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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Just one July - final post.


Just one July has been great fun and I'm really pleased with how I've progressed. Thank you to Justine for the idea and for the encouragement. 

Here's where I was up to from my last JOJ post. 

Here's how it's grown over the month...

Monday, 25 July 2016

Smalls SAL - July

Hey friends

Me again, smalls sal time, hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. 

Lots of small finishes since last month. I've shared most already so here's a quick recap. 

Travelling box makes

Laura's birthday makes

I still love those dragons and the love to create sign. 

So in to this month's smalls finish. Here are the butterfly cards all made up. 

They were from Crazy magazine with the green one being an extra requested by my daughter for her teacher. We gave them along with these fab little decorations made by my friend Clare who has a fab Etsy shop called Pretty Flamingo Designs.

Something that wasn't small at all but was amazing that I just had to share.  My eldest left primary school last week and one of the mum's made this rather marvellous cake. 

The figures at the front are all the teachers and they are a brilliant likeness. The pictures are all the kids that were in T's class. 

My August small will be one of my wipocalypse pieces, fingers crossed for a finish. 

Happy stitching friends

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Just one July - a little bit more


Tis me again with another update on the sampler. As you know I am focusing on one project this month - Anchor Traditional Sampler. 

This was where I was at last Sunday 

It's been a really busy week as my biggest left primary school and I've been doing planning for 4 summer craft mornings at my church in August. We had approx 40-50 kids each session last year so it's a busy one. I also have holiday club at the end of August so I'll be making cowboy themed crafts with loads of kids for that. 

So back to JOJ. Here's this weeks progress. 

This just leaves me with 410 stitches, 20 French knots and an evenings worth of 
back stitch and the top half will be done. 
Here's a little close up of the band I've worked on this week. The pretty hearts, crowns, stars and thing in the middle 

I'm going to carry on until 4th August  as that's when my wipocalypse challenge starts so I wonder how far I'll get...

Happy stitching friends 

Saturday, 23 July 2016


Hey folks 

I'm a bit late with this month's wipocalypse post. It's been a crazy busy week as my eldest has left primary school today. We've had various leavers events this week so I've been dishing out drinks at the inflatables party on Wednesday, leavers disco and parents drinks in the pub last night and tonight we've had a family movie. We watched Ant Man, I did find some bits rather amusing but for the most it seemed rather predictable. 

Any hoo, back on to wipocalypse. I've not done a huge amount on the sampler this week with everything that's been going on but I did finish the butterflies. 

They were a cover kit from Crazy. I managed to squeeze a 4th butterfly on the fabric and my daughter picked greens for the final one. 

So on to next month's wipocalypse:

Olympic Stitching Challenge!

(Pinched from measi's blog) As we go into the July WIPocalypse, it’s time once again to start thinking about Olympic stitching plans. If you do want to participate in the Olympic Stitch-a-Long challenge, we’ll be running three mini “competitions,” and it’s up to you to decide how you want to approach it.  Hopefully one of these options appeals to you!

  1. a rotation challenge (for those who like to work on a bunch of different pieces)
  2. a distance challenge (for those one at a time stitchers, or anyone else who wants to do some serious focusing on a particular piece)
  3. a color challenge (stitch only in the colors of the olympic rings on your WIP pieces, OR… your nation’s flag).
So here are my plans:

Plum street sampler 12 days - finish days 5 to 8

That blimmin' winter biscornu - finish the thing!!

Bunny card - finish 

Blackwork seasons - finish summer and any more progress I can make. 

My plan is to do 3 days on 12 days and then rotate daily through the rest and then back to the start. Theoretically this will cover points 1 and 2. I love the idea of the Olympic Rings challenge - 12 days covers red and green, biscornu is stitched on blue fabric and of course black work covers the black! I've nothing yellow so I'll shoehorn something in somewhere! 

I might even pinch Jo's medal idea and award myself gold medals if I complete any of the above, plus bonus medals for anything I make significant progress on during that period if I reach my targets. 

This challenge runs 5th - 21st August so I shall carry on with the anchor sampler until the 5th and then see how things are doing. I've a few new kits in the basket calling me rather loudly...

Have a great weekend. 

Edited as didn't publish Friday night. 

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Just one July - the halfway point

Hello friends

I just wanted to say before I show you my progress that I'm so grateful to have new followers, I'm sorry if I've not followed you yet, I'm writing all my blog posts from my phone and it's really tricky to follow new blogs from that as well as insert links into the posts. 

So on to JOJ. Hosted by Justine where we focus on one piece for the month. My chosen piece is my traditional sampler by Anchor. This is where I was at last Sunday. You can't see the one row of letters I have done in this picture but they are there! 

Here is where I'm up to as of last night. 

I might actually have been a bit further along was it not for the fact I had to frog and restitch the tree and flower as I'd missed a row out on the tree and started the blue flower petals aim the wrong place. Here they are all fixed. 

