Friday 24 June 2022

Smalls SAL - June 2022

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 June I returned to the designer of last month's Seahorses to stitch another of her cute little Aussie birds. This is one of the four designs on her bookmark, and is the Rainbow Lorikeet. I bet he can't wait to join all his other little Aussie friends!

Rainbow Lorikeet by FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Clover over-dyed aida
Started - 1st June 2022
Finished - 8th June 2022
Total stitching time - 4 hours 50 minutes

Next month I'm focusing on Christmas In July, so the Small will be Christmas-themed. I thought I'd decided which Small to stitch, but now I'm not so sure. At least I have a while to decide.

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Elixir Of Life - 10 hours

Hi all,

The delve into my WIP box resulted in Elixir Of Life, a new start during this year's Mischeivous March, being pulled out.

I have no idea why I fell in love with this, and the other five potion bottles in the set, but stitching on it this last week has been very relaxing. It is said that green is a calming colour, so maybe that's subconsciously helped.

Here's how I left the bottle after the Mischievous March start:

And here's how it's looking now:

I think I'll stay with it until it's finished. The only question is, which will come first... the finish, or the 20 hour mark?

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday 20 June 2022

Grow Your Own - finished!

Hello everybody!

Oh, bleurgh to May and June!

With the start of 2022, I thought I'd left my stitching blips behind but, no, they have returned. So, rather than beat myself up about it, I've *shock horror* taken a step back from my monthly plans.

During June, instead of getting bogged down with deadlines and 'compulsory' stitching, I'm going to work on WIPs and aim for a few finishes. A change is as good as a rest, so it's said and, let's face it, finishes aren't exactly a bad goal to work towards!

First out of my h-u-g-e WIP box came a favourite piece, a Hannah Dale design I lovingly named Walter. There wasn't too much to go, so he became a finish quite quickly.

Here's how I left him back in January after 60 hours of work:

And here he is now, with his complete crop of vegetables:

Grow Your Own by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 16ct Tumbleweed over-dyed aida
Started - 25th December 2019
Finished - 13th June 2022
Total stitching time - 65 hours 45 minutes

Isn't he just gorgeous?! I think Walter has to be one of my top ten favourite finishes, and will always be particularly special as he was a birthday gift. Thank you so much again to the fellow stitcher who enabled the enabling - you know who you are.

Now I'm going to dive back into my box of WIPs and see which one calls the loudest. Depending on size, there may be more finishes this month.

Christmas In July
Next month the focus will be 'Christmas in July' with the intent of encouraging last-minute stitchers to make an early start on their Christmas ornies and gifts. I'll be stitching a Christmas Small and then working on Lizzie Kate's Merry Christmas By The Letter. There won't be a linky-thingy, or anything like that, but if you fancy a bit of off-season stitching, then please do join in!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday 10 June 2022

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - June 2022

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 have three FFOs this month.

First up, an FFO with a little story...

When I FFOd my last Snuffles, the wonderful Katie, Jeremiah's mom, commented how it should not belong to me but to her. Selfishly unwilling to part with it, but knowing her birthday was in May, I quickly stitched a Snuffles in her favourite colour and posted him off to her.

He was FFOd as a mini pillow with coordinating Purple Pixel Blocks fabric and an abundance of purple beads. And now I know he's been received I can show him and give his details:

Snuffles In Purple by FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Azelea over-dyed aida in DMC 208, 210 and 550
Started - 7th April 2022
Finished - 12th April 2022
Total stitching time - 4 hours 35 minutes

Then it's back to my own FFOing with April's Smalls SAL, Strawberry, finished as a hanging ornie using coordinating fabric and barley twist cord:

Then Watercolour Dolphin was finished as a mini pillow with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord. The fabric for this one is called Flutterby, and if you look closely you can see small butterfly silhouettes. But if you overlook the butterflies, the fabric and colour almost look like an underwater seaweed world, so that's why I chose it.

Now it's over to you.

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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Let's see what you've been FFOing this month.

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

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday 4 June 2022

People's Choice SAL - Beads

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 Beads.

I love beads and, looking through my list, realise I could have added them to so many past projects if I had thought about it at the time. I have been using them more recently and will continue that trend if I remember!

Some projects use lots as standard - think Mirabilia or Mill Hill - whilst others are added by the stitcher for effect (especially as a replacement for french knots!) I admire the patience of attaching sometimes hundreds of beads to projects, but the end result is definitely worth the effort.

In chronological order, here are my top three beaded projects:

Lavender and Lace's Celtic Christmas required a lot of beads in the border. However, because I was stitching on 16ct and Mill Hill beads are made for 14ct they looked untidy so I adjusted the pattern and density of beads to fit:

The borders around my monthly birthstones are beads. Each one is a different pattern, although it's not easy to see or tell from this picture!

I used beads for three of Sue Hillis' Dark Shadows Halloween designs for the drape-y bits of the chandeliers:

More recently, I started using beads to FFO projects, most notably my collection of Snuffles The Dragon. I thought the beads looked a bit like dragon scales (well, they do if you squint!) and they certainly make a change to using barley twist cord!

I'm also in the process of using beads to FFO the 10 variegated dragons I have recently finished. My plan is quite fiddly and time-consuming and I'm not yet happy enough to show a progress picture. I would say watch this space, but don't hold your breath!

Next month's theme is Pets.

Take care,
Rachel x