February TUSAL and my Stitching Library


It's TUSAL time!

Here is my TUSAL tin with my current project:

This was a new start last Friday called for by my WIPGO Board - Hallowe'en at Hawk Run Hollow from Carriage House Samplings.  I have loved the HRH designs since I first saw them and said "if they bring out a Hallowe'en one I will stitch it".  So here it is:

stitched over one on 25 count Cassia Rose from Chromatic Alchemy

You can see from the cover photo that the finished piece is quite large so I wanted a high count.  It was either 40 over 2 or 25 over 1.  Using 25 count meant I could buy a standard 18 x 26 cut and have a nice margin for framing.

I am using DMC as charted but I might use a subtle variegated for the pumpkin in this block and the one next to it.  Some of those blocks are full-coverage so this is a long term project.  Ideally  I'd like to get four blocks completed this year.

What's on my Shelf?

This is a new feature I'm going to include on my TUSAL post until I run out of books!  I started a Page on my Happy Dance blog for my Stitching Library and realised what a huge task it was so decided to break it down to one book per month.  For the next four years...

The first book we are going to look at is one I've used a couple of times for small designs.

Title: 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs
Author: Kooler Design Studios
Publisher: ASN Publishing
ISBN: 035409937329 or 9780881959437

Actually, there are 366 because they give you a leap year design too!  There are several monthly series within the book (Zodiax, teapots, wreaths) as well as various season stitches.  Mostly in the "cute" vein.

I love these mini samplers, Vickie has stitched these for her cubby which inspired me to buy the book

So far I have stitched the Zodiac signs for myself:

and these Bride's Tree Ornaments for Leonore and Felix:

Those were not actually a series, I just picked various designs from throughout the book to suit the theme for each ornament.  You can read more about them on my blog post - Bride's Tree Ornaments

Hope you enjoyed this look at a book, if you have one you would like to share please make a post and leave a comment letting me know.


Finally, I have all the photos from the Secret Sweethearts so I will be sending them out tomorrow ready for our Hop on Sunday.

February TUSAL and my Stitching Library