Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Secret Stitching Sweetheart & Friendship Exchange

Jo at Serendipitous Stitching has organised a Blog Hop for Valentine's Day - everyone taking part has sent Jo a photo of something they have stitched that is suitable for a friend on Valentine's Day.

Jo has sent everyone one of the photos to include in their blog post - but of course we don't know who's photo we have or who has ours. There is a list of all the participants on Jo's blog, the fun part is visiting all the blogs to see who has your photo.

This is the beautiful photo I received - if this is your beautiful work please reveal yourself by leaving a comment.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart 

Thank you Jo for all your hard work and another great Blog Hop - I'm off to see who has my photo !

Valentine's Day is also the opening day for Needlecraft Haven's Friendship Exchange. I really enjoy organising the exchanges - we are just a few but a very friendly few so a Friendship Exchange was the perfect choice.

Everyone has different stitching commitments and mojos so I decided to make the exchange open to everyone with the first part being to make, stitch or buy a friendship card. The other elements of the exchange were to find a freebie friendship chart online and print it off, include two threads relating to either the chart or the friendship theme and a small friendship gift.

My Friendship Exchange parcel travelled a very long way - just 20 miles up the motorway to Julie who I've been friends with for quite a few years. As well as online we occasionally meet for a coffee, always good fun but the time flies too fast.

I loved the Blue Ribbon Design sampler chart as soon as I saw it and as it only required four threads I popped them all in the parcel.

I included chocolate hearts and flower petals that are hand wash soap sheets and a organiser set that Julie can use for stitching/sewing projects or just general notes.

Friendship chart for Julie from Blue Ribbon Designs 
Happy Valentine's Day Julie 
My Friendship Exchange travelled a little further, it came from Deb in the United States of America. 

Deb sent a beautiful card, two skeins of ThreadWork variegated thread, hand dyed green 28ct fabric and a super chart from Casa Mia. However that was not all - Deb surprised me completely with a beautiful table runner themed on wine (my other hobby which you can read about here) - it is gorgeous and I feel very spoilt - thank you so much Deb.

Beautiful gifts from Deb
Stunning table runner from Deb 
Now it's time to own up - I opened my exchange parcel yesterday, not because I was impatient but because today we are travelling to Cardiff to see our daughter for her birthday. For a change we are taking the train not the car and so being as I had to be ready for a set time this morning I wrote my blog last night (it feels odd to be writing in the future) and saved it as a draft. This morning I just clicked published and hey presto here it is :-)

I hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day - with friends, with family and with loved ones 


  1. Hi, visiting you for the Blog Hop, lovely picture but not mine. Nice gifts for your exchange and great table runner, those grape fabrics are amazing. Have a great day in Cardiff (wish a "Joyeux Anniversaire" to your daughter). Love xxx

  2. Lovely post! Gorgeous pics... but alas the sweetheart pic is not mine!
    I use the schedule tab to schedule posts to appear if I can... it does lessen the chances of me forgetting to publish at the right time!
    Hugs x

  3. Thank you Clare for my friendship parcel, I love it!
    A stunning runner Deb made for your parcel with lovely additions too.
    Have a nice time away.
    I wonder who sent your lovely stitched valentine in the blog hop - its very pretty.

  4. These 'Hops' sound like lots of fun. I enjoyed seeing all the lovely gifts sent and received. Stitching Buds are the Best is a cute piece - have fun finding your photo. :)

  5. What a beautiful photo from Secret Stitching Sweetheart you received! It is not mine, though. And I LOVE the the brilliant present you received! Happy Valentine's Day!!!

  6. Both exchanges are lovely Clare, the table runner is wonderful!

  7. What a lovely sweetheart picture you got - not mine, though! Your exchange looks like it was a lot of fun, great idea!

  8. Lovely project, but not mine. Happy Valentine's Day!

  9. Your stitching sweetheart picture is lovely, Clare but it isn't mine. The friendship gift exchange you compiled for Julie is great as is the one you received from Deb.

  10. Just hopping by on Jo's blog hop. What a lovely Valentine picture you received, and a very nice gift you gave too! Not my picture though, so off I go. Happy Valentine's day!

  11. Hopping by on the blog hop. The beautiful piece you have on display is not mine. It is beautiful indeed though. The exchange you did looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Now off to continue the search for my piece.

  12. It's me! I stitched this one for my girlfriend and thought it was appropriate for today.
    What a fun exchange, both giving and receiving.
    Lucky you going to Cardiff, it's been way too long since I've been.
    Happy 💖 Day!

  13. That's such a lovely sentiment on your SS piece! Enjoy Cardiff!

  14. Beautiful Stitching Sweetheart picture, and two gorgeous friendship exchanges

  15. A great exchange!AriadnefromGreece!

  16. Thanks for taking part in the Blog Hop this year.

    I do love the sentiment and the frame on Astrid's piece!

    Have a wonderful time in Cardiff, my sister lives there too.

  17. Happy Valentine's Day Clare. I hope your visit is going splendid! The stitching your received is lovely. Thank you for the chart link, it is lovely.

  18. Happy Valentine’s Day, just!
    Lovely SS stitching from Astrid!
    Great to see the gifts you sent and received for your friendship exchanges.
    Hope you had a great time in Cardiff.
    Barbara xx

  19. Hi,
    Beautiful saying....Not mine, but it is beautiful.
    Have a great day!

  20. What a lovely stitch you received for Valentine's Day Clare. And your friendship exchanges sound wonderful. Happy Valentine's Day my friend. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  21. Visiting for the blog hop! That's such a sweet little card you received! Enjoy the day!

  22. What pretty gifts both given and received, Clare! The table runner is so beautiful from Deb :) Hope you enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Day!

  23. A lovely Valentine's piece! And such great gifts both given and received in the exchange x

  24. Great exchange, Clare and a lovely Valentine you received for the blog hop. I hope that you have a lovely time with your daughter (and maybe some stitching time on the train?).

  25. Hah, stitching buds ARE the best! You received a great Valentine and had some great exchanges too.

  26. What fabulous gifts. The charts are perfect for stitchy friends.

  27. Thanks again for another great exchange Clare. It was so much fun to see what everyone chose for their partners!


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