Saturday, 29 June 2013

47. La Di Da Rose is a Rose

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Rose freebie from La D Da.
Stitched on 18 count linen for the Needlecraft Haven July Challenge
Finished into a little bag.

Friday, 28 June 2013

46. Mirabilia Round Robin Shimmering Mermaid

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My Mermaid is Shimmering Mermaid for Karen's Round Robin.  She is beautiful with her lovely free-flowing hair.  Karen stitched the shells and seaweed first then specified which parts of the mermaids to stitchso they are not confined to boxes but float on the sea of her fabric.

And here is the full piece, only one block to go.  This is a Large Mirabilia RR, each block is 5,000 stitches rather than the usual 2,500 so we have been given longer to stitch each round and there are three groups of four stitchers.

Final completed piece:

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

45. Stitcher's Hideaway Hear the Sea Call

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Hear the Sea Call by Stitcher's Hideaway
The chart was a prize from Riona of Oubliette
the fabric is Summer Sky by Crafty Kitten 
and the hand-dyed thread is from Jodyri Designs.

I sourced some little mother-of-pearl fishes from an Ebay shop, the shells came from some old trim in the craft box and the abalone type stones came from the local craft shop.  I framed it in a simple raw wood box frame. 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

44. Thread Pickerz Heartz SAL

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This is another FB exclusive, the Heartz SAL from Threadpickerz.  They released two hearts every Sunday for eight weeks.  
I stitched them on 32 count plain white evenweave using a rainbow artificial silk from De Havilland threads which has been in my stash for over 15 years!  Just waiting for the perfect design.  
The first heart was charted as a solid heart to show off the variegated threads people were using.  I changed it to show our initials, mine, hubby's and the boys'.
 I've framed the hearts in a simple raw wood box frame:

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

43. Carand88 Mummy Kitty

This is for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL blog June choice, mummies or tombs.  I couldnt find a design that really appealed to me so I adapted one of the kitties from Carand88 into Mummified Kitty.

I stitched him on 28 count black evenweave using threads from my scraps bag so I'm sorry I don't have DMC numbers for them.  I stitched the outline exactly as charted for Frankenkitty then stitched the grey lines in an elongated stitch one thread high, two threads wide then just filled in with two shades of cream.  I used two because I didn't have enough of either to stitch the whole kitty!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

42. Dragon Dreams Sixth Dragonlet of Christmas

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

A rather startled Goose a'hatching

Technically should be Geese a'laying but how would we know there was a dragonlet in the egg if it didn't hatch?

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

I used a DMC Light Effects for the egg to give a nice eggshell sheen.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

41. JBW Alphabet Cat June

June's kitty is a patriotic red, white and blue kitty to celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday and also the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation.  The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was last year as she ascended to the throne in 1952 but it took a year to plan her coronation.

Kitty is stitched on some pale blue 28 count evenweave.  I drew an Union Jack pattern on graph paper using pencil then carefully inked in the letters in red, blue and yellow (so it would show up).  Then just stitched as usual.  The white isn't very clear and the alphabettiness isn't as obvious on this kitty but as part of the set it will look good.

I stitched the flag ribbon onto a piece of aida then used it to back the ornie.