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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Suzanne's January 2020 Ornaments

Hello Everyone! I am going to mainly use the Just Cross Stitch magazine theme this year but I don't have all the issues, so look for some Christmas Carols thrown in there for fun! I've started off slowly this year with grand plans but not much stitching. I did manage to stitch and finish these two from the Just Cross Stitch 2016 ornament preview issue and the Christmas ornament issue. Both are from Hands on Design and they are companion pieces. I stitched them on 14 count ecru and black aida scraps and the aida was very stiff so I couldn't quite finish them like the lovely photos in the magazines. I did my best interpretation :)

Yuletide from the JCS December 2016 issue

Blessings from the JCS 2016 Christmas Ornament issue

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's stitching in 2020.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Welcome to our two new members....

"No blog for me.  I work full time and enjoy handcrafts.  I have been knitting for likely 30 years but my first foray into crafts like many people was cross stitch.  I always enjoyed it but gave it up when it seemed to have to place to go other than in frames.  I was not well aware of finishers etc.
Last year I decided I really wanted to give it a go again and lo and behold found floss tube which has been immensely helpful in terms of getting reconnected.  Funny enough after that, I discovered that my son who lives @ 4 hours away, had a local shop near him and I went in.  I was so impressed at how much stitching had changed with cloths that were no Aida and I was hooked.  Its all been uphill from there."

"I am in two EGA chapters and was president of one and program co chair of another.   I am no longer working, been married to my hubby for 42 years, live in San Jose, CA, no kids.   I have an ornament exchange party, this was the 36th one.  

I  have been stitching about 40 years and learned in a small eclectic store in Phx. that no longer exists.

I love lots of cross stitch designers!  They are all unique and offer their own thing to me.  Right now I am doing a Durene Jones design but don't really have 1 favorite.
I don't have a blog but sure subscribe to lots of them.

I am on Instagram but had trouble logging in the other day.

I am in tons of FB cross stitch groups, LLN and CCN, Crazy Annie's, EGA, Lucie Heaton, Durene Jones, Hands on Designs, are just a few.

I am working on a Durene Jones ornament now to see if I want to make it for my ornament party next year.  

I saw this SAL on the Big List of SALS sent by Craft Gossip.

I love Christmas and SAL's, sounds right  up my alley!

Just want to join and share and see what others are doing.

I am learning how to post pics, still need to work on that, my new years resolution."

I think that both these ladies found out about the Christmas Ornie SAL via this list of 2020 SALs:

It is well worth having a look.

Also, I have created a new badge for the SAL for 2020, please feel free to download and add it to the sidebar of your blog.

On a sadder note, I would like to ask for your prayers for those affected by the almost apocalyptic bushfires that we are currently experiencing in Australia. A number of people have lost their lives and many more have lost their homes.

Click on the two images below to read articles about the size of the bushfires and the extent of the devastation.

Many species of Australian animals are at risk due to the sheer size of the fires, including our beloved koalas:

Luckily, TraderVic and I are safe at the moment here in Eaglemont, although only three or four suburbs away a few metropolitan suburbs were at risk last weekend.

So, please send your prayers out to all those brave firefighters and to the families who have lost family members and/or their homes.


Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Yay! Blogging Mojo is stirring!

Hello my sweet Christmas Elves, 

After a long hiatus (almost a year), I am feeling the stirring of the need to blog again - hurray!  Long may it continue....

I hope that you are all as excited as I am about Christmas stitching for 2020.  For next year I am planning to stitch Theme 3 - I do so love flicking through a JCS Christmas Ornie mag and choosing my favourite design or designs to stitch.

For January 2020, the year to stitch from is 2016 - which I think was a bumper year for great designs in the mag (I have stitched several already).  So far, I have narrowed it down to four designs and I may very well stitch them all as we have three Free Choice months in 2020.

Here are the designs that have taken my fancy:

Be Joyful by Tempting Tangles Designs:

Waiting for Santa by Swallick Stitchery:

Friends are Christmas Treasures by Historic Handworkes:

 Prim Christmas by The Primitive Hare:

What are your plans for 2020 Christmas Stitching?


Saturday, 14 December 2019


Merry Christmas, Christmas Elves, 

Here is the big reveal of the 2020 Christmas themes:

As you can see, Theme One is the same as previous years, Theme Two is still Christmas Carols but has been tweaked with new titles and Theme Three is now JCS Christmas Mag from 2011 to 2019.

I hope that you are happy with all of this - I only received a couple of comments with feedback so here we are.

Merry Christmas, everyone and thanks for taking part this year.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Suzanne's December Ornaments

Hello Everyone!
I have my final two ornaments for this year. I've continued with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme. First up, is Tidings of Joy by Heart in Hand from the 2004 Christmas Ornament issue. I've stitched it on 14 count Aida and used the DMC thread conversion. I finished it as a flat ornament and mounted it on a grapevine wreath for a little different finish for me. I've added twisted cord from my stash and little wooden Christmas trees.

My second ornament is from Just Cross Stitch Magazine 2003 Christmas Ornament issue Home for the Holidays by Heart in Hand. It's stitched on 18 count Aida with the DMC thread conversion. Finished as a flat ornament and again mounted it on a grapevine wreath. 

Thank you for all your kind comments through the year. I've loved this theme and hope to see the Just Cross Stitch Magazine as a theme next year too. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

DJ's December Ornaments

Hi all!

I admit I ran ahead a bit on these ornaments and finished stitching them last month.  I have really enjoyed this challenge, but I'll be honest and say I think I bit off more than I could chew.   I don't think I'll stitch as many ornaments next year...haha.

First off is 12 Days of Christmas.  This month is 12 Drummers Drumming.  This is from March 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts.  These were stitched on 28 count over one.

Next is Christmas Carols.  This month was a free choice so I stitched Nature Sings by Fancy Work from the 2005 JCS Ornament issue.  It was stitched on natural linen 40 ct over 2.

Last is the free choice from any JCS ornament issue.  I chose Three Wise Men by Marie's Garden from the 2002 JCS ornament issue.  I have had this on my to do list for a long time.  I stitched it on natural linen 32 ct. over two.  I love how it came out.

Now I should get busy finishing them all, shouldn't I?  Thank you for all your hard work getting this challenge together!  I should have enough ornaments to share for years to come now!  haha  Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

DJ's November Ornaments

Well, time sure is marching on!!  I can't believe it's the middle of November already!  I've had a busy few weeks, but hopefully things will slow down a bit soon!  Who am I kidding?  With Christmas on the way in a little over a month, I've got tons to are my November ornaments...

First off is 12 Days of Christmas.  This month is 11 Pipers Piping.  These ornaments were from the March 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts.  I've loved stitching these over one on 28 count white evenweave.

Next is Christmas Carols.  This month was Jingle Bells so I stitched Ring in the Joy by Serendipitous Designs from the 2007 JCS ornament issue.  I really love how this one came out!!  It was stitched on Natural 36 ct. linen over 2.

Last was the 2004 JCS Ornament Issue, and I chose Peace Tree by M Designs.  I used a varigated Gloriana Silk and stitched it on 32 count over 1, I think it was natural linen.

And that, as they say, is that!  Happy Stitching everyone!