Tuesday, 17 April 2018

TUSAL - April Update

 Today is New Moon and the day when I should show the ORTs I have been collecting during this month. During this moon period I have been working on so many different projects as I showed in my WIPocalypse post. To the “during the year” projects I am doing I need to add the specific ones I did for the Easter decoration. In summary, I collected good amount of threads this month. I am putting them in a small plastic box which I will empty today to the jar.

That is how my box was and how the content of my jar is increasing.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness April Update

 We are on the 15th again and with that day another flower is coming. As you should know by now, these flowers are part of a Coure e Batticuore design called Un anno di fiore (A year of flowers in english) and consists in stitch a flower every month representing that month. I am doing it to give to my mum as a present.

April’s flower is a pansy. There are pansies in so many different colours and this one is yellow and violet. I love that flower.

I use to have lots of pansies in my garden, all of them in different colours. These one are waiting to be transplanted.

And at that moment my job is as in the following picture.

Connie Design Blackwork SAL - April 2018

Other month is gone and I finished another part of the Connie Gee Design SAL. It looks really elegant the design and what I like more is that you can do each part in couple of hours.

That is how the whole design looks like at that moment.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - March Check In

As you should know by now, WIPocalypse is a SAL organized by Measi’s Musing in which we need to advance on the projects we listed at the beginning of the year.
To continue with the idea I started last month I am going to summarize what I did in the month of March. Some of the advances I already showed in previous posts but some are going to be shown only in this post. But first I am going to show the state of each project.

  1. Dreamcatcher: 33%
  2. Banner of the Sabbats: 25%
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL: 20%
  5. CrossStitcher SAL: 8%
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala: 25%
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water
  14. A Year of Flowers: 25%
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets: 25%
  17. Prickly But Cute: 13%
  18. 12 Days of Christmas: 16%
  19. A FOB A Month: 25%
  20. Magical Mystery SAL: Prestitch 1 and 2 finished

I also did two small extra projects, the Easter rabbit and the Easter Biscornu, which are completely finished.

During this month I finished the third part of both os my blackwork projects, Connie Gee Design SAL and Brodeuse Bresanne mini monthly mandala.

To continue with the projects I started at the beginning of the year, I stitched the third flower of the Cuore e Batticuore design A Year of Flowers, which I presented in the Gift Gorgeousness SAL 2018. This month is a tulip.

I also stitched the second owl of the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas, the one corresponding to “Two Turtle Doves” presented in the blog Christmas Ornie SAL.

The next one I want to show you is Albert the Aloe, the second cactus of the SAL Prickly But Cute. As the name says, it is a very cute SAL consisting in 15 small cacti. They are really quick to stitch.

From the blog Magical Quilts and More I am stitching a couple of projects . One is the FOB of the month. They are very small FOBs but the results are very nice. I did this third one in white 14 count Aida fabric using blue and green shades for the threads. I need to say that I forgot to stitch the ribbon to this one, so it is more a small cushion than a FOB……

The other project for that blog is the Magical Mystery Spring SAL. That started on the 30th March but two pre-stitch were released during the month of March. I am going to stitch it in Grey 14 count Aida fabric and still I don’t know if I am going to do a biscornu or something else.

For the Small SALs 2018 I did other aromatic sachet with a lotus flower design stitched over pink 18 count Aida fabric. I filled this time with jasmine essence.

As Ostara festivity took place on the 20th March I did couple of embroideries for that celebration. The one on the left is a The Primitive Hare freebie and the one on the right is part of the Wheel of the Year collection from CTHdesigns.

The last projects I am going to show are part of my Easter decoration. Even if I celebrate Ostara and not Easter I can’t avoid doing Easter crafts, simply because they are lovely and cute. I stitched an Easter rabbit and an Easter Biscornu, both freebies from The World According to Agi blog.

Measi’s Musing always presents a question we need to answer in this post, that is the Question of the Month. This month the question is: “What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

I can say that recently I have discovered two designers, one of them very famous and the other bit less but not for that worst than the first. I am talking about Cuore e Batticuore and Pinoy Stitch. I only knew about Coure a Batticuorte last year when a friend showed me the seasons designed by them. After that I had a look at their designs and I loved them. I am doing this year the flowers design, A Year of Flowers, which a Cuore e Batticuore design.

The other designer I mentioned is Pinoy Stitch. I discovered this designer when I was looking for a design for the 12 Days of Christmas. Looking for a nice design in Etsy I found the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas by Pinoy Stitch and I decided to stitch it. Looking to more designs from her I found many other hooties design which I am sure I will stitch more than one in the future.

Hope you like my projects and see you next month.

Happy Stitching!!!!!

