Saturday 4 December 2021

December TUSAL and my Stitching Library


It's TUSAL time!

Here is my TUSAL jar with two of my current projects:

On the right is my Stoney Creek 12 Days of Christmas.  I am stitching Day 11 and 12 together.

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

This is where I will pick up and restart the Bothy Threads Day 3:

stitched on 32 count blue-grey linen

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...

What else could I have for this month but a Christmas book!

Title: Christmas Cross Stitch Collection
Author: Sue Cook
Publisher: David & Charles 
ISBN: 9780715325766

I am not sure if Sue Cook is still designing but this book is still available if you like her style.  She uses bright colours and a lot of backstitch.  In some of the designs every element is backstitched although not always in black, she favours DMC 838 as a nice alternative.

The book has a larger design for each chapter which is shown stitched and then numerous smaller motifs you could use for cards, ornaments or make a larger sampler yourself.  They tend to the cute side of the the festival and the modern secular side although there is a section with some religious designs.

Angel with a material skirt

Nativity design, this section includes various religious charts and other characters from the Bible story

The bottom of the Advent Calendar makes a nice design on it's own.

At the back there is a selection of alphabets including a rather fun one with fairy lights wound around the letters.  A lot of the designs don't have stitched models so I can't show them.

This little house is on the front cover and there are several more inside which I would like to stitch as a street scene.

Most of the designs are full stitches only so along with the blocks of colour would be ideal for a beginner stitcher.  A child would find the colour charts easy to follow too.

Finally, the Advent Calendar Blog Hop is off to a fine start, it's so much fun learning about everyone's Tree Traditions and I'm busy compiling a collage of mine from over the years.


diamondc said...

Jo: Nice progress on both projects, I do like the 12 days of Christmas.
Bothy Threads is a lovely design.
Very nice Christmas Design book, I like the Angel with the fabric skirt.

Merry Christmas

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching again Jo.
I wish I could find more time .
Nice book I have so many I may start to show some of my ones .
Allot were from D&C.
Enjoy your new week , hugs June.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely stitching, your 12 days is looking good. I have a few of Sue Cook's book, she's a great designer.

Mary said...

This Bothy series is going to be stunning, but so much work!! I like the green for the ornamants background, they really show off nicely on it.

Mylene said...

Both progress is looking lovely.

I am enjoying reading new blogs on the Advent Calendar Blog Hop.

Carol said...

Love seeing the Stony Creek 12 Days series grow, Jo! And your Bothy Threads design is looking stunning on that pretty blue-grey linen! Enjoy your weekend! ♥