Friday 30 October 2020

October Smalls SAL


The Smalls SAL 2020 is all about small stitching, any little project you have stitched, it doesn't have to be fully finished. Here's the full details about Small SAL 2020 - I have really enjoyed this SAL, thank you Mary.

My first finish is Block 10 from Stitching the Night Away SAL with Needlecraft Haven members. I've loved doing these blocks, it's been interesting to stitch with variegated thread. I have used up some Anchor thread from my stash, I don't like this brand and I now remember why. I find the Anchor thread constantly knots up; I do separate each strand and ensure it is straight before using but the knots keep appearing. 

It is with great excitement I can share my other small, it's my first flower for the church tree. I made this up to practice the finish and was really pleased with it so I have been doing all the others. I have to say they take ages, I didn't realise how long mounting each flower then sewing on the zigzag would take. I am gluing the backing on as I am using foam felt.

I have some exciting news about the Bouquet of Flowers but I can't share until early November, thank you all for sending such beautiful flowers. 

Health wise it hasn't been a great few weeks. As I said last time my chemotherapy has finished because my blood count was out and the Oncologist decided I had had enough. As my tumour was removed in April the radiotherapy and this recent chemotherapy was all prevention so I was very happy to say enough is enough. 

However I have really struggled with breathlessness and tiredness. It's been quite worrying with Covid on everyone's mind but my breathlessness is whenever I do anything, even walking to the kitchen, I'm fine when sitting. I know it's because of my bloods but it's taking a long time to recover. I did manage a trip to Hobbycraft yesterday to get more zig zag and foam felt but I didn't browse the store and was exhausted when we got back to the car. I have bloods next week and see the doctor the following week, I'm hoping to have more energy by then. 

Thank you again for all the beautiful flowers - you've made me smile many times, which has been a huge help over this difficult year. 


Maggie said...

Your flower looks cute made up with the ric rac trim.
I hope you are feeling better soon, take care. x

diamondc said...

Clare: I am so sorry you are having problems with being tired, I hope you have a good report from the doctor.
Your finish is lovely.
The SAL is very pretty.
Have a Blessed weekend


FlashinScissors said...

That finish is gorgeous!
I can’t wait to see my flower when you finish it, but I’m sorry to hear they are proving o be more of a job than you thought they would be.
Lovely SAL piece! Interesting to note your comment about Anchor thread ..... I hadn’t noticed and will take more note when using Anchor thread in future.
I’m so sorry to hear you are finding you are so tired and breathless. I really hope you feel better soon.
Thinking of you!
Barbara xx

Astrids dragon said...

I'm so sorry you're having a slow recovery, I hope your energy increases soon or maybe they can figure out something to help you out.
The block looks nice, but too bad that Anchor thread is knotting up for you.
Your first finished flower looks lovely, I love the matching pink background!

Elfie said...

Your flower ornament is beautifully finished. Good luck with your recovery.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I like your choice of finish for your church flowers, Clare.
I hope you are getting your strength back day by day, even if it is slow.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's a pretty block for the SAL. I'm using Anchor for my Bubbles of Happiness, but only one strand so it's not knotting.
The first flower Ornament looks great. I am so glad they have helped this year.