Monday, 10 June 2019

Finally Fully Finishing Fun for June

Hosted by Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher

This new 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).

Over the last month I have been very unseasonal!  I have continued with my progress on some older pieces which were all finished in the same way - Put It In A Bag For Twenty Years.

First up is a jolly little Santa from Mill Hill:

It took a massive amount of work to FFO him, two pieces of double-sided tape:

He looks a bit lonely so at some point I will stitch his friends:

I only have the charts and some leftover threads as these came from my friend who was destashing a few years back.

The next piece was also a Santa, look how well he matches the paper I had in my stash: 

You can see how old this one is, issue 8 of Cross Stitch Collection from December/January 1993!  The card mount came with it.

Now for something a little bit more recent, although still an older magazine:

Not a Creature Was Stirring by Dragon Dreams
from Just Cross Stitch Ornament Special 2001

The little card frame came from an old Christmas card

Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  We will have an International Theme for the Postcards this year.  Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched on an International theme which is suitable to send to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything which fits the International theme, let's see which countries we visit this Summer.  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

A couple of people have asked "what do you mean by "International"?"

To which I replied "Use your imagination!  If you don't have something which represents a country or an area of the world, how about a mode of transport?  Or something designed by an international designer?  Or gifted by an international friend?  Or stitched on French Navy fabric? LOL!!"

The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!


Suzanne H said...

Great finishes and I'm sure your Mill Hill Santa will appreciate the company you are creating for him! I love the Dragon Dreams ornaments. I have quite a few on my list still to do.

Linda said...

Nice finishes Jo.


butterfly said...

Love your Sals , I need to get some of mine out of my box .
I must find more time .
Have a wonderful day .

Rachel said...

Thanks for taking part again this month. It's good to see some really old pieces being given attention. Your finished Santas and the scrapbook papers were meant to be.
If there were prizes I think you would have to win the fastest-to-fully-finish-off and easiest-to-fully-finish-off categories. Two pieces of tape? That's really funny! :)

Kay said...

Great finishes. I have that very same old Santa sitting in my 'one day' pile. x

Sheryl said...

I like these santa designs, especially the beaded bearded Santa.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great work with your scrap booking! I wonder what else is lurking in your twenty year old box.

Carol said...

Your Mill Hill Santa looks so great, Jo! I do not enjoy beading so I always admire those of you who have the patience for it. The detail is so wonderful in those Mill Hill kits!

Julie said...

Stunning santas Jo, the older ones are always so lovely to see stitched up.

Katie said...

Fantastic finishes! I of course love the dragon. I need to get a postcard photo mailed to you. Hopefully will figure out what I want to use soon.

Barb said...

I really think a person should stitch whatever moves them so I love seeing the Santas!

diamondc said...

Jo: I love the older magazines, I find so many things I want to stitch I put a sticky note on that page just in case I ever get caught up with my basket of things to do now.
I love the Mill Hill Santa's of course they have beads and I love me some bead projects.
Your finishing with the cards are lovely, what a great idea to use a card to frame a stitched design, I have to steal your idea.
I must join the international Summer Blog Hop what a fun idea.


Clare-Aimetu said...

Great work Jo, eaded ornaments can be a little fiddly but always look amazing. Your Santa is gorgeous.

Mary said...

I always love seeing what you have been stitching. I love older magazines too. Your finishes are so cute.

Bethan said...

The Dragon Dreams ornament is very cute. Your Santa looks great, and the additions will work well. I'd like to take part in the blog hop please x

Astrids dragon said...

Your Santa looks great and so will his friends! I love how the next Santa goes so well with the paper.
Of course the dragon is precious, are you sure he shouldn't be hanging on your Christmas tree?!
I'm still thinking of what post card to send...

Mary's Thread said...

Oh, I've made that Mill Hill Santa, maybe more than once! And I LOVE the old fashioned Santa! Amazing how you have paper to match!

RJ said...

I love all of your Christmas stitches Jo. Great work as usual. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever