was such fun last that I just have to be in it again in 2017!
Hugs xx

FlashinScissors said...

Great progress on "12 days"!

My new cross stitch is going well, so I'm in too, for the blog hop!

Barbara x

jocondine said...

The stitching looks great (a bit frightening for me, all those scattered stitches). I'll be glad to became to secret stitcher of someone, count me in for the Valentine Blog Hop. xxx