Smalls SAL – November Check-In

We’ve made it to the penultimate check-in! (I’m glad so many of you love that word as much as me.) You are all doing great, whether you’ve stitched 11 pieces with me so far, or if this is your first one. It doesn’t matter; finishing in itself is just great!

Happy Holidays!, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Happy Holidays!, designed by Teresa Wentzler

This month I stitched Happy Holidays!, designed by Teresa Wentzler (I bet you would never have guessed that). Again, I was missing a colour (what happened to the full set of DMC I used to have?!). But, I was able to find it in a kit and solider on. Yay!

What did you stitch this month? I can’t wait to see! Please leave your link in the form below, and please consider leaving a comment and visiting some of the other participants. Thanks!

2015 Smalls SAL – Yes, the Smalls SAL will be returning next year. All the details and the sign-up form will be posted on Friday.

December Check-in – The final check-in for this year will be on December 31st. Yes, New Year’s Eve. Don’t worry, I will leave the form open until January 10th. After that, I’ll close the check-in form and do the draw. I’ve put together what I think it is a pretty nice prize, and I hope the winner agrees. ;)

Don’t forget to come back on Friday to sign-up for next year!

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For the Love of Craft

I am sure that many of you are very passionate about what you do, both your work and your hobbies. This video, Below the Row by Glen Travis, explores how master coatmaker Paul and his apprentice James have dedicated themselves to creating impeccable bespoke clothing on Savile Row. It is like a love letter to careful stitches and a love of craft.

Below the Row from Glen Travis on Vimeo.

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Creativ Festival – Canvaswork

I’m sorry for yet another short absence. Between working on Christmas gifts and getting over a nasty cold, I didn’t have much to share late week. I’ve been working hard on getting projects done, but I can’t share a lot right now. But, I can share this:

Canvas Trillium, designed by Diane Scott, WIP

Canvas Trillium, designed by Diane Scott, WIP

This is Canvas Trillium, designed by Diane Scott and taught as a class at this fall’s Creativ Festival. It it stitched with Watercolours, DMC, and Kreinik braids and ribbon, and is just beautiful in person. I really love who the stitches catch the light to give the petals their dimension and texture.

Canvas Trillium close-up

Canvas Trillium close-up

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Kreinik ribbon for the background stitches (meant to bring to mind the dirt that the trillium grows in). I have some on order, but it will be a little while before I get it and can finish this piece.

White Trillium, Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey, obtained from Wikimedia Commons

White Trillium, Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey, obtained from Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit about the trillium: The white trillium official flower of Ontario, the Canadian province where I live. Many, many government agencies use trillium in their name, which can be a bit confusing. ;)  The trillium grows throughout North America and Asia, and is most often found in woods and forests. It is commonly believe here that it is illegal to pick a trillium because it is our provincial flower, but in actuality it is only illegal to pick them in provincial and federal parks or to pick a very rare species of trillium, not the white trillium.

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Christmas Ornament Exchange

Christmas is just around the corner. No, really! Check your calendar. To help me get in the Christmas mood, I signed up to take part in Angela of Hooked on Stitches‘ Christmas Ornament Exchange. I’ll admit I’m a bit behind schedule and haven’t sent my ornament out yet (I still have time!), but I have received my ornament.

Tree Reindeer Ornament, designed by Its Daffy Cat, stitched by Lynda Ruth

Tree Reindeer Ornament, designed by It’s Daffy Cat, stitched by Lynda Ruth

My spoiler was Lynda Ruth of Purple Pixie Dust, and she sent me a lovely ornament featuring It’s Daffy Cat’s Tree Reindeer. She used lovely Christmas fabric on the back and fussy cut it so the picture was nicely centre.  All in all, it is a wonderful ornament and I can’t wait to hand it up.  Thanks, Lynda Ruth!

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Little Pouch

Now that I’ve got my craft room more or less organized, I’ve been working on a couple of small projects.

Mini Cosmetic Bag, designed by Quilt-a-Bag

Mini Cosmetic Bag, designed by Quilt-a-Bag

This is a mini pouch from Quilt-a-Bag, and the kit was a birthday gift from my friend Erica. You may remember that I made a larger version of this pouch a while back, and I love it. It is perfect for storing my needlework supplies, like my scissors, needle book, laying tool, and even a small tube of hand cream.

Mini Cosmetic Bag interior

Mini Cosmetic Bag interior

This smaller bag is great for storing cables and charges. I used it when I went to the Creativ Festival to corral my phone and Kobo cables and other miscellaneous pieces.

I think I need to get my hands on some more purse frames and make up a few more of these, in both sizes, since they are super useful and very cute!

 

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A Good Day

This has been a big year for limited edition kits. Lizzie*Kate, Just Nan, and several others have released a whole pile of them through out the year. And, I’ll admit, I’ve fallen for this false sense of scarcity and snapped up some of these kits.

Today is a Good Day, designed by Sweetheart Tree

Today is a Good Day, designed by Sweetheart Tree

This is Today is a Good Day from Sweetheart Tree. The kit includes everything you need, including fabric, floss, and beads. If you decide to pick it up (and a few shops still have it), be aware that some kits come with the bow charm that is pictured on the cover and some come with a heart, like mine did.

The finished design is pretty small, but very sweet. I’m not sure how to finish it. I’d like it to be somewhere that I can see it often, since it is a nice reminder. So, I may hunt down a frame, or maybe I will finish it on a tin.

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Yellow Dragon

My floss boxes made it home; my craft room is unpacked; and Dragon Rampant is finished!

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Okay, he isn’t 100% finished. I decided to leave off the side borders and, originally, I was going to turn it into a sign for my son’s bedroom door. However, this is what his bedroom door looks like right now:

Little Man's door

Little Man’s door

He likes his good luck charm (upside-down because it is sort of pun that way, in that the luck is entering, or at least that is what my husband tells me) and his stuffed Ox that his grandfather brought him from Hong Kong. (The fact that the little man was actually born in the year of the pig, just barely, doesn’t matter.)

The Beijing Palace-City Scroll (北京宫城图), now held in the National Museum of China, Beijing. Painted in the mid-Ming Dynasty (c. 15th century), depicting figures including the chief architects of the Forbidden City. (From Wikimedia Commons)

The Beijing Palace-City Scroll (北京宫城图), now held in the National Museum of China, Beijing. Painted in the mid-Ming Dynasty (c. 15th century), depicting figures including the chief architects of the Forbidden City. (From Wikimedia Commons)

So, that has left me to come up with another plan for my pretty yellow dragon. I have a craft room now… and it has a door… a door without anything on it. Ah!! Now the yellow dragon will become a sign for my room! And I know just what to put on it. Earlier this year I attended a series of lectures at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) dealing with the Forbidden City exhibit. In one lecture several of the room names were given, and I just loved them. I mean, who wouldn’t love a room called The Hall of Mental Cultivation or Palace of Earthly Tranquility? I had picked out the perfect name, but unfortunately I’ve lost the note that I wrote it down on. Ugh. So, Dragon Rampant will hibernate until I manage to dig up that piece of paper.

Then again, maybe I could just call the room my Library Annex. ;)

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