this will be a fairly quick post, but I have some finishes to share and I really want to get this out before the 15th is over – I don’t want to be late for another thing on my calendar!
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first of all is an announcement for the Gifted Gorgeousness (GiGi) SAL over at Jo‘s blog Serendipitous Stitching. I know it is not among the goals I had set, and I know I really shouldn’t start anything new, *but* you’ll agree with me once you see them – these are undeniably stitchable, preferably now rather than later. *and* I have almost every thread in my stash, threads that were gifted to me by Grandma years and years ago, so they definitely fall into the GiGi category – and that’s why I’m justifying these new starts. bear with me. 😀
in order to stitch them I had to (sigh) dive into my DMC stash, which is ginormous and so very hard to reach (I haven’t used solid cotton threads since 2012 😬) but once I got to them, I realised I only needed two/three skeins per chart in order to start stitching – and I’m counting a few more patterns that you don’t see here, like Snow White and Anne of Green Gables. 😉
these are all the DMC threads I need to stitch up most of the SODA Stitch patterns I have (and will have 😉), but I needed a few colours and most of all 40ct. linens, which my stash was insanely deprived of, so no new start until Happy Mail Day.
I was so anxious to do something with them that I prepared printed thread cards for all of them, and decided to start with this one here – if you look very closely you can tell which skeins I had to get 😀
oh, I replied many times on Instagram about this, where do you get these seriously cute patterns? I get mine through the official European retailer, Chibi Stitches. SODA is dealing with a lot of distributing problems, unfortunately, with people selling unauthorised copies, used patterns, photocopies, etc. so check that you’re getting your stuff from the good guys 🙂
in case you’re wondering my next purchase will include the fairy tales in this series that I’m missing, plus a white cat, more fairy tales, and a crafting scene that I cannot wait to see hanging on my wall. DMC stash, get ready to get burnt out! 😀
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also part of the GiGi update is my latest finish, Noël: the first bonus design included in part 1 of L*K’s mystery, Holly & Hearts.
of course I used my own choice of threads, which are the same you see in the main sampler, as well as the same 40ct. linen (all hand dyed by Nina).
in this case I also changed the “noël” bit because I wanted it to be more fun, so I used my charted handwriting and made tiny tiles that accomodate n – o – ë – l with the dieresis, because that’s how you spell it. 😀
last year when I kitted up this project I assumed there would be three bonus charts (just like with the previous mystery from Lizzie Kate, Very Scary) but I was wrong. now because the bonus pieces are just two, I have a blank linen space at the end of this stripe that will fit a 50 x 50 chart, which I received only a few months ago together with my purchase from sweet Cathy over at Inspired Needle. it’s a free design that Diane/Little House Needleworks gave to shops to distribute to their customers – and because it was a gift, I am stitching this for the GiGi SAL too, makes perfect sense to me! 😀
I started the second bonus design, Sleigh but quite frankly didn’t get too much done due to all the stash swimming I had to do over the weekend, with at least three patching up dives because I forgot a few threads, or took out the wrong ones. honestly I wish I had taken pictures, it was pure madness. 😀
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last but not least, la pièce de résistance of my recent finishes: part 2 of Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, The Secret Garden:
I changed a lot here, making the door to the garden almost invisible, adding a keyhole, backstitched vines, extra flowers, French Knots and fancy shoes & a Victorian-esque dress (these last two inspired by Garrett, like Alice’s shoes) 🙂
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have a great one and I promise to be better at blog reading now that I’m getting a bit better, I’ve been terrible in the past few weeks!
P.S. Jo, the serendipitous stitching is not here yet, keep on wondering! 😉