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Stitchy Saturdays – Finishes, new designs and SAL group

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.

Finishes:
I’ve actually made a small handful of finishes! The first is one of my Crazy January Challenge pieces – Espresso Yourself. Stitched on white 18-count aida; Belle Soie silk in Moss; Dinky Dyes silk in 33 Desert Sands and two different shades of orange glass seed beads. I’ve yet to decide what I will do with it… I’ve now finished six of my fifteen CJC starts. I know I won’t finish them all by the end of the year!

The other finishes are three little Xmas decorations. Stitched in red and green on white 14-count aida and backed with red felt. I used the designs and kit from the latest issue of Cross Stitcher Magazine (issue 244) as I didn’t like the “official” ones from the kit.

New Designs:
A new design out this week – Homo Sweet Homo – available at my Folksy store now. Both colour ways are included in the PDF chart, but you could use any colour combination you fancied.

Coming on Monday is a more traditional sampler – Home Sweet Home. It’s charted for a traditional red, but again, the colour choice is entirely up to the stitcher and I think this would look great in a variegated floss that compliments your home decor. Stitch with or without the border, or leave off the outer border – the choice is yours!

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.

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Stitchy Saturdays – Stitched Up…

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.

Over the last little while I’ve mostly been stitching for other people.

The first is a wedding sampler I was commissioned by a friend to design and stitch for one of her friends. It’s stitched in black floss on pale lemon 28-count evenweave (unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show the colour at all). I sent it unframed for my friend to have framed as she pleased.  It was a really tight timeframe, so I had to work my butt off getting it ready on time!

The second piece was for a friend of mine who recently had a baby boy.  As I met her after she had her daughter (we met through our children),  I hadn’t stitched a birth sampler for her before, so I decided to include both her children on this mini sampler which I designed.

I framed this one and sent it to her. By all accounts she’s pleased with it (phew!), which makes me very happy!

The third piece was for my Mam. It’s one of my Crazy January Challenge charts – Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.

When I showed it to Xan, he asked what it said. I explained that it meant that we love people even when we don’t see them all the time. He smiled and said, “It’s for Mama!” (that’s what he calls my Mam). Sometimes he just really hits the nail on the head.

And finally, something I’m working on just for me. I’ve joined up with a bunch of other stitchers on Facebook who are all stitching my Rules For Life Sampler (so far I’ve sold 19 copies of it!). This is where I’m up to so far. It’s stitched on navy 14-count aida in Anchor 1335.

If you’d like to see how other people are interpreting the design, or to stitch along with us, you can check out the group on Facebook HERE.

Stitchy Saturdays – Crazy January Challenge Update

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.

Here we are – my first Crazy January Challenge Update! The two bookmarks are completely finished, but the two samplers still need finishing – the stitching is all done, but I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do with them. I think I might hang the 2011 Band Sampler on a bell-pull hanger and perhaps make the Oh, Bugger Subversive Sampler into a little pomander cushion…

Project #1: Snowflake Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
Info: Navy 14-count aida, Crescent Colours floss in Snips and Snails, fringed and backed with blue self-adhesive felt

Project #7: 2011 Band Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
Info: Navy 14-count aida; Needle Necessities Floss in 1481 (Mystique) and misc white floss

Project #13: Oh, Bugger Subversive Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
Info: 32-count Jobelan in Stormy Skies; Dinky Dyes Silk 38 (Barrier Reef)

Project #14: Quaker Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
Info: Ribband 14-count ecru bookmark; DMC 321 & 797, fringed and backed with white self-adhesive felt

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Crazy January Challenge – Project #15

Crazy January Challenge
Project #15: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
Info: white 14-count aida; DMC 4210

This is another last minute substitution. I originally listed the Bibliophile Blackwork Bookmark, but I really just didn’t fancy stitching a blackwork piece tonight and switched to this little sampler instead. I love the variations in the colour of this floss. They’re quite subtle but, I think, effective, and I like how this looks so far.

