Hung By The Chimney With Care

It is done! I could not be happier! I put the final stitches in on Sunday afternoon and sewed it up into a proper stocking today.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions

The pattern is Enchanted Ornaments Stocking from Dimensions. I stitched it using the floss and fabric included in the kit. I made a few changes; mostly leaving off the backstitched white snowflakes that were on the cuff and scattered around the rest of the stocking. I felt they looked too heavy when stitched with two strands (as the instructions had), but they were almost unnoticeable in one strand. So, I didn’t bother to do them. Instead, I added a few clear glass beads to give a bit of sparkle to the ornaments.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — cardinal ornament close-up

I love this <strike>robin<strike> cardinal! He is so bright and cheerful. I left him to the very last as a sort of reward for myself for getting to the end of all the stitching.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — deer ornament close-up

The other (very minor) change I made was to use a pre-made tassel for the bottom of this ornament rather than make one myself from included threads. I know tassels are easy to make, but mine always look a little wonky. This one is perfect. I’ve tacked it down at the top and at the band to ensure it doesn’t hang askew.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — lining

And, like all my other stockings, I took the time to line this one. Dimensions doesn’t include fabric or instructions for lining, but it is very easy to do. I used some white with silver glitter fabric that has probably been in my stash for nearly 20 years. It was clearly waiting for this exact project! 😉

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I am so, so, so happy with how my stocking turned out. I can’t wait for Santa to fill it full of gifts!

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Smalls SAL 2018

Hello, Smalls Stitchers!

The Smalls SAL will be returning for its 5th year in 2018. I’m very grateful that so many of you have chosen to stitch along with me for the past several years. And I’m so glad that so many people asked for the SAL to continue.

There will be a few very minor changes for the 2018 SAL. First, I will be going back to using Inlinkz for the link list hosting. It is more expensive than my current solution, but it is also easier to use. Second, I will be discontinuing the monthly email reminder. According to the statistics almost no one is opening it, so I figured it isn’t worth continuing. (Let me know if I am wrong!) If you still want a monthly reminder, see below for a link to a shared Google calendar.

The Smalls SAL is a very low pressure SAL. All you need to do is stitch a small design every month and then head over to my blog on the last Friday of the month to share a link to your blog post where you share a picture of your finish. If you don’t manage to finish something one month, or two or three months, that’s no problem. Participate whenever you can.


  1. Stitch a small every month. You get to decide what a small is for you. 50×50 stitches? 100×100 stitches? It’s up to you. You just need to be able to get it done by the check-in day. (WIP smalls that you complete in time for the check-in are great too!) You pick your design, I do not provide designs.
  2. Post a picture of your completed small (stitching done, but the actual finishing is optional) on the last Friday of every month.
  3. Hop over here to my blog and add a comment to the current month’s check-in post to get an entry into the end of the year draw.
  4. You do not need to post a finish every month! Stitch what you can when you can, and check-in whenever you have a qualifying finish.
  5. The SAL is open to new participants all year. You can join in whenever you’d like. The more the merrier!

Also, please consider using the above graphic to link back to this page so other people can find out about the SAL and join in the fun.


The check-in dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 30
  • April 27
  • May 25
  • June 29
  • July 27
  • August 31
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 30
  • December 28

If you use Google Calendar you can add the Small check-in dates to your calendar by clicking here.

Social Media

Do you have a Twitter or Instagram account? Please share your monthly finish using the tag #smallsal2017.

Sign Up

If you’d like to take part in the Smalls SAL 2018, please sign up by adding a link to your blog to the list below. If you aren’t sure, no worries! You can add a link to the check-in any month you want without signing up. It’s all about having fun and getting some small projects stitching up.

After signing up, please consider posting about the Smalls SAL 2018 on your blog. Feel free to use the image above, and please link to this page.

Thank you to Crooked Little Pixels for the thread card image.

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WIP Wednesday – Yes, I’m Early Edition

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Can you believe that I am actually early for a change. I’m sure you won’t believe it, but irl I am actually always on time (if not 15 minutes early). There is something about this blog that makes it so hard for me to remember to post things. I’ll have posts all written up, forget to publish them, and then end up deleting them later when they are no longer relevant. :/

Anyway, on to Work-In-Progress Wednesday–a whole day early! Why? Because tomorrow I’m going to share all the details for Smalls SAL 2018! Yay!

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Check out my stocking! The end is in sight, and I’m starting to think it is possible that I will actually have it all done in time for Christmas Eve. There is a fair bit of back-stitching to do, but I think I can do it.

