Smalls SAL – December 2016 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! You’ve done it! You’ve successfully made it to the end of 2016, and you have anywhere from one to 12 (or more!!) finished stitched pieces to show for it. See, 2016 wasn’t all bad. 😉

I absolutely love all the finishes I’ve seen from all of the participants this year. There were Christmas and Halloween ornaments, cards and other interesting finishes, flowers, hardanger, pulled work, and so much more. It was wonderful.

I stuck mainly to cross stitch, completing all six of Teresa Wentzler’s Byzantium Ornaments (also known as Christmas Ornaments or Stain Glass Ornaments). Once they were done, I chose little kits and other designs that I had hanging around in my stash. I’m pretty happy with what I got accomplished, and I can’t wait to stitch more smalls in 2017. But first, let me share this month’s finish.

Drum, from Mill Hill

This is Drum, a kit from Mill Hill’s Holiday Harmony series. I’ve only got one instrument left to go, and it is on my list to get done at some point during the Smalls SAL 2017. I stitched the drum as charted, using the included perforated paper, DMC thread, and Mill Hill beads. I know that a lot of stitchers don’t care for perforated paper, but I love it! I think it gives the stitching a Victorian feel.

What’s Next?

This is the last check-in for the year. But don’t worry, the Smalls SAL will be back in 2017! You can find all the details and sign-up information right here. The check-in dates will be on the last Friday of every month. With all the holidays and other stitch-alongs, etc. that seemed like the best day. I really hope that you will consider joining in. Remember: you don’t need to take part every month, just whenever you have a small design stitched up and ready to share.

The first check-in for 2017 will take place on Friday, January 27th.

Final 2016 Check-In

And with that it is time to share your final small of the year. Please fill in the form below, being sure to use the perma-link for your post and a picture of your completed small. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on January 5th, 2017. Also, please consider sharing your finish on Twitter or Instagram with the tag #smallssal2016.

The draw for the end of the year prize will happen on or about January 7th, and I will notify the winner shortly thereafter and also post about it on my blog around the same time. Best of luck to everyone who finished a small this year!

Thank you again, very much, for stitching along with me this year. I hope you will join me again for the Smalls SAL 2017.

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2017 Stitching Plans

Hello, my Stitchy Friends!

I’ll be honest with you: generally speaking I don’t like planning my crafty projects far ahead of time beyond saying “I’ll stitch these things for smalls this year,” or “I really want to get that stocking done.” But, for this coming year, I thought I would get a little more organized. 2017 is a big year in Canada. We will be celebrating 150 years as a nation (yes, we’ve been around much longer, but think of it like we moved out of England’s basement and set out on our own 150 years ago). So, that means lots of Canadian-themed stitching. And, I still have two more Christmas stockings to go, and several other projects I eventually want to get to.

Stocking, Canadian stitching, serenity and more—-my stitching plans for 2017

So, my plan for now is to work on:

  • Joyful World SAL – I still need to finish up October, November, December
  • Enchanted Ornaments Stocking by Dimensions (for me!!)
  • O Canada! Sampler by Thea Dueck
  • Canadian Beauty by Joan Elliot
  • Sublime Stitches – Liz Almond’s new free SAL
  • Serenity by Erica Michaels (to tie in with some personal goals)

And, of course, there is the Smalls SAL. I adore the Smalls SAL, not the least because I get to see all the wonderful things everyone else stitches. It makes me feel like I can stitch, stitch, stitch, and get so much done! And to maximize its magical powers, I went through all the little kits I’ve been collecting for ages and pulled out all the ones that I really, super, mega want to have stitched up and on display. I won’t list them all here since part of the fun of the Smalls SAL is the surprise of seeing what everyone stitched, but below is a little peek at what I’ve pulled out of my stash.

Lots of little kits to work on for the Smalls SAL.

Speaking of stash, I’ve signed up for the newest incarnation of Stitch from Stash, which is running through a Facebook group that you can find right here. The rules are very similar to the old SFS run by Mel of Epic Stitching, with a few twists. You can set your own budget, but no more than US$25 (or equivalent) per month. You can earn credit for finishes, etc, etc. My goal is just to have an accountability group to help me not spend so darn much on stash I don’t need!

So, that’s it. Those are all my stitching plans for next year. (I still need to figure out knitting, sewing, and crochet plans!) I’d love to hear about your’s. Leave a comment, and feel free to link to your planning post if you’ve put one up on your blog.

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Gifted Stitching

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Christmas is now over and the end of the year is getting closer. Around here it is time for quietness, reflection, and planning (and a little bit of Boxing Day shopping…). Tomorrow I will be sharing my stitching plans for 2017, including what I want to accomplish during the 2017 Smalls SAL, but today I wanted to share the stitching gifts I gave this Christmas.

Yo Ho Ho, designed by Sue Hillis

First up is Sue Hillis’ Yo Ho Ho, a super fun pirate Santa that I stitched up for my mom. She loves Santa designs so much, and I thought this design was too cute to pass up. It is stitched using DMC thread on a SilkWeaver solo that I got years ago. The map charm was included with the chart.

Voyage at Sea, designed by Dimensions

Second is Voyage at Sea, a small Gold Collection design from Dimensions. I stitched it for my dad, who loves ships and light houses and all of those sorts of things. I used the thread and fabric included in the kit. The braid around the edge is couched on and gives the design a really great 3d look.

All Your Pie Tape Measure Cover, designed by Tabitha Rose

The last little thing I made was this adorable tape measure cover for an exchange. The pattern is All Your Pie Tape Measure by Tabitha Rose. I used Bernat Satin in colours Sable and Teal.

Did you give away any stitchy gifts this year? If you did, I’d love to hear about them! Leave me a comment.

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Teal and Purple

Late last month I was lucky enough to have the chance to take a class with Lorene Salt, a very talented canvaswork designer. The class was offered through the Toronto guild of the Embroiderer’s Association of Canada. I’m not a member of that guild (just the online one), but the ladies were nice enough to let me take part.

Corners and Curves, designed by Lorene Salt

The piece is called Corners and Curves and is just stunning in person. The picture, as always, doesn’t do any justice. The fibres range from silk/wool blends, to perle cotton, to Kreinik metallics, and all the colours go together so well.

In January I will be taking another class from Lorene, this time online through the guild I belong too. It is called Santa Fe, and as charted it is stitched in corals and teals. Coral, though, is one of my least favourite colours, so I will be substituting out all the fibres. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of the fibres I’ve chosen as replacements. I can’t wait to get started!

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