Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pics of few items completed from TGOS

Hello from Sunny South Florida! I thought to post a few pics that I had handy of a few finishes. Unfortunately, I don't have the issue date or number of several of these projects, but let me know if you need the info and am sure I can find it for you.

Ok, the above are not exclusively from TGOS, but you will recognize 4 (maybe 5?). The one in the bottom center was an ornament from one of the ornament issues that I turned into a tuffet using DMC variations. The one on the right of that one was designed and offered as a freebie by Kirsten a few summers ago. The one on the top right and the one with the red tassel near it were both featured in TGOS.

This one is also from TGOS. It was originally published as a monochrome, but I broke the design into colors and also changed the back, if I recall correctly, and added a few beads, and added the "blackwork" in the hearts. I love it!!!

Also from TGOS, from a series of needle books the magazine did. I changed the pattern a bit to add my initials to the front.
This from one of the ornament issues. It was supposed to be done on evenweave but I failed to read the instructions and put it on Aida...yes, the words are over one on Aida...HA!!...I am THE QUEEN OF STITCHING!!!

Well, this is what I have available on my computer. I have a few other projects done but no pics. I sure did learn a lot from this magazine. Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all! Christina G

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Birds of a Feather"

"Birds of a Feather is complete! I was beginning to think it was going to drag on forever (I checked and the first stitches were put in in July!).

So here it is, a design by Yvonne Horn of Papillon Creations, puclished in "The Gift of Stitching", Issue 57, October, 2010! And with the exception of some fudging for miscounting and switching out beads from my stash for the ones called for, this is stitched as instructed... Stitched on Wichelt's Permin of Copenhagen 32 count linen ("French Lace"), which might have been a mistake since I think some of the colors would have shown better on a pure white or even an antique white, but I didn't have any 32 count large enough in those colors; bad enough that I didn't have Q-snaps long enough either! ... Finished stitched area is 16 1/3" by 9 2/3 ". 

It was the specialty stitching and the beading that really slowed me down... Here's a close-up of one of the border corners so you can see what that entailed:

I don't know if you can see the gold and peacock blue beads easily - I know the light yellow star stitches and the gold braid couching doesn't show up at all... But there are nine specialty stitches in the border: Rhodes Squares, Ray stitches, Diamond Eyelets, Lazy Daisies, Rhodes Diamonds, Herringbone stitch, Fan stitches, Couching and backstitch in addition to the beading. In the center, there are large Queen stitched (if you consider over six threads large!), Tied Windmill stitches, Diagonal Fly stitches, and Star stitches as well as straight stitches on the birds' heads and backstitching on the feathers and paisley motifs.  A sampler more than a picture, I think.

Friday, November 30, 2012

It Really Is The End....

Another very sad day when everything to do with TGOS is closed. This includes the newsletter, the Yahoo group, Facebook group, blog, shop and email addresses.

A small quote from Kirsten in one of the last newsletters

"It's been a very full, challenging and exciting seven years. The magazine has brought so many stitchers together from all over the world. Together we've stitched, drooled, chatted, praised, complained, shared and advised - we've created a wealth of memories that will never fade."
To keep in touch with Kirsten and see where her next stitching adventure will be, visit her at her new blog Two Sisters Stitching, you can contact her through her profile.

Thank you, Kirsten, and all the talented designers that you gathered together during the life of the magazine.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumn Pinkeep from Prairie Schooler

This is a small Pinkeep I made for an autumn exchange.
It's from issue 20 September 2007 and was designed by Pam Smith of Prairie Schooler.
The fabric at the back is the same I used for the backing.

Winter wishes

This is another small pillow I made for a Winter in July exchange.
I enjoyed stitching this piece even though there was quite a lot of stitching over one!
It's from issue 23 December 2007 and was designed by Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs.


This is a small pillow I made for an exchange. It's very cute and making the flip flops was fun.
It's from issue 31 and the designer is Helga Mandl.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Autumn Pinkeep by Helga Mandl

This is what I sent to Jaclyn in the Needlecraft Haven Autumn exchange, a very pretty piece which I stitched using an unknown Threadworx.

Autumn Pinkeep
designed by Helga Mandl
TGOSM October 2011

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sakura by Alchemy Stitchcraft

Mayte's Biscornu
I made this biscornu quite some time ago as my contribution to the rather ill-fated exchange group, Please Pass the Biscornu 2011, ill fated as the owner of the blog disappeared within a month or so of setting up the exchange AND deleted the blog!  Despite this setback we all, I think, managed to complete our year of biscornus and I received some beautiful ones.  This was sent to Mayte in California (and from whom I stole the picture!).  For some reason I did not use the beads as suggested so it was fairly plain.  I made it again for the daughter of a blogging friend and this time did as Christine suggested and used beads.  It was a much "girlier" version and have to say I loved it, as did Miss D, the recipient!  The designer is Christine Wilkins of Alchemy Stitchcraft and was featured in the June 2008 biscornu edition of the magazine.

