February Smalls Update

My smalls this month are terribly out of season but at least they are done in time for the Smalls SAL! (If you are interested in visiting the other participants in this SAL, please visit Heather at Stitching Lotus!)

I succeeded in finishing this little design from Victoria Sampler’s Beyond Cross Stitch Learning Collection.

This is Evergreen, number 4-2, where I did three sided pulled stitch (very pretty and satisfying!-it’s the border just inside the gold border) and hemstitch. This is my first time cutting anything! Scary! And I made a few mistakes. More than a few. Or maybe one that snowballed into a collection of mistakes. But there was no turning back once the linen was cut so I kept plowing on and fudged it a bit here and there. I don’t think it’s too bad but I think I’ll try it a second time to make it perfect.

My second small finish is October from the Joyful World calendar by Snowflower Diaries. I made a lot of changes to this one! For one thing, I swapped October and September, as I explained in a previous post. I used satin stitch for the ground, replaced the flying birds with another flower, and I turned the apple into a pumpkin.

I am quite happy with how this one came out, but I have been working on October since…well, probably last September! And I am so tired of it. I must be because I immediately moved the q-snap and put the first stitches in on…JULY!

My alphabet heart is coming along, but I got off by one somewhere and I decided to fancy up the X. So I’m picking out what is wrong and redoing bits…it’s going to take a little bit to get it right, but I really want it to be right! Maybe I can show you next time.

18 thoughts on “February Smalls Update

  1. Well done with the cutwork – it looks good to me. I’m working myself up to trying hardanger, but I have to admit it terrifies me! Your projects are gorgeous.

    1. Thank you! Yes I’ve had these Victoria Sampler kits for so long, it took a long time to feel ready to do them! But they are a nice way to enter cutwork! I’m looking forward to continuing with it!

  2. Hello Mary, Your hardanger design is very pretty and I like the three sided stitch surround and the charm in the centre, great work. The Snowflowers pattern is lovely as are all the months of this SAL, I never got to stitch all the designs but I will one day.

  3. LOL I don’t think stitching ever gets stitched in it’s “season” but like you said they are stitched!! I just love your owl piece. Very good stitching Mary!

  4. LOve your Pulled Thread piece…and the owls are adorable. I like your changes very much.

  5. Beautiful work on your smalls this month. I also loved all the close-ups of the Random Thoughts piece. What a gorgeous design that is.

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