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This was stitched on
a piece of 28 count linen from a Crafty Kitten grab bag.
For those of you who
wondered, the runes spell out Gandalf's speech while facing the Balrog on the
bridge in the Mines of Moria - "You cannot pass. I am a servant of
the Secret Fire, Wielder of the Flame of Anor. The Dark Fire will not avail
you Flame of Udun. Go back to the shadow. L.O.T.R."
This is the JBW Alphabet Kitty for November, stitched on 28 count black over 1. The theme is 5th November Fireworks Night so there are lots of splashes of bright colours and some stars in the air. I couldn't find a firework charm or any fabric so I'm going to stitch some ray stitches on another piece of black and use that as the backing.
Anna the Stitch Bitch launched a Challenge into the ether then promptly forgot all about it! So she was nicely surprised when someone sent her a photo of their piece. I decided to go one better and send her the actual thing. The design Anna chose was a Plum Street Sampler freebie found here. Now regular followers of Anna will know she has a "thing" about stitching being referred to in the same sentence as the words "Granny" and "craft" so I thought alot about the idea of being true to yourself. I am a stitcher, I love traditional samplers but I am also a geek, a rock chick, a feminist, I have old fashioned ideas about books and education but love technology. So what could I stitch to show the multi-faceted me? Answer - a tattoo.
I looked through several magazines and books and found two tattoo designs from an old issue of Cross Stitcher which worked well with the original design - a dagger in the same proportions as the plant and a bird the same height as the original bird.
I used the same colours throughout to link the two designs.
I chose the fabric because back in May I couldn't decide which fabric to use for my Alphabet Kitty. One option was the pink version of this. Anna commented that she liked it, but for her stash not the ornie! Unfortunately I couldn't get anymore of the pink but I found the blue so used that.
This is Just Nan's Autumn Typography, a newish design (2012) and the first of four (not surprisingly!).
I stitched it on 32 count Tobacco linen.
I used a DMC conversion from the charted GAST.
Close-up of the over 1 animals:
And the moon in the corner:
And one with a flash to show the fabric colour better:
I made a couple of changes, most notably making the squirrels red and stitching them over 1 having recharted them myself. And I changed one of the pumpkin's colours too. But there is one larger change I made. Can you spot what it is?
Do you see it now? The vertical word in the middle of the photo says "Awesome" instead of "Autumn".
The charm for this month is a lovely acorn pin I received from Shirlee some time ago. The fabric is a tan 28 count evenweave and the thread is a Stef Francis variegated. I was going for an Autumn Leaves effect.