Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Needlecraft Haven Christmas exchange

First of December was opening day for Needlecraft Haven's Christmas exchange.

I stitched 'Deck the Halls' from JBW Designs for Angi (no blog) and finished it as a hanging flat fold ornament. I also included some 'icy' blue/white fabric but forgot to take a photo of it.
Deck the halls - JBW Designs
Fabric: 28ct Zweigart Cashel light mocha
Threads: Suggested DMC threads
Embellishments: red beads substitued with French knots and
star charms were replaced with stitched silver stars.

I received this lovely ornament with a stitched card, thread and chocolate from Gill (no blog). Given my sweet tooth, you will not be surprised to read that the chocolate didn't last long.
Needlecraft Haven gift from Gill

Not much stitching has taken place recently as I'm busy crocheting Granny squares for my blanket. If I get a bright day soon, I'll take some photos to show my progress.

Monday, 27 November 2017

I've started to crochet a blanket

Late last year, I bought wool to crochet the Vibrant Vintage Blanket from Cypress Textiles. This was a free SAL that she ran during 2016. Well, this weekend I finally got my crochet out and made a start. These four squares are not perfect and I admit there was a lot of 'reworking' at times but I finally got there.

I've realised that if I make an effort I could have this blanket completed in time for Christmas. I like the thought of it, so watch this space. :)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - November

Gifted Gorgeousness is the brainchild of Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we showcase the stitchy gifts that we have made and received. For further information on what it is and how it works, please visit Jo here.

A short post this time as during November my stitching has been mainly for Christmas exchanges, which means that I don't have much to show this month. However, now that Clare (Aimetu's Stitching) has received the ornament that I made for her church Christmas tree, I can post a picture. You can read more about Clare's church Christmas tree here on her blog.

Snow Happy - Glory Bee
taken from 2011 Just CrossStitch Christmas ornaments issue.
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Ice Blue
Threads: recommended DMC

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Chart Giveaway - winner!

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Thank you to those who expressed an interest in the charts. DH has pulled  the winning name from a bowl and the winner is Terri.

Terri, please email me with your postal address so I can send these charts to you.

Happy Stitching everyone.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Chart Giveaway - 2 Halloween designs

As promised in an earlier post, I am giving away the following two charts (pictured below):

1) Frightful Halloween from Shepherd's Bush which includes 7 orange beads and a couple of strands of Tobacco Road. I received this chart from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures and I am now passing it on.
2) Boo! from Brittercup Designs which includes some Carrie's Thread 'Halloween' (for the border, if you wish) and a small Scarecrow charm.

If you would like to receive them, please leave me a comment for this post. If more than one person is interested I will randomly draw a recipient. The giveaway is open until Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - October

Just squeezing in for Gifted Gorgeousness this month. As my 'show and tell' this month is all Halloween related,  if I don't do it now it will seem very out-of-date come mid November. As always for further information on Gifted Gorgeousness (what it is and how it works), please visit Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

Some of this you will have already seen from my Halloween Blog Hop post. First up is the ornament I stitched for Mouse as part of Friendly Stitchers Halloween exchange.
Boo! - Brittercup Designs
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Light Mocha
Thread: Suggested DMC threads with the border
completed in Carrie's Threads 'Halloween'

In exchange I received this package of goodies from DJ of Tickled Pink in Stitches . DJ also made the Halloween themed scissor fob that came with the scissors. Thank you, DJ.

Friendly Stitchers Halloween Exchange
from DJ

To finish - I finally completed the needleroll that I was gifted from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures in her November giveaway last year. Thank you Sally, this was a fun stitch. I would now like to pass this pattern on, so I will do a separate giveaway post for this and the Brittercup Boo! design later this week. You can start your Halloween stitching early for next year ☺.

Frightful Halloween - Shepherd's Bush
Fabric: 32ct Belfast lilac
Threads: Recommended DMC and
Weeks Dye Works threads

Right side of needleroll

Left side of needleroll

Halloween Treat or Treat Blog Hop 2017

It's time for things that go bump in the night! It's also time for the Halloween Trick or Treat Blog hop organised by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Follow the blog hop to collect a letter to complete a mystery phrase. Comment on Jo's blog with the correct phrase and you could win a Halloween themed chart. A list of this year's participants and full details can be found here.

I completed two pieces of Halloween stitching this year. First up is Boo! from Brittercup Designs. I sent this to Mouse in the Friendly Stitchers Halloween Exchange.

Boo! - Brittercup Designs
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Light Mocha
Thread: Suggested DMC threads with the border
completed in Carrie's Threads 'Halloween'

Last night I finally finished Shepherd's Bush 'Frightful Halloween' needleroll. This was a gift last year in a giveaway from Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures .

Frightful Halloween - Shepherd's Bush
Fabric: 32ct Belfast lilac
Threads: Recommended DMC and
Weeks Dye Works threads

Left side of needleroll
Right side of needleroll
Finally, for those of you collecting the letters for the mystery phrase, here is mine.

For your next letter, please go to 

Happy hunting!