SAL “Tiny Treasures #12 and a happy dance!

It’s a happy dance post today, with photos of my blackwork project finished – yay!

This design “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond (Blackwork Journey) is a free downloadable chart, and available in either a square or rectangular version.  Avis and I both stitched the rectangular version.  Drum roll please . . .

I’ll be finishing this up as either a wall hanging or table runner – something to bring out each year at Christmas time.  For the time-being, it’s folded in a drawer, and I’ll choose suitable fabrics later in the year to do the patchwork finish.

In the meantime, I had a rummage in my xstitch drawer, and have chosen this as my next SAL project.

It’s a full coverage design on 16 count aida, with 42 different colours . . . should keep me out of mischief for quite a while!

Here is the full list of link to other SAL members.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ,


and we’ll be back again on 2nd May.


SAL Tiny Treasures #11

Gosh, another 3 weeks . . . and therefore another update on my SAL project, “Tiny Treasures”, design by Elizabeth Almond.

This is how things looked last time.

And for this time

Avis and I are being awful teases, I know lol . . . there were you all hoping for another row of pretty squares, but for this time, we concentrated on outflines and border.  Saying that, you now get to see exactly how long this piece is . . . and I promise you, that next time, Avis and I will be happy dancing together!

In the meantime, here is the list of links of all SAL members.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ,


And we’ll be back on 11th April.

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #10

Above is the photo from last time.  Three weeks on, things look like this.

and a zoom in for better look at colours & details.

This gorgeous blackwork design, “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond is available for free on Blackwork Journey.

Let’s hop along over to blogs of fellow SAL members.  Avis and I are both working on the same project (in different colours) but everyone is free to choose the project they fancy working on, and showing progress every 3 weeks.

AvisGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

And we’ll be back again on 21st March.

SAL update “Tiny Treasures” #9

Hello everyone . . . time to show off progress on the lovely blackwork design by Elizabeth Almond that’s been keeping me amused since September last year:  “Tiny Treasures”.  Three weeks ago things looked like this

And for this time, it looks like this

That’s 10 rows of 4 squares done . . . only another 3 rows to stitch – yay!

I’m stitching along with a large group of talented members . . . full list of blog link here:

And we’ll be back on 28th February with a fresh update.

SAL Tiny Treasures #8

Hello everyone!  Another three weeks have flown by, therefore it’s time to take a photo of my SAL project and show you latest progress on “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond (Blackwork Journey). Last time things looked like this

For this time, it looks like this

Another four squares filled in, and outlines stitched ready for the next row.

For those of you wondering when this gorgeous piece will ever end . . . Avis and I now have 9 rows of 4 squares . . . and there are still another 4 rows of 4 to add.  We were thinking about picking up the pace a bit, and making a dash for the finish line but since Avis and myself are also happily working on other projects (mainly knitting) we’re going to carry on at the nice sedate pace we set ourselves, and this blackwork project should be finished some time in the Spring.

Here is the list of links to other SAL members.

and we’ll be back again on 7th February.


secret xmas crafting revealed

Christmas has come and gone . . . I can now show you a few photos of some gifts I made this year, for family and friends. I realise I didn’t take photos of everything but not to worry.

YipYip were something that made me smile while making, and I made a couple, with rasta crocheted hair, rather than pipe-cleaners . . . in bright green for Toddler Viking

In turquoise and shocking pink for our neighbours’ daughters.

A very last minute sewing project with a length of cotton found in my stash (something the MIL bought years ago, and I wonder what on earth for!)  . . . which seemed perfect to sew up as a pair of Wendy house curtains.

Not sure I’d want these in my house, but they’ll look lovely hanging in 3-year- old Mona’s play house this summer!

Sewing and knitting, in doll size next, with a summer dress and bolero cardigan for Lindashee’s 57cm BJD doll.

I did also knit two sweaters for her male 67cm doll, but forgot to take a photo.

And, last but not least . . . a little blackwork scissor keep for sister-in-law.

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #7

Hope everyone had a good Christmas, and that other SAL members managed to find time to do some crafting over the last 3 weeks.  I did.  Here’s where I was last time.

with my ever-growing blackwork sampler “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond.  Since then, I’ve added another row of green squares.

Still a long way off from a finish on this, but having lots of fun along the way.

Let’s pop along to see what other SAL members have been up to.  Anyone having a happy dance this time around, I wonder?

And back again on January 17th with our next update.


ScrapHappy # December

After the fun I had making gift tags last time just out of a piece of pretty card . . . for this month, with Christmas in mind, I made some more tags.

A perfect project for using those small bits of aida that never seem big enough to work on a “proper” project . . . and very little thread.   I stitched lots of little squares, using patterns from the “Tiny Treasures” blackwork design by Elizabeth Almond (see link in my blog roll –  Blackwork Journey).

Each little square was then trimmed and fringed.  And, using double sided sticky tape, stuck onto card (that wasn’t strictly scraps but I had a few sheets in my stash and it was a quick mounting option).

And voilà!  37 little pretties, in festive seasonal colours that can either be hung in the tree as décorations or used a gift tags on présents!

I’m linking with a big bunch of ScrapHappy members.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #6

This was the update I showed you 3 weeks ago, of the very pretty blackwork design “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond ( link Blackwork Journey).  Over the last 3 weeks, it has grown nicely, and here’s what it looks like.

Four more squares filled in plus borders already completed for the next stage.

Time now to do some blog-hopping and visit other SAL members to see what they’ve been up to.

And we’ll be back on 27th December with the next update!

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #5

There will be two different posts today because ScrapHappy and the SAL both fall on 15th this month.  So, anyone coming to admire scraps – you’ll need to check out the later post today.

I’m posting now to show off progress on “Tiny Treasures”, a blackwork design by Elizabeth Almond.  Last time I was here

Since then, things have grown to this

Another 4 green squares, plus the outlines of the next four and lots of linking flowers & border.

Please visit other SAL members, who have been busily working on their individual projects.

And we’ll be back on 6th December!