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Stitchy Saturday – Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange

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 – February ATCs

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.


Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: ABC 123 ATC Blackwork
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Liz Churchyard, NSW, Australia
Information: Stitched on white 13-count aida in miscellaneous burgundy thread. Design from Kincavel Krosses.

I was very flatteringly asked to design a chart for everyone in the exchange to stitch – the style and theme were my own choice, so I thought I’d like to do something that looked like a miniature sampler. I designed this blackwork one and a cross stitch one too, so everyone would have a choice of two to stitch.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: ABC 123 ATC Cross Stitch
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Me!
Information: Stitched on white 13-count aida in Dragon Floss 55 (Moss Amber). and finished with cream pearl seed beads Design from Kincavel Krosses.

The second theme was Stitcher’s Keepers, so I get to keep this one for myself. This was the other choice of the two designs I charted.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Valentine
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lynn Stevens, Surrey, UK
Information: Stitched on white 22-count evenweave in Needle Necessities Floss in 1481 (Mystique).

I killed two birds with one stone with this design from The Stitcherhood, as it was the Monthly Challenge stitch at the Needlecraft Haven forum. It was such a quick stitch that I finished it in one evening!

ATCs For September

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lorraine Grimshaw, Swansea, Wales
Information: The main part of this Assisi rose design is stitched in a variegated floss, but the backstitching and border are stitched in rose-scented DMC (the fabric is white 18-count aida). The backing card has a pale blue floral design and I cut the edges with fancy-blade scissors for the scalloped effect. Finally, I finished the ATC with some rose-coloured ribbon and pearls.

The design is a freebie from Needlework Tips and Techniques.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lynn Stevens, Surrey, UK
Information: I liked the simplicity of this art nouveau letter with the highly stylised rose. It also gave me another chance to stitch with my rose-scented DMC! The letter itself, and the backstitching on the rose, is in Belle Soie silk – the design is stitched on white 14-count perforated paper. The backing card is the same pale blue floral card I used for the Flower Power ATC and cut the edges with the same fancy-edged scissors, but turned the other way for a different finish. Finally, I added three glittery butterfly embellishments which are raised from the card by using 3D sticky foam for a bit of added depth.

The design is from the December 2009 issue of CrossStitcher Magazine – Art Nouveau ABC by Diane Machin. It was the featured Alphabet of the Month.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Anna Itsma, Netherlands
Information: This is my first ATC for exchange with this group and I adore pigs, so I wanted to stitch something sweet. Pigs often get a bad rep for being stinky and dirty, so This Little Piggy is pristinely clean and sweetly scented as I once more used my rose-scented DMC on white 18-count aida. I covered the plain white backing card with some pretty pink hand-made paper and added a flower cut from some wrapping paper in the bottom left corner. Next I cut the edges with wavy-edged scissors and finished it all off by adding some tiny pink crystal embellishments (the top one is a tiny heart).

The design is part of a larger farmyard sampler (Sheep, Pig and More) from Cross Stitchers Club. I added the text myself.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Rachel Bailey, Wales, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This very clever and effective Flower Power ATC was designed by Rachel especially for this exchange. I love how the lettering is incorporated into the centre of the flower – ingenious! The colours are so cheery and vibrant – they really pop!

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Emma Rowlett, Telford, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This cute snake looped through the letter is just so sweet! I love how Emma carried the theme off the fabric with the stickers spelling “hisss”, and the wavy-edged card – so effective.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Karen Beaton, Melton, Australia
Sent to: Me!
Information: I adore this rainy day pig splashing in the puddles. And those rainbow-coloured raindrops are so gorgeous and sparkly. Just adorable through and through!

 

Cross Stitched Bookmarks Exchange

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: Scalloped Bookmark – Kincavel Krosses
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Faith Allaire, Gales Ferry, Connecticut, USA
Information: Stitched on brown 14-count perforated paper in Anchor 1335 variegated floss with pink seed beads. Backed with white self-adhesive felt and finished with a multi-coloured tassel made with the same floss.

The aim of the exchange was to create bookmarks that weren’t strictly rectangular, so I stitched this piece on perforated paper so I could cut the scalloped shape around the stitching, It was fiddly, but I thought the end result was quite pretty. The only change I would make if I were doing it again would be to use a dark-coloured perforated paper (perhaps navy or black) to make the colour of the floss stand out more. It looks brighter when you see it for real, but it doesn’t really show in the photographs.

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: ?
Stitched by: Kute Kitty
Sent to: Me!
Information: Stitched on white 18-count aida, backed with interfacing and finished with a tiny scissors charm.

I love the quote on this bookmark, and as I have two huge bookcases filled with books and still more overflowing in piles around my home, it’s particularly fitting! The cover of the book (which is stitched in a terracotta colour) is edged with gold metallic thread to add a little extra sparkle. I love it!

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!

Disney Characters ATC Exchange

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Theme: Disney Characters
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Heidi Collins in Birmingham, UK
Information: I simply couldn’t resist this cute design of Pooh Bear posing while being kissed on the nose by a butterfly! He’s stitched on ecru 22-count hardanger in DMC floss. The backing paper was actually a pretty floral wrapping paper and I added a few metallic butterfly stickers before trimming the edges of the ATC with fancy-bladed craft scissors. The ATC is photographed on my copy of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne, which I’ve had since I was two years old.

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Theme: Disney Characters
Stitched by: Esme in Wolverhampton, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: By sheer coincidence, Esme also chose a character from Winnie-The-Pooh – the ever-so-sweet Piglet. He also has a butterfly with him and he looks utterly delighted! He’s stitched on pale blue aida and the ATC is edged with the most gorgeous perle-and-metallic finish braid. The photograph doesn’t do it justice!

ATCs For August


(Photographed on my pale blue feather quill.)

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs Group (Facebook)
Theme: Mothers’ Day
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lynn Stevens in Surrey, UK
Information: Stitched on white 22-count hardanger using rose-scented DMC and Belle Soie silk. The quote is from the film The Crow and reads “Mother is the name of God on the lips and hearts of all children.” The motif was taken from a larger design which is a freebie at Aliolka Blogspot.


(Photographed on my silver and black velvet scarf.)

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs Group (Facebook)
Theme: Fathers’ Day
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Dyah Baton in NSW, Australia
Information: I designed this one myself. I wanted something that wouldn’t look effeminate at all, so I stitched a very simple gingham effect using two shades of turquoise-blue and a silvery grey on white 22-count hardanger, then used a navy blue for the lettering. I experimented a little with different numbers of strands for the ginham effect, so it has quite a nice, nobbly texture.,and bordered it all with clear glass seed beads. I’ve no idea where the saying comes from, but it’s something I’ve heard said several times. I added a silver heart charm from my stash.


(Photographed on my copy of Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen and my pale blue feather quill.)

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs Group (Facebook)
Theme: Mothers’ Day
Stitched by: Gillian Gould in Ontario, Canada
Sent to: Me!
Information: Such a pretty design! I love the little jewelled hearts and two-tone ribbon on the right.


(Photographed on my copy of King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard.)

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs Group (Facebook)
Theme: Fathers’ Day
Stitched by: Sinead Mulholland in Northern Ireland
Sent to: Me!
Information: There’s such a lot of detail in this little owl that it took Sinead a whole week to stitch him! Well worth the effort, I think, as he’s gorgeous!