Sunday, 1 May 2016

Smalls SAL - April 2016

Good morning everyone!

It's just gone past the last Thursday of the month so is time to check in with the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus. I'm a little later than usual as I did not want to interrupt the flow of my A-Z postings. But now they're all over the world's my oyster!!

This month's piece is another Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings I'm afraid, not the CCN I thought I would be stitching. It's been finished in the usual way with matching Christmas fabric and ribbon; I said I had no imagination!

This time I remembered to take a photo of the finished piece before making it up.....

... and after:

 Berry Christmas
Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings XIII
Stitched on 16ct Cloud Brown over-dyed aida from 2 over 1
Stitch Count 50 wide by 50 high
Started - 18th April 2016
Finished - 22nd April 2016
Total stitching time - 5 hours
Plus a couple of hours to finish off

I'm so happy that my finishing off is getting easier and neater each month. It makes tackling these smalls so much less stressful!

I also stitched a small piece as a gift for the lady who runs the Dairy Cottage where Justine, Ingrid and I have our stitching retreat breaks. Everything in the cottage is cow related so we thought we would each add a small cow to her collection. Ingrid will kindly be finishing all three into matching pin keeps ready for our next break in just under a fortnight! This is my effort:

Friesian Cow (magazine chart)
Stitched on 16ct Cloud Green over-dyed aida from 2 over 1
Stitch Count 55 wide by 37 high
Started - 2nd April 2016
Finished - 8th April 2016
Total stitching time - 8 hours 20 minutes

I'll show the completed pin keep next month, along with my next Christmas ornie!

Happy stitching :)
Rachel x


Heather said...

Cute cow and small :)

Thoeria said...

Another cute LK stitch! And I love the fabric you've used in the finish :)
Moooooo!! That cow reminds me of a character in one of my childhood puppet shows they televised here :) Meena Moo!!
You're so lucky to be able to run off and stitch like that!

Tiffstitch said...

Great FFO and lovely cow. I really like your fabric choice there.

Justine said...

That's a cute LK finish! I really like this one and am glad your finishing is getting easier. Perhaps you will inspire me to start finishing some from my ever growing pile!
Your cow looks moo-vellous too!

Linda said...

Congrats on the adorable finishes Rachel.


Preeti said...

Berry beautiful finish!! That's a lovely thought of stitching a cow for gift, I am sure the recipient will be touched with your thankful gesture :)

craftingpaws said...

Such a cute finish and I love the cow...adorable!

Faith... said...

Berry Christmas is adorable! I love the cow and what a great "thank you" for the person who runs the place where you have your retreats. I am sure two weeks can't come fast enough for you guys; a stitching, relaxing and a fun-filled girls weekend.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great ornie and a lovely cow too! Not often I say that LOL.
Enjoy your mini-retreat.

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful Berry stitching & great finishing too!
Your ornament really looks great... you're getting good at that finishing malarkey :)
Love your cow, it is my favourite out of the 3!
I'm sure they will look great at the Dairy... not long to go!

Unknown said...

Love your little cow and your Ornament of course - I think it looks great finish. Your A-Z finish was one of my favorite

Cathy said...

Berry Christmas is a sweet little stitch and looks so nice all finished. The cow will make a nice thank you gift.

Brigitte said...

The ornie you made is so beautifully stitched, you found the perfect backing fabric for it.
That cow makes a nice little gift for the lady who loves cows :) I'm sure she will be thrilled.

Stitcher said...

Love your finish. And the cow will be a great gift. I can't wait for you to tell us how much your friend loved it. And I would love to see all the pin keeps when they are finished. I have a soft spot for cows myself.

Angela said...

Lovely smalls finishes!

Marie said...

Very nice stitching. Your finished pillow Christmas Ornament came out great!