Smalls SAL – September 2015 Check-In

Hello fellow Smalls Stitchers! We are just about into the home stretch of our stitch along. Only a few more months to go. (Want to keep stitching along with me next year, please let me know.) Not sure what the Smalls SAL is? Check out all the info here.

2015SmallsSALEven though Halloween is almost here (yay!!), I went back to Christmas ornament stitching for this month. I stitched another ornament from Mill Hill’s Holiday Harmony series: Violin.

Violin, designed by Mill Hill

Violin, designed by Mill Hill

I think that this one is my second favourite of the series, behind the harp, partly because a million years ago I played the violin. I wasn’t very good, and I gave up before I started high school. But, now, like my parents said I would, I kind of regret giving it up. I keep saying that I would like to take music lessons again…

So, what did you stitch this month? I can’t wait to see! Please leave a link to your Smalls SAL post (not the main page of your blog) using the form below. (The list with close to new entries at about midnight Eastern time on October 6th.) For every month you share an link your finished small, you get one entry into the end of the year draw. Also, if you have some time, please visit some of the other Smalls stitchers.

Next month: October’s check-in will take place on 28th, just a few spooky days before Halloween. I’ve got a pretty full month, but I will make sure to find time to stitch up something appropriate and I hope you will too. If you need a reminder, you can sign up for my monthly newsletter right here.

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Santa is Ready for His Journey

It is finally done!

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Santa’s Journey Stocking from Dimensions is now all stitched! He just needs to be washed, ironed, and stitched up into a stocking. So, still a lot more work…

Beads and colonial knots

Beads and colonial knots

I made a few minor changes–adding a few partial stitches here and there to make the edges a little smoother; taking a few liberties with backstitching; and leaving off all the white french knots that were meant to evoke snow. (I think they make the stocking look too busy and take away from the beads and french knots used elsewhere.)

He turned out even better than I was hoping.  Thankfully, the vast majority of the stained areas will be cut off or are under stitching. The gold trim along the edge of his jacket really brings the whole piece to life. The finished stocking will sparkle nicely in the light of the Christmas tree. I can’t wait to see it hung up!

2015SmallsSALSmalls SAL – Smalls stitchers! Tomorrow is Smalls check-in day. I hope you’ve got your finish all ready to post. I’m looking forward to see them all.

colourinbookgiveaway2Colour Giveaway – Don’t forget to enter my Autumn Colouring Giveaway over here. Entries close at midnight on October 1st.

Witches and Creepers

I few months back I mentioned that I managed to snag an embroidery machine for a really good price on Amazon Prime Day. And, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it since then. Well, I have been playing around with it and learning how to use it properly. It isn’t too difficult to use; the main issue is getting the tension of the fabric right as well as pairing the fabric with the right stabilizer.

Kitchen Witch, designed by Urban Threads

Kitchen Witch, designed by Urban Threads

This is Kitchen Witch from Urban Threads (my favourite embroidery pattern site). Because I use a different brand of thread than them (Brother vs. Madeira), I had to adjust some of the colours. And, as you can see, I haven’t quite figured out proper tension and stabilizer. I used a tear-away when I clearly should have used a cut-away. But, since this was a learning piece meant for me, I’m happy enough with it.

Kitchen Witch, designed by Urban Threads -- inserted into hotpad

Kitchen Witch, designed by Urban Threads — inserted into hotpad

Here she is all stretched and placed within a needlework hotpad from MCG Textiles. Not too bad!

Demolition Company Badge on backpack

Demolition Company Badge on backpack

This is Demolition Company Badge from, and it went much better. I used a slightly heavier cotton fabric as the base, and a heavy cut-away stabilizer. Again, I had to adjust some colours. (I’m seriously thinking about buying a set of Madeira or Sulky at the Creativ Festival since they seem to be more standard.) I cut it out very, very carefully and then hand-sewed it on to my son’s backpack. (My poor fingers were very sore after that!)

I’m working on a few other projects which I hope to share soon. Machine embroidery is a lot of fun! But there is so much to know in order to ensure that the stitching turns out right.

Colouring Giveaway

Adult colouring is one of the biggest trends going right now. And, to be totally honest, I’m not the best at colouring, but I do still enjoy it.

Coloured bookmarks

Coloured bookmarks

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on these really fun bookmarks. They are a freebie from Dawn Nicole Designs, and you can find them here. I used Prismacolor Scholars on plain old printer paper. (I’m sure the real artists among you are cringing!) Once I was done, I cut them out, affixed them to construction paper using double-sided tape. I then placed them inside a self-laminating sheet (3 for $2 from the dollar store), and cut them apart. Hopefully they will be sturdy enough to withstand years of reading.


That brings me to my giveaway! I love to colour, and I’m betting some of you do too. There may be some of you who’d like to colour, but just don’t know where to get started. So, I’m giving away a little colouring kit. Included is a package of 24 Crayola coloured pencils and issue #1 of Relax With Art magazine.

Colouring Giveaway Prize - Relax with Art #1 and Crayola Coloured Pencils

Colouring Giveaway Prize – Relax With Art #1 and Crayola Coloured Pencils

What do you need to do to enter? Simple! Leave a comment below and tell me what you liked to colour as a child (or with your child). If you’d like a second entry, please post about the giveaway on your blog and then come back and let me know.

The giveaway will be open to new entries until midnight Eastern time on October 1st. I am happy to ship the prize anywhere in the world, but may choose to send via ground service (which can take a while).

And if you enjoy adult colouring too, please let me know! I’d love to see what you’ve made.

Stitch from Stash – September 2015

It is Stitch from Stash time! How did I do this month? Well…

Stitch from Stash 2015 BMonth: September 2015
Spent: $17.95
Earned: $0 (not tracking)

I’m hanging in there. This month’s purchase was Just Nan’s Witchy’s Sister Mouse kit. I ordered it in August, but it didn’t ship until the beginning of September, which is when I paid for it.

Witchy's Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Witchy’s Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Sadly, I know that I will be going over budget in October. I’ve placed an order for two items that haven’t shipped (so I haven’t paid for them), and because the Canadian dollar as dropped so much, they cost far more here than in the US. And, even still, I would still be a little over budge. Add to that the Creativ Festival in a couple of weeks, and I know that my budget is shot. Nonetheless, I feel that I’ve done pretty good this year… except for all the machine embroidery supplies! Yikes!