Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness/TUSAL - April 2018

Hi there!

Thank you for popping by. It's funny, isn't it, I don't post for ages and then I have lots to say!

You can see another of my cross stitching projects over at "Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics", and I will be back again soon with a IHSW post, and if I have time there are a couple of other things I want to post about, but for now I am joining in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness and Sharon's April TUSAL.

I do hope Jo and Sharon won't mind if I tie these posts together this time as I'm running late again .... and the two posts do "go together" in a way as all my threads are from my GG projects.


Firstly these three are my "travel projects":


I've been finishing this free gift from The World of Cross Stitching (TWOCS) ..... mainly working the backstitching which I found really tricky! The magazine states the fabric is 14 hpi but it seemed smaller than that to me, but then I do soooo hate backstitching!

Anyway, it's finished, Yay! All bar putting it in the card.

The Flashing Scissors
 TWOCS - Issue 266


 Slow progress here, as the colours are all soooo very similar.

The Flashing Scissors
Free gift from TWOCS - Issue 267

I'm really looking forward to starting on the leaves as I'm getting a little bored with all these light pinks ..... apart from which I'm actually a little disappointed as I've just been looking at the photo in the magazine and I think I might have used the light pinks the wrong way round!!!!! Oh, well, its too far gone to frog it now!


This pattern is from a TWOCS Design Library - Victoriana Collection by Joanna Sanderson. It was going to be a gift but, so far, I'm not very happy happy with the colours I've used.

I mostly used the colours from the key, but as I was using colours from stash I changed a few ..... the frame around the rose and between the rows was a very pale yellow in the original which I felt wouldn't show up. I've inadvertently squashed the alphabet too much and maybe I might frog that and put it at the bottom as there is plenty of space ..... not too sure what could replace it though ..... maybe beads! Oh well, that means a trip to the shops so we'll see!

The Flashing Scissors
TWOCS - Issue 121

The following is one of my long term projects, or evening stitching, as it were!


The Flashing Scissors
"Stitch by Stitch" by Anchor
The picture within the stitched frame is taking shape nicely now, after a visit from the froggy ..... I got in a muddle with the greens, they are really so similar!


And for my last project I knocked up another Mini Thread Catcher, which will eventually be a gift.

Not much use on its own, it needs a pouch or something to anchor it to, or I can imagine it being lost pretty quickly, but I haven't decided what that something will be yet!

The Flashing Scissors
New MTC is mid picture.
And, of course, those are my last month's ORTS from all the above projects and they will now be joining the others in the jar.

I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone else has been stitching this month.  If you want to join in with either of these lovely get together's there is a link at the bottom of this post. In fact the link below for Daffycat will take you to the rules etc, the link at the top takes you to Sharon's current post where you can see who is joining in.

I do hope you will be back to visit again soon, and don't forget ..... if you don't say "Hi" I can't come to visit you!

Barbara xxx

If by any chance you don't know what GG and TUSAL are read all about them over at Jo's blog - Serendipitous Stitching and Sharon's - Daffycat.


Queeniepatch said...

There has been no time for you to blog, because you've been too busy stitching! Great progress and with such a variety I can never be boring. All your colours are for spring, aren't they?

rosey175 said...

Ooo the "framed" piece gets its artwork! I find it frustrating when colors are so similar too. To the point where I'll mark really big index cards with the symbol and put that and the floss in its own baggie! Kind of a hassle haha.

Embrace the backstitching! :D/

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely stitching on great projects. I love your orts collector

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb beautiful work my friend,well done xx

Pamela said...

Very nice! I agree about the backstitching and similar colors being difficult!

Christine said...

Loads of lovely stitching there

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This looks like a great magazine (I went to their website). I wish we had more cross stitch magazines available in the US. The imports are so pricey by the time the shipping is added.

You HAVE been busy and your projects are lovely.
xx, Carol

Birthe Marie said...

Beautiful stitching on great projects. :-)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Lovely stitching projects. I hope you are enjoying our recent sunshine :)

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I am quite happy to be paired up with Sharon! The more the merrier for a stitching party.
Love that little bird, such a sweet design for a Spring card.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

That's one of the difficult things about working with so many different shades of the same colour. I seriously doubt that anyone will ever notice though. I love the rose and the wee birdie.

Lilly's Mom said...

Wow, your projects are amazing. I admire anyone who does counted cross stitch! I love to know leave patterns (written not charted), but I'm so bad at doing something as lovely as what you make. Thank you for sharing. Pat 💐

Mini said...

You are working on so many lovely projects.I have done a couple of Joanne Sanderson patterns and was wondering does she have a website or blog?
The thread catcher is adorable.

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you, Mini!
I googled "", and found that there is a blog ..... but it is 2009, it appeared to me that the links aren't current,even so there are very useful tips there suitable for all levels of Xstitchers.
Hugs, Barbara xxx

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lots of great stitchy projects. I am amazed at how many people want to do backstitch - why would you choose a one-at-a-time stitch when you can choose load-loads-onto-your-needle running stitch!

Kaisievic said...

Great GG post and lovely ORTs, too, Barbara.

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Hi. Your Stich by Stich sure was worth the visit. You have so many pretty ORTs to show off, as opposed to my single ORT.

Sheryl said...

Pretty stitching done Barbara, I love the birdie design and the pretty rose. I dislike doing the backstitching on patterns but it certainly makes a lot of difference.

deb said...

You're working on lots of projects right now! Real progress on stitch by stitch since I last saw it, and congratulations on finishing the little yellow bird - he came out great!

Glenda said...

LOVE the little thread catch and what a lovely gift for any one who sews. Its a special gift for sure. Stitch by Stitch is going to be lovely.
Cheers Glenda

cocoya said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I am quite happy to be paired up with Sharon! The more the merrier for a stitching party.

handmade by amalia said...

So many lovely makes, Barbara! I love the cheerful yellow bird. I'm a bit behind with my blogging. I'm going to the south of France in a couple of days and there was a lot I needed to do beforehand.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

What lovely near cross stitching, do you do it in rows or as individual stitches? I’m loving the thread catcher, it’s so lovely with the tiny pincushion set, perfect to put in a bag with a carry around hand stitching project. Very clever Barbara.