Stitch From Stash – November 2015

I’m sure most of you are aware that Mel of Epic Stitching decided to shut down Stitch from Stash for personal reasons. As much as I will miss the accountability that Stitch from Stash provided, I can understand and relate to Mel’s reasons.

Stitch from Stash 2015 BI’ve been busy lately and not checking blogs, so I don’t know if anyone else has picked up the baton. I have no intention of doing so, but I have decided that I am going to do my best to keep up the spirit of Stitch From Stash. I love the idea, spending limits and all, and I intended to continue with it through next year. Although, I am going to give myself a free month like in the original SFS. πŸ˜‰ I’m also going to give myself a pass if I pick up something (One thing! Not fabric, just a fibre or bead.) that is required to finish a project already on the go, or if the project is purchased to make a gift that will be given within the year (I have at least one wedding and a baby to stitch for next year…). All of that is pretty fair, and inline with at least the rules for the 2014 SFS.

So, with that in mind, here is my report for November.

Amount spent: $18.50

I bought the newest Just Nan Christmas angel mouse. I haven’t received it yet, so no picture. :/ But I will share one when I finish it.

Let me know if you plan to continue with Stitch from Stash, or if you know of someone who has taken it over. And a big thank you to Mel for starting Stitch from Stash and helping me become more aware of my craft-related spending.

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Smalls SAL – November 2015 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers and a Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans. (Happy Thursday to the rest of us. πŸ˜‰ ) It is time for the penultimate Smalls SAL check-in of the year.

Holiday Holly, designed by Mill Hill

Holiday Holly, designed by Mill Hill

This month I dug out a really old kit, but one my favourite design lines: a Tiny Treasure Diamond from Mill Hill. This one is Holiday Holly, and was really more beads than stitching. So, it worked up pretty quickly.

What did you stitch? Are you working on Christmas ornaments, still finishing up Halloween designs, or maybe working on some holiday gifts? I can’t wait to see! Please head down near the bottom of this post and add your link to this month’s check-in list. Remember, every time you share a finished small you get another entry into the end of the year draw.

The list will stay open until midnight Eastern on December 4th. I know this is a busy time of year for many people, so I want to make sure you have lots of time to share your wonderful smalls. And, please also take a little bit of time to visit some of the other participants.

December Check-In – Next month’s check-in will take place on Tuesday, December 29th. I’m moving it up a couple of days (like I should have done this month…) so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of New Year’s Eve, etc. Like always, the check-in list will remain open to new entries for a week. If you’ve like a reminder, make sure you are subscribed to the Smalls SAL mailing list.

2016 Smalls SAL – Yes, the Smalls SAL will be returning next year. Yay! I love all the inspiration I get from you, and many of you have written to tell me the same things. So, I will be making an announcement about how the 2016 SAL will work next Monday. Don’t forget to check back then.

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Icy Finish

Oh, stitchy friends, can you believe I managed to finish something else? I’m on a roll. Actually, I’ve come to the end of a short productive streak. πŸ˜‰

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

This is Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie for the 2015 Creativ Festival. It is stitched on fabric with metallic threads woven into it, and used DMC variegated Perle cotton, Kreinik braid, and three colours of Mill Hill beads.

I actually managed to finish this one up on the class, but it took me a little while to get around to turning it into an ornament. (One lady in the class decided to do the snowflake as blackwork, so she didn’t progress too far. But, she sort of made me wish I had tried, until I remember that I don’t like blackwork because it is too fussy! Her piece, though, looked so lovely from the back and front.)

cy Ornament, Carol Storie (back)

cy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie (back)

I finished it up by lacing the design and pretty snowflake fabric to some batting covered cardboard (I use acid-free comicbook board because it is very inexpensive), and then sewed the two halves together. I then glued purchased cording around the edges.

I know the thought of using glue makes some of you recoil in horror. But, honestly, this isn’t an heirloom piece. I wouldn’t use glue on the stockings I’m making for my family, but for something like this I am perfectly comfortable doing so. And, you should be too. πŸ˜‰

Smalls SAL – Don’t forget, the check-in for the Smalls SAL takes place tomorrow! I know it is American Thanksgiving and many of you will be busy. But, don’t worry. The list will be open to new entries until midnight Eastern time on December 4th.

