Friday, 29 December 2017

December Smalls SAL

Stitching Lotus Ornament SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

I completed three large part-work pieces for the Smalls SAL this year plus a number of actual smalls.  I decided to start the series of Just Nan small free designs as part of Kerry's Theme-tas-Stitch March Madness and then stitch 30 stitches per day to see how many I could finish.

Here's where the first 13 were in March:

And in the same positions so you can see which one is which, here are the ten I have finished:

The eleventh one is very close to a finish too!  While I was putting this collage together I realised that I hadn't even shown you the tenth finish - Holiday in Ice.

stitched on 32 count Ocean's Kiss Permin linen

This is a beautiful design and I loved the colours but it was plagued by frogs!  Back in March I stitched the centre and one of the flower petals.  When I picked it back up in November I used a different skein of the red and there was a dyelot issue.  So the first flower had to be frogged.  Then I noticed that the third flower was in the wrong position so that got frogged.  Then there were more issues getting the white and green in the right position.

Heather has confirmed that she will be running the Smalls SAL once again next year, for the sixth year, I believe.  Click on the photo below to find out more:

Finally, I received a belated Christmas gift thanks to the Post Office who decided to hang on to it over Christmas.  A lovely hand-made card, a wooden tree ornament and a mysterious bottle not labelled "Drink Me".

I opened the bottle and this was what spilled out:

Inside that sweet bundle was this gorgeous dragon pendant:

If you squint at the ribbon you can see who sent this to me.  Thanks Jocondine!   I always love your hand-made cards and everyone knows dragons are my favourite creatures.


gracie said...

Fantastic with the smalls project. Love the gift!

Mia said...

Fabulous stitches, Jo. Happy New Year, my friend.

RJ said...

Oh my they are all so pretty! I love Holiday on's perfect! RJ

Barb said...

Holiday Ice is quite lovely, even if it was lots of frogging. I hate it when I have a dye lot problem. The dragon pendent is beautiful!

rosey175 said...

Ooo what a lovely collection of smalls! I will refrain from Having a Favorite until they're all finished but right now the latest one and the top left corner are strong contenders. Even if the latest one was frog sitting for the time being.

Great dragon pendant! (!!!)

butterfly said...

Love all your Just Nan stitching Jo .
What a great gift too.
Happy New Year.

Katie said...

Beautiful stitching and a fantastic gift. I'm glad she's hosting again next year. I hope I can participate more. I missed several check ins this year.

Linda said...

Gorgeous finishes Jo.


Karyn said...

Your smalls are gorgeous, what wonderful creations, Jo! You did so well with the Small SAL!
The dragon pendant is so fun...what a great gifts you received from a sweet friend, I love how creative and thoughtful our stitching friends are.
Have a very Happy New Year

Christine said...

The JNs are beautiful. Lovely gift from Jocondine as well

Beth in IL said...

Love all your stitching! Have a great new year with lots of stitching time.

diamondc said...

Jo: Lovely smalls, that dragon ornament is so sweet.

Happy New Year

Lili said...

Love the red on Holiday in Ice, my favourite small! You did a great work on this small pieces!

Happy New Year, Jo!

DJ said...

My goodness, what lovely treasures you stitched! I would be hard pressed to choose my favorite, but Holiday in Ice is very pretty indeed! Such a precious gift from Jocondine as well! Have a Happy New Year, Jo! And may you enjoy many stitch days ahead!

Julie said...

The JN collage is wonderful, so many pretties.
Great gift from Jocondine

Brigitte said...

Ten Just Nan ornaments that you could finish last year. Very impressive, Jo, and they all look really gorgeous. Sorry that one of them caused you so much trouble.
Such a great gift from Jocondine. That card with the Christmas tree really very special.

Leonore Winterer said...

Your Just Nan smalls are gorgeous! I'm certainly glad you will keep working on these.

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful work on the smalls! I love your work on all of them and Holiday on Ice is gorgeous. I'm sorry it had a frog plague though.

Bethan said...

What a gorgeous smalls projects! And such a lovely Christmas gift. Happy New Year x

Margie May said...

The work is beautiful - you have certainly been busy