“Getting Ready” #10 – SAL update

It’s time to share progress which was made over the last 3 weeks, and how my SAL project has evolved from this

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to this

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I’m still a long way from having this piece finished, but things are taking shape.

The list of SAL members seems to be growing . . . for this update we welcome Megan, aka Lindashee, who has decided she could do with some group motivation.  And Timothy is back!   So the complete list of links is now:

Avis, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Oh and before I say goodbye until next time . . . I received a lovely email from Terri, with the attached photo.

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Now the photo is Terri’s stitching, of one of my free charts:  “square in a square” . . . so that in itself was a lovely treat, for me, to see one of my charts stitched and framed.  The reason I’m sharing here, on the SAL post is because Terri has been following our SAL adventures and our 3-weekly updates helped to motivate Terri while she was busily working on this.  So, there may officially be 26 now in the group . . . I’ll also be thinking of Terri (who doesn’t have a blog) in future, wondering what she’s working on.  And maybe there are some other silent stitchers out there, stitching along with us?

Next update  6th May.

Treenway silks

Early March, I was contacted by Susan of Treenway silks in the USA.   She explained to me that her company was bringing out a new line of hand-dyed silk threads in the colourway 65 Roses Harmony ®.  That some of the proceeds of the sales of these new threads will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She also asked if I would allow her to offer customers a copy of my free chart: “A rose by any other name” for any purchase of these new 65 Roses Harmony ® threads.

Here are two of the photos Susan sent me, to show some of the new colours.

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I, of course, said yes!  Any initiative to help charities is, in my opinion, to be recommended and given full support.

What was then my surprise, when Susan got back in touch, asking for my postal address, because she wanted to send me a little thank you.   And I have just received the most gorgeous assortment of silk threads and ribbons from Susan at Treenway silks.

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Beautiful vibrant colours, so soft . . . an extremely luxurious bundle.

Susan has been busy attending lots of craft festivals, and also sent me this link where you can admire all the lovely threads & ribbons including hear the story behind the new 65 Roses collection.   I also get a mention (blush blush).

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I had two lovely surprises by mail . . . one by email and one by snail mail.  The email was from a stitcher in the Netherlands – a lady called Marietje who sent me a photo of one of my Chupin’s Xstitch design she had stitched up. 

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This is “Sleeping Dragon” and he/she looks gorgeous in variagated red.  Thank you so much for sharing the photo Marietje – it’s always lovely to see my little designs stitched up.

The snail mail was from a blogging friend, Monique la Bretonne.  Now, Monique was one of the un-birthday gals for June . . . and she decided to send me a little unbirthday treat in return.

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The bookmark is recto verso – this is the other side

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Thank you very much ladies – I do love receiving mail!

“Quaker in Blue”

I was so chuffed to receive some photos recently, from a forum friend, mamoures.  She belongs to a cross stitch club: “Si le point m’était compté”, full of very talented stitchers, and they all had a stitch-along, using one of my free charts!  They chose “Quaker in Blue” but stitched in a variety of colours . . . and then they all brought their stitchings/finishes along to a club meeting for a mini exhibition ^^

Mamoures sent me photos, but I’m afraid I don’t know ladies’ names, nor who stitched what, although I do know that mamoures stitched this pink version.

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Just look at all of those different versions of the same chart!!!   There are bags, banners, boxes, cushions, needle books, framed pictures . . .  It really is a pleasure to see.  People rarely leave feedback for free charts, and they don’t realise just how uplifting is it, to know that someone is actually stitching my designs.

review of 2014

A very happy new year to you all.  I hope that 2015 will be a good one for you and wish you health, happiness and plenty of time for crafting ^^

It’s a stitcher’s tradition to start the year with a new project, but I’m breaking with tradition this year. I will no doubt be starting some new projects very soon, but not today.  Instead, I decided to do a review of 2014 in photos.

I have grouped pics together so as not to make this too photo-intensive.  First up . . . a medley of free designs by Lindashee that I stitched throughout the year.  You can find all of these designs on Lindashee’s blog. Her “four seasons” and a series of 9 little critters.

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I also spent quite a few hours working on patchwork projects this year, with several sets of place mats and some bags ^^

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And of course, more cross stitch, including some finishings of projects that were stitched in 2013 but only finished off in 2014 and some knitting.

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I think “the plan” for 2015 will be to combine more cross stitch and patchwork – possibly more cushion covers over the coming year and most definitely some wall-hanging finishes.

“I love fantasy fiction”–a new free

Hello folks.  Today I can show you (at long last) the third design in a free bookmark series.  Many thanks to Lindashee, who charted the dragon’s head for me ^^

You can mess around with colours as I have done – ideal for using up all those leftover bits of threads in your stash.

Oops, just noticed, I forgot the white French knot in dragon’s eye when stitching the French version – never mind ^^

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You can download the chart here I love fantasy fiction

sneak preview of purple placemats and more

During my slight breather from present making, I got out the sewing machine to work on a bit of quilting to make something for myself.  Idea being, to make a new set of place mats to replace the old ones so that, when family gathers together for Christmas, we can christen the new mats.  I am keeping things very simple. I chose a large piece of fabric I bought years ago (3m for only 10 euros) and my mats will be done in just that fabric. No patchworking – just straight line quilting. It’s a practice project, to build up confidence and learn to sew straight – mind you, it got off to a rocky start the other day as I managed to catch my index finger under the needle (while foot was still on the pedal) and “ouch” . . . needle went straight through my finger lol.  It looked rather like one of the joke shop nails only this one really did go right the way through.  Luckily, my other half kept his head, found the pliers, and pulled the needle out with a very steady hand (while I felt about ready to faint ^^).  Finger bled profusely for a while, but the hole is healing.

So, not only is this a project to learn to sew straight, it has also taught me a valuable lesson: don’t put finger too close to needle while sewing lol.

Anyway, here is a photo of my straight line quilting

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I’m happy ^^  I’ve quilted all six mats already and have begun attaching binding.

A big thank you to Avis, who has a wonderful tutorial on her blog Oh Sew Tempting (if you look in the mug rug tutorial) on how to make and sew binding.  She makes it look so simple, and it really is, if you follow instructions carefully.

Here is a close up of one corner of my first mat

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Binding is machine sewn all around following Avis’ tutorial, and then finished off by hand on the back.  I’ll show you more photos when I’ve completed the set of six.

And other chat . . . DebbieRose of Sew Rosey has been very industrious in the run-up to Christmas and has been cross stitching more of my little FREE “Tis the Season” designs.

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AND Kate of By the Babbling Brooke also made a little decoration, stitching on perforated paper.

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You can find these designs, and others, on my FREE page.

“J’aime les romans policiers” stitched by biqui & ambre

I was very chuffed to receive photos the other day from  biqui who stitched one of my FREEs.  She stitched a bookmark to give as a birthday present and I love her choice of fabric for finishing.

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And another photo, from Virginie – ambre – who made a bookmark for her cousin.

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This chart is available to download in both French and English on my FREEs page.

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“Tis the season” stitched by Avis

Avis of Sewing Beside the Sea has been a busy little bee – she stitched another one of my Christmas designs so now has TWO little  “ravioli” with red ribbons to hang in her tree

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edit: and Avis has just sent me photo of a third decoration ^^

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You can download these charts on my FREEs page.

You’ll notice even more decorations in the background – you can see more of those and how to make them over on Avis’ other blog (dedicated to patchwork) Oh Sew Tempting.