Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lili's January Ornament

My January ornie!!

Design: Samplers Not Forgotten - Crown on a Pumpkin
(JCS2015 - Halloween Collection Book 2015)
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Sand Linen / DMC floss

(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Loretta's January Winged Creature

Black Crow by Maria Warmke of The Stitcherhood (JCS 2015 Halloween Issue)

Happy Stitching!!!!


January - Winged Creatures.

I love crows.

Threadwork Primitives
Enchanted Crow

★ ★ 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Cheryl's January Winged Creature

This month I stitched a freebie owl chart from Aliolka.  The owl was stitched on 14 ct plastic canvas and backed with felt.

I really enjoy making ornaments from plastic canvas as they are easy to finish, very sturdy, and flat - which makes them easy to pack away when they aren't being displayed.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Felicia's January Winged Animal

I love finding creative patterns and when I found this bat cupcake I fell in love. It is stitched on 14 ct pink Aida. This pattern is from Dinha Ponto Cruz.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Kaye's January Winged Creatures .....

A spooky hello to you all, here is my January Winged Creature, and it is a Finished Finish - double yay! My first finish for the year.

I made it up into a simple soft ornie.

I was lucky enough to find the perfect backing fabbie in my stash.

A close up of the stitching.

Design: Part of "All Hallow's Eve" by Prairie Schooler (Book *180)
28 ct linen "Rain"
Floss: DMC 310

A very quick, enjoyable stitch.

hugs, Kaye

Friday, 15 January 2016

Rita's January Winged Creature

Happy New Year, everyone!

I chose one of the bats from a biscornu (freebie) design from the old "tantes zolder" site.

The lighting wasn't very good for the picture but here he is:

Monday, 11 January 2016

April's January Stitch

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope everyone got what they wanted for the holidays and you are getting lots of stitching done. 

I put the last stitch in my January stitch tonight, so I am sorry for the wrinkles. I stitched Nevermore from The Prairie Schooler. It is from Book #196.  I loved the Raven and felt it fit the theme for this month so well.  I used a piece of fabric from my stash and the called for DMC.

Can't wait to we more finishes for this month.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

F is for Furies, Fairies and Frankenstein - Revisited

When we first started this blog I made a series of posts beginning with each letter of the alphabet starting with A.  Unfortunately, they ground to a halt after L.  So in honour of The Alphabet Club hosted by Chiara I have decided to resurrect the original posts and link up each month with the rest of the Alphabet Club posters.  To learn more about this SAL follow the Alphabet Club link to Chiara's blog.

F is for Furies from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.

In classical mythology the Furies were avenging deities, fearful goddesses from Tartarus who avenged wrong and punished crime. Usually the furies refer to three sisters, Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera, children of Gaia and Uranus.  They were placed in the Underworld by Virgil and it is there that they reside, tormenting evildoers and sinners. However, Greek poets saw them as pursuing sinners on Earth. The Furies are cruel, but are also renowned for being very fair.

You might have been surprised by the next F - Fairies, not really very spooky or Hallowe'eny you might think.  Sorry, Tink, this blog is not for you!!

This is the sort of Fairy you want at Hallowe'en:

After all, traditionally fairies were not the saccharine twinkle toed good guys, they were something to be feared, they would steal your babies and leave a changeling in its place.  Of course, they are dangerous to adults too - if you stumble across a fairy ring in the woods, don't step inside.  Some stories say you will die at a young age, others say you will be spend the night only to return to find a hundred years have passed.  Still more stories say you will dance until you drop dead of exhaustion.

And here's one from my own stash - Nora Corbett's Trick or Treat Fairy.  She was orginally in Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine in September 2008.  I believe you can get hold of a copy by contacting them direct.

Our third F is for Frankenstein.  I looked everywhere for a cross stitch of Frankenstein but couldn't find one anywhere.  This is the closest I could get:

Because the name Frankenstein belongs to the creator of the monster, Dr Victor Frankenstein.  In the book by Mary Shelley, the creature is simply called Monster.  And there are hundreds of great cross stitch designs for Monster!!

I love this one, based on Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein:

If you prefer cute, you might like this one:

Or the Happy Couple for a quirky Wedding Sampler?

It's been a bit of an Etsy-fest this post.  The smaller crafters seem to be best for the more quirky designs.  Of course there are plenty of Frankenstein's Monster charts in the JCS Hallowe'en specials so maybe you will choose one of them for your Monster subject?  I'm also looking forward to seeing what people choose for the Bad Fairy theme in September.

Carla's January Finish - Winged Things

Jo gave me an idea when she posted her lovely bats this morning!  This idea then led to another Halloween ornaments will all hopefully look like they are badly stuff with straw.  They aren't stuffed with straw, but they are stuffed badly to give them a kind of creepy rustic look.

It's the Raven and Spider from the freebie Pattern of the Month Series May 2015 "Halloween" by Stoney Creek.

Somewhere on Etsy I found the perfect ornament tree for the Halloween ornaments and if I can find it again I'll grab it up as these will go amazingly well on it.

Thank you Jo for the inspiration AND for helping me have a first finish of the year along side you.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Jo's January Finish - Winged Creatures

This month's theme is Winged Creatures.  That could be Owls, Ravens, Crows or in this case - Bats.

I have stitched this month's design already!  Only 18 hours into the New Year and I had a piece to show.  This is actually the header from a Just Nan design called Counting Bats.  The whole piece is a rhyme a little like the magpies' One for Sorrow.  You will have to wait for each month to see what each  number means.  By a strange co-incidence each section of the design ties in perfectly with our monthly themes*

Because I seem to have altogether too much time on my hands today I have made a little collage using extracts from the main design and rotating them in Paintbox.

The design is stitched on 28 count lilac line, it's a much nicer colour than in the photos.  I'm using AVAS silks for the main design but switched to DMC for the over 1 words.  The AVAS seemed too "bouncy" and wasn't lying nicely.

So, I've set the example - what have you got lined up for this month?  Do you like the themes this year?  I've made them a little more open to interpretation this year.  eg Winged Creatures can cover a lot more than simply saying "Bats".

* of course it's a co-incidence, anyone would think I set the themes deliberately to fit in with this piece!