Sunday, 29 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

81. The Little Stitcher Winter Wood and Deer


The Little Stitcher Winter Wood and Deer

I used an old Christmas card to mount it, simply cutting a triangular shape in the card and using double-sided tape to fix the fabric to the reverse.  
The design is stitched over 1 on 32 count Vintage Grain linen, the same as the rest of the Advent Calendar.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Saturday, 14 December 2013

79. Dragon Dreams Twelfth Dragonlet of Christmas

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my True Love sent to me - 

A Dragonlet Drumming


The twelfth in a series designed by Dragon Dreams exclusively for their Facebook page
Stitched in DMC on 28 count green evenweave.


All 12 Dragonlets!


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

78. Pixel Power Gandalf


Gandalf from Pixel Power
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."

Friday, 6 December 2013

77. Dragon Dreams Young In Dragon Years


A Facebook exclusive from Dragon Dreams.
It comes with all the numbers so you can choose your age!
Stitched on 28 count green evenweave.


Monday, 2 December 2013

76. Monsterbubble Day of Dead Skull


Day of the Dead skull from Just Cross Stitch magazine issue Sep/Oct 2010
Stitched on 28 count peach linen and made into a bag for a giveaway prize in the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat blog hop 2013.
Flowers from local craft shop.


Saturday, 30 November 2013

75. JBW Alphabet Cat November


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.

Monday, 18 November 2013

74. Blackberry Lane Owl


Owl by Blackberry Lane from Just Cross Stitch Hallowe'en Ornie Special 2013
Stitched over 1 on 28 count black jobelan (except the border)
Used DMC colours and DMC 92 for the variegated sky.
Made into a little bag as a giveaway prize.


Saturday, 9 November 2013

73. Dragon Dreams Eleventh Dragonlet of Christmas

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my True Love sent to me - 

A Dragonlet Piping (Amazing Grace, as it happens)


The eleventh in a series designed by Dragon Dreams exclusively for their Facebook page
Stitched in DMC on 28 count green evenweave.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

72. Mirabilia Round Robin Titania, Queen of the Fairies


Titania, Queen of the Fairies for Rachel's Large Mirabilia Round Robin.
Stitched on 28 count sparkly evenweave.

The whole piece:


From left to right we have January Garnet Fairy, Adia, Fairy Idyll (Lenna's colour conversion) and Titania.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

71. Merry Merry Beading


Merry Merry chosen for October's Needlecraft Haven Challenge.
Stitched in beads on 28 count sparkly evenweave.
Mounted in an old Christmas Card.



Scrapbooked!


70. Dragon Dreams Fang


Fang!
designed by Dragon Dreams exclusively for their Facebook page
Stitched in DMC on 28 count lilac linen.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

69. Dragon Dreams Tenth Dragonlet of Christmas

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my True Love sent to me - 

A Dragonlet a'Leaping



The tenth in a series designed by Dragon Dreams exclusively for their Facebook page
Stitched in DMC on 28 count green evenweave.


68. Dragon Dreams Ninth Dragonlet of Christmas

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my True Love sent to me - 

A Dragonlet Dancing



The ninth in a series designed by Dragon Dreams exclusively for their Facebook page
Stitched in DMC on 28 count green evenweave.
I actually finished this on 25th September but forgot the number 9



Saturday, 26 October 2013

66. Acorn House Designs Drac-in-a-Box

Where's Draccy?


Peepo!!





oops, I've fallen over and you can see my bottom!

Design Details:

Designed by : Susan Myers of Acorn House Designs
Available: in Just Cross Stitch Hallowe'en Ornie Special 2013
Fabric: 32 count Permin Linen, colour Star Sapphire plus black evenweave for body and arms
Threads: DMC as recommended
Beads:  Mill Hill
Bat Charm: Sewandso courtesy of Sharon Shebafudge (thanks Sharon!)
Difficulty: Stitching, easy.  Making up - Box, fiddly but easy, Figure - tricky!  Especially the arms.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

65. Plum Street Samplers To Thine Own Self Be True


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.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

64. Kissy Cross Reindeer Wreath


Needlecraft Haven Challenge for September
Reindeer Wreath from Kissy Cross
Stitched on 28 count green evenweave over 1

Monday, 16 September 2013

63. Just Nan Autumn Typography


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".

Framed:

Companion to 

and


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

62. JBW Alphabet Cat September

JBW Cat September photo DSC04067_zpscbeff62d.jpg

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.

JBW Cat September photo DSC04063_zps21c9fc1b.jpg

Thursday, 5 September 2013

61. Joan Elliott's Four Seasons for a Birthday Card

Joan Elliott Four Seasons photo DSC04056JESeasons_zpse694447f.jpg

Karen and I decided to have a Joan Elliott Card Exchange for our Birthdays.
I chose the hands from the Four Season Fairies for my piece.
Stitched on 28 count evenweave from a Crafty Kitten grab bag

Spring
Joan Elliott Spring photo DSC04061JESummer_zps7f7aca21.jpg

Summer
Joan Elliott Summer photo DSC04062JESpring_zps6b44c914.jpg


Autumn
Joan Elliott Autumn photo DSC04060JEAutumn_zps835ef2f1.jpg

Winter

Joan Elliott Winter photo DSC04059JEWinter_zps2023d0fe.jpg