2016 Smalls SAL – An announcement about next year’s Smalls SAL will be coming on Monday, November 30th. Yay!

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Shiny Swirls

Another finish! I’m so proud of myself!

Geometric Swirl Ornament, designed by Diane Scott

Geometric Swirl Ornament, designed by Diane Scott

This is Geometric Swirl Ornament, taught by Diane Scott for the 2014 Creativ Festival. And, if I am honest with you, I actually finished this a couple of months ago, but I kept forgetting to post it.

It is stitched with several different shares of Petite Treasure Braid, and a light sprinkling of Mill Hill beads and just a touch more sparkle. I love how the stitches curve around, making such smooth looking swirls.

Completed beaded tassel

Completed beaded tassel

I think my favourite part of this ornament, if I had to pick one, is the lovely tassel. I shared a tutorial about how to make it back in March. All the beads add a nice weight and a bit of extra sparkle to the ornament.

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Little Christmas Finishes

Oh dear, I did get side tracked by those Super Mutants. Sorry, stitchy friends! To be honest, I haven’t gotten this into a game in ages and I am really enjoying myself. But, I am still finding some time to stitch.

Christmas Needlebook and Scissor Fob, designed by Kim Beamish

Christmas Needlebook and Scissor Fob, designed by Kim Beamish

Last week I finally finished Christmas Needlecase and Scissor Fob, which was a class I took from Kim Beamish back at the 2012 Creativ Festival. You may notice that there is a lot of buttonhole stitch, and you know my feelings about that. But, they turned out so beautiful. I am so glad I finally finished them.

Christmas set, designed by Kim Beamish

Christmas set, designed by Kim Beamish

They were designed to match the biscornu that Kim taught at the 2011 Creativ Festival, which I actually finished ages ago. (In July 2012, according to my notes.)

In looking up the details of this project, I came across my order form for the 2012 Creativ Festival and some emails with friends about classes we were taking. It looks like I have a few other classes I should be working on finishing up… It is surprising how easy it is for a project you love to slip from being put aside for a little while to being almost totally abandoned. :/ Do you find that that happens to you a lot, or are you pretty good at keeping track of what you are working on and what you want to finish?

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Is That a Door?

Remember my plan to stitch stockings for my immediate family? Well, as you may know, I’ve got two done now: my son and my mom. Next up is my dad, and I have actually made a start!

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions

The design is All Hearts Come Home Stocking, from Dimensions. I’m stitching it using the fabric and thread provided in the kit. I mean, why spend so much for the kit when you aren’t going to use it? And, I like the colour of the aida, even if I don’t particularly care for aida.

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions--Poinsettia pot

All Hearts Come Home Stocking, designed by Dimensions–Poinsettia pot

My (unrealistic) goal is to have it finished for next Christmas. It probably won’t happen, but I’m going to try! And, feel free to keep me honest and remind me about it once in a while, okay?

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Hardanger Pin Cushion

Hello, stitchy friends! Well, I never did get around to posting those other pictures, did I? I got a little sidetracked by Fallout 4… A lot of things have fallen by the wayside over the past week. (Not to mention all the big events that have been happening in the world. Emotionally I was knocked on my butt for a few days.)

Anyway, life must go on, right? We all have an unknown amount of time tumbling through space together on this rock, and we should make the best of it and fill it with pretty things.

Hardanger Pin Cushion, designed Kim Beamish

Hardanger Pin Cushion, designed Kim Beamish

My newest pretty thing is this Hardanger Pin Cushion, designed by Kim Beamish for the fall 2015 Creativ Festival. You may remember that I was really struggling with the buttonhole stitch on this project. I got the hang of it, and the final product looks great.

Hardanger Pin Cushion, designed by Kim Beamish (bottom)

Hardanger Pin Cushion, designed by Kim Beamish (bottom)

Kim provided two options for finishing: like a pillow or as a box-like shape. I picked the box. The sides are whipped together using an outline done in backstitch, and then the top is whipped stitched on to it using the double running stitch border around the centre. The bottom of the box is kept stiff thanks to a smallΒ  piece of matboard.

I used my newly won buttonhole-ing skill to finishing up another project designed by Kim, and I promise I will get around to sharing it later this week. Of course, those Super Mutants and Deathclaws won’t kill themselves, so…

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