Miss D's Biscornu

Thursday, May 24, 2012


 Hello every one this is my first TGOSM finish it is one of Lody's Creations and I am tickled pink with it.

 It's a lovely easy to stitch pattern and the instructions for making up were very simple

This is a keeper and I would love to make some more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Lovely Sewing Tools

Here is the progress I made on My Lovely Sewing Tools over the IHSW:



This piece is stitched on 40count Newcastle linen using the DMC conversion except for the variegated red which is an unknown thread I had in my stash!  It's not stranded and it is thicker than two strands of DMC so I have to be careful where I use it.  Anything surrounded by other stitches (eg the "S") is stitched using the plain DMC red.

The other change I've made is to satin stitch all the little cotton reels.  I also want to make all the little pins into pearl headed pins using beads.  I'll add the beads and charms at the end.

The final part is due out 1st May.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Niky's Creations - White Peacock Pincushion

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it and starting pulling my supplies for stitching and discovered I did not have all the threads I needed. So, I got everything together, started stitching at my monthly EGA meeting, April 13 and finished it this weekend, the April IHSW weekend (April 20-22).

This is from Issue 63, May 2011. I used a scrap of 14 count Aida and the listed DMC threads. I will be making it into either a pincushion or a door hanger. I have to find the perfect baking and will shop for it this weekend. I really loved this piece.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lizzie Kate - Plant Love

How strange to come and post a GOS recent finish on here and see the exact same design in the post below!

My Plant Love from Issue 28 (May 2008) by Linda Ebright of Lizzie Kate was stitched over 1 on 32ct and made into a little scissor fob for one of the ladies at my local Wednesday evening stitch group.

Each year, she asks me for a new fob for her scissors and i am happy to oblige. I saw this one dangling from her scissors last night and the club as it was her birthday on Sunday and it got the thumbs up approval, the others ladies liked it to. It always makes me happy when a stitched gift is liked and well received (and used).

Thanks for the opportunity to join the ladies here Gillie, looking forward to seeing some finished projects that i have forgotten about and will jog my memory in the issues.

Julie x

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lizzie*Kate - Plant Love

First of all I want to say thanks to Gillie for sending me the invite, so many lovely things on here already, I hope my finishes will be up to the standard of the rest.
I have so many things from TGOSM on my to-do list but I haven't stitched very many yet, and of the ones I have stitched most are still lying unfinished in a box.

But here is my first FINISHED piece, which I did for a Lizzie*Kate exchange last year.
I hope you all like it too.

stitched on 32 count natural linen
using a mixture of DMC, WDW, GAST and Dragonfloss

from issue 28.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


This is a biscornu  I stitched this year for a Spring Biscornu  exchange this year. It came from a lovely issue number 29 that has enough ideas for biscornu to last a lifetime.

A small bag made from one of the TGOSM challenges

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hello! and yet another Ink Circles finish

Many thanks again Gillie for starting this blog where we can continue to share designs stitched from the pages of our fave online magazine.
In my first post to this blog I thought it would be nice to follow Gillie’s lead and start with the first design I ever finished from TGOS – well if I had taken a snap it would have been. It was a sweet design titled ‘Delight in the Little Things’ by Helga Mandl Edited on 6 April  (issue ?)  that I made into a little pillow orny and gave to a friend from work.
Well, unexpectedly, the identity of this illusive issue has come to light - touché Gillie (hahaha) Issue number for ‘Delight in the Little Things’ by Helga Mandl is 40.One day I may stitch it again and have a pic to go with this info… Thanks Gillie : ) 
I am pretty sure below is the second piece I finished however... and I still have it (unframed) awaiting its (as yet unfinished) complimentary design that was released in TGOS a couple of years later. I guess that will be one for a later post : )

The Bramble and The Rose
by Ink Circles
Issue 41

Valdani floss 'Maroon Moss' on Belfast linen 'Lavender Mist'

After beginning to stitch this design, I decided to join my first online SAL, Ink Circles Stitchers (of which I am still a member). For me, it was being part of TGOS Yahoo group, which gave me the confidence and inspiration to tread further afield into the world-wide community of stitchers - something I will always be grateful for...
Liz x

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Yeah! I'm in. I'm going to see if I can get you on my iGoogle page so I don't miss anything.

Welcome! And an Ink Circle finish

I am so pleased to see that so many people want to be part of this blog!  I think I have responded to anyone that has asked, but if you haven't heard from me and you have checked your spam mail...... please ask again!

