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Saturday, 22 February 2020

February completed

I finished my February 2 Turtledoves, and caught up by also stitching January's Partridge in a Pear Tree. These are from the CEC 12 Days of Christmas series that I finally managed to purchase all of !!! I will gather the threads for March's 3 French Hens this week and get ready to begin that one. I will need to figure out how to make them into ornaments too!!!! Happy Birthday to me today.....70 years young. Chinese take-out no THAT'S my kind of birthday present!

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Lynne's February Ornament

I'm stitching a 12 Days of Christmas set for this SAL. I've decided not to be loyal to one particular designer - I'll be stitching from different sets, but finishing them all the same way.  Here is my 'Two Turtle Doves'.

The designer is Lesley Grant, and I found the chart in the December 1995 issue of the UK Cross Stitcher magazine.  I did make some changes - I omitted the charted dove cote, and stitched a second dove. I also changed the border and added the text.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Suzanne's February Ornaments

Hello Everyone!

Since February was a free month, I stitched two ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Theme. One from the JCS 2016 Ornament Preview issue  (August) and the other from the JCS 2016 Christmas Ornament issue. First up is Blue Ribbon Designs - Flurries in the Firs.

I stitched this on 18 count oatmeal aida with the DMC thread conversion. I stitched the door in yellow to add a little color. It's finished as a flat ornament with felt backing, jute twine and checked ribbon. 

My second ornament is another Blue Ribbon Design - Blizzard Buddies. 
This is stitched on the same 18 count oatmeal aida with the DMC thread conversion. Finished just like the first ornament. I wish I had thought in advance to buy a bunch of this ribbon because I plan to work on more BRD designs this year. It would have been nice to be able to finish them all similarly. 

I'll be hopping around to everyone's postings soon. Such lovely work that's entered here. Great inspiration!

Sunday, 9 February 2020

DJ's February update

I love this challenge so much!!  It's fun to sit and figure out what I will stitch at the beginning of each month.  Well....I'm stitching on two themes this year so the first one is easy.  I'm stitching the 12 days of Christmas from the series in the 2019 Stoney Creek magazines.  The first three are from the 2019 Winter issue.  This month I stitched Two Turtle Doves.  These are stitched on 28 count white evenweave over two.  As soon as I get a chance I hope to finish them into ornaments!

The second theme I'm working on is choosing ornaments from the JCS Ornament issue from the years 2011-2019.  This month was a free choice, so I stitched Blue Snowman by The Little Stitcher from the 2016 issue.  This is stitched on 40 natural linen over two.  I enjoyed stitching this one!!   One of these days, I may surprise you and finish them into ornaments before I post...wouldn't that be a shocker!  haha

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

Saturday, 8 February 2020

February progress

Well, I finally got to start my stitching on the ornament SAL. The theme I chose for 2020 is The 12 Days of Christmas. After browsing many many many designs, I decided I liked the CEC series the best. Well......little did I know that those 4 leaflets were NOT easy to come by....especially On The Fourth Day of Christmas.......but I now have 2 charts in hand and 2 that have been mailed to me. I chose 28 ct Lugana from PTP in the color Nessie. I may do all the ornaments with this color, or may use different colors as the leaflets suggest. We'll see. I will try to catch up, and do January's Partridge before the end of February too!!!
Nikki in icy cold........brrrr Maine !!

Thursday, 6 February 2020

January and February's Ornaments

This year I have decided to follow the 12 Days of Christmas theme for the year.  I was gifted the charts designed by JBW for Christmas 2019 and started them on Boxing Day for the 12 Days of Stitchmas SAL.

I stitched one length of thread for the border on each day and one colour on the first day.  Here is where I was by the 12th Day:

stitched 1 over 2 on 40 count white Newcastle linen

I completed the First Day very quickly:

The Second Day was even quicker.  Only one day's stitching despite an attack of the frogs.

There are holly berries in the borders which I am planning to use beads for instead of stitches so I will add them all at the end each trio.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Welcome to our new member....


This is what Nikki tells us about herself:

I live in Maine ( born in California). Married 50 years, retired from State of Maine 2 years ago after working there 18 years. I have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

I have been cross stitching for over 40 years. I picked it up when looking for a gift to make for a relative and bought a kit. I was hooked. I don't do kits now, and prefer Lugana 28 or 32ct and choose my own threads.

Some of my favorite designers over the years are Chatelaine, Paula Vaughan, Lanarte, Blackbird Designs, Rosewood Manor, Moira Blackburn, The Drawn Tread, Victoria Sampler,  LHN to name a few.

The name of my blog is Nikki's Crossed Stitches that I started probably about 8 years ago, there are some long gaps where I wasn't posting; but have started again.    XX

I am in Instagram, but I don't post there; just read and follow a few people.

I belong to quite a few Facebook Cross Stitching Groups, Victoria Sampler CHAT Group, Cross Stitching  Exchange, Chtelaine Support Group, Prim Stitcher's Society, For The Love of Samplers, Stitcher's of Moira Blackburn Designs, Our Sampler Years, and others.

I am currently working on Scotland Mandala, by Chatelaine. After I retired in Sept 2017, a friend and I took a trip to Scotland for 3 weeks and drove all over the country. I have always wanted to go, and through Genealogy found I had some Irish/Scottish ancestors. I also had become a HUGE fan of Diana Gabaldon series of Outlander books about I gifted myself the Chart and all the beads and silk threads, and am still working on it. I think I am about half done with it.

I found out about your Christmas SAL after you made a comment on my Blog, and I followed your profile and was looking at your Blogs.

I need some small things to stitch in between working on the Scotland Mandala, and my crocheting, so I thought joining your SAL would be fun, and at the end of the year I would have some ornaments to keep or give as gifts!!!

I do a LOT of crocheting to cross stitch, it is my 2nd favorite thing to do. I make hats for the Homeless, and have started making blankets for The Linus Project that donates them to children with Traumatic or Serious illnesses.  I also kn it, but prefer to crochet. I love to read, and as I mentioned Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series of books is my favorite. There is a TV series on Starz going into Season 5 next month based on her books, and she is due to release Book #9in the series, after a 5 year wait. I am so excited to read it.

I have attached some XS finishes I had done over the years.

Wow! I think that we would all have to agree that Nikki has some gorgeous finishes here.  Welcome to our humble SAL and we all hope that you enjoy yourself.


P.S. Love those Santas, Nikki.