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP) – Close-up of cardinal

The design is Enchanted Ornaments Stocking from Dimensions. I am stitching it using all the materials from the kit. The floss is solidly okay and the adia fabric is fine. It isn’t silk and high quality linen, but it isn’t bad either.

I’m feeling so good about being able to get my stocking done that I am having to really try hard to resist the urge to get out the kit for my husband’s stocking (the last one I have to stitch!!), and get it all sorted and ready. One thing at a time, right?

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Smalls SAL – November 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to (yet another delayed) Smalls Stitch-Along Check-in! Thank you very, very much for sticking with it through all these delays and issues this year. I promise things will get better.

Will get better, you ask. Indeed. The Smalls SAL will be returning in 2018 with a few minor tweaks and changes. I’ll be releasing all the details this coming Wednesday. So, please check back then.

In the meantime, let’s get to the penultimate check-in of 2017. Can you believe it? We’ve made it to November! And, if you’ve been lucky enough to find the time to keep up, you’ll have at least eleven finished smalls. Way to go! And if you only have a few, or even only one, done, you’ve still got more done now then you did at the start of the year. Yay!

Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse (left) and Gingerbread Angel Mouse (right), from Just Nan

This month I stitched two different mice from Just Nan. The one on the left is the Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse which was released in 2105, and the one of the right is the Gingerbread Angel Mouse from 2014. (I do have all the others, but lost two of them. Thankfully the original mouse has just been re-released and I have it on order! Yay!) They are both stitched as per the pattern using DMC floss. I used 32 count Lugana in Mocha rather than one of the called for colours because that is what my LNS had in stock.

So, my stitchy friends, what have you been working on this month? I honestly cannot wait to see! Please head down near the bottom of this post to add yourself to the link list. Please be sure to use the permalink for your post and an image of your small as your thumbnail. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always happy to help.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight EST on Saturday, December 2nd. Be sure to get your small added to the list to get an entry into the end of the year draw for a super great stitchy surprise.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on Friday, December 29th. It will remain open until about midnight on Friday, January 5th and I will do the drawing for the winner somewhere around January 7th.

Thank you again, so very, very much, for your patience and for stitching along with me all of this year.

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Smalls SAL – Short Delay

Hello, Smalls Stitchers.

I’m very sorry, but the Smalls SAL will be a day late this month. I’ve spent a good part of this week sick in bed and I just haven’t had the chance to set everything up, take pictures, etc. I will do my best to have the check-in post up by tomorrow morning EST.

Also, the sign-ups for the 2018 edition of the Smalls SAL will go live next Wednesday.

Thanks you so much for your patience.

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Smalls SAL – October 2017 Check-In

A very spooky hello to all you Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the October Smalls SAL check-in post! (On the correct Friday this time! Sorry about last week’s mix-up.)

If all goes well, this post is going live while I am on a cruise in the Caribbean. (Don’t worry; the house isn’t empty. It never, ever is. Poor thing.) Today is an At Sea day, and I have very spotty, time-limited Internet access. Hopefully everything posts okay and there are no problems. If there are, please rest assured that I will fix things as soon as I’m back on dry land and have a reliable internet connection.

On to the finishes!

Batty Boris, designed by Just Nan

This month I stitched up Just Nan’s Batty Boris, and I even finished him! Amazing! He is stitched on a wee piece of grey fabric I found hiding in my stash, and I used the called for DMC threads and Kreinik braid. The beads, little orange button, curlicue, and banner were all included in the kit. I stitched the front of Boris as per the pattern, but instead of repeating his face on the back, I stitched like a true backside.

Batty Boris, designed by Just Nan (back side)

What did you stitch this month? Are we going to see a whole pile of Halloween finishes, or have you already moved on to Christmas? Does seasonal stitching not float your boat at all?  (See what I did there?) Head down toward the bottom of this post and share your finished small with us. Please be sure to use the permalink for your blog post and to use a picture of your finished small as your thumbnail.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on November 3rd. So, you still have lots of time! And remember: for each month that you share a finished small you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

Next Month
The penultimate (don’t you just love that word?) Smalls SAL check-in will take place beginning Friday, November 24th. I think that is right in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend for you American stitchers, but don’t worry. The link list always remains open for at least one week so that everyone has time to add their links.

Happy stitching, my Smalls Stitcher friends! I’ll be thinking of you while I’m lying on beaches, seeing the sights, and eating great food. And I can’t wait to see what you’ve stitched this month.

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Sorry for the early post re the Smalls SAL! I’ll fix it and get it posted properly next week (when I will be on another at sea day). 
Thanks for the understanding!

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