Thursday, 10 June 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - June 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 only have one to show again this month, the one I'd hoped to FFO, which is Hedwig In A Bottle. She's been finished to match last month's Harry potter themed bottle, with co-ordinating fabric and barley twist cord:



I've now got quite a few finishes piling up in my Box Of Shame so maybe I'll be more productive 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 remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th June.


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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 July at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 5 June 2021

People's Choice SAL - Butterflies

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 Butterflies.

I think butterflies are absolutely beautiful. We have a lot of butterfly-friendly plants in our garden but only really see Cabbage Whites, with the occasional darker brown/red one (I'm not familiar with different species) so nothing fancy.

But I don't seem to have stitched many at all, in fact all I could find were two little butterflies on Frankie Hedgehog and Sally Squirrel from DMC's Woodland Folk collection:




With WIPs I found even less, just Imaginating's Hello Spring. Here's the chart as I haven't stitched the butterfly yet:



In the way of stash, it's only one as well, JBW's French Country Butterfly which I hope to get to within the next few years:



I'll leave you with a Dimensions kit called Butterfly Beauty. Now, if I hadn't already got 1001 charts and kits I may consider purchasing it as I think it's absolutely stunning.



Hopefully you will have stitched more butterflies than me!

Next month's theme is Houses.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 28 May 2021

Smalls SAL - May 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.

For May I stitched the fifth and final Durene Jones' cute dogs. Here he is before the backstitching:


And after:

Resting My Eyes by Durene Jones (freebie)
Stitch Count 40 wide by 25 high
Stitched on 16ct Golden over-dyed aida by sewitall.com
Started - 1st May 2021
Finished - 6th May 2021
Total stitching time - 6 hours 10 minutes


Looks like all that mischief he's been up to in previous months has finally tired him out!

So, what to stitch for next month's Smalls SAL now the cute doggies have all been stitched? Chirp, chirp I think.

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 10 May 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - May 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.


This month I again have only one FFO to share, the recently started and finished Platform 9 3/4 Sign In A Bottle. It's been FFOd in my preferred style, with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord, but without the hanging loop. It's looking a bit lonely at the moment but I'm hoping Hedwig will join it 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 remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th May.


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

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 1 May 2021

People's Choice SAL - Traditional Samplers

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 Traditional Samplers.

My idea of a Traditional Sampler is one which is square-shaped, and made up of letters, numbers, and/or rows of speciality stitches, tree or flower motifs, and maybe a religious saying of some sort.

In which case here are all the traditional samplers I have stitched, am stitching, are in my stash, or are on my wishlist:



That's right (ah-ha-ha) none!

As you might have twigged, I don't like traditional samplers and I would never stitch one, the same as I would never stitch, for example, a piece of artwork by Monet or Van Gogh, or a portrait of some sort (my nightmare day out would be to an art museum!)

I found this article from the V&A Museum about the history of needlework samplers, and whilst absolutely none of the designs float my boat, it's very interesting and incredible to think that many were often stitched as part of a young lady's formal education, and often at a very young age. I may not like any of them, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the effort put into them, especially considering they didn't have the luxury of electric lighting, let alone daylight lamps!

A lot of reproduction samplers have been charted and are now available to purchase, such as this Charlotte Bronte Sampler by Moira Blackburn, which Charlotte stitched when she was six:



Or this one by Samplers Remembered originally stitched by Lucy Snushall in 1847:



It's surprising how many are available, if that's what you like.

Next month's theme is Butterflies, perfect for the time of year.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 30 April 2021

Smalls SAL - April 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.

Unfortunately I missed last month's check in (that's what you get when you schedule posts in advance and don't check your blog for weeks!) so I'll try to put the link up after this one.

For April I stitched the fourth of Durene Jones' cute dogs:

In The Bath by Durene Jones (freebie)
Stitch Count 40 wide by 33 high
Stitched on 16ct Golden over-dyed aida by sewitall.com
Started - 1st April 2021
Finished - 5th April 2021
Total stitching time - 8 hours 5 minutes


He's obviously not that happy about being dunked in a bath full of bubbles but I'm sure he'll feel happier once he's cleaner!


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, James II:



See you next month for the final cute doggie!

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

The Loneliness Of Autumn - 160 hours

Hello everyone!

Time again to show another month's progress on The Loneliness Of Autumn by Leonid Afremov, which I am SALing with Leonore one colour at a time extreme cross country.

This month's stitching consisted of just under nine hours to finish off the yellow 742 in the bottom half, and just over one hour to start the seventh colour, 3371 dark brown, in the top right. It's going to be quite difficult to see the 3371 being added as it's mostly random stitches around the black and dark blue to help fill in the gaps.



And since I finished off the sixth colour this month, here are the photos showing the comparison between the end of the fifth and sixth colours. This is now 32% complete after 21,390 stitches in 158 hours 45 minutes. Thankfully it's very obvious where the sixth colour was added!



The next ten hours will consist of just 3371.

Take care,
Rachel x