Saturday, 10 April 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery - April 2021

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.

The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.

I have six FFOs in progress, but only one completed FFO to show this month, a recently-retrieved finish from 2002. This is Eeyore's snowflake.

I gave Eeyore a pearlescent silver mount and then inserted Eeyore and his mount into a pearlescent purple card out of which I had also cut an aperture. Some purple/silver ribbon, silver snowflakes and purple mittens were added for effect.

Good to know it only took me 19 years to FFO!!! Somewhere I have the matching Piglet's Snowflake but goodness knows where. At least I know how he'll be FFOd when he eventually comes out of hiding!

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 remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th April.

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And please don't forget to follow other links and see what fellow fully-finishers have been up to; an encouraging comment can go a long way.

Next month's FFG SAL post will go live on 10th May at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 3 April 2021

People's Choice SAL - Blue

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.

This month's theme is Blue, I colour I think of as being either quite cold or associated with water and sealife.

Off the top of my head I thought I'd probably stitched a fair amount of blue, but was surprised to discover blue fabric has actually been used on over 60 projects! Obviously I won't show them all so have stuck to the bluest of the blue, whether that be regarding the fabrics and/or threads and/or the item(s) used to finish them.

So, starting with the smallest and working upwards to the biggest pieces, my bluest of the blue are:

Mr Daydream, stitched on Cloud Spring Sky and finished with a blue card:

September In Sapphire, stitched on Glacier with a blue variegated thread, blue beads and blue backing fabric:

Seahorse Critter, stitched on an aptly-named blue fabric called Ocean:

Dolphin Splash, finished with a double blue mount (the fabric is a bright white but my camera at the time was brilliant at picking up other colours!):

Dreaming Of Dolphins, treated to a blue frame:

And, finally Hogwarts In A Bottle, stitched on some gorgeous blue fabric from Chromatic Alchemy called Lazurite:

I also have quite a few WIPs with a blue feel, the bluest being Let's Be Frozen which is being stitched on Cloud Winter Sky using all blue Etoile threads:

And Dragon Eye, a new start for all of four hours back in 2015 and which should become a focus piece in 2024!

So that's my trawl through the theme of blue. I hope you enjoyed it.

Next month's theme is Traditional Samplers :(

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Loneliness Of Autumn - 150 hours

Hi all!

Here is March's progress on The Loneliness Of Autumn by Leonid Afremov as charted by Artecy on which I am SALing with Leonore extreme cross country one colour at a time.

This month it was all 742 for lots of glow around the lights:

At least it's easy to see the difference this month!

In April I will finish 742 and move on to the next colour, 3371 dark brown, a rude interruption to a series of lovely bright orangey-yellows!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 29 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #4 - Platform 9 3/4 In A Bottle

Hello again!

So it's already the final week of the Mischievous March mini new start binge. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?!

My final Harry Potter themed bottle this week is the sign for Platform 9 3/4, the railway line behind a magical brick wall at King's Cross Station which takes the young witches and wizards to their school aboard the Hogwarts Express. Here's how much I stitched:

Platform 9 3/4 In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by
Stitch count 44 wide by 54 high
Started - 27th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 5 hours 25 minutes

And this is how it will eventually look:

It's weird but, as with In The Gloaming, I couldn't wait to stitch the brickwork!

If you've joined in with Mischievous March this week, here's the usual linky widget thingy waiting for your post URL, your name and a thumbnail:

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As usual I look forward to seeing what you've started, and perhaps even finished. Also, a big thank you for joining me!

If you've enjoyed Mischievous March and are up for another SAL or two, my next ones will be Christmas in July and the Tokyo Olympic Challenge, 23rd July to 8th August, so keep your eye out for more information about those nearer the time.

I will now be working on all four of the Mischievous March starts until they become finishes. I'm not sure I'll meet my end-of-April target date, but I'll enjoy trying. Watch this space!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 26 March 2021

Smalls SAL - March 2021

Hello all!

