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 small  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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Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and other commonwealth countries. It is the day set aside to remember the all the servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty since World War 1. In Canada it is a day for, in the words of Veterans Affairs Canada, “remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.” It is a little like the American’s Veterans Day and Memorial Day combined into one, I suppose.


We wear poppies from the last Friday in October until the evening of November 11th as a mark of remembrance for veterans. The symbol comes from the poem by Canadian John McCrae, In Flanders Fields, which memorializes the poppies that grew on the graves of soldiers who died at the second battle of Ypres in World War 1. Most Canadian school children have this poem memorized well before they reach middle school, and I bet a large number of adults can recite at least the first two lines from memory.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

I hope fellow Commonwealth dwellers were/are able to observe a minute of silence today to remember all service members who gave their life and those who continue to make sacrifices to keep us and people all over the world safe.

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Precious Jewel

Hello, stitchy friends! November is well underway now, and with it all that wonderful autumn weather I love so much. Tomorrow, Canada and other commonwealth countries observe Remembrance Day. After that is Christmas, and believe me when I say nearly all thoughts have turned to Christmas already (which is a bit sad, since Remembrance Day is so important).

But, as a stitcher, or just a crafter in general, we always have to work a little bit ahead, right? Our pieces need to be done early to be hung up as decorations or wrapped up for gifts. As part of the Smalls SAL, I’ve been working on ornaments all year long. I’ve also finished my mom’s stocking and made a couple of other little things. And, I’ve made a few other ornaments that I’m not saving for the Smalls SAL.

Precious Jewel, from Gingerbread Girl Designs

Precious Jewel, from Gingerbread Girl Designs

This is Precious Jewel, designed by Gingerbread Girl Designs. I showed you the un-ornamentified design a little while ago as part of my Creativ Festival roundup. I’m very proud of myself for actually getting around to making it into an ornament well before my Christmas tree goes up. Kathryn, the designer, made it super easy by including great instructions in the chart, showing us how to do it in class, and providing all the matboard and other required supplies. If only ornament finishing was always so easy!

Cutwork close-up

Cutwork close-up

I’ll be sharing a couple of other finished ornament later in the week.

Happy stitching!

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Happy Halloweenie!

Happy Halloween, stitchy friends!

Halloweenie, designed by Lizzie Kate

Halloweenie, designed by Lizzie*Kate

In honour of the season, I stitched up the new-ish Lizzie*Kate limited edition kit, Halloweenie. I used the fabric included in the kit, and stitched it with DMC threads.

I followed the finishing directions in the kit. Although, because the linen included was very translucent, I ironed interfacing onto the back of the stitching for the pillow.

I hope you have a lovely Halloween! We are all ready for lots of little trick-or-treaters, and the little man has his FBI costume ready to go. All we need is for the rain to hold off.

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Smalls SAL 2015 – October Check-In

Happy Smalls SAL check-in day! I hope you’ve all found time to stitch up a little small for this month. If not, don’t worry! There is always next month, or even next year.

2015SmallsSALYep, the Smalls SAL will be back for 2016! Yay! I had a lot of really nice emails telling me how much the SAL was appreciated for all the encouragement and motivation it provides. And, to be honest, that makes me feel great. I started the SAL as a way to make sure I had at least one little finish every month, and I am so glad other people find it helpful too. I’ll post info and sign-ups by the end of November or beginning of December.

Now, this month I did have a bit of a hard time getting a piece finished. (You may have noticed that I posted the check-in a little later than normal.) I actually finished up the stitching at the beginning of the month knowing that Thanksgiving and the Creativ Festival would cut into my stitching time. But, I didn’t actually get around to doing the finishing until last night. And then I had to wait for some glue to dry. Oops!

Miss Witchy Mouse, designed by Just Nan

Miss Witchy Mouse, designed by Just Nan

Here she is, though, and well worth the wait. The design is Miss Witchy Mouse from Just Nan. She is stitched on some random natural colour linen, which is a little lighter than the fabric called for in the pattern. I used the threads called for and followed the finishing directions included in the pattern. Miss Witchy turned out so cute!

So, what did you stitch this month? Please use the form near the bottom of the post to link to your finished small. (It will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on November 5th.) And, if you have some time, please visit some of the other participants.

November Check-In: Next month’s check-in will take place on November 25th. I believe that is the day before American Thanksgiving. But, don’t panic! The list will remain open to new entries for a week, just like normal. Enjoy your turkey, take a break, and post when you can..

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Halloween Tree

I love Halloween, but my husband doesn’t really. So, out of respect for him, I don’t decorate as early or as much as I would like. I actually didn’t get out the Halloween decorations until yesterday. And, I think I was pretty restrained.

My Halloween Tree

My Halloween Tree

This sparkly tree stands on our dinning room table. It holds all the ornaments I’ve stitched over the past couple of year, along with a couple of store-bought ornaments. I’m on the fence as to whether I need to make some more. Maybe that will be my Smalls theme for next year…

Speaking of smalls, tomorrow is Smalls SAL check-in day. I am so looking forward to seeing what you have stitched! The check-in post will be up early my time tomorrow morning and will stay open for new entries for a week. If you would like a reminder email, you can sign up here.

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Stitch From Stash – October 2015

Oh, stitchy friends, it was not a good month. I went way over budget…

Stitch from Stash 2015 BMonth: October 2015
Spent: $80
Earned: $15

Let’s see. I bought Lizzie*Kate’s Halloweenie, the fibre package for X’s and Oh’s Spooky House, a scissor fob kit from Gingerbread Girl, a very expensive pattern from Gingerbread Girl, in addition to a few other things I can’t remember. That puts my total for the month at just under $80.

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I am so far off the monthly budget, and  I’m more than a little disappointed in myself. Even with my carry-over from past months, I’m over budget. So, for this one month, I’m going to claim some earned credit from finishing up Santa’s Journey Stocking.  It is about 230h x 180w, but it isn’t fully covered and there are some half stitches. So, based on Mel’s chart, I believe it earns me about $15 in credit. Which is enough to keep me going! Yay!

I do feel a little bad finally claiming credit when I haven’t done it all year. But, in the past Stitch from Stash, October was my free month because of the Creativ Festival, etc. I always overspend this month, and I would have saved this as my free month if that had been an option again. So, claiming credit is a way of sort of doing that. Thank goodness!

Now, hopefully November and December will pass with nothing new to tempt me. I have so many great projects to work on. What’s that? Just Nan just released another Gingerbread Mouse? Oh no…

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