Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Slow WIPs...Turtle Trot SAL Update

Howdy lovely blog readers,

Turtle Trot SAL 2014
I signed up for the Turtle Trot SAL (Stitch-Along) run by BAP Attack at the start of the year.  This SAL is about nominating 10x WIPs to work on once per month and posting their progress on the 10th day of each month.  I was religiously doing the SAL every month until June 2014 when I made the Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle my focus piece so I could finish it. As I live in Australia I have been posting on the 10th. I didn't realise until recently, there was a spot on BAP Attack's blog, to link my page back to the Turtle Trot SAL. I think this is because I was looking her blog too early living in Australia (it is the 10th when only the 9th across much of the world). So I have missed all of the link opportunities this year so will just have to do it again next year.

Now that I have finished the castle I can give some loving to some of my slower WIPs.  I hope you enjoy the before and after photos.

1. Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by CHS
I have continued stitching on Block 2 this month which is an under the sea theme. The fish are very cute swimming amongst the seaweed.



32 ct ivory linen two over two

2. I Love London by Historical Sampler Company
I have had fun stitching this border while travelling in October through New Zealand. This will be a January focus piece - I hope to finish the border and sew it into a pillow.


32 count  white linen stitched two over two

3. Shepherd's Bush 2007 Christmas stocking

Hooray I have a finish! The stocking is now sewn together using a burgundy/black star cotton fabric. Everyone one in my immediate family now has a Shepherd's Bush Christmas stocking.  This is for my hubby. Let's hope Santa fills it with some gifts. 


11ct linen stitched with No 5 Pearl cottons

4. Annet Eriksson's Passion for Stitching Chateau 
No progress

5.  Christmas House by Bucilla
No progress

6. Designers Forum Needlepoint Rug
No progress

7. Country House Needleworks Santa's House
No progress

8.  Bucilla Touch of Gold
I have shown this some loving recently and have stitched some more of the background. I am treating this as practice for my HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs pattern) I am starting on December 1st in the HAED SAL. The muted colours are so feminine.


Stitched on 28ct mushroom even weave two over two
9. The Prairie Schooler Pumpkin Patch
No progress

10. Promises Kept by Dimensions
I also started stitching the two horses on this project. You can see a grey horse facing it's black horsey friend.



Stitched on 16ct Aida
Cross Stitch YouTube Update
It you enjoy FlossTube (cross stitch updates on YouTube) you can see my latest video about my finishes and WIP progress can be viewed here:

IT Help Needed
I am so frustrated with Google Plus! It is constantly converting my status when I comment on blogs. It converts me into a "no reply" commenter which means bloggers cannot reply to my comments as it has unlinked my email address. I am so sick of it I have stopped commenting on blogs as it takes me half an hour to change it back again. Anyone who has a simple way of converting it back please share!

Happy stitching…

                        Jan x


Preeti said...

Congrats on the finish !! It looks very beautiful:) you have made lot of progress on other pieces. Well done!
I guess many are facing this issue. But that doesn't stop you from commenting. If there is a query from a no reply blogger, usually I reply on the blog post comments.

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful work Jan! I'd forgotten you were working on that London sampler, it will make a lovely cushion - so bright and cheery!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! Love your progress on Hawk Run Hollow. It looks amazing. And congrats on the stocking finish! :D

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a wonderful range of projects congrats on getting that stocking done!!!!

Giovanna said...

What a great line-up - lovely stitching.

Justine said...

Love Hawk Run Hollow, especially the gorgeous blocks of colour on the rocks under the lighthouse. Your stitching is so neat! David's stocking is lovely, you must be so pleased with it. I'm glad to see Promises Kept again as I do love that one. The colours are amazing.

Linda said...

What an awesome update Jan. Congrats on the gorgeous finish. Wonderful progress on the other projects.


Julie said...

The stocking looks amazing and Shores is coming along beautifully.

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing the stocking, it's gorgeous. Great progress on your other projects

Brigitte said...

I do love your before and after pictures, they show so much about the stitching process. And you even have another finish after the Cut Through Castle. Congratulations!

Kaisievic said...

Lots and lots of gorgeous stitching, Jan. Google can be such a nuisance but please keep commenting. I always check the blog of whoever has made a comment on my blog (as well as trying to write a reply), so if you comment I will still catch up with your news.
Merry Christmas.

P.S. Love your Shepherd's Bush stocking!