Thursday, April 28, 2016

Smalls SAL - April 2016

It's time for my first Smalls posting and I have 2 small finishes to share!

First is actually an embroidery piece that I was using to test stitching on black cloth. 
Dimensions Needlecrafts "Love on Black" Embroidery Kit FINISHED!
I didn't pay attention when I picked it up that it wasn't cross stitch (doh!) but I did enjoy the easy stitching and will need to find a spot to put it!

Second, I found a little kit that was actually cross stitch to test stitching on black aida. This is a jar topper kit with 4 different patterns. I decided to only do 1 and will save the others for other months.
"My Stash" - Dimensions Crafts Jar Topper Counted Cross Stitch Kit (Set of 4) FINISHED!
This is now the top of my ORTs jar! I felt it needed some love :-P . 

So all in all, I've come to the conclusion that black aida isn't as scary to stitch on as I thought! If you aren't a part of the SAL and would like to join, here's the link to the sign up.

And on to my other stitching adventures:

I have made great progress on "Love is Patient" but have had to take a couple days off from it. It should be finished on my next set of days off from work. Thank goodness!

This past week I also worked on a needlepoint "Polar Pals" stocking for my daughter's first Christmas this year!
Our theme for her room is penguins because they are my husband's favorite animal and I love snowmen so I thought this stocking was perfect! The only thing is that this uses basket weave and continental stitch, which are both new to me so this is taking me forever. Hopefully it'll work out and be nice in the end.

I have decided to take a little break from the "Olde World Map" project. I also have a bunch of other big projects that I want to either continue working on or start as well. I started working on a Puerto Rico piece for my dad about a year ago and need to get back to that. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of it just yet. I also plan on starting on "His Name is Jesus" for my mother-in-law. I just picked up the cloth and floss today so I'll probably begin within the next week or so. I think I will try to rotate focusing on 1 big project a week just to break up the monotony but I'm not sure yet. We'll see how it goes! 


  1. Yours smalls look great. That will be a beautiful stocking. Look forward to seeing your WIP pics

  2. Nice work on your smalls. I love stitching on black fabric. For a larger project it can be helpful to lay something white over your lap so the holes show up more clearly.

  3. Nice and cute finishes. Stitching on black is difficult. I used to wind some white tape around my finger on my left hand to see the holes clearly. I am doing a big project on black aida.

  4. I agree. Stitching on black is difficult. But you have some beautiful finishes!!! And so glad you joined our Smalls group too!!

  5. I love stitching on Black Aida, and both your projects turned out great! The ORT cover is very cute, and the Love embroidery lettering looks very chalkboard like :) The stocking for your daughter is adorable, and although it looks very challenging, canvaswork can be so pretty and I hope that it will work out well for you in the end!