Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hooties Days of Christmas - Day 1

I can guess most of people in UK know the song 12 Days of Christmas. For people who don’t know, “the Twelve Days of Christmas” is an english Christmas carol that enumerate in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the 12 days of Christmas (starting on the Christmas Day).

I am going to participate this year in Christmas Ornie SAL and my choice for that SAL is “the 12 days of Christmas” option. The design I am stitching is "Hooties Days of Christmas" from PinoyStitch bought in Etsy. I chose a pale grey Aida 18 count fabric with the original colours threads given in the chart by DMC.

I am a bit delayed because I am doing the first owl in February when it was due on January, the choice of the pattern wasn’t easy, but I will try to catch up……

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me

A Partridge on a Pear Tree.

Monday, 19 February 2018

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) - February

I recently discovered the International Hermit and Stitching Weekend (IHSW). It is a very interesting blog sign-up. IHSW takes place every third full weekend of each month from Friday to Sunday. To participate, you only need to become an hermit that weekend, sit in your stitching corner and stitch during all the weekend (ok, you can also, cook, eat, sleep,....). Then, next Monday or Tuesday you show all what you did in the weekend, from a big advance in a project up to few stitches in other.

This is the first time I am going to participate and I feel very excited.

I finished the first cactus of my Prickly but Cute SAL, called Astrid the Cactus. It is very fast and easy to do but it is really cute. It is done over Aida pale blue 18 count,

I finished my two first mandalas. That is a blackwork project organized by the blog Brodeuse Bresanne which I am stitching in Aida orange 18 count and using purple thread. Maybe I will alternate with green, but I didn’t decided yet. 

I also decided to do the Ornament of the month and A FOB a Month organized by the blog Magical’s Quilts and More. For the ornaments there is the choice of doing 2 pieces and sew together as a, let’s say, triangle or stitch 4 triangles and a square and join as a pyramid. I am choosing the triangle option. I did this weekend January ornament. It is stitched in white Aida 14 count with purple thread.

The FOBs are really small and cute. They are only 15 x 15 stitches and I finished this weekend the FOBs corresponding to January and February. One is stitched over black Aida 14 count fabric and the other is stitched in pearl grey Aida 14 count.

I am really looking forward to see what other people have stitched. As usual, comments are welcome.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness February Update

This is the first time I am going to participate in that SAL, mainly because not always I have something which can include the world “gift”.

But this year I have something. I had problems last year in finding an appropriate Christmas present for my mum and I decided that next time I will offer her something handmade by myself. My mum loves two things on top of all, owls and flowers. I thought at the beginning in doing something related with owls, but I discarded the idea as she already has more than 200 owls in different style (ceramic, stitched, knitted, etc). I saw then the patterns from Cuore e Baticuore called “A Year of Flowers” which consists stitching a flower representing each month of the year.

I decided to do a flower a month and I have finished now January and February’s ones (snowdrop and daffodil respectively). I still didn’t stitch the month name as I want to stitch it in Spanish (my mom doesn’t speak English).

I am sure she will like.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

TUSAL - February

My ORTs are going on. That is a sign of the quantity of stitches I am doing. From last month, I finished the second part of Connie’s SAL and the two first mandalas, two flowers from Cuore e Baticuore, a small part of my dreamcatcher and two aromatic sachets. I will show all of these advances in future posts.

That is my ORTs jar at that moment.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - January Check in

While reading different cross stitch blogs I saw in few of them something which attracted my attention and interest. It is something called WIPocalypse. It is a sort of SAL organized by Melisa in the blog Measi’s Musings. This SAL consists in publishing the advances in our craft projects on previously fixed dates (obviously that is not a MUST, it is not going to be a crime if one month you don’t do anything or if you don’t have time to write the post). I thought it is a very nice way of motivation for myself and to share what I am doing with other crafters as well to see what other people are doing.

But first of all, I need to make the list of projects I am going to work on this year. Most of the crafter which are participating published this list at the beginning of January but, as I just discovered the SAL, I am going to do it now.

Here is the list of the projects I would like to do.

  1. Dreamcatcher
  2. Banner of the Sabbats
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL
  5. CrossStitcher SAL
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water
  14. A Year of Flowers
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets
  17. Prickly But Cute
  18. 12 Days of Christmas

The picture for most of these projects are in the left side of the blog.

As every year, I want to do a huge amount of projects and unfortunately most of them will become UFOs. That is why I have defined some goals for 2018. They are the following:

  • Goal 1: Finish Queen of Water, pending from 2016
  • Goal 2: Finish the 8 Sabbat Banners
  • Goal 3: Complete 12 sachets
  • Goal 4: Complete 12 Days of Christmas
  • Goal 5: Finish Prickly But Cute

Measi always proposes a question to answer. January’s question is: What SALs are you participating in this year?

  •  Gifted Gorgeousness 2018: Post anything gifted on the 15th of each month
  •  TUSAL: Post your ORTs on the New Moon Day
  • Christmas Ornie’s SAL: Post one Christmas embroidery every month, I am doing the 12 Days of Christmas in an owl version
  •  IHSW: Post about the projects you work on the 3rd weekend of each month
  • Smalls SAL 2018: Post something small last Friday of each month. I am doing the 12 Sachets
  • Connie Gee Design SAL: Blackwork design every month. That will be finished on 2019
  • Monthly Mini Mandala: Organized by the blog Breodeuse Bresane, consists on a blackwork mandala which is published in the blog the 1st of each month

In the blog Measi’s Mussings, for the Winter Olympic Games period, another challenge is proposed (see Measi’s Musisngs January Check-in for more information). Three challenges are proposed:

  1. Rotation Relay: As many projects as you can during the Olympics.
  2. Endurance Race: One unique project during the Olympics.
  3. Celebrate the Nations: Stitch in the colour of the Olympic rings or the colour of your country.
I am joining the challenge and I will participate with the Rotation Relay option.

That is all for the moment. Have a nice February and Happy Stitching!!!!!!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

CrossStitcher 2018 SAL - January

The first month of the CrossStitcher magazine SAL is finiched. I have enjoyed too much with the opportunity of using the new colour threads from DMC. I bought them in Sew And So. For this project I am using Aida sky blue 18 count.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Connie Design Back Stitch SAL - January 2018

I would like to show you my first advance in the project proposed by Connie Gee's Design on her blog, 2018-2019 Back Stitch SAL. 
I am making it in Aida Vintage Dune 14 count and I am using two shades of blue threads, one for the design and the other for the border. I hope you like.