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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WIP Wednesday – Toe-tally Awesome

I’ve finally reached the point in my stocking where it is just so much fun to stitch it. The end is in sight, and I think I may even make my goal  of finishing it before Christmas Eve. (I almost typed New Year’s Eve. It would be nice to have an extra week…)

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Look at that! I’ve started on the toe! Okay, yes, there is a big empty space there, but some of that is filled with half stitches. It will get done.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! Once this is done I have just one more stocking to go.


Don’t forget that the next check-in date for the Smalls SAL will be this Friday. And, the Smalls SAL will be continuing in 2018. All those details will come the middle of November. Thanks!

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Lacey Fantasy

Because knitting, sewing, crochet, and needlework aren’t enough hobbies for me, I do occasionally indulge in some machine embroidery. I thought that my latest projects would be of interest to at least a few of you.

Lace dragon and unicorn

These are two free-standing lace pieces I made using my embroidery machine, regular cotton sewing thread, and files from Urban Threads.

Prancing Unicorn, designed by Urban Threads

I just send the file to the embroidery machine, hoop up a piece of water-soluble stabilizer, and set the machine to doing its thing. It takes around 5 to 15 minutes per piece. I then wash away the stabilizer, let everything dry, and assemble using butterfly pins.

Fierce Dragon, designed by Urban Threads

Unfortunately, the dragon didn’t turn out as nicely as the unicorn. You can see there is a bit of separation on the right wing. Still, I’m pretty happy with him.

I’ve got a few more fantasy designs like these to make, including a mermaid. And then it is on to Christmas designs, like a sleigh for Santa.

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