Tuesday, 15 September 2020

September Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

Welcome to the September 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.  Now finally finished and ready for framing:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

I finished that piece at the end of August, so once I had completed my SAL stitching for September I decided to focus on my Chatelaine, Gardens of London.  Here's where I was at the start of the month:

Here's that lower right Garden now:

Look at that lovely sparkle.

Here's the whole piece:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast from Crafty Kitten

We are only halfway through the month so I can easily finish this garden (some Algerian eyelets, rice stitches and loads of Queen Stitches) and make a good start on the lower left Garden.

This was a gift for my special Birthday in 2016, a lot of my friends sent skeins of threads which I have labelled with their name so I think of them as I stitch.

My next gifted item is tiny in comparision.  This is for Clare's Flower themed Christmas Tree for her church display this year.  I chose an Amaryllis by Moss Creek Designs from the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Special.

stitched over 1 on 28 count white evenweave

The final gifted project for this month is the 12 Days of Christmas by JBW.  Two of my friends bought two charts each for my Christmas present.  I started one design per day for the 12 Days of Stitchmas and have completed the Ninth Day: 

stitched on 40 count white linen, 1 over 2

and bead the 7th, 8th and 9th Days:

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 "September 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, having finished the Just Nan Summer Sampler SAL, I started my Just Nan Hallowe'en Sampler SAL.  The popular vote went to Beware so I set myself a 9 week schedule stitching 1 or 2 bands per week.  Here we are after 2 bands:

stitched on 32 count tea-dyed linen

The centre is a bit bumpy because of the pulled stitches but it will flatten out once I do the next band.  There will also be a bat charm hiding it!


DJ said...

So many goodies to admire! You know how I feel about's gorgeous and so beautifully stitched, what a wonderful gift for your son! I love the Amaryllis you stitched for Claire, she is going to have a lovely Christmas tree!! You know I love the 12 days of Christmas you stitched, they are so delicate and lovely...can't wait to see how you'll finish them!! And your Just Nan piece is beautifully stitched too. I can't wait to see more of it! Thanks for hosting GG and getting me off my duff so I finish all those things that have been gifted to me! Happy Stitching!

Barb said...

Congratulations on having the Mappe finished! You should be so very proud!!!! An amazing gift for your son.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Disc World is just stunning, it's been a pleasure watching this grow. Your Gardens of London look great, such delicate designs. Thank you so much for my flower, it's beautiful. I am hoping to start making them up soon.

butterfly said...

Great stitching again Jo .
Enjoy your week .

jocondine said...

You must feel great seeing this wonderful map finished. I'm always a fan of 12 days of Xmas projects. Nice to see the flower you stitched for

Elfie said...

Your Mappe is stunning. It would brighten any room. Congratulations on the finish. I kove the flower you stitched for Clare. It looks very festive, and will be a great addition to Clare's flower tree. Your 12 Days ornaments are lovely as usual. I am way behind with my set, but you have motivated me to give Christmas Dreams a rest and get stitching on my 12 Days ornaments - maybe next month.

Vickie said...

Oh the Amaryllis for Clare is gorgeous Jo!

Christine said...

Great stitching. I like the new JN band sampler. I once had the publisher's photographers send back a load of samples I'd stitched for a book because "the stitches have distorted the fabric". The book was on pulled thread stitches!

Linda said...

Lovely projects Jo.


RJ said...

Your stitching is always wonderful to view Jo. Congrats on finishing the Mappe. It is truly stunning and a work of art. I love all of your other finishes too. I especially enjoy your JUst Nan pieces. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Mini said...

Happy birthday Jo!
I still in awe of how big Old World Mappe is and how quickly you finished it.
The flower you stitched for Clare is lovely.

Mary's Thread said...

Wow wow wow! You must be SO proud of your map! And your son will love it! What an amazing accomplishment! I love your Chatelaine too!

FlashinScissors said...

Happy Birthday Jo! Hope you’ve had a lovely day!
Wow, well done finishing Mappe World, fantastic work!
Lovely flower for Claire!
Barbara xx

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Discworld Mappe is brilliant. I like the Amaryllis flowerhead that you stitched for Clare.

Katie said...

Another beauty filled post. Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous pieces.

Leonore Winterer said...

It's so exciting to see Gardens of London coming out to play after all that time on the Map! Your flower for Clare is very cute as well.

Rachel said...

Is that really four years since your special birthday? Goodness, how time flies! Will the Chatelaine become your focus project now that the Mappe is finished? :)