SAL “together we are magic” #11 and a finished “Tiny Treasures”

Hello everyone! Today it’s our 3-weekly meet to motivate each other with SAL projects.  My current WIP for this is “together we are magic”, a kit by Letitstitch.  It’s a bit of a slog, I have to say, but little & often will see it done eventually.

Last time I was here

saying that if you squinted you could see unicorn ears.  I hope that today’s photo makes it easy to see the unicorns.

Still a very long way to go but I’ll think you’ll agree, I’m getting there.

Other photos to share a festive happy dance with you!  You’ll remember Avis and I both stitched “Tiny Treasures” from Sept 2020 – April 2021.  I’d chosen red, green & gold to stitch mine.  With Christmas only a few weeks away now, I’m pleased to share my finish. (The plastic clothes hanger is only temporary – need to find a nice rod of wood, and sorry about the stray pet hairs on white!).

I sewed 3 blingy gold buttons along the top and made 3 loops, with button holes. That way, I can remove loops and use this piece as a table runner if I choose to.  I might sew on 3 buttons along the bottom too, just for balance, or so I can hang it the other way up!.  Fabrics were all from my stash.

Linking up with other SAL members

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunny,

MeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJCathieLindaHelen

And our next update will be 19th December.

starting a finish (Tiny Treasures)

It’s getting to that time of year where I’m trying to remember what I’ve got hidden away in my drawers. Craft projects that never saw a proper finish.  You may remember that I stitched a lovely blackwork piece for the SAL, from September 2020 through to April 2021 ( I think) and, when I had finished the blackwork, I said I imagined it as a wall hanging or table runner for the festive season.

Well . . . the finish has begun!

It didn’t actually begin very well – see those two red triangles in top corner!  I’d carefully made some cute little HSTs (half square triangles) to add a border around the edge, but when I sewed the borders on, I realised triangles should have been leaning the other way on opposite strips.

And I had the same problem on a different corner – oops.  Out came the unpicker, and I had to sew a long and short band of triangles again.

With these right angle triangles, there was no way I could get all four corners looking the same, because of the lean, but I could, at least, make things look more balanced.

This is how things looked once I’d sorted out the triangle bands, added a slim white border, and with the length of green I plan on using for the binding.  So, next job is to sandwich & quilt.  This piece should be finished soon.  I’ll hopefully be able to share the happy dance on 28th November so SAL members can see the finished piece!  The blackwork design is called “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.  It was a free download, and a pleasure to stitch.

 

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,

JennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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,

 JennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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