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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WIP Wednesday – Cars and a Mystery

I’m actually on time for a WIP Wednesday post! Don’t worry, it probably won’t happen again any time soon. 😉 As I said yesterday, I haven’t been doing much stitching. But, once in a while I do put needle and thread to fabric.

AC Cobra, from Dennis Originals

I’m working on this fabulous red AC Cobra from Dennis Originals for my little guy’s room. Along with Lego and Minecraft, he is totally enamoured with cars. This design is from a really old booklet1 called Transportation Classics 2, which has eight different car designs ranging from a 1931 Mercer all the way up to a Porsche 928 and a classic Camaro. I’m planning on stitching four or five of the designs and framing them in a complementary manner. They will all  be stitched on white evenweave, and I’m using DMC threads.

What is this?

I’m also working (really, really slowly) on my small for this month’s Smalls SAL check-in. As you can see, I have a long way to go. Does anyone want to take a guess as to what it is?

I’ll be back tomorrow with something fun and quite different than my usual. Hope to see you then!

Apparently “really old” is 1989. Where has the time gone?!?

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Playing with Yarn

Hello, Stitchy Friends!

Summer vacation is in its second third week already. Amazing how quickly time is flying by. We’ve been busy making bottle rockets, reading great books, and mostly doing just a whole lot of nothing. Sadly, that also means I haven’t been stitching much. My mojo has waned as the heat has grown.

But, even school holidays demand at least a tiny bit of a schedule. So, when the little man is working on some worksheets (gotta prevent the summer knowledge leak!), I settle down with my lovely shawl project.

Edlothia Shawl, designed by Jasmin Räsänen

I haven’t made much progress since the last time I shared, but it is still moving along. As before, the pattern is Edlothia, designed by Jasmin Räsänen and available for free on Ravelry.

Meandering Socks, designed by Dana Gervais for Knit Picks

My other little project is Meandering Socks, designed by Dana Gervais for Knit Picks. It is part of their Artful Arches pattern book. Every pattern in the book is designed to look good with hand-painted or stripey yarn. I’m using Lana Grossa Meilenweit Solo Cotone Print in colourway 4002, which is a beautiful tonal purple. Unfortunately, I’m stuck on the heel of this darn sock. It is a modified Feegle, which I love, but I keep losing count! The heat has melted my brain!

More stitching and other good stuff is coming soon, I promise. Until then, keep cool (or warm).


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Saturday School – Dyeing Yarn

Welcome back to Saturday School!

Today we will be watching another video from Yarnspirations and The Crochet Crowd. This time Mikey is taking us through the process of yarn dyeing. Specifically, he is sharing how cotton yarn is dyed as a solid and as a variegated yarn.

Spinrite makes all sorts of yarns, and different dyeing processes are used depending on the composition of the yarn. Home dyers know that wool yarns need different dyes than cotton yarns due to the way that fibres absorb the dye. If you’ve ever played around with dyeing fabric for needlework and have found that, say, adia takes dye different than linen, it is sort of the same idea.

Dyeing cotton yarns or floss at home isn’t too hard. You can use dyes like Tulip that are meant for fabric dyeing. Fibre reactive dyes are the best choice, but natural dyes (like onion skins) also work really well. Just be sure that you properly set your dyes or you’ll end up with a mess when you wash your project.

Wool yarn and floss is also super easy to dye at home. You can use food dye, KoolAid, Easter egg dye, and more. Acid dyes also work great and can give you some amazing colours.

Acrylic yarn is a whole different ball (ha!) game. Most acrylic yarn is dyed before it is spun into yarn. (Remember the pink fluff at the beginning of last week’s video?) It is possible to dye it afterwards, but the colour tends to stay on the outside of the fibre and isn’t always absorbed evenly. If you want to dye acrylic yarn at home, it is pretty difficult. You can’t use RIT, fibre-reactive dyes, or acid dyes. Most dyes needed to dye acrylic yarns are pretty toxic, although there are a few brands of disperse dye that are safe for home use. Check out this link for some more info.

Dyed mixed-fibre yarn

Dyeing mixed fibres can produce some interesting results. I once dyed a cotton/bamboo/elastic blend. The cotton and bamboo took the dye really nicely, with each fibre coming out a slightly different shade of blue, and the elastic remained white. So, the yarn looked heathered–an unexpected by lovely result.

Have you every dyed fabric, yarn, or floss? How did it turn out? What dyes did you use? Please let us know in a comment below.

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