A Fancy Hat

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I found myself running way behind all of last year. So many projects just didn’t get finished on time and so they were left partially planned and totally undone. I wanted to change that this year. Holidays and special events come and go so quickly and it is so important to recognize them.

With that in mind, I got out all the bits and pieces for a big Halloween project that I really, really wanted to have done for last year. It combined lots of different materials and techniques, but mostly involved using my Cricut. I was so afraid I was going to mess it up that I never got started. Isn’t that silly? Instead of just trying it and maybe making a mistake (with materials that I had lots of too), I left everything to sit in the craft closet.

Witch’s Night Out Hat

What do you think? This is my take on a Cricut project called Witch’s Night Out Hat. (Here’s a link to a post on the Official Cricut Facebook page.)

The ribbon is just plain with heat transfer vinyl applied to it. The flowers and spider are all made from paper. I inked the edges of the pink one with a darker pink and the very edges of the purple one with gold ink. I then added feathers, cloth ribbon, and a gold glittered tulle to complete the hat.

I added a skull bead to the centre of the pink flower as a cute little surprise.

The large purple lotus-like flower is my favourite. I think I may make more of it.

If you have a Cricut, this project is listed under “Free for Cricut Explore Air 2”. It uses flowers from the Giant Flowers and Flower Shoppe cartridges.

What projects are you putting off? Or what do you have planned that has a hard deadline? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear all about them!

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Finish: Candy Cane Santa Stocking

Hello again, Stitchy Friends! Given that I wasn’t around much last year, you’d be forgiven for thinking I didn’t do much stitching. And, truth be told, I did do less than in some past years. (Believe it or not, my most productive year was the year my son was born. He is a January baby, and I pretty much spent the year with a baby asleep on my lap while I stitched to keep myself busy.) I didn’t have many finishes to show you in 2018, but there was one big project that did get done that I didn’t share.

Candy Cane Santa Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Yes! I finished up my husband’s Christmas stocking well before Christmas. The final stitches were put in some time in the middle of November or so and it was sewn up into a stocking right at the start of December.

Five Christmas stockings, all from Dimensions.

That’s nine years to stitch five stockings. I took a bit of break after stitching my son’s, but once I got going and got more and more of them done I couldn’t wait to see them all hanging on our fireplace.

And here they are after Santa paid a visit. The only drawback of these stockings is that they are a little on the slim side, so Santa needs to leave a few extra gifts outside of the stocking. (Also, that is indeed a squeaky unicorn toy. Doesn’t every family need one?)

I haven’t quite decided what I will focus on next. There are a lot of medium-sized projects I should get done, and a whole bunch of smalls too. Who knows what 2019 will bring.

 

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Smalls SAL 2019

Hello, Stitchy Friends and Happy New Year! I hope 2019 has been treating you well so far and that you’ve had lots of time to stitch this holiday season.

With a new year comes new things, including a new home for the 2019 Small SAL. Mary of Mary’s Thread has graciously agreed to take over hosting duties on very short notice. She has gathered together all of the info about this year’s Smalls SAL over on her blog. Please head on over and check it all out.

The SAL will run more or less as it did here, with check-ins taking place on the last Friday of the month. Mary is still exploring linking options, but I expect that adding your link will be just as easy as it was before. She is doing a great job getting everything set up for us and I really appreciate her hard work.

Thank you so much to all of you for your patience, and a big thank you to Mary for taking on hosting duties.

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Smalls SAL and Other Updates

Hello, my Stitchy Friends. Thank you so much for sticking with me through this rather mixed up year. I appreciate all the emails from you checking to make sure that all is well and just to see what I’m up too. Everything is fine here, I’ve just needed more time away from blogging and the Internet than I expected. I needws to re-evaluate how I use the Internet and what I want to share.

As some of you know, I made the decision to shut down both my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and I have stepped away from my personal Facebook page a few times this year.

Don’t worry, though. This blog isn’t going anywhere. I started it way back in 2003 (the first post is 2002, but that was done in an offline mode), and I still love it. Behind the scenes I’m working on a redesign and a bit of a shift in focus. Stitching Lotus will always be about my stitching, but it will hopefully grow to into something a bit more in the near future.

“So, what about the Smalls SAL?” I can hear you asking. I know that I have really let you all down this year, and I am very sorry about that. I have had a couple of bloggers reach out to my about hosting it in 2019, and I am just waiting to hear back to finalize details. I’m sad to be passing on the reins, but I also feel that it is better in other hands since I have been so unreliable this year. (Believe me, unreliable is one word that is rarely if ever used to describe me, so this is very out of character.)

For December, I’d love it if you shared your Smalls via the comment section of this post. I’m sorry there is no link list for this month but I have shut down my account with the service provider due to my disappointment with their newly upgraded product and the on-going monthly costs.

Thank you so much for your patience and I am sorry that I wasn’t able to keep the Smalls SAL running smoothly in 2018.

