Thursday, 25 February 2016

Smalls SAL February 2016

It's Smalls SAL post today - good job my smalls are very small as it has come early this month!

I'm stitching the Twelve Blessings by Lizzie*Kate this year, one a month.  My plan was to finish these as I go along but as you can see that's not happening.

Love by Lizzie*Kate (from Twelve Blessings)
Stitched on Cloud Brown 16 count by Sew it All
using DMC threads
Started 1 February 2016, finished 14 February 2016

I finished this one on Valentine's Day, which seemed appropriate!

Thanks as always to Heather for hosting this SAL.

Justine
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

What a difference backstitch makes!

I think it's about time I shared with you a photo of the latest WIP to make it out of the stash cupboard.  Back in January, Jan of Thread Garden and I decided to start up Pirate Wednesday again, our own little SAL which we started to stitch up the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Pirate Ship for our younger sons.  I hope Jan will forgive me but Pirate Wednesdays have turned into Pirate Thursdays and Pirate Fridays for me!  I seem to work best when I can get a few days at once on a project.

Here is where you last saw the Pirate Ship...

Bothy Threads Cut Thru Pirate Ship
Started 6 January 2014

and here it is today!


And just one close up of the pirate kitty!


This is 6 out of 9 pages mostly finished and backstitched.  I'm really pleased with how it's turning out, and the backstitching has really given me some momentum to get this finished in 2016.

Last week I had a little giveaway on my blog for this cute little chart that was gifted to me by Jen last year.  I thought it would be fun to pass it along.  The winner of the chart was...



Jo!

Jo please would you send me your address again and I will get this in the post to you this week.

Jo has promised to stitch this quickly and give it away in time for Easter on her own blog, so if you are interested in the chart then please look out for it there (no pressure Jo!)

That's all from me for now, hope your needles are all busy this week!

Justine
Monday, 15 February 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness February 2016

Hello everyone! I've got lots to share with you today, February has been a month full of gorgeousness for me.

Maggee and I discovered we share a birthday and decided to exchange gifts to celebrate.  Maggee's package is on its way to me but I've just heard that she's received mine and I can share with you what I stitched for her.

Collect moments not things by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 32 count Tumbleweed by Sew It All
using DMC threads
Started 7 January 2016, finished 11 January 2016

I also stitched up this sweet little Easter chart which I won in a giveaway on Jen's blog last year.  Jen very kindly included the necessary overdyed threads.  I changed the main colour to WDW Peoria Purple to match the fabric I chose and am thrilled with how it turned out.

Sampling Easter by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 32 count Cloud Lilac by Sew It All
using recommended WDW and GAST threads
Started 27 January 2016, finished 31 January 2016

The original chart came with a little brass rabbit charm but as Jenn had used this, I dived through my small charm stash and amazingly found a little bunny that was just the right size!  He reminds me of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and I'm so glad I was able to use him at last!

My final GG stitch this month was a Mill Hill kit.  These kits are great for a quick finish and the beads add a touch of variety.  This one is going to be a gift for my dear friend Mary who is very musical and plays the piano beautifully.

Love Notes by Mill Hill (kit)
Started 5 February 2016, finished 6 February 2016

If you've read this far and would like to stitch the little Sampling Easter chart, please let me know in the comments box below.  If there is more than one interested stitcher I will draw a winner a week from today.  This is just for the chart, no threads or fabric included, and you will need to find your own charm.

Thanks for reading!

Justine
Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Winner!

Just a quick post to announce the winner of my recent giveaway - for the chart, beads and metallic threads to stitch this:


And the winner is.....


Fairy Stitcher


Congratulations! Please email me with your postal address and I will get your goodies in the post.

Thanks to everyone who entered,  sorry I only had one chart to give away.

Stay tuned for another stitchy finish soon!

Justine