Sunday, 26 February 2017

February TUSAL and WIPocalypse Speciality Stitches


It's TUSAL time, the Totally Useless SAL where we all show our ORTS and link-up on Daffycat's blog.

Here is my TUSAL jar with my two main projects of the month:

And here are the glittery ORTs from the Joan Elliott project on the right:


WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings
Also linking up with 17 in '17

Each month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World.  I have chosen my "17 in '17" which are the 17 projects I want to focus on this year.  You can see the full list on this page here.

I have done well again this month, thanks to my SALs.  I worked on six different projects.

You can see a glimpse of my Chatelaine in the top photo and here it is in full:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds by Crafty Kitten

You saw my Tipsy Witch from Happy Hallowe'en by Imaginating for the Smalls post:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Murano

I have completed all the metallic around the inner borders on Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas:

I completed another page on my Stitcher's Alphabet by Brooke's Books:

stitched on 28 count afghan

I added the I to my conversion of Lavender & Lace's Enchanted Alphabet:

stitched on 32 count Tiger Lily by Sparklies

And of course I continued to add ten stitches each day to Just Nan's Spring in the Square:

Day 57

Measi always gives us a topic to discuss

February - What is your favourite stitch other than the standard cross stitch? (Bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

I am not sure this is my favourite speciality stitch but it certainly looks pretty and I've been enjoying doing them this week:

The Queen's Stitch is used to great effect in the centre of my Gardens of London Chatelaine.  I am using the charted Gloriana silk called Winter Brook.  This silk was donated by Mouse.  It is a very subtle variegated silk and make a lovely effect for this section of the design.

For my bonus points, here's a diagram for how to stitch a Queen's Stitch:

And an awesome giant diagonal Queen Stitch!

Finally, I have a new blogging project I've been working on.  One of my favourite articles in the now defunct Cross Stitch Collection was their Blogger of the Month.  I have decided to continue to showcase some of my favourite blogs and bloggers with a series of posts called Blogger of the Week.  I have my first victims contributors lined up already and if I have time this week, I will be launching the blog on Friday!  Watch this space for more details and a link too.


  1. Your Chatelaine is looking amazing! Thank you for the diagrams, what a cool stitch and in silk, oh la la. Great progress on 12 days too.

  2. That stitch looks lovely in the chatelaine. You've had a busy month with all that stitching. I really do like the stitchers alphabet. Well done on finishing all the Metallics too. Looking forward to the new blog feature.

  3. You have gotten quite a bit done this month! Fantastic that you've finished the gold metallic on the 12 Days piece (... or maybe you don't have the issues with metallics that I do?), and it seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Love everything about the tipsy witch - moon, owl, the sorceress herself - delightful.

    The Chatelaine is just grand! Yay, queen stitch! I'm out of practice, but I do love that stitch - ever since I took a class with Catherine Theron where she taught us that it's a *pulled* stitch and suddenly mine looked good, LOL.

  4. I love all of your WIPS. They are really beautiful. I have never done the Queen stitch before but it is nice.

  5. Awesome stitching. Awesome progress. Awesome finish. I hope to get as much stitching done as you do Jo starting in May.


  6. Good progress, love the enchanted alphabets! I never heard of that stitch before, thanks for sharing!

  7. It's always fun to see all the projects people were working on during the past month. That's why I love the WIPocalypse posts. Great stitching, Jo.
    I love your Chatelaine piece. And you managed to stitch these Queen stitches with such accuracy. I always try to avoid projects with Queen stitches, lol.

  8. ... and after looking at your Chatelaine I pulled out mine and was thinking about how I could get into it again ...

  9. I love how your Chatelaine is turning out! The Gloriana silk looks wonderful.

    Great idea to bring back Blogger of the Week. I still can't believe CSC is gone!

  10. Metallic thread is never easy to stitch with but always looks so effective. I'm a big fan of Queen stitch, love speciality stitching. I'm looking forward to seeing who is Blogger of the Month, maybe a chance to meet new bloggers.

  11. Beautiful work! Seeing your Chatelaine reminds me I need to work Watergarden back into my rotation soon.

  12. The close up picture of the center of the Gardens of London Chatelaine shows just how awesome it is!! Lovely! Your Blogger of the Week idea is really cool Jo. :D

  13. I've never tried the queen stitch before. I'll have to look into it. Thank you for the stitch instructions :)

  14. You always have such wonderful designs on the go....every one of them is gorgeous! That's a new stitch to me....look great!

  15. Beautiful stitching! Lovely progress on your Chatelaine project!

  16. Love to see all your projects. Love the queen stitch. It looks so nice on projects.

  17. Great stitching progress! The Chatelaine is coming along nicely.

  18. ooooo queen stitch in that colour is gorgeous :) and love the bringing back the blogger of the week / month etc ... I never got picked WAHHHHH ... hahahahah ... lovely progress on your pieces too :) love mouse xxxxx

  19. Love all your beautiful stitching. Oh I agree that queen stitch is beautiful.

  20. Great and perfect queen stitches you have created and in such a pretty colour too. The chatelaine is looking wonderful.
    Loving the Spring in the Square, I have those in my stash.

  21. Thank you for doing all you do to keep the world of blogging alive and well. It would make me so sad if everyone switched over to Flosstube completely.

  22. The queen's stitch is lovely in that variegated thread! Was the silk more difficult to work with or did it lie flat nicely? Great idea about the Blogger of the week, will you include yourself in that list?

  23. I love how the Queen stitch looks but it doesn't always turn out as well as I would like it to.

  24. So much progress again this month! I don't think I've used the Queen Stitch before, it does look lovely though!

  25. I've never seen the Queen's Stitch before. That's really pretty!

  26. Beautiful stitching! Gardens of London is coming along beautifully. The Queen's Stitch looks complicated but so pretty! :D

  27. I'm still so surprised to know about Cross Stitch Collection :( will all our favorite magazines disappear?!! :(

  28. I just love love love everything you're working on - I can't wait to see more of the enchanted alphabet spookyfied! :)

  29. Seriously that Queen stitch looks scary!!! I'm re-thinking my Chatelaine now. Yours looks amazeballs. Good job stunner
    xo Alicia

  30. Such intricate work, Jo! Amazing!


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