Here’s to a much better 2019 full of lots of beautiful stitching!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, spooky stitchers! I hope all your little ghosts, goblins, and witches are having a wonderful day. As per usually, its a rainy Halloween day here, but hopefully it will clear up by the evening when all the little monsters go on the hunt for candy.

I’m sure it isn’t a secret that I love Halloween. Sadly, that love isn’t shared by my family, so I don’t go crazy decorating. But, because I love to craft, I can’t help but make a few projects every year. I’ve shared a few of the stitching project I worked on this year already (here, here, and here), so today I’m going to share some other things. (Remember: you can click on any picture to see a larger version.)

I think I’m most proud of this piece, the Boo-tiful Bat Clock from Dreaming Tree. All the of the pieces were cut out on my Cricut Explore Air 2, and then I assembled everything using a lot of glue and some 3d foam squares.

Boo-tiful Bat Clock, designed by Dreaming Tree

The clock movement in it is real, so it actually keeps time. I needed to paint the clock hands though, since I was only able to find a brass movement.

Halloween towels from Embroidery Library

Of course, my kitchen and powder room both needed some new seasonally appropriate towels. The designs are all from Embroidery Library–Jack o’ Lantern Sketch, Stirring Up a Little Magic, and Magical Things are Crafted in this Kitchen. The pumpkin is stitched on a terrycloth towel from goodness knows where, and the kitchen towels are stitched on some Aunt Martha’s flour sack towels. I used Embroidex thread for all three. It is super cheap thread, but it looks great and washes well.

Witch Hat Lace, from Embroidery by TM

This very sweet witch hat was created on my embroidery machine as well. It is Witch Hat Lace from Embroidery by TM. I’m using it as a topper for my little Halloween ornament tree.

Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns, designed by Dreaming Tree

Jumping back to paper crafting: I made these fabulous lanterns from Dreaming Tree. The orange sections are actually tracing paper that has been printed with a design, so they are translucent when a light shines through them. There is a third lantern that completes the set, but I ran out of time before I was able to get to it. The design is called Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns.

And what is Halloween without a little bit of sparkle and shine?

Skull ring from ArtBeads

This over the top cocktail ring was made using a kit from Artbeads. It features my favourite Swarovski bead, the skull, along with several spikes and a generous helping of little flatback gems. It is highly impractical but I love it anyway.

I had so many more projects planned, like an awesome embellished witch hat and more 3d machine embroidery pieces, but Halloween is already upon us. Tomorrow it will be time to turn my thoughts and needles to Christmas projects.

Happy Halloween, stitchy friends!

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Smalls SAL – October 2018 Check-In

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Welcome to the perpetually late Smalls SAL check-in. I know I promised I wouldn’t be late again, but here we are. I have a confession: I didn’t finish a small this month. I’ve been working on one, but the tone-on-tone stitching on light 32 count fabric has been hard on my eyes. I’ve been looking for excuses to work on just about anything else. And, I have been fairly productive when it comes to paper-crafts and machine embroidery. But not so much when it comes to stitching…

On the bright side, I do like to keep the link list open for about a week or so after it is posted, so I’ve still got time to finish up my small! And the same goes for you–if you’ve been too busy getting ready for Halloween or if life has just gotten in the way, you’ve still got time to get stitching!

So! On to the links! InLinkz has recently updated their system, so I honestly don’t know how things are going to work. (Another reason I’ve been putting this off.)  Please use the URL for your Smalls SAL blog post, not the URL for the front page of your blog. Your caption should be your blog name, please. InLinkz should be able to load up the pictures from your post (it may take a moment or two), and from there just select the picture you’d like to use.

Note: Unfortunately, due to the GDPR, you will either need to sign into InLinkz using your Facebook or Google account or create an InLinkz account. I will not see any of that account information. All I will see is your email address and your link. And, as you know, I don’t use your email address for anything at all. If you are not comfortable with this, please just leave a comment with your link in. I may need to approve it manually, but it will post just fine.

If you have any problems, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected] and we will see what we can do.

The link list will stay open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on Wednesday, November 7th.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will go live (hopefully) on Friday, November 30th. I’ve already got my project picked out, so fingers crossed that it goes well!

One more thing – Social Media

As an FYI, I’ll be closing down both my Twitter and Instagram accounts at some point tomorrow. Drop me a line if you are interested in staying in contact some other way.

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WIP Wednesday – Almost There

Look, I’m back! Two posts in two days. 😀 Today I’m sharing my progress on this year’s big project: Candy Cane Santa Stocking from Dimensions.

Candy Cane Santa Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Look at that! I am so close to being done! Much of the toe is actually half stitches, so that should go quickly. From there, I’ve got a lot of back stitching and then all I need to do is sew it up. I think I can manage all of that before Christmas Eve. (I’m so confident that I’m taking a bit of a break to do some Halloween stitching. Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself.)

More to come soon!

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