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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

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.

Quite a lot to post about this week, so I’ll just bang straight on with it!

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Finished stitching:
I finally stitching the Quaker Alphabet Sampler which will be going into the lid of one of my sewing boxes. It’s stitched on sand-coloured 28-count Quaker cloth in Threadworx 1089 which is a variegated floss of deep red. I’ve never mounted stitching in a box lid, so I hope it all works out well and I don’t ruin the piece in the attempt!

New designs:
Bite Me Miniature Subversive Sampler
Released 17th October
This quick-stitch sampler is charted for just two colours – red and black – but could just as easily be stitched in monochrome (perhaps red on black, or black on red would look rather striking!). Perfect for displaying over Halloween or, if you’re a bit subversive like me, all year round!

Elizabeth and Darcy
Released 24th October
For all Jane-ites and fans of Pride and Prejudice, this pretty design in the style of a wedding sampler commemorates one of the best-loved love affairs of classic literature along with the name of Darcy’s famous home and the year the novel was first published.

Charity Stitching
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I have seven freebie designs for your own fundraising efforts or just for little gifts to raise awareness, but there is also the What Cancer Cannot Do Charity Blackwork Sampler chart which is available from my Folksy Store, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. I’ve also listed some stitched goodies for sale at the store and again, all proceeds are going to charity. Even if you’re not a stitcher, you can visit my Just Giving page and donate a small amount f you wish.

Rules For Life 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 – Stash Gift

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 am a regular member of Cross Stitch Forum, which is great, because I get to natter non-stop about my stitching obsession with people who don’t think it’s weird to be to into cross stitch (which many still see as something that “only old ladies” do – not true, most of the stitchers I know are well under 40 and some are men too!).

One of the many fun activities held there is bingo. Now, I’m not a fan of bingo, but when the prize is stitchy stash, well, what stitch-crazy person could possibly resist?

The way is runs is that if you win the bingo, you host the next one and provide the prize for it. I won a little while back and so I recently hosted the True Blood Bingo there – all the choices were characters, places and objects to do with the TV show, True Blood, and the books on which it’s based. Of course, I decided to make sure the prize was somewhat themed too. So the winner received the following:

  • A pitch black cloak (black 14-count aida)
  • A coffin (bobbin box)
  • A Set of silver stakes (needles)
  • A river of blood (red threads)
  • A vial of blood drops (red seed beads)
  • A golden cross to fend off evil (cross charm)
  • A chilling chart of ghoulish delight (“Beware” from Shepherd’s Bush Designs)
  • A Fang-tastic bookmark (designed and stitched by me)
  • An ornament to torment vampires (Vampires Suck – designed an dstitched by me)

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Stitchy Saturday – Door Plaque

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.

This week, as it was my sister’s birthday on Thursday, I thought I’d show you the door plaque I stitched for her daughter, my niece. Aimee is the sunniest, brightest little girl, so I thought a rainbow would suit her perfectly, and this design* had the added bonus of having a couple of stars in it too (yes, she’s a total star!). I didn’t want to go with anything too little-girl-ish, and hope this design will suit her for many years to come.

It’s stitched on 32-count Jobelan from Polstitches in Rustic Rhubarb – unfortunately the colours don’t really show up well in the photo – which has swirls of pink and gold through it. I used various flosses for the design, but the name is stitched in Belle Soie variegated silk for added softness.

So, what have you been stitching this week? Please leave a comment and link back to your own Stitchy Saturdays post!

 

* The rainbow chart was a freebie (I just added the name underneath), but I can’t remember where I got it, so if you know, please leave a comment to tell me so I can give credit! Thanks. 🙂

Soft Cubes for Twins

I actually stitched these a while back. A friend of mine has another friend who has twin girls and she commissioned me to stitch a soft cube for each of them. Their names are Isla and Rose, and she didn’t want anything too girlie for them, so I chose a simple but pretty butterfly alphabet and then designed two extra faces (using motifs from various other designs) for each cube to fill the remaining spaces. They are both stitched on white 14-count aida in DMC threads.

I chose a pretty lilac shade as the main colour theme for Isla’s cube. The letters are all in lilac with different coloured butterflies on each one, and continued with lilac as the main colour for the face with the hearts and flowers design, then finished the last side with two butterflies.

Rose’s letters are all in a pretty rose-pink shade which carries through to the hearts and flowers face. I used a different arrangement of butterflies for the last face.

I hope Rose and Isla like their soft cubes!

Assissi Birthday Card and Aquarius/Initial Keyring

Design: from Flower Power by Maria Diaz
Materials: white 14-count perforated paper; various Red Heart and freebie flosses; decorative paper; metallic card; card flower

My friend, Slav’ka, is a big fan of cross stitched items, so I decided to surprise her with a cross stitched birthday card (Happy birthday, Slav’ka!). The design is part of a larger, nine-block Assisi design which was in a booklet that came free on Cross Stitcher Magazine a while back and I had been dying to try it out, so I selected four of the blocks and stitched them on perforated paper using various flosses I had to hand. The pink metallic card showed through the holes on the design, so I backed it with some pale blue decorative paper, leaving a small overlap, and then finished the card by adding a pale pink glittery card flower which was a similar shape to the stitched ones.


Design:
Kell Smurthwaite
Materials: ecru 14-count aida; Trebla 51 variegated floss; soft toy stuffing; keyring hoop; ribbon

Also for Slav’ka’s birthday, I thought I’d stitch this little keyring with her initial and zodiac sign (Aquarius). As the designs were very simple and small, it didn’t take long to stitch them and then I just whip-stitched the two pieces together, back to back, filling it with toy stuffing and stitching the piece of ribbon (already looped through the keyring hoop) into place.

A Lovely Gift of Stash

A very generous gift from Ana Luisa!

Our Postie was much earlier than usual this morning (he usually gets to us some time between 10am and 1am, but he was here by 8.30am) and through my narrow letterbox tumbled an unexpected package. It had travelled to me from across the sea and contained seven skeins of DMC floss in various shades of green (which is my absolute favourite colour, by the way!) and a very long length of red aida band with metallic gold edging.

This bounty was sent by Ana Luisa, who is a very talented crafter of stitching and crocheting (take a look at her blog and you’ll see what I mean – gorgeous stuff!). Thank you so much, Ana Luisa! I will certainly look forward to allocating my lovely gifts to new projects. I suspect some of the green may well be put to use in my Bibliophile Bookmark, which I plan to stitch very shortly, and more of it to go towards the Cross Stitch Forum Band Sampler SAL. And I plan to design a beautiful blackwork bookmark design especially for some of the red aida band. Watch out for the photographs as I stitch my projects!

Thanks again. It was such a lovely surprise this morning and it really made my day.