Sunday, 15 December 2019

December Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

2019 GG

Welcome to the December 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 last GG:

and at the end of November:

And this is the portion I have been working on in December:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

The stitching days have got shorter along with the daylight hours as there is so much else to do this time of year.  But every stitch counts.

I did make it along to my last Crafty Coffee Morning this week, I am working next week.  While I was there I completed the 25th Anniversary Cameo from Mirabilia.  The fabric was a gift.

stitched on random 28 count hand-dyed evenweave

Love the beaded necklace

And the beaded tiara

The original called for some flower beads but I just used four of the black Mill Hill beads in a cluster instead.

Because I used a hand-dyed fabric I didn't stitch the cream of the cameo or the variegated threads which made up the shadows to the frame.

I have one more thing to show.  This was a gift last Christmas, it went straight up on the tree and then got put away with the other stitched ornaments on Twelfth Night.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo before I put it away.  So when we got our tree today I made sure this ornament was the first thing to be hung on it and photographed:

This is a lovely Dragon Dreams design stitched for me by Ariadne from Greece.  Thank you, Ariadne, greatly appreciated and loved!

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 "December 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, the Advent Calendar Blog Hop is progressing nicely, doors opening every day and favourite films being shared. Don't forget to pop back each day and see what has been shared.


jocondine said...

The cameo is amazing, breathtaking! Closer pictures are great and pay tribute to the delicate work and the elegant chart. Well done! xxx

Ariadne said...

Such a surprise to see my ornament. Thank you so much. I wish I felt more happy to stitch this Christmas too. I hope I will start again with the new year. Have a great holiday. AriadnefromGreece!

DJ said...

Thank you again, for hosting GG. You have come a long way on the mappe! It's looking wonderful! I love the anniversary piece from Mirabilia! The fabric, the changes you made in the beading...everything! It's perfect (I especially love the fabric). This is the time of year we have trouble finding time for stitching, but hopefully you'll finish all the other "stuff" and find time to enjoy your stitching once again. Thanks again for making blogging (and stitching!!) fun! (I set up the little nativity you gave me last year today...what a lovely surprise that was!) Happy Stitching!

Barb said...

Wow! the Mappe is really growing! It looks wonderful!

diamondc said...

Jo: I am seeing such progress in Discworld, it is an amazing design.
The Silhouette is beautiful, the fabric is a lovely color.
Dragon Stitch design is so sweet, the trim is very interesting, did you make it? just curious.

Merry Christmas

Elfie said...

Great progress on the Mappe, and I just adore the Cameo. Thanks for hosting GG again this year. Merry Christmas!

Katie said...

Wow you've made gorgeous progress. I love the cameo. Beautiful. All linked up. Thanks for hosting.

Rachel said...

And the continent is still growing! Great progress despite other events taking over this time of year! :)

Beth in IL said...

I remembered to post! Love the Mappe. Every stitch counts.

beadgirl said...

Ooh, that cameo piece is beautiful. So elegant.

Bethan said...

Wow the Mappe is progressing so quickly! Have you done more than half by this point? x

FlashinScissors said...

You are doing so well with Mappe! It looks fantastic!
The cameo is beautiful, and the little beads look just right!
Ooooh, I love the little dragon! Well done Ariadne! He’s so sweet ..... funny that, made me think of the cute dragon in the Waitrose advert!
I look forward to joining in with GG next year.
Barbara xx

Leonore Winterer said...

Aaand we have the start of a new turtle flipper!

I'll be super late posting again this I have all my Christmas crafting done, but don't have the pictures with me! I feel cursed, but WILL get it up in time.

Mini said...

With 4 hours 25 mins to spare as per Indian time, I have linked up...though not much to show