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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Happy Dance at my house - and GG Report for October (a trifle early)

I have just finished the final item on my 2016 Stitching List - so I'm celebrating!  Of course, it probably won't mean the end of my stitching for the year - I'm sure that if I put my mind to it, I will be able to find a few more projects to add to this year's stitching list.  I do have another 10 great nieces or nephews after all!

Here is my latest finish, which will be a Christmas gift for a great-niece, after I have found a frame for it. It's not as faded as the picture suggests, and there is no colour variation on the fabric, which is actually antique white.

Cicely Mary Barker's Apple Blossom Fairies, 
from DMC Collections's Flower Fairies Alphabet book.

It is stitched 1/1 on 25 count linen, full cross stitches.  The design was full of fractionals, and I just found that too difficult and frustrating over 1 on 25 count, so I converted most of the fractional stitches to full cross sttches,  Consequently, some of the lovely detail has been lost, but I am happy with the overall effect.  I also added some 'rosebuds' to the fairy's hair, and changed the letter colour from the charted greens to Amelia's favoutite purple.

In the last month, I also stitched and finished an ornament for a niece.

 It is adapted from 'Give Love for Christmas' by Fran Colburn of Legacy Designs. The chart was printed in JCS Ornament Issue 2015. I made lots of changes, so I can just see the designer pulling out her hair and denying responsibility for the outcome! I changed the fabric, all the floss, and the entire message section.  I also stitched the border in 2 colours rather than the one colour charted and did the birds in smyrna cross stitched to help them stand out.


Smily said...

I like your finishes! Especially the fact, you have already started your Christmas stitching, as me :)

Julie said...

The Blossom Fairy will make a stunning gift in the frame.

Bea said...

The fairy is lovely. You're well on your way with Christmas gifts - good for you!

Justine said...

You are so organised! I love your Amelia's gift. My niece is called Amelia, it's such a pretty name.

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

Gosh, you are early! I had to check the date in case I was late LOL.
Thanks for taking part in GG this month and being such a wonderful contributor. I hope you have something you can fit in for the rest of the year now.
I love the Flower Fairy design. I stitched one a while ago and it was not an easy stitch, so many details and very similarly numbered colours!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Absolutely wonderful

Sheryl S. said...

Pretty work, lovely little fairy. Must get working on some Christmas stitching.