It's the last Friday of the month so time for the Smalls SAL. Thank you, Mary, for continuing to host this fun little SAL. Pop over to Mary's Blog to see what other participants have been stitching in the way of Smalls this month.

Each month I stitch a small project specifically for this SAL which doesn't appear elsewhere on my blog.

This month it's the third of Durene Jones' cute dogs:

In The Doghouse by Durene Jones (freebie)
Stitch Count 38 wide by 31 high
Stitched on 16ct Golden over-dyed aida by
Started - 1st March 2021
Finished - 4th March 2021
Total stitching time - 7 hours 5 minutes

Isn't he just absolutely adorable (again)?! I'd definitely take this scruffy fluffy dog for a walk!

In this Smalls SAL I'm also re-showing other qualifying small projects I've stitched during the month. Again, it's just my monarch:

See you next month for cute doggie number four!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 22 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #3 - Hedwig In A Bottle

Hello again!

It's week number three of Mischievous March already and we seem to be doing well, with more lovely starts last week and a few more finishes.

I'm continuing with my Harry Potter themed bottles, this week starting the one containing Harry's owl, Hedwig. Don't worry, the cork may be in the bottle but she's a magical owl so can still breathe!

Here's how far I got over the weekend:

Hedwig In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by
Stitch count 44 wide by 54 high
Started - 20th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 5 hours 20 minutes

I know you can't see her very well on the fabric, but once the backstitching is done she'll 'magically' appear *groan* and look like this:

If you are participating in Mischievous March and wish to link up with your post, name and a thumbnail, here's the linky widget thingy which will, as usual, stay open for ten days:

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I look forward to seeing what you've started and perhaps even finished!

It's difficult to believe next weekend will be the last one. Oh well, see you there.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 19 March 2021

A Monarch A Month - Charles II

Hi all!

Another month, another monarch. This month it's number 27, Charles II, enjoying a spot of downtime with a game of Real Tennis in, no doubt, the Real Tennis Courts he had refurbished at Hampton Court Palace:

Charles II from Kings and Queens by Bothy Threads
Started - 15th March 2021
Finished - 18th March 2021
Total stitching time - 5 hours 35 minutes

Preceded by Charles I (father)
Succeeded by James II (brother)
Lived - 1630-1685
Reigned - 1660-1685
Married - Catherine of Braganza
Children - no surviving legitimate children but at least 12 illegitimate by 7 mistresses!

Charles II became King following the Restoration Of The Monarchy in 1660, 11 years after his father's execution.

With the exception of a short time in Scotland - where he famously hid in an oak tree to escape capture by Oliver Cromwell's army - Charles spent most of that time moving between France, Spain and the Netherlands.

In the 1660 Declaration Of Breda, Charles agreed to accept the crown, be lenient (except in the most extreme cases), tolerant and, unlike his father, rule alongside parliament.

He was a flamboyant and popular monarch - nicknamed The Merry Monarch - and reigned with relative stability, including through the 1665 Plague and 1666 Great Fire Of London.

He was fond of the arts, founding the Royal Observatory, the Royal Society and the Royal Hospital Chelsea for retired soldiers. The King Charles Spaniel was also named after him.

In his later years Charles became more tolerant of Catholicism but less lenient in general, authorising numerous executions, imprisonments and seizing of estates, often with dubious evidence.

The prospect of Charles' Catholic brother, James, succeeding to the throne resulted in the introduction of The Exclusion Bill (banning James from succeeding) and, as Parliament became divided, the formation of the first two 'political' parties - the anti-James Whigs and the pro-James Tories.

Charles then reneged on the Declaration of Breda by dissolving Parliament four times between 1679-1681 and ruling as an absolute monarch for his last four years.

He died in 1685, possibly from 'experimenting' with mercury, and, it is rumoured after becoming Catholic on his deathbed, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

So next month, the to-ing and fro-ing of religion and royalty continues with the succession of Catholic James II.

Take care,
Rachel x