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Gifted Gorgeousness June

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It's the 15th of the month again already... How did that happen? That means it's time for Gifted Gorgeousness again, we're challenged by Jo over at  http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com  to post gifts we've stitched, or that were gifted to us. I feel almost like I'm cheating posting this one, as you've seen it before, back in the Secret Stitching Sweetheart blog hop on Valentines day.  I loved my piece even then, and I love it even more now that it is MINE for real, and living in my Happy Place mounted on a book. Here it is, next to a photo taken in my other Happy Place, our holiday haven of Warkworth, which is now much closer to home!  I plan to use the book to catalogue my stitches, with maybe a small photo and a brief note about each piece. I've also been working on a baby sampler as a gift for my young niece, but as it's yet to be finished or gifted, I will wait for a while before I can share that one. Other gifts may make an appear

It's a Mystery... BFF SAL 4

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Can you tell what it is yet?? Teehee, I have seen the pattern and even to me there is a hint of mystery about it.  I often feel like that at the start of a new stitch.  How can it still feel so mysterious when you have the pattern and the threads and a photo of the finished piece in front of you?? Not letting on quite what this one is yet, in the spirit of mystery.  I will allow only one clue from me... The pattern was sourced from the Cross Stitch Collection magazine in 2004.  I'll let my BFF decide whether she wants to share any other clue beyond that!! I'm sticking with 14 count Aida and using up a blue from my stash, that my BFF and I both purchased from a craft club many moons ago as part of a 'baby colours' bundle.  Check out my BFF's update when she's posted on  http://apatchworkofcrafts.blogspot.com

Over the line at last - BFF SAL 3 finish

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Finally got the last stitches in my BFF SAL piece this week.  Both of us decided to make it somewhat less busy in the way of backstitch than the pattern shows.  I settled for the gold around the cross, to differentiate it from the rest of the backstitch which I loved using the red for. I'm not quite sure on the final finish for this one, it may be framed or it may become a cover piece for a book with hymns, I did contemplate using it for a prayer card, but I think it's too thick for the fine paper in my Sunday Missal.  I will update the blog again when I decide on a full-finish plan and carry it out! Check out my BFF's update on  http://apatchworkofcrafts.blogspot.com

The importance of Presence - BFF SAL not quite..

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Lately I have really been feeling the absence of a 'normal' life, digital overload is setting in again, it feels like I'm dialling into everything recently, and that there's no short-term answers to fix it, as I suspect my 'normal' office life will become a thing of the past. However, there's a little light at the end of the tunnel, Lockdown restrictions have eased again, and we can go out or away with a set number of people outside our households. So I decided it was a digital 'week off'  outside of work, and my BFF and I went out for dinner.  Given how long it has been since we were properly allowed in each other's presence, we had certain gifts to be shared, as we had missed my BFF's birthday twice and a Christmas too. Neither of us had wanted to just hand over gifts at the door, as half the pleasure is in the joy of seeing someone open their gifts.  I might share some of those on next month's Gifted Gorgeousness though, so

Decisions, decisions - BFF SAL 3

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Finished off the lattice work on the borders, and decided that the middle needed something so created a teeny backstitch design for it.  I experimented with it in the corners too, both in red and pale gold, but the red felt like too much, and the other not enough. So the corners will remain the same unless I decide to add any beads later. On to backstitch and I decided to use the same red I've used throughout, I rather like the opulence it's bringing to the piece.  I may update the picture later as I have permission to do an extra 15 minutes (we started late due to a bad day for me).  Check out my BFF's update on http://apatchworkofcrafts.blogspot.com

Specialising in our own way - BFF SAL 3

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So this week it was time to begin the speciality stitches. I did begin with the satin stitch, got halfway through the first one and didn't like the effect at all!  I guess because I am stitching on Aida so there was no structured place to put my stitches. So I devised my own plan, using what my BFF termed a super-cross stitch, a single stitch over two squares.  Doubled this up for the fullness of satin stitch and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.  Then onto the celtic knot on the cross.  This was supposed to be using a couched braid, but for me, in a project this small, I didn't feel like it would be massively necessary, and I quite like the look of backstitch. So this got added in the same red as the other speciality stitches.  Next step was the border, once again calling for braid and doing so in vain.  I did try two strands of DMC 890, but it felt too much and took away the subtlety I liked from the borders - see below  Going back to a s

That which hath now arrived - BFF SAL 3 (update)

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Finally finished the fiddly half stitch in the corners. I really like how this pattern is coming together, and I'd even contemplate making it again with different colours.  Link to my BFF's earlier update on http://apatchworkofcrafts.blogspot.com , we should now be in a similar position to start the next session.  I'm planning to entirely miss out the lazy daisy in the corners, as I've seen the completed stitch and it seems overly busy for the space it's in for my tastes, at least. And then what next? We'll have to be looking again soon!  Crikey, this one went quickly!