Could I ask you all to put the issue number in your post labels?  I thought it would be interesting to see which issues were the most popular!  However, see below, I was unable to follow through on this request, lol!  I went back and added them to the existing posts, hope that was okay?

Also, send me a link to your blogs, I would love to add them to the list in the sidebar!

There are some lovely photographs going up but I am looking forward to lots more!

Here's one that I stitched as part of a Fair and Square exchange with Daniela in Finland and I am completely stuck as which issue. Edited on 4th April  According to my blog entry back then I say it is November 2008 but I can't find it there!  So apologies, I will find it and edit this post.

Well, as expected, I have been gently chastised (lol) by Liz and she has given me the issue number so I am updating the blog! Thanks, Liz!

Christmas Lace
Ink Circles Designs
Issue 23
December 2007

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Whimsy Thoughts Christmas ornaments

I stitched these ornaments I believe in 2008. I have not yet done the finishing on them (I will sew them into a Christmas banner for my "holiday" wall.)

This is Hope, Love, Joy and Snow by Helga Mandl, Issue 22, November 2007. They are stitched on white 14 count Aida, using the listed DMC floss.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elizabeth Almond's "Fountain Mandala"

"Fountain Mandala" was published in "The Gift of Stitching" issues 53 and 54. I started it in the week of January 7, 2011 and completed it January 16, 2011. I entered it, and won First prize, in "Needlework Specialities - counted thread" category at Wood County (Ohio) Fair, 2011.

Here is a close-up of a corner detail:

And here is a closeup of the central motif:

I really enjoy stitching blackwork, even if I don't always do it correctly, with double running stitch, and thought this would be a great project to get me back into large blackwork projects. I made one change from the chart --- I used seed beads in place of French knots in the centers of the square stitches because I was afraid that embroidery floss would show through the very transparent linen I was using.

I have at least two more TGOS charts kitted up but need to clear the decks of other WIPS before taking them out to work on.

Apologies for the weird spacing and color changes in text. I don't know how to make blogger do what I want it to do...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Lovely Sewing Tools

Here are my progress pics for this beautiful sampler designed by Marie Suarez.

It is/was released in 6 parts commencing in issue 66 (Aug 2011) then continuing in issues 67, 68, 70 and 71.  The 6th and final part will be in the final magazine issue 72.

I'm stitching on 40count Newcastle linen using the DMC conversion plus 1 hand dyed thread for the dark red.  I'm varying between one and two strands of DMC depending on the effect I want.  The sampler is mostly stitched over 2 with some over 1 for the fine details in some motifs.

I'm planning on using petite beads for the flower centres and the border.  The design also calls for some tiny buttons and charms which I will add when the stitching is complete.

Spot the difference using the camera rather than the scanner!

I'll post more pics as I progress. 
To see more of my stitching and join in with my Easter Treasure Hunt pop along to Serendipitous Stitching

A finish and a first post

Last night I finished stitching Lavender Garden by Martina of Chatelaine published in issue 9 of TGOSM .
I really enjoyed this piece as the speciality stitches kept me on my toes. I am hoping to finish this as a box top.
Lavender Garden Mandala
Chatelaine Designs
Issue 9
August 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A new blog and sad news.....

..........that Kirsten Edwards has decided it is no longer viable to publish her online magazine, The Gift of Stitching, because of a lack of new subscribers and piracy issues. I have begun this blog to display all the stitching I have done from the magazine over the years that I have been a subscriber.   I would like to invite any of the subscribers to join and display their treasures too!

The Gift of Stitching was my first venture into subscribing to an online magazine.  I kept seeing the icon in the sidebar of many blogs, on several occasions I got as far as clicking on the link then drawing back.  When I finally succumbed subscribed I was blown away by the quality of the magazine.  Was every chart to my liking?  Absolutely not.  And that is how it should be.  This crazy world of stitching that I have been a part of for quite a few years would be SO boring if we all stitched the same type of chart!

This was the first piece that I stitched and gave away and that reminds me......I need to stitch it for me, to keep!

Designed by Maryse Dupont
Issue 30
July 2008
This was one of the first of many exchanges for Friendly_Stitchers and I sent it to Michelle in Wales.  The chart gave me a few fits as the picture had the words "I love Stitching" just as you see here, but it was charted as I (heart) stitching.  I am not a fan of using a noun as a verb, even pictorially, so a bit of revamping had to happen and I was quite new to all that!  I can't remember what thread I used but it was an over dyed one, not sure I was into silks back then.  Happy days when I had a respectable bank balance, lol!

Well, dears, looking forward to you joining me in showing off our lovely pieces from The Gift of Stitching, the last issue will be published at the beginning of May.