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Stitchy Saturdays

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

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Stitchy Saturdays – Breast Cancer Awareness Month Stitchables

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

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I’ve stitched a couple of items for sale to raise a little money for Cancer Research UK as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They’re available now from my Folksy Store.  On top of that, I’ve posted some freebie designs on my Kincavel Krosses blog for your own fundraising efforts.

For Sale at my Folksy Store (All proceeds to Cancer Research UK):

  • What Cancer Cannot Do Charity Blackwork Sampler PDF – £3.50
  • Think Pink Key/Scissor Fob (x 1) – £3.00 + P&P
  • Think Pink Fob (x2) – £2.50 + P&P
  • Think Pink Biscornu (x1) – £4.00 + P&P

Free designs to stitch for yourself:

Even if you’re not into stitching, you can help by visiting my JUST GIVING PAGE and make a donation there. Don’t forget to add gift aid if you’re in the UK – it doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it means the charity gets a little bit more.

Thank you!

Stitchy Saturdays – More Designs and Some Charity Stitching

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

New Designs:
Design: Vampires Suck
Size: 47w x 47h
Out 3rd October
This mini subversive sampler is perfect for Halloween! Charted for a simple and classy red and black colour scheme, it’s a quick and easy gift for a vampire fan! I reckon this would look great in a coaster or hanging in a red or black hoop frame with a bit of matching ribbon.

Design: Vampires Suck Sampler
Size: 120w x 70h
Out 7th October
A lacy Gothic sampler for vampire fans everywhere. Available from my Folksy Store now.

Design: Vampires Should Not Sparkle
Size: 105w x 87h
Out 10th October
Here’s one for all those who are sick to death of The Twilight Saga (or those who are fans but like a good laugh anyway). Classic black and red for simplicity and style.

Charity Stitching:
I’ve stitched a couple of items for sale to raise a little money for Cancer Research UK as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They’re available now from my Folksy Store.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Please see my For Charity page over at Kincavel Krosses for links to the free charts for charity stitching, and also the link to my Folksy Store for the What Cancer Cannot Do Charity Blackwork Chart. I’ll be posting photos of stitched items there if anyone sends me any!

SAL Group
If you’re stitching my Rules For Life sampler (available from my Folksy store HERE), you might like to join the Facebook stitch-along group. There are quite a few people stitching it right now in so many different ways – the range of fabrics and flosses is stunning.

Stitchy Saturdays – October is Breast Cancer Month

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

October is
Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Breast cancer is a subject very close to my heart, and not just because my heart is right under my boobs. I know several people who have battles breast cancer and fortunately won the war against it. As a woman who is particularly fond of her chesticles, I thought I’d draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and try to do something to help charities doing research and/or providing support for those who have breast cancer, and also the families of those who are battling it.

As a result, I’ve come up with four free designs which I’d love everyone to stitch for friends or charity – anything to spread the word. I’ve also designed a sampler which is for sale in my Folksy store. All proceeds from the sale of that design will be donated to Cancer Research UK (the ones who organise Race For Life every year).

Design: Think Pink!
Size: 65w x 24h
Free design just the right size for cards or to put in a small frame on a desk.

Design: Think Pink Biscornu
Size: 45w x 45h
This perfectly square design would make a lovely biscornu or miniature cushion ornament, or would fit nicely on a card. It’s a quick-stitch and, like all the designs I’ve created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, features only two colours. Use up those odds and ends in your stash!

Design: Think Pink Key Fob
Size: 21w x 29h
Just the right size for a fob, whether for your keys or your embroidery scissors. It would also be great as a gift tag – just back it with pink card, punch a hole in the top and thread through a piece of pink ribbon to finish it off. These would be very quick and easy to stitch en masse using up all those little odds and ends of fabric that we stitchers just can’t stand to throw out in case they come in handy!

Design: Think Pink Bookmark
Size: 21w x 105h
Perfect for the book lover in your life. Just stitch this bookmark and slip it between the pages to show your support as you enjoy your books. Easily adaptable to make the bookmark shorter or longer, this is a versatile design that can be made to suit your requirements

Design: What Cancer Cannot Do
Size: 139w x 139h
This poem of strength and survival is so beautiful and heartfelt. Spelled out in a simple, clear font and surrounded by a blackwork border stitched in two shades of pink, this would look beautiful in a simple white frame.

It’s available at the very reasonable price of £3.50 from my Folksy Store. I’m only able to list five at a time, so if it’s not there when you visit the store, please be patient – I will relist it as soon as possible. I’m working tonight, so if it’s evening you may have to wait a couple of hours if it sells out while I’m away from home, but I promise it will be relisted as soon as I set foot through the front door.

If you do stitch any of these designs, I’d love to see photos and will create a special gallery over at Kincavel Krosses specifically for them if I get a few.

Some sites you might like to visit:

Thank you.

Stitchy Saturdays – New Designs from Kincavel Krosses

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

I’ve been busily beavering away, creating new designs – it seems I’ve been struck by inspiration a lot lately and just can’t stop!

First off,  I went bookmark crazy! There are loads to choose from for those who love both books and stitching:

Then there are a couple of square designs perfect for biscornu, and a small ATC design which would also work well for a card:

Then I returned to my love of samplers:

And I have more lined up to publish over the coming weeks too including:

  • Mini Quaker Alphabet Sampler
  • Do Not Disturb Subversive Sampler
  • Bird and Bloom Bookmark
  • Bird and Bloom Alphabet Sampler
  • Póg mo thóin Subversive Band Sampler (“Kiss my @rse”)

Take a look at the slideshow below for a peek at how they look and click on the links to be taken directly to the designs – they’re all available FREE at my Kincavel Krosses blog. I hope you like them!

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Hallowe’en Biscornu Exchange

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Theme: Hallowe’en
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Yvonne Summerscales (Pixxie), Exeter, UK
Information: Stitched on 28-count evenweave (pale sage green and pale tangerine) in various threads with Debbie Cripps beads and leaf buttons in orange and green.

The design is made up of motifs taken from Donna Kooler’s 555 Fabulous Cross Stitch Patterns (pumpkin motif) and Blackwork Journey (cobweb/spider) which I arranged and changed to suit my needs (adding shading to the pumpkin and changing positions and omitting the fly from the spider motif), then adding beaded borders for extra bling.

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Theme: Hallowe’en
Stitched by: Linda Hardy (Mauveme), Canada
Sent to: Me!
Information: Like me, Linda opted to use contrasting colours of fabric, this time using black and white aida (I think it’s 16-count) for the two sides of her biscornu. On the black side, there’s a merry little arrangement of skeletons and pumpkins finished off with a sweet little ghost button.  On the white side, Linda opted for spiders (great minds think alike!) with beads for eyes, and a cobweb in the centre, on which sits a pumpkin button. Linda also added my name and the year to this face.

My photographs really don’t do this biscornu justice – it’s SO gorgeous!

A Biscornu for May

Design: Blackwork Biscofleur by Kell Smurthwaite, Kincavel Krosses
Materials: White 14-count aida; DMC 310 floss; black tassel; black ribbon; soft toy stuffing

I thought I’d give a 15-faced biscofleur a try as I’d made a regular 15-sided biscornu before, but admired the “tulip” shape of the biscofleur. It was a lot simpler to put together than I had thought it would be.

I designed five blackwork faces and stitched three of each, with the exception of the fifth design, of which I stitched only two and replaced the third with a simple blackwork border around my name and the date.

The designs will shortly be available for download on my design blog (click on Kincavel Krosses above).