Sunday 15 January 2023

Gifted Gorgeousness in January

The 15th of each month means it's Gifted Gorgeousness time, the time each month when we share our latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. Thank you Jo for hosting another year of GG, it's great fun posting and reading. 

Oh yes I know you've seen these but they haven't been in a GG posts so here's my puddings, reindeer and angel ... all for Christmas 

Just into the new year two special lady's had birthdays. My future in-law (our daughter's fiance's mum) had a milestone birthday and a  very good friend from Needlecraft Haven also had a birthday on the same day. The Januaryndesign is by Faby Reilly, I have bought the full calendar as they are just lovely.

This was a gift to me, our lovely daughter gave me a John Lewis sewing box for Christmas.  The design is so me and it's perfect for my little sewing box, thread box and current project ... I absolutely love it.

I received two lovely ornaments for Christmas, a snowman from Deb and a Santa from Julie. Both ladies are members of Needlecraft Haven.

Gill, the January birthday lady very kindly gifted me some very special threads. Last year Gill's close friend Angi past away, both Gill and Angi are members of Needlecraft Haven and we've met up many times. Angi had many threads in her stash and Gill sent some to all the other NH members. Thank you Gill I will remember Angi with every stitch.

I received this embroidery kit from Christine, another NH member. I have been doing a bit of embroidery but time seems to be taken with my cross stitch. Hopefully there will be time later this year as it looks like it will be fun to do. 

Yesterday I received a lovely parcel from my friend in Canada. Considering our postal service has very sporadic lately I was surprised it only took a week to arrive.

My final GG is not a gift of thread, fabric or chart but of my time. A lady at church has been saying for years she must finish the angel for her daughter but was concerned about the beads. Every year I said I would show her but another year passed by. This year she brought the angel to the tree festival and I have completed the beading and a few stitches for her. I gave it to her yesterday and she was delighted. Her daughter came over especially and to my surprise we worked out it had been a UFO for nearly 20 years.

My first photos show the top and bottom halves, it was on a square wooden frame that rolled up and down. At Maureen's we cut it off the frame and I managed to get a photo of her 8n full.

Maureen is getting it framed so hopefully I'll have a photo to share then. 

Thanks Jo for hosting another GG, always fun to see how our craft is being shared. 

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Fully Finished in January

Rachel, Ten Hour Stitcher, is hosting Fully Finished Objects again in 2023. It's a super chance for us to show and tell about the crafty items we have completely finished. Thanks Rachel, your FFO prompt each month really helps me finish my projects instead of them still in my project folders.

I have a few FFO' from December to share although you may have seen them already. I find doing FFO, GG and Smalls blog posts I often post about things more than once ... feels like I am showing off hee hee. Anyway here's my catchups from December. 

Two special ornaments for two little cuties

I made puddings this year to send in my Christmas cards 

Over Christmas I quickly stitched a birthday gift for our future son-in-law's mum who had a special birthday in the New Year. It was tight time wise as with our post being so disrupted they took it when they went back to Wales on 27th. 

Julie's special birthday gift

One of my close friends also has a birthday the same day and this year I wanted to stitch something special. I was a little late in finishing it but amazingly Postie delivered it super quick. I bought the full calendar set from Faby Reilly in her recent sale; it was a joy to stitch and finish and I was super pleased with how it came together. 

Gill's birthday gift

My final FFO is my Orts Ornie. I used this month's JCS Stitchalong design but didn't stitch it as a globe. You can join this fun SAL with Jo on Facebook, every month is a different design from 2022 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazine, voted for by everyone.

I save my orts in a bon bon jar bought for me by my late mother-in-law and my first ornament of the new year is stuffed using them. It's a nice way to use up my orts, funny how some years the ornament is a little flatter or bigger. This year the orts filled it just right.

As I said you may have seen some of these before and you will see some again in GG and Smalls. Our hobby is about sharing as well as stitching, in blogging and giving. 

I have decided on this year's church tree, it will be The White Tree and you can find details on my previous blog post. It is hardanger but I will blog as I make one so even if it's new to you or a bit scary you might like to give it a go. 

Friday 6 January 2023

2023 Church Tree

This year is very exciting for us as our daughter is getting married. Our nephew is also tying the knot and there are some significant birthdays for relatives and friends. 

As you can see my stitching time is already marked with some big projects and so this year I am not stitching huge quantites for the church tree. 

I am reusing an old set of ornaments and redoing The White Tree - here is a photo of it in 2019

It is a hardanger tree and I will be adding to it with hardanger hearts, although not many ... a white tree with added hearts seems perfect for our daughter's first married Christmas. 

I have many hardanger charts but found these lovely hearts online from Nima. As the tree is completely white I will not be using the red and green. I'll either stitch as is in white or do another motif still in white. 

If anyone fancies having a go at hardanger I'd love to receive a heart or ornament of any design in white. The edges of these hearts is buttonhole stitch which is usual for edging hardanger. The main lines are kloster blocks which build up the design and any cutting is between these. 

If you would like to stitch for the tree I don't mind doing the cutting, even round the edges. You can stitch a heart without any holes, they are very effective. If you need any hardanger help please let me know. These are a few of my ornaments close up.

It will be a very exciting year and I'm very excited to be displayed The White Tree again with added white hearts.

Sunday 1 January 2023

Topsy Turvy SAL Easter

This month we're stitching Easter, very surreal on New Year's Day but that's Topsy Turvy SAL.

And there is a huge list at Free Cross Stitch Pattern Central, the list is huge and I have not checked any copyrights so please make sure before you use any.

I have no idea what I'll be stitching, I'm quite liking Durene Jones designs at the moment so I'm going to check her Facebook page. 

This is a card I made last Easter. 

The album will be open on 20th January, happy stitching.