Saturday, 28 July 2018

Smalls SAL - July 2018

Good afternoon everybody!

Time for the monthly Smalls SAL check-in run by Heather of Stitching Lotus, who's back in blogland and has posted catch-up link-ups for April, May and June if you want to pop along.

The theme of Christmas in July is becoming quite popular in various forms of craft so I thought I would do the same. This little kitty comes from a set of six ornies (well, three that have also been reversed) by Design Works Crafts. Thanks to Hobbycraft already stocking Christmas goodies I was able to find some lovely little pom-poms with which to finish off the hat. How cute is that?!

Christmas Cat 1 by Design Works Crafts
Stitched on 16ct Tin over-dyed aida with sparkles from 2 over 1
Stitch count 43 wide by 31 high
Started - 1st July 2018
Finished - 9th July 2018
Total stitching time - 6 hours 50 minutes

And she's been finished off in my usual way using grey snowflake backing fabric and dark grey barley twist cord.

I really wanted to use red cord to compliment the hat and brighten the ornie but it just didn't look right. Nevermind.

I bought the used chart off ebay but the original kit included plastic canvas for the stitching, seed beads for the eyes, little star sequins for the background and of course the pom-poms. I wouldn't have used the plastic canvas anyway and probably not the sequins, and french knots are sufficient for the eyes so I didn't lose out much as all I had to buy was a packet of pom-poms and at £1 for 50 that didn't exactly break the bank! I didn't think the charted gold star was necessary either, which is why I left it off.

You'll get to see another one from this set towards the end of the year, but I haven't decided which one - for once I'm open to suggestions!

In the meantime, next month's small will be bright and tweety.

Take care,
Rachel x


Elfie said...

How cute! Your finishing is beautiful. I would stitch the reverse of this one next time, but that's just my need for symmetry peeping out!

Mary said...

Adorable. I really love the addition of the pom pom and I probably wouldn't have used the sequins and gold star either. Can't wait to see which one you finish next.

Linda said...

Congrats on another sweet finish Rachel.


Cathy said...

Love your cute kitty! I like both of the other designs and find it hard to choose only one.

Pamela said...

Very cute finish!

rosey175 said...

Oh these are such adorable designs! (!!!) I love the little hanging one the most; such a cutie. Your fabric is perfect for finishing off into the ornament too~

Faith... said...

What a cute Christmas Cat! Cute backing material you used. I like the ones where they are putting their paws in front of their mouths like they are surprised!

Preeti said...

Beautiful finish! The designs are very cute:)

Katie said...

Oh these are too cute. You can't pick a wrong one. Love the finished look. The changes you made are exactly what I would have done too.

Tiffstitch said...

Love the finish on this one and the pom-pom is so cute! I personally like the kitty hanging off the branch, but they're all cute. Possibly the mirror image would be a nice "set"?

The Crafty Princess said...

Awww too adorable. I love how you finished it off. Yeah the gold star would have looked out of place. I think you made the perfect decision with this cutie pie.
xo Alicia