Thursday, 10 June 2021

June TUSAL and my Stitching Library


It's TUSAL time!

Here is my TUSAL jar with my current project:

Slightly washed out photo of the fifth Scary Apothecary from Hands on Design.  This one will be Cauldron Cleaner and is stitched on the same 28 count Radioactive linen from Chromatic Alchemy as the rest of the series.

Last week I finished my oldest WIP, the only one from the 20th Century!  I started the NOEL letters from Ernie Bishop in about 1999 and only really stitched on them at Christmas time.  I have done my best to work on them in recent years and this year they made the WIPocalypse list.  I decided to simplify the hardanger and just do plain wrapped bars rather than curved corners and fancy eyelets.

That big chunk of white in my TUSAL jar is the snippings from making the hardanger!

Here are all four of them together:

stitched on 28 count white linen

Hopefully I can FFO them before this Christmas!  If I can find the dowels I put in a safe place...

What's on my Shelf?

This is a new feature I'm going to include on my TUSAL post until I run out of books! I started a Page on my Happy Dance blog for my Stitching Library and realised what a huge task it was so decided to break it down to one book per month. For the next four years...

I chose this month's book to go with my Christmas finish of the NOEL letters.

Title: The Best of Teresa Wentzler Christmas Collection
Author: Teresa Wentzler
Publisher: Leisure Arts
ISBN: 9781574863871

The front cover shows the largest project - Angel Procession:

And the back cover shows the other nine projects, eight of which are pictures:

One is the beautiful Byzantine Ornaments set:

I have stitched three of these but totally changed the colour scheme to red and gold on a burgundy fabric:

Something else that needs FFO'ing!  I stitched these in 2016 and intended to stitch the next three and finish them all together.

The book is a great way to get a range of Teresa's designs in one place.  I think all of them are still available as individual charts from Patterns Online.  Most of them are computer drawn charts but there are a couple of hand-drawn charts which are actually lovely to see.  There are some gorgeous borders you could use for any project or make a band sampler.  Most of the faces are charted for over one stitching with clear, enlarged versions of those parts.  And of course, thread lists that cover two pages with all the blended threads used!

Finally, I'm going to be taking sign-ups for my Summer Blog Hop on the same theme as last year - Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count.  Have a look at this post for last year and let me know if you'd like to take part this year.


Susan said...

Swooning over your Emie Bishop piece. You did a wonderful job with the hardanger. Can't wait to see them finished.

BeingBored89 said...

I am notorious for putting things in places that are a little too safe.... for instance my grandfather had given me some old cross stitching books a couple years ago and I have no idea where I put them to be safe!

Kate said...

I very much like your "NOEL".

Leonore Winterer said...

Wow, that fabric really IS radioactive! I guess you need something that strong to clean up cauldrons. And the Noel blocks are coming along great!

For once you picked a book that I own as well - so many beautiful designs in there, but so far I have only stitched Angel of Frost. Feels like so long ago - probably because it was!