Blogger of the Week

I want to thank Jo from the blog Blogger of the Week for the nice interview she published this week on the blog about myself. I am very glad to show and share my jobs with all of you and also for the opportunity I had to know you and visit your blogs.


Thank you Jo and all the people who left comments in the post.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

My Easter Decoration

Easter is over other year but I would like to show you what I did for the Easter decoration.

I only decorated my living-room as it is the place where I stay longer. In the window, in a way that you can see from outside, I hanged an Easter biscornu and an Easter Rabbit, both designed by Agnes Palko and given as freebies in her blog The World According to Agi. They are made in typical easter colours and the rabbit is mounted over yellow felt.


Together with these two embroideries I made an Easter chickens wreath. I put yellow ribbon around a ring and decorated with small yellow chicks, nests and small eggs. It is easy to do, the most difficult part was to avoid Luna, my beloved cat, take all the chicks as her toys……

For inside I decorated with the two Ostara designs I showed in a previous post and an Easter eggs basket. I painted myself all the eggs (ok, I also painted some of Luna’s hairs) and used some rabbits I has from last year’s Easter. I surrounded the basket with daffodils shape candles as well as by two tea candles, one in white and the other in black, representing the equilibrium of the season. It is quite surprising that the eggs are still there in spite of Luna trying to play with them….. I also prepared a hen which is a cosy egg. As I don't eat eggs I used it as part of the Easter decoration covering a plastic egg.

Ostara Embroideries

Last month, on the 20th March, spring arrived and it was the celebration of Ostara. This festivity celebrates the spring equinox, when the length of day and night are equal and the point from which the day length starts to increase.
This celebration is dedicated to the goddess Eostre. Associated to that goddess are the eggs and the hare. Eggs are a symbol of fertility and renewal and the hare was what we can call, with all my respects, Eostre’s pet.
To celebrate Ostara, and also Easter, I stitched two Ostara designs. One of them is a freebie from The Primitive Hare. I stitched it in 18 count rustic Aida fabric. It ia a typical Easter/Ostara design.

The other one is part of the CTHdesign’s Sabbats collection I am doing. It is colourful and for this embroidery I used 14 count pale blue Aida fabric. This one contains daffodils and eggs in the design, typical from the season.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Small SALs 2018 - March Check In

I carry on with my aromatic sachets collection. This time I chose a Vervaco design consisting in a lotus flower in the water with a butterfly over it. I think it is appropriate for the just arrived spring season. I used 14 count pink Aida fabric with dark pink fabric for the back and for the ribbon. I filled with jasmine fragrance this time.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

I am doing this post as part of the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018 organized by Jo from the blog Serendipitous Stitching. You can read the original post explaining the Blog Hop HERE.

Each one of the participant has allocated a letter and we need to make a post showing our letter on Good Friday 2018. Then, we need to go blog by blog in the order specified to get all the letters and make a sentence, which this year is the first line of a poem.

We also need to post each one an embroidery related with Easter or spring. This year I did few projects related with Easter but I chose one to show in this post. It is a design from the magazine CrossStitcher, the 2017 Easter issue, and is a hen to cover the boiled eggs. I did as part of the Easter decoration and it is really cute.

And now let's go to reveal the letter I have been asigned to show. That is.........

To get the next letter, please visit the following link http://lottloft.blogspot.com/.

I have really enjoy participating in this blog hop. Thank you Jo.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Connie Design Backstitch SAL - March 2018

That is the third part of the Connie Gee Design SAL. I finished it in my birth place, Sevilla, Spain, while I was taking care of my mum who went through a surgery. Fortunately she is recovered now.

The project is advancing as planned and that is how it is after finishing the third part.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Blogger Behind..... The World According to Agi

Agi (Agnes Palko) is an hungarian lady living in Sweden. She is cross stitcher but also does other type of embroideries. In her blog The World According to Agi you can see all the techniques she uses as patchwork, quilting, knitting, blackwork,.... She is offering also an important quantity of freebies (I stitches already couple of them, thank you Agi).

She sells some items in her Facebook page as toys and ornaments made on felt as well as cross stitch pattern.

Let's know a bit more about Agi.

Why did you start writing this blog?

I started the blog in 2011. By then I had already been doing lots of knitting and cross stitch embroidery, and I started to get interested in other forms of needlework and textile crafts as well. I was following some blogs about these and I thought perhaps it might be interesting for others to read about how I am learning new things. I also started to design simple cross stitch patterns and wanted to share them. 

What is this blog about?

 It is mostly about how I am trying to develop my skills in textile crafts. I show what I work on, what are the new things I am learning. Recently I have been doing lots of experiments, and I share those too.

In what environment do you write your blog?

