Friday, 15 November 2019

November Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

2019 GG

Welcome to the November Gifted Gorgeousness link-up.  The link-up date continues to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.

My main project for Gifted Gorgeousness has been my Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs, which will be a gift for my son.  This is where it was at the end of September:

And here is where I am now:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

I took a couple of photos to show how I stitch the landmasses.  Rather than just stitch row-by-row and then discover a counting error, I stitch all around the edge of each colour.  Then if I have made an error it's only one line of stitching to take out.

Once I have stitched all around the edge it's very easy to just fill in the middle - no counting or looking at the chart needed:

As I complete each area I then add the backstitch details.

I have had two Gifted Finishes since the October GG post.  The first was Mystic Sampler from The Primitive Needle.   The chart and the fabric were gifts from two different people.

stitched on 40 count Jewel Butterbeer linen from Under the Sea Fabrics

The next was Nora Corbett's Raven.  The chart was a gift.

stitched on 32 count Nebula Belfast from Crafty Kitten

I have made a lot of progress on the 25th Anniversary Cameo from Mirabilia, considering she is my travelling project for work days and coffee mornings.  The fabric was a gift.

stitched on random 28 count hand-dyed evenweave

This is part of my "19 in '19" so it would be good to get this finished by the end of the year.

Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "November Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.




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:


  1. Lovely stitching Jo. Nice progress on the Mappe and beautiful finishes.


  2. Beautiful stitching, girgeous projects, as usual Jo. Please sign me up for the Advent blog. I very much enjoyed it last year.

  3. Both of the Halloween pieces are wonderful! The big piece is coming along! What a wise way to deal with the big areas!

  4. Oh Jo what lovely stitching , great progress .
    Have a good weekend.

  5. Nice stitchings. Love the cameo, it's beautiful. Great progress on the map too. xxx

  6. Great stitching as always. I do that edge thing with large blocks of colour too, then I can fill in without really having to think about it

  7. I too do the edge thing with colour blocks.
    The Mappe is growing so well.

  8. What a good idea in how you are stitching your mappe!! I may have to adopt your idea when I find myself stitching large areas of the same color! I love all your stitching, it's so beautifully done! How exciting that you are on track to finish your 19 in 19!! Well done! I would love to participate in your blog hop! It's always fun to take part in your challenges.

  9. I always think you have a light on the center of Mappe...Nice job. Anyway, add me to the blog hop but can I be after Dec 7th? I have a Christmas piece to share but it is for a swap, hopefully.

  10. Great progress on your map and the Cameo! I like that type of 'filling in' stitching as well, it's very relaxing.

  11. Great progress on everything! I'll do the fill in too if it's a big area, it's so much easier with no counting.

  12. Plenty of great gifted gorgeousness. Looking forward to seeing Cameo finished this year! :)

  13. Hi Jo,
    Phew, at last I can join in! Tee hee!

    Mappe is looking fabulous!Great progress!
    I do that with the outline and filling in too!
    I'd like to join in with the Advent hop, thanks!
    Barbara xx

  14. Lovely progress Jo. I'm sorry but I haven't been able to join in this month's GG.

  15. I would be delighted to participate in the advent again this year.

  16. Fantastic work on all your pieces.


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