Smalls SAL – August 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers. Yes, you read that right. I’m just now posting the August check-in. I have never been this late before, so I hope you will forgive me. I won’t offer any excuses, but I will say that I am sorry that I didn’t post it when I said I would. It will not happen again.

On to the stitching!

Celestial Sleigh, designed by Mill Hill

This month (okay… last month) I decided to get to work on some new Christmas ornaments. Normally I’m well into my Halloween stitching by this time of the year, but for various reasons (including a terrible Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue), I’m just not feeling it this year. So, Christmas stitching it is!

I stitched the Celestial Sleigh from the new Mill Hill Sleigh Ride series. Since I am boring, it is stitched as per the chart, using the included beads, threads, perforated paper, and charm. And I have to say that I adore it. My Christmas tree tends to have lots of white and blue on it, so it will be right at home.

So, what did you stitch in August? I really can’t wait to see. Please scroll down to near the end of this post and add your link to the list. Due to my mistake, the link list will remain open to new entries until Saturday, September 9th at about midnight Eastern time.

When leaving your link, please be sure to use the permalink for you blog post and use a picture of your finished small as your thumbnail. If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to help (and will school starting back up in a couple of day, I am also much more available than over the past couple of months).

Remember, for each month that you share a link to your finished small you will get one entry into the end of the year draw for a really cool prize.

Next Month – The next check-in will go live on my blog early in the morning Eastern time on Friday, September 29th, 2017. And I promise it won’t be late. 😉

Thank you so much for your patience and for stitching along with me.



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Eclipse Madness!

Happy Eclipse Day fellow inhabitants of North America. I hope it was clear and the sun was visible wherever you happen to be. I’m located in Southern Ontario, so we had a wonderful sunny day, but sadly we only got a maximum coverage of about 75%. You’d think that would mean that it got a bit dark, but nope. It was brighter than a cloudy day. Still, we had loads of fun checking out the sun with our eclipse glasses.

In honour of the big day I made my first t-shirt using heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and my Cricut.

Eclipse t-shirt; design from Autumn Leah Cuts on etsy

The design comes from Autumn Leah Cuts on etsy. I used bright orange HTV and cut the design on my new favourite toy, my Cricut Explore Air 2. Unfortunately, I don’t have a heat press, so I did my best with a household iron. So far the vinyl is staying put, but I am absolutely going to invest in a new Cricut Easy Press because I love doing t-shirts!

Eclipse approx. 15 min after first contact

Sadly, this is the best picture my phone was able to take of the eclipse, through solar glasses. (I wasn’t risking the new camera!) This is at about 15 minutes after the moon first began its journey across the sun.

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WIPS Wednesday – Greenery

Hello, Stitchy Friends. Guess what! I’m stitching again. I’ve put in several hours of work on my Christmas stocking, and it is starting to look really great.

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions

There is still so much to do, but I just might, possibly, with hard work and luck, have it done for Christmas this year. Anyone want to place any bets? lol!

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Smalls SAL – July 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the July Smalls SAL check-in. New to the Smalls SAL? All the details can be found right here.

I have not stitched much this month. 🙁 When I did finally remember that I needed to get something done for the SAL, it turned out I was missing some threads for the project I had planned. Ugh. So, with just a couple of days left, and no real stitching time available, I finished this tiny design:

Brooch Snail, designed by Riolis

This little cutie is from a free kit from Riolis. He is stitched on plastic canvas with a wool/acrylic blend thread from Safil. (You may remember that I am allergic to wool. Yes, there is enough in this thread to make my throat itch, but it only took me about an hour, broken up over a day, to stitch this guy so I survived.)

He is finished with a blue felt on the back and a pin so he can be worn as a brooch or attached to a bag. The felt is sewn on at the same time that the black backstitching is done, which I think is super clever.

What did you stitch this month? Did you go with a Christmas in July theme, something summery, something wintery, or are you getting ready for Halloween? Head down near the bottom of this post and leave a link to your finished small.

Please remember to use a picture of your small as your thumbnail, and please use the permalink for your post (not a link to the front page of your blog). If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on August 4th, 2017. Remember, for each month that you share a completed small you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

Next Month – The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on Friday, August 25th, 2017.



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WIP Wednesday – Back At It

I’ve been stitching again! I’m not sure why, but the stitching bug bit again this weekend and I’ve finally started putting needle to fabric again. Actually, that isn’t true. I do know why. The next Smalls SAL check-in happens this Friday, and I didn’t have anything done. (If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I have a back-up plan or two.)

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

I’ve done a bit more of the background for the Enchanted Ornaments Stocking that I am making for myself. I’ve also added the holly and mistletoe berries on the one side. But there is still sooooooo much more to do. I’m pretty sure I won’t have a pretty new stocking this coming Christmas Eve. (Can you believe it is only 152 days until Christmas?!)

Hygge Shawl (WIP)

I’m also back to work on the Hygge Shawl, a free CAL from Scheepjes and Haak Maar Raak. The yarn is Scheepjes Stone Washed (the heathered grey background yarn) and Catona (the brightly coloured yarn used for emblishement). I just adore this shawl, not only because looking at it brings me joy (says the KonMari devotee), but also because it combines crochet and cross stitch, two things I love. 😀

Don’t forget! The Smalls SAL check-in is in a few days. Don’t be like me and realize at the last minute you are missing a couple of threads. That means the mystery from the other day will have to stay mysterious for a while longer. 😉

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Saturday School – DMC Floss

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen how yarn is spun and dyed. Today, I thought we could see how DMC makes embroidery thread.

DMC began life under a slightly another name in 1746 when it was founded by Jean-Henri Dollfus. It was later renamed Dollfus-Mieg et Compagnie (DMC) on March 21, 1800. It has been a textile company since the start, but the cotton floss we all know and love wasn’t produced until 1899.

You can learn more about DMC, and see some more factory pictures, on their website.

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Space and New Frontiers

Happy Space Exploration Day! 👩‍🚀👨‍🚀🚀🌑

Okay, it is an unofficial holiday, but it is still fun to acknowledge nonetheless. And why today you may ask? Well, on this day in 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. That’s a pretty cool thing to celebrate. So, I made a card. 😉

Spaceman Birthday Card

How cool is that? I recently bought a Cricut Explore Air 2 (thank you Amazon Prime Day), and I am just loving it. I designed this card using images and fonts available through the Cricut design software, and I am so please! Okay, my gluing and assembly skills need some work, but he is still pretty cool. (If you have a Cricut you can access this project right here.)

Cricut Explore Air 2 in Mint!

I’ve still got so much to learn, but so far I’ve made a couple of cards, decorated my son’s sketch book, got a head start on Halloween decorations, and spent way too much money on supplies for a new craft. lol!

I’ll be sharing Cricut projects, tips, and more in the future. I’ve even been brainstorming ways to use it with needlework. Stay tuned!

Do you have a Cricut or a Silhouette machine? How do you use it? If not, do you have any memories of the moon landing in 1969? I’d love to hear about either or both. Please leave a comment below.

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