Friday 10 May 2024

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - May 2024

Hello again!

Another 10th of the month is here again so it's time for May's edition of the Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your cross stitched FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



This month I've got something totally different to show. I was very much hoping for four, but one is a start and will indicate what I have planned for the remaining three.

This is Grand Canyon National Park, one of the US National Parks as charted by TeenyWeenyXStich on etsy, stitched for last year's Mischievous March, and now completed as an 8"x8" scrapbook page.

All I did was print off a map of US National Parks and a few icons related to Grand Canyon National Park (which I've probably broken copyright laws for since they are pictures of a fridge magnet and various commemorative sew on patches) and stick them on a piece of torn paper mounted on card. The arrow on the map points to the Park, which has been highlighted with a tiny white pin. Et voila...



I've printed off the icons etc. for the other three US National Parks I've stitched so, in theory, they shouldn't take too long to FFO. Famous last words!

Now it's your turn.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will stay open for 10 days.


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Hope to see you next month!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday 26 April 2024

Smalls SAL link-up - April 2024

Hello!

It's the last Friday of the month, so time for the Smalls SAL.

Entries can be anything Small you have cross stitched during the month, be it an individual piece, part of a set, a portion of a big design, or even an unfinished Small if you haven't been able to complete it. All Smalls, or part(s) thereof, are welcome!



For April I have nothing! Not exactly ideal but that's how it is this month.

So, with nothing to waffle on about, I'll hand this SAL straight over to you!

Please link up using the URL of your Smalls SAL post, with a title (usually your name) and a thumbnail. The link will stay open for 10 days.


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Hopefully you've been much more productive than me. Fingers crossed I'll have something(s) next month.

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - April 2024

Hello!

I'm AWOL again, but have scheduled this post, and hopefully it works!

It's already another 10th of the month, so here is April's edition of the Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your cross stitched FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



Yet again I have just the one FFO to show. This was FFOd a while ago but kept in reserve until I had FFOd the other three in this set. Well, that hasn't happened so out it comes!

This is Chick Berry by Valerie Pfeiffer, one of her 'Solos' birds, FFOd as a mini pillow with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord:




I really will have to try hard to finish the other three for next month!

Now it's your turn.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will stay open for 10 days.


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Back again next month for another FFG SAL.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday 29 March 2024

Smalls SAL link-up - March 2024

Good morning one and all,

It's the last Friday of the month, so time for the Smalls SAL.

Entries can be anything Small you have cross stitched during the month, be it an individual piece, part of a set, a portion of a big design, or even an unfinished Small if you haven't been able to complete it. All Smalls, or part(s) thereof, are welcome!



I only have this month's Nordic Christmas Sampler, this time Love from day 15. Under the 'Love' banner was a simple geometric design, but I thought it should be hearts so stitched those instead:

Nordic Christmas Sampler Day 15 - love by ZindagiDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct White with iridescent pearl/opal flecks
Started - 2nd March 2024
Finished - 13th March 2024
Total stitching time - 6 hours 40 minutes


I really like this one; it's definitely my favourite so far.


Now it's your turn.

You know the format - please link up using the URL of your Smalls SAL post, with a title (usually your name) and a thumbnail. The link will stay open for 10 days.

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I look forward to seeing your Small accomplishments this month!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday 25 March 2024

Mischievous March New Start #4 - April Biscornu

Morning all!

Yet another week when I couldn't decide what to start, so took the easy way out with another biscornu.



This is April's biscornu which I chose to stitch in bright spring colours. I've altered the design very slightly to account for it being stitched on aida instead of evenweave, but it doesn't look much different.

April Biscornu by Magical Quilts And More
Stitched on 16ct Rhododendron overdyed aida with Jodyri thread Passionberry Cake
Stitching time to date - 1 hour 30 minutes


Next weekend will be the final Mischievous March new start, a Snuffles in traditional grey/coral colours chosen by Leonore. All I have to do is find the right fabric.

Take care,
Rachel x

Thursday 21 March 2024

Mischievous March New Start #3 - March Biscornu

Morning all!

So having looked through a list of potential new starts, I decided that they were all too big if I wanted to keep to the idea that all Mischievous March new starts should be small. So what to do?



Well, I went back to an old friend - variegated thread - so that I could stitch another biscornu.

It wasn't my intention to stitch the months in order, nor to stitch them as birthstones (as the designer intended) nor in colours relevant to the month. However, having done a lovely-dovey coloured theme for February, and starting this on St Patrick's Day, I thought why not?

So here is the start of March's biscornu. The thread sort of resembles the green of Ireland with the yellow being the Leprechaun's gold and the brown being the pot. And it's stitched on a fabric called Clover, so there are the Irish connections!

March Biscornu by Magical Quilts And More
Stitched on 16ct Clover overdyed aida with Jodyri thread 194 Toxic Banana
Stitching time to date - 2 hours 35 minutes


I love how it's looking so far.

No idea what start number 4 will be yet!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday 18 March 2024

A-Z of WIPs Challenge 2024 - E and F

Good afternoon!

The A-Z of WIPs Challenge 2024 is a little SAL being attempted by Serendipitous Jo and myself to stitch our way through an alphabet of WIPs at two/three per month, starting with A and B in January and finishing with Y and Z in December. 



A to D have been successfully completed, so now it's the turn of E and F.


E is for... Elixir Of Luck by CrazyBlendShop (etsy)
Started March 2022 - last worked on April 2023.
I'm sounding like a broken record here, but this was another WIP I didn't want to put down after its two days of attention. I was hoping to stitch all of the bits above the liquid but didn't quite make it. The  pale yellows are really soothing to work with but next time (whenever that may be) I've got the lovely richer darker yellows to look forward to.



Stitching time to date - 9 hours 5 minutes


F is for... France, an 'All Around The World' chart by Soda Stitch
Started July 2021 - last worked on April 2023.
I usually stitch from right to left, but just had to finish the iconic Eiffel tower before carrying on with the lady.



Stitching time to date - 6 hours 10 minutes


These may have only been out for a couple of days, but I really enjoyed working on both and am again happy with my progress.

Next month G and H, where I'm hoping for not one but two 'G' finishes before heading off to a magical village for H.

Take care,
Rachel x