Sunday, 6 October 2019

October In Tourmaline - started and finished!

Hi all!

First things first... a little celebration as this is my 500th post!!! I would not have imagined when I started this blog I would get to 500 in 5 1/2 years. Just goes to show how much I have to say! Here's to the next 500.  :)

Now back to reality...

At the beginning of each month I will be stitching a little calendar piece, by Palkolp, in that month's birthstone colour. This idea was inspired by Jo's People's Choice SAL Birthstone posting and from her link to a website about birthstones.

October's birthstone is opal (or tourmaline):

October's child is born for woe
And life's vicissitudes must know
But lay an opal on her breast
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Visit here if you would like to read little interesting snippets of information about opals and tourmalines. The opal is particularly interesting.

October is my birth month and, given that I am not keen on opals, I chose to stitch a pink tourmaline version although, where tourmaline is concerned, it seems that almost any colour could have been chosen!

October by Palkolap
Stitched on 16ct Dried Petal over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitch count 47 wide by 47 high
Stitched with DMC variegated 48 and Miyuki Opaque Pink seed beads
Started - 1st October 2019
Finished - 5th October 2019
Total stitching time - 5 hours 40 minutes

I added a couple more bows to the pattern to make the fabric under October look less empty and love how it turned out. Now to FFO it!

Take care,
Rachel x


Linda said...

Congrats on another great finish Rachel. Love the fabric.


Cathy said...

Beautiful finish! I love these colors, too.

Katie said...

October here is breast cancer awareness month. This looks like a beautiful pink so would be perfect for our color of the month. Fantastic finish. Good luck with FFOing it.

Faith... said...

This one looks great! Those pinks really compliment each other.

Bethan said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! I look forward to the next 500 too! A lovely piece x

Tiffstitch said...

Oh, that looks lovely! And it's perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness that we have in October over here too.

Leonore Winterer said...

Gee, that poem doesn't sound that cheerful for October, does it? Your stitching is gorgeous, though!

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

Congratulations on the 500th post! That's about the same rate as I post, I do 9 posts per month so 109 per year.

I think the "bows" in your design look like the handles of scissors stuck into pots to hold them.