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?ย  (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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Oops!

Sorry for the early post re the Smalls SAL! Iโ€™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 goalย  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.

SMALLS SAL

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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WIP Wednesday – Getting There

It has been about two months since I’ve shared my progress on my Christmas stocking. To be honest, I’ve spent a lot of that two months doing things other than stitching. But, Christmas is just around the corner and I need to get this darn thing done!

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I’ve rounded the heel and I’m finally working my way down the foot! There is still a whole lot left to do, but I feel a bit more like the end is in sight.

The pattern is Enchanted Ornaments Stocking from Dimensions. It is a kit, and I am using the fabric and thread that was included.

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Smalls SAL – September 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the September check-in.

We have definitely rounded the corner of the year, and it won’t be long until thoughts turn to the new year and new plans. I’m not sure yet if the Smalls SAL will continue next year. Let me know if you are interested in continuing with the Smalls SAL next year in the comments below.

On to September stitching! I am in a Chirstmas-y sort of mood, so I stitched up another one of Mill Hill’s Sleigh Ride series, Traditional Sleigh. I stitched it as per the chart using all the included fibres and beads.

Traditional Sleigh, designed by Mill Hill

I love these perforated paper ornaments so much! They have a great vintage/modern look, and they are so easy to finish. I have lots of ornaments stitched on fabric that are waiting around (for years and years and years…) to be finished, but when I am done with a perforated paper ornament, its done and ready to be hung up. I love that!

What did you stitch this month? Leave you link using the little form you’ll find linked to a little further down in this post. Please be sure to use the permalink for your blog post, and also be sure to use a thumbnail of your finished piece.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on October 6th. Remember: for each month you share a finished small you will get one entry into the end of the year draw for a stitchy prize.

Next Month – The next check-in will take place on Friday, October 27th.

Thanks again for stitching along with me! And don’t forget to let me know if you want the Smalls SAL to continue next year.



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Personalized for School

We are just a few days from school starting up again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. Sure, I love having my son home for the summer but I’m always happy to have him back at school and everyone on a regular schedule. I love hearing about what he is learning, and I also love having my time to myself again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I mentioned a couple of times, I got myself a Cricut Explore Air 2 on Prime Day. It is essentially a little CNC machine that I can use to cut vinyl, cardstock, window clings, and a bunch of other materials. It has opened up a whole new world of crafting for me (and also necessitated the purchase of a bunch of new craft supplies…) We decided to make good use of it and personalize some of my son’s new school supplies.

Hedgewars pencil box

We decorated a simple pencil box with a character from a video game that he loves to play. The image was converted for me by a lovely lady in a Facebook group.

Hedgewars pencil box

My skill at lining things up needs to be improved, but I think everything looks pretty good for a beginner. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This image came from the Hedgewars Wiki.

Water bottle with controller

We added a controller image to his water bottle, as well as his name on the other side. This image came from Cricut’s own design library.

And, I also broke out the embroidery machine for the first time in ages to make a new patch for his backpack.

Miners Union patch

With cool school supplies like this you know it is going to be a good year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿคž

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