When I started, I was working as an English and Hungarian teacher, was very busy, and it was only a hobby, a small part in my life. Now I work as a textile teacher and I basically spend most of my time with textiles. This should mean that I write more on the blog but unfortunately it is not so. Doing embroidery, sewing, knitting etc is quite solitary, so the blog is supposed to be a way of communicating. I should spend more time on it.

Who do you think would love to read your blog?

People who are afraid to try themselves in new things. For me it took a long time to admit that I want to become a textile artist. But now I understood that it is nothing to be afraid of, or ashamed of. Perhaps there are some people out there who will use my example  and will gather the courage to do what they love to do, learn new things, try things and see where they lead. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that one day I will live my life like this. But hey, it is possible.

Why should people follow your blog?

Most of my followers like to come back for the free cross stitch patterns. Which is fine, cross stitch is still one of my biggest loves, and I enjoy playing with the pattern making program. However, if you are learning to quilt, like I do, you can follow me and learn with me. Same about eco-dying, recycling textiles or creating art and finding your own language. For me, following other crafters blogs was a great inspiration, and I hope to become inspiration for others, too.

How and when did you start crafting?

I was embroidering a lot as a child, and then came back to it about 12 years ago. I have knitted almost all my life, for about 35 years. I learnt to weave when I was 23 but didn’t do it for a long time. And a lots of other things, like crochet, sewing, patchwork I only learnt in the last 10 years.

How often do you craft?

All the time. Almost every day. If not, I feel empty. :)

Where do you get inspiration?

 I love folk art, I look at old textiles and old clothes a lot. I also love Pinterest and other peoples craft blogs. And nature is a never-ending source of inspiration for me.

Why do you craft?

Crafting for me is a way of relaxing, a way of finding myself, finding peace with myself. People often ask me how I find the patience to do this. I usually answer I don’t need patience for crafting, just the opposite: crafting gives me patience to endure the rest of life.

How did you learn?

Some things I learnt from my grandma, my mum and godmother. Other things I learnt from books, on courses and recently, from the internet. I love watching Youtube videotutorials.

What do you do when you are suffering a creative block to unblock?

I sort my yarns or embroidery threads. Look through my books or magazines. Or just do something less creative, like knitting socks or a scarf. I get back to my project later - it is all right for me, I usually have lots of things on the go at the same time.

What are the crafting tools that you cannot live without?

This is difficult. It depends. Mostly I am quite all right with a needle, thread and a pair of scissors. I love embroidering, sewing by hand, I have even tried to learn hand quilting. But of course, I would be devastated without my beloved sewing machine or my knitting needles. I have lots of toher things, but these are the most important ones. 

Thank you for letting us know more about you and congratulations for your nice jobs. Hope you continue with your blog soon.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Hooties Days of Christmas - Day 2

I finished my second owl of the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas. I am doing it with the call for threads and in Aida white 18 count fabric. I love every day more the design.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

Monday, 19 March 2018

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) - March

This last weekend was a real hermit weekend for me. I was extremely tired. In my job we are moving to a new building and we have been all last week packing all the laboratories including heavy equipment. Other side, when I got up on Saturday all was covered by a 10 cm layer of snow and it continued snowing for all the weekend. So that was the ideal weekend to become hermit and be all the day stitching.

And that was what I did. I was working to advance some of my projects. I finished the embroider design for the sachet corresponding to March and which I am doing for the Small SAL 2018 by Stitching Lotus.

I finished also the embroidery for the banner I am doing for the Ostara celebration. For people who don't know, Ostara is a pagan holiday in which we celebrate the spring equinox, the day when day and night lenght are equal. That normally is the beggining of the good weather and so many activities outdoor.

I stitched also the typical Easter hare, which is a tradition coming from norse mythology in which a hare is associated with the goddess Eostre.

I made good advance in my other Ostara embroidery. This is designed by CTHDesign and I bought it in Etsy. In the design that shows typical Easter objects as daffodils and Easter eggs.


Finally, I did the second prestitch of the Mystery SAL organized by Magical Quilts And More. The SAL itself will start on the 30th March.

I am doing other crafts different than needlecraft for my seasonal Easter decoration. I was painting some eggs, but I forgot to take a picture and now I have decided to show when they are ov er. I am also doing a Easter wreath. It is done with a metallic support wrapped with yellow satin ribbon. It has different Easter symbols sticck to it as nests, eggs and chicks. I think it will be quite funny when is finished.

And that is all for this hermit weekend. Comments are welcome.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

TUSAL - March Update

This month the volume of threads in my jar increased quite a lot. I have been working in several projects this month and I like to see all the cuts off increasing in my jar. Other years I used to collect them in a box and put all in the bin after the box was full, but the idea of collecting all the threads during the year is really funny.