It's the 10th of April so it must be time for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL. Have you all been working hard and are now ready to show off the projects you've fully-finished this month?
The aim of this SAL is to encourage all cross stitchers to fully-finish at least some of their completed cross stitch projects and proudly show them off via this gallery. These might be projects which have been gathering dust for weeks/months/years and/or projects which have recently been completed; it doesn't matter.
Whether you are a regular fully-finisher, an ad-hoc fully-finisher or a reluctant fully-finisher, you are all welcome. There is no need to sign up and no commitment required, just pop in when you have one or more fully-finished cross stitch projects to show.
If you are unsure of anything, the FFG SAL 2019 page at the top of my blog may help, or just ask.
As statistics stand, in the first two months alone there have been 118 FFOs from 23 different participants. Considering I set out with the hope of there being 100 finishes in total during 2019 I think we can all agree this has been more successful than I imagined. Thank you so much!
Over the last month I have fully-finished three pieces; my two small monthly projects and one from my Box Of Shame:
1) Purple Sleeping Dragon was stitched for the March Smalls SAL and has been fully-finished as a little ornie using my preferred technique of coordinating fabric and barley twist cord. The combination of purple and red seemed strange at first but I have had really positive comments about it.
2) April in Diamond is for my Year of Birthstones and has been fully-finished as a hanging ornie using card and coordinating fabric and ribbon.
3) Cookie And Cream was stitched for DSDUCJFC 2015 (see page at top if you don't know what this is). It was the oldest UFO in my Box Of Shame (July 2015) so I thought it was about time to fully-finish it. I didn't consider it an important enough piece to be framed so just opted for a simple mini-pillow with coordinating fabric and ruched two-tone ombre ribbon. The pillow could have done with a little more stuffing but, that aside, I love the crackled backing fabric and am really happy with the result.
Now it's over to you. Let's see what your fingers, sewing machines and imaginations have been producing this month!
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.
And please don't forget to follow other links and see what fellow fully-finishers have been up to; you never know, other projects may give you an idea for your next finish!
Once the link-up has closed I shall update the FFG SAL 2019 page with the number of entrants and entries.
For this month's Featured Finishing Idea I'm thinking Christmas. These are a set of advent calendar buttons by craftwoodcreations.co.uk - if anyone is stitching an advent countdown these (or something similar) could be useful and, at £3.75 for all 25, are not expensive. They measure 20mm by 16mm so could easily be incorporated into all but the smallest designs. I will be using mine next year when I stitch 25 mini advent ornie projects. At the moment my plan is to have the stitching on the front and the buttons on the back, but that may well change!