Thursday, 15 October 2020

October Gifted Gorgeousness Link-up Post

Welcome to the October 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 this year has been my Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs, which was a gift for my son.  Now finally finished and framed:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

Most of September was dedicated to my Chatelaine, Gardens of London.  Here's where I was at the start of the month:

Here's the whole piece now:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast from Crafty Kitten

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.

Usually I would be showing my 12 Days of Christmas now but I have skipped them this month to focus on Dark October stitching.  I will do double next month!

My first Dark October piece was my Birthday present last year; Just Nan's Autumn Mouse Scissor Roll.  I had fully finished the little mouse by Day 4 and have spent the rest of the time stitching the Roll itself.

Mouse minus hat, the pin head had to be painted and was still wet.

stitched on 32 count Vintage Country Mocha

Tomorrow is a work day so I won't have much time to stitch.  I am planning to add some of the little mice so I can see the progress I make.

Last time I showed a Just Nan design I mentioned how many of the charts I own.  Jirrine asked how I knew how many there are but you are a "no-reply" person so I can't respond directly.  The answer is that in the Just Nan Facebook group, someone has compiled a list of the designs!  They try to keep it up-to-date but Nan keeps releasing new designs or we find another exclusive or magazine chart.  So it's only an approximation for the number.

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 "October 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, there will be a Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop as usual this year. I am sure you all know how it works but for those who need a reminder - here's a link to last year's

If you want to take part, just leave a comment here or email me if you are a "no reply" person. I need an email address for you to take part in this hop.


Clare-Aimetu said...

Discworld looks amazing in its frame. Your Gardens of London is lovely and so special with your friends buying the threads. Sadly this year I'm going to pass on the Halloween Hop, have fun x x

RONI said...

Love love love the Discworld Mappe, it looks so good framed up!! Thank you for hosting once again.

Katie said...

Another fantastic Jo post. Plus I'm all caught up. Love that mouse. Too cute!!

butterfly said...

Love the mouse roll .
How sweet .
Have a good weekend .

jocondine said...

Great Discworld framed, I think I'll print it and add it in my book about all historic and style maps! Funny little mouse. xxx

Christine said...

Great progress on gardens and the little mouse is very sweet

Mini said...

Nice progress on Gardens. The mouse is cute.

Elfie said...

The Mappe looks fantastic - the frame sets it off perfectly. I love the sweet little mouse, and the Chatelaine is amazing. Beautiful stitching, as usual!

Rachel said...

Three such contrasting pieces, but all showing things you seem to love the most, Discworld, Chatelaine and Just Nan. Good luck with the remainder of Dark October. :)

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Discworld Mappe looks brilliant framed. Your son must be so pleased with it.
I enjoy seeing your Halloween stitching and your progress on Gardens of London. Sadly, I have no Gifted Gorgeousness I can share this month as the recipients read my blog.

FlashinScissors said...

Oh my goodness, what an awesome job you have made of Discworld, Jo!
Great work on all your other stitching too! I love the mouse, it’s so sweet,

I’m glad to see I linked up here OK because I seem to have done something to my blog and my Thumbnail picture has disappeared from everybodies margins ..... aaargh! I hope I can resolve this but at the moment it means no one will see my blogpost! 😤

One more problem with New Blogger!

😩Barbara xx

FlashinScissors said...

Phew, no, I’m back! My pic has appeared after all.

Forgot to say, thank you for running GG each month, it’s nice to catch up with everyone.


Barb said...

The Discworld Mappe looks so wonderful in its frame.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress this month - that mouse is so cute! I can't wait for your full compilation of Dark October stitching.

Astrids dragon said...

A fabulous month for you! Your little mouse is adorable and the roll is looking great so far.

Jirrine said...

Hi Jo!
Thank you so much for answering my question. I will have to figure out how to become a "reply-person."
I will take a look in the Just Nan group. I am fascinated by her designs.
Happy stitching!