Friday, 29 January 2021

Friday Freebie: Shimmering Seas - Pincushion

Welcome to the second Friday Freebie for January 2021! Last week I started this three part series with a fob and this week I'm continuing it with a pincushion — and not just a single options pincushion but two! First is the standard square version that can be finished square or as a biscornu and the second is a box pincushion. If you'd like to read more about the threads I'm using then check the previous post.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Sampler SAL - Page 1 - Week 4

Welcome to the fourth part of the Sampler SAL! This time we are going to finish page one. This week we are again going to use a simple stitch to make a big impact! The stitch of this week is satin stitch! The most difficult part of satin stitch is the tension — pull too tight, and you get pulled satin stitch (where you pull the stitches tighter to pull the threads together) but that's not what we are going for this week. This week all stitching is done with two threads in the needle. I've highlighted helpful hints about the number of stitches to save you from having to count.

Friday, 22 January 2021

NFSAL 2021 - January

Welcome to the first of this year's NFSAL posts! This year I will be stitching all the patterns myself. I have chosen to do the whole year border option as I haven't done a full sized NFSAL with border yet. If you don't know which border I'm talking about have a look at the announcement post as it has all the information you need and both border patterns!

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Sampler SAL - Page 1 - Week 3

Welcome to the third part of the Sampler SAL! This time we are going to continue with the first page. This week we are going to make stitches made up of a single simple stitch that together make something else: eyelets! The stitch is often referred to as the Algerian eyelet stitch and has several other names (as often happens with needlework stitches) I'm calling them eyelets for short. The base of all eyelets is a single stitch though they might look more complicated than that if you are unfamiliar with them. This week there are two versions of the pattern — the main pattern and a pattern with extra eyelets in case you wish to do some more to practice or because they are fun!

Friday, 15 January 2021

Friday Freebie: Shimmering Seas - Fob

Welcome to the first of the Friday Freebies for 2021! It's a bit later than planned, mostly due to me not thinking clearly yesterday when I was on a roll and started stitching the second part of this series too close to today’s pattern so had to get quite a bit of stitching done in order to be able to free today's pattern.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Sampler SAL - Page 1 - Week 2

Welcome to the second part of the Sampler SAL! This time we are going to continue with the first page. The stitches used are still very simple, but we will be doing two different stitches this time. Since visually they look more or less the same from the front I'm giving both backstitch and double running stitch — and for I think the first time ever — I'll show you the back of my work, warts and all!

Friday, 8 January 2021

Blackwork SAL 2021: Shades of Blackwork - January

Welcome to the first part of the 2021 Blackwork SAL! I'm sorry this part is late, life got busier than expected, and I ended up with less time to stitch than planned and to show this properly I needed to stitch it all. As always with evening pictures it's difficult to get the colours right, especially when you aren't stitching on white fabric.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Sampler SAL - Page 1 - Week 1

Welcome to the first part of the Sampler SAL! This time we are starting the first page. Initially the stitches may be simple, but it's to make sure everyone is on the same playing field moving forwards. Simple also means finished quickly, which isn't a bad thing either. Please wait with embellishing/getting creative till I indicate which spaces are available to do your own thing — there will be space on every page to personalise it with extras if you so chose — or just to practice a stitch a bit more.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Ornament of the Month 2021 - January

Welcome to the first Ornament of the Month for 2021! As you may have seen in the FB group, I was too exhausted yesterday to also finish stitching the ornament as well as write the blog post. I have done the stitching today — at a slower pace that I was trying to do yesterday. I'm still very tired, but I also want to get this done, so you aren't waiting any longer. Things have not been fully finished yet, and I still need to write the tutorial for the finishing of the main shape, but I'm afraid that will have to wait till I have a bit more energy — it will be done before the end of the month. There is a LOT of information in this post — it should answer many questions you may have.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Temperature SAL 2021 - January

Welcome to the first of 13 posts for the Temperature SAL!  This first post will be the place to start the SAL properly after you have read the information post that has fabric sizes, floss etc in it. Now you get the pattern and other information required to get going!

Temperature SAL - 2020 Wrap Up Post

Welcome to the thirteenth Temperature SAL post! This is the final post for the 2020 Temperature SAL! It's quite a bit later than planned but then not everything went to plan today, including that moment when I grabbed DMC 913 instead of DMC 911 and didn't notice till after I'd finished all the stitches of the month with it. Joy. So a bit of ripping and restitching later, and it's all done but not ironed as I just don't have the time to iron it today, and I still need to add one more day.

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - The Back and Final Post

Welcome to the final post of the NYE Mystery SAL! I want to thank you all for stitching along with me — sometimes literally as I wasn't always up to date with the SAL myself, but as you can see below I did manage to finish on time! I have had so much fun seeing all of your versions — and new people joining in now and then too! Furthermore, I hope to see many more of you jump in as you find the time in your busy schedules — the NYE Mystery SAL starting in the middle of the week certainly didn't help with having much time!

Happy New Year!

Since not everyone does the NYE Mystery SAL I am also making a separate post to wish everyone a happy New Year! I wish for all of you the best health possible, with many good days. I also hope that you can find happiness in small things and not get thwarted by the old mean frog that makes you rip your stitches out. And most of all I hope the world becomes calmer without so much hate and selfishness — peace and love are much better for everyone!

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 14

Welcome to the 14th and final part of the NYE Mystery SAL! I hope you have had as much fun as I have! I also hope you are happy with the result of your efforts! Of course, I can't wait to see your final pictures — I'm so excited! As always I've still got one more pattern for you, the back pattern should you wish to make something two-sided with your stitched results. That will be posted in four hours time.

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 13

Welcome to part thirteen of the NYE Mystery SAL! It's the penultimate part of the NYE SAL! Everyone will be in the New Year now, so it's good there isn't much of the SAL left! I wonder if the pattern is going where you thought?

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 12

Welcome to part twelve of the NYE Mystery SAL!  I'm sure that by now you are wondering what the next few parts will bring, after all there are just two more parts to come after this one, so there isn't much left to do! I'll keep you busy don't worry!

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 11

Welcome to part eleven of the NYE Mystery SAL! As its four am here at the time of this posting I will hopefully be sleeping, so won't be able to respond to any issues till I wake up later on.  It's not yet New Year for everyone — another two  hours to go for those of you on the east coast time zone, and more for the rest of the Americas. Here on the blog things are continuing as per the plan!

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 10

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to part ten of the NYE Mystery SAL! At the time this part of the NYE SAL shows on my blog New Year's Eve has become New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful 2021 and that life returns to normal for us all before too very long. Hang on in there till it does — you have got this! After this part there are just four parts left so if you get the stitching time you could have the front finished by the end of the day, especially if you live in countries that come after me time wise.