Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - May 2022

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.


This month I actually have more than one FFO... but only just, as it's two!!

First up is JBW Design's French Country Squirrel, finished off as a mini pillow with coordinating Autumn Swirls fabric and burgundy barley twist cord:




And then it's JBW's French Country Pumpkin, finished off as an ornie with - yes, you've guessed - coordinating Orange Marble fabric and burgundy barley twist cord. However, it is not been FFOd as a square, but as an oval to match the shape of the pumpkin. I'm glad I tried something different but must admit I'm not keen on it as it's too messy for my liking. Too late now though!



Now it's over to you.

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 May.


Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

And once again I'm looking forward to seeing your achievements for the month.

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

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 7 May 2022

People's Choice SAL - Witches

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 Witches.

Witches are normally associated with Halloween and, up until I started blogging, this was not a topic I was interested in stitching. Now I find myself liking certain types of Halloween designs, although witches tend not to feature too much. Let's see what I can find...

Sorciere, or French Country Witch, by JBW Designs was my first witch. Stitched in 2016, this was the design that started me off using variegated threads on JBW's 'French Country' designs, not that you can really see that this thread is variegated, but it is, just:



Then it wasn't until 2019 when I stitched my second witch, the sickeningly cute Soda Stitch's A Little Witch Of The Night:



I could also include my Witchy Spookie Hootie; is it a witchy-owl or an owl dressed up like a witch?



And since every witch needs one, how about a lone witch's hat:



Now for stash...

In my collection since 2000 has been Alluring Sorceress (and her male compatriot, Midnight Enchanter). I keep saying I want to start them, but never do. Give it another 22 years and she might end up on my scroll bars!



Although I don't have Mill Hill's Wanda The Witch herself, I do have Wanda's Wands and Wanda's Witchery because, just like a hat, every witch needs her own house and cupboard in which to store her goodies and create her concoctions!




And, finally, back to a hat. This is Tribal Witch Hat by White Willow Stitching. I've never started this as I don't really know how to stitch it... One colour? One variegated colour? Each symbol in black or green or purple or orange? The possibilities are endless and, as yet, unresolved!



That's it for my trawl through witches. Next month's theme is Beads! I have a feeling Mirabilia and Nora Corbett will crop up quite often in this one!

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Watercolour Dolphin - finished!

Hi all,

April was definitely an 'I can't concentrate on big projects' month, so I switched to finishing off a few smaller pieces, most of which needed minimal brain power!

Following on from French Country Squirrel and French Country Pumpkin, I picked up Watercolour Dolphin, another which needed no thread-changing and therefore no symbol following. After a few hours it had gone from this tiny start:


To this lovely finish:

Watercolour Dolphin by StitchItPicasso (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Bermuda over-dyed aida using ThreadworX 11382 Blue Swirl
Started - 5th September 2021
Finished - 30th April 2022
Total stitching time - 9 hours 25 minutes


This was the final piece started during the Tokyo Paralympics and has now become the final finish, so I'm really happy with that. All 13 projects for the Paralympics used ThreadworX variegated threads and I loved every one of them. I'm not usually a big fan of how variegated threads stitch up stripy, but these all worked for me, probably because I chose threads dyed with hues of one colour rather than threads dyed with multiple contrasting colours.

Now I need to focus on getting back to the bigger more complicated projects - it's catch-up time... again!!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 29 April 2022

Smalls SAL - April 2022

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 I thought I'd return to the Cheeky Fruit collection. Back in 2018 (was it really 4 years ago?!) I stitched the raspberry, pear, pineapple and banana, and thought it about time I added a few more. So, to begin with, here is the strawberry:

Strawberry from Fabulous Fruit in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 192 (I think)
Stitched on 16ct Sorbet over-dyed aida
Started - 13th April 2022
Finished - 23rd April 2022
Total stitching time - 6 hours 5 minutes


Isn't he a funny little chap? The chart doesn't call for them, but I think I might add a white french knot to each eye as his don't look quite right without them.


And then there is my usual monarch of the month, the very merry George IV:



No, you haven't missed George IV's post - for the third month in a row I've stitched but not posted A Monarch A Month. Must rectify that soon!

For next month's small I'll be heading under the sea.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 22 April 2022

French Country Pumpkin - finished!

Morning all!

So my ability to concentrate on anything other than a small project hasn't returned yet, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it means I've got another finish! I'd only spent 15 minutes on this one previously so it almost felt like a new start.

And here it is:


French Country Pumpkin by JBW Designs
Stitched on 16ct Lichen over-dyed aida with ThreadworX 10348 Pumpkin Spice
Started - 4th September 2021
Finished - 20th April 2022
Total stitching time - 6 hours 5 minutes


The thread's a brighter orange than in the photo, but that's the best I could do without the fabric looking wrong. And this time I'll leave you to find the hidden motifs.

This piece was start number 12/13 from last year's Summer Paralympics and has now become finish number 12/13. With that in mind, I think you might be able to guess where I'm (probably) heading next!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 15 April 2022

French Country Squirrel - finished!

Hi all!

Since the end of the Winter Paralympics a month ago I just can't seem to focus on anything relating to stitching or blogging.

Instead of keeping up-to-date, I've fallen behind again. And instead of stitching on the things I should be stitching on, I've been jumping all over the place and choosing the project which most appeals to me that evening.

Which means I have an unplanned finish!

This little cutie was started for day 11 of last year's Tokyo Summer Olympics and was chosen simply because I didn't want to keep changing colours:


French Country Squirrel by JBW Designs
Stitched on 16ct Lichen over-dyed aida with ThreadworX 10771 Autumn
Started - 3rd September 2021
Finished - 9th April 2022
Total stitching time - 6 hours 45 minutes


I love these designs, trying to spot all of the little motifs hidden within - can you see a bird, an owl, a heart, a basket, an apple/pumpkin, a couple of squirrels and various nuts?

I have the perfect backing fabric to make him into a mini pillow so, hopefully, he won't spend too long in my Box Of Shame. It all depends on how focused I can be.

Take care,
Rachel x

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - April 2022

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.


Yet again I have only one FFO this month. I still have many pieces in a semi-FFOd condition, and I'm still hoping for a really good FFOing session over Easter, but who knows!

This month's finish is last month's Smalls SAL piece - Green Flying Dragon - which has been FFOd in the usual way, with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord:




Nothing else to say about it really!

Now it's over to you.

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.


Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

And once again I'm looking forward to seeing your achievements for the month.

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

Take care,
Rachel x