I love the little dogs and I'm surprised by how much a little bit of backstitch makes a difference. 

This leaves me with about 1200 stitches for the top half along with some back stitching on the flower border at thetop and  French knots on the trellis.  I'm dreading the French knots as mine are so hit and miss.  

I've also been working on the butterflies whenever it's not practical to have the sampler out. I've a couple of stitches. To do on the yellow and red ones, a bit of the blue left and as you can see almost all of the green one. They'll be made up into cards for the children's teachers so I have until Wednesday to finish them. They are not much fun to stitch as the threads and fabric are of lets say typical cover kit quality and the blues are very hard to tell apart. I'm using my own threads for the green one so hopefully it'll be a bit easier. Not the best pics - sorry. 

Hope you're all having a great weekend. 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness - July

Hello friends, 

It's time for a check in for my favourite sal - gifted gorgeousness hosted by Jo at serendipitous stitching. It's the chance to show off stitching made with gifted items - charts/threads/fabric or stitched as a gift to someone else. 

As many of you will know a group of crafting friends and I have the travelling box and it has recently visited me. I picked lots of lovely things and made 11 items in return. 

Firstly here are my picks from the box. I'm so lucky to have lots of very talented friends. Lots of lovely crochet, a tote bag, cute brooch and a very sweet little blackwork cat. 

And now my makes. I made 3 lots of jewellery, Dorset buttons that I made into magnets & embellished a purse. 

Chicken scratch hanging (using gifted fabric and beads) and a mini jam jar pincushion. (Gifted ribbon)

Magnet (gifted aida hand dyed by Steph), tulip sachet (gifted backing fabric & lace)and floral blackwork pincushion (gifted threads - dragon floss)

Next came Laura's birthday. Laura is a joy to stitch for as she loves dragons. I'm a big fan of Dragon Dreams and they have some very cute freebies on their Facebook page so I stitched this little one holding a cake. I adapted the design a bit and added a border. He goes well with the teacup one I stitched for Laura last year. 

I used waste canvas to make a little stitching dragon from another DD design. 

I also made a little craft room sign from an old issue of Cross Stitcher. It measures about 3" x 4". 

So that's about it for this month. Looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to. 

Happy stitching x

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Just one July - week one

Hello lovely stitchy friends

Just one July is a little sal and the brainchild of Justine. It is basically a month where we stitch on just one project. My chosen project for the month  is my Traditional Sampler by Anchor. 

I've been stitching on the sampler for a week now and I'm really pleased with my progress. I'm completely on target to get the top half completely done. Many of you commented about how the house/church (I've decided it's a church as it has a cross on top) would make up most of it but it's actually only about a quarter. 

So being that we're a quarter of the way through the challenge, here is the church all done. 

As most of the motifs are in pairs I should be able to get a pair done each evening with a couple of exceptions. My plan for the weekend is to get the other urn and fruit tree and then the planter/trellis by the church. 

I also have my handbag project, which is 4 butterflies to make into cards for the children's teachers. I stitch around 15 mins a day on these on the bus. Well try and stitch, it can be a bit bumpy! 

I'll be back on Friday with an epic GG post with 10 stitchy makes that were all gifted in the last month. 

Have a great weekend. 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Just one July

Hi folks

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my mini stitching marathon, welcome too to my new followers - I'm inching ever closer to 100 followers. Eek. 

So I've decided to join in with Justine's "Just one July" My chosen piece is the Anchor Traditional Sampler which I recently got back out. 

So here is where I got to last time. The total design has around 13,000 stitches in and I've around 9,000 to go. I hope to get 5,100 done in July, which will see the top half done. 

Good luck if you're taking part too. I'll try and do a weekly progress update throughout July.  

Friday, 1 July 2016

Smalls Sal June

Hey everyone 

A very quick post this month to share the finished ABC sal. I had great fun stitching this one so thank you to Ele the designer for sharing her pattern. 

Last month I just had one square left to do and here it is. I added the zero too as I felt it needed one to finish the numbers. 

So here is the finished design all framed and ready to go on the wall.

added the the final box at the bottom so it would fit the frame, using stitches from various parts of the sampler.  

In other small news I went to the hobbycrafts show at the NEC last Friday and brought a SMALL amount of stash home. The show was the first July one and was about a quarter the size of the normal ones in March and November and was a bit disappointing to say the least. I did get to see the new range of DMC coloris threads and brought 3 to try. I picked up 3 lovely cards and some book binding glue I wanted. Assorted cotton reels for various projects including a Christmas garland I want to create. The tiny frame was brought with miniature stitching in mind. We did stop off at Tortilla for lunch and had yummy burritos. 

I may have then brought stationary and craft bits in Paperchase and Tiger on Saturday too, to compensate for Friday's disappointment. 

Happy stitching friends