So, that’s all fifteen projects started. Now all I have to do is finish them all by the end of the year! I’ll be giving updates on my progress the first Saturday of each month as part of my Stitchy Saturdays, but I may occasionally pop up a post ni between those if I’ve managed to do a fair bit on a project, so I hope you’ll keep visiting!

Stitchy Saturdays – Valentine…

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.

It may still be January, and we may only just have left Xmas and New Year behind us, but already it’s time to start preparing for the next bit Hallmark Holiday – Valentine’s Day. Yes, the day of hearts, chocolates and flowers is now less than a month away, so here are a few charts I’ve designed for stitching, whether for loved ones or yourself…

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (91w x 61h)
This little sampler, with its one absent Assisi heart, shouldn’t take long to stitch (I’m stitching it as part of my Crazy January Challenge), as it’s all in one colour.  Perfect for a loved one who is far away.


Love Motif
(48w x 32h)

If you’re looking for a little something to stitch for a card, then this is the perfect size. If you find it’s the night before Valentine’s Day and you’ve forgotten all about it till now, this won’t take long to stitch and will still let your loved one know you cared enough to put some of your own work into their card. 😉

Love Band Sampler (49w x 83h)
If you have a little more time to spare, you might like to stitch this band sampler. The simple message of love is right in the centre.

It only uses two colours – I’ve designed it in pink and lilac, but you could use any colours you liked. Two shades of blue would look lovely, or try contrasting lilac and aqua, or bright pink and orange for a completely different feel.

Heart Biscornu (41w x 41h)
Although this chart was designed for a biscornu, it could just as easily be used on a card. It’s a single-colour chart, but again, could easily be adapted to use  more than one to suit whatever colour scheme you fancied.

Or you coud try stitching it in a light colour on a dark fabric for a stunning effect.

Be Mine Valentine Band Sampler (63w x 157h)
Although slightly larger than the Love Band Sampler, you still have plenty of time to stitch this one before Valentine’s Day. It’s only one colour, but would look lovely stitched in a variegated thread. Theres a small Assisi element to it (in the larger hearts at the top and bottom of the sampler), and a slightly Quaker feel to the geometric shapes and lettering, and although traditional in style, can easily be given a modern twist by using bright shades. It could easily be adapted for more than one colour too.

 

Love Stinks Subversive Sampler (189w x 87h)
For those who prefer a more cynical or subversive approach, there’s the Love Stinks Subversive Sampler. This fun little sampler will look so pretty and then will get a giggle when people look again and realise what it says!

Valentine Band Sampler (62w x 88h)
Another band sampler (can you tell I like them?), this time with Rhodes Hearts and Algerian Eyelets. It’s designed for a single colour, but would work well with a variegated floss or with different colours throughout – the choice is yours!

I hope you’ll enjoy these designs. If you do stitch any of them, please do send in a photograph of your finished piece, as I’d love to see and pop them in the gallery at Kincavel Krosses!


Crazy January Challenge – Project #14

Crazy January Challenge
Project #14: Quaker Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
Info: Ribband 14-count ecru bookmark; DMC 321 & 797

I’ve meant to stitch this bookmark ever since I first designed it, but it’s taken this challenge for me to get round to actually picking up a needle and making a start on it! I don’t think it will take very long to stitch, but I think it will look great when it’s finished.

Come back tomorrow night to see project #15:
bibliophile blackwork Bookmark…

Crazy January Challenge – Project #13

Crazy January Challenge
Project #13: Oh, Bugger Subversive Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
Info: 32-count Jobelan in Stormy Skies; Dinky Dyes Silk 38 (Barrier Reef)

Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows how much I adore subversive samplers. Even so, this wasn’t on my original list and I switched to this design at the last moment (I was originally going to stitch my Temptation quote). I’m glad I did, because I think I’m going to have a lot of fun stitching it! I love the colour combination and the Dinky Dyes silk (which I’m stitching two over two) is gorgeous to work with – I just love the feeling of silk between my fingers. I managed to get quite a bit stitched, so I don’t think this one will take very long to complete once I get back to it.

Come back tomorrow night to see project #14:
Quaker Bookmark…