Monday, 11 May 2020
Hello everyone! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. For this month's theme I chose the Just Cross Stitch Magazine. My first ornament is from the July/August 2011 Sneak Peek issue. It's Blue Ribbon Designs Christmas Cottage. I've stitched this on 18ct oatmeal with DMC conversion threads. I've run out of the checked ribbon I used on the previous ornaments so I went with what was in my stash and used a dark green grosgrain with the same jute rope edging.
My second ornament is from the 2011 Christmas Ornament issue and is Blue Ribbon Designs Frosty in the Firs. This is stitched and finished the same as my first ornament.
These are a fun stitch and I wish I had every magazine so I could have a complete set of them. I'm looking forward to everyone's stitching this month. Take care!
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Hi Everybody! I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day today! I was able to get some stitching done which included one of the challenge pieces for this SAL. I've been working on two of the themes.
For the first theme I've been working on the 12 Days of Christmas that were published in the Stoney Creek Magazines last year. I think this one came from the Spring issue. This is 5 Golden Rings stitched on 28 count white. I just love this particular series! Sorry for the dark picture...I'm not sure how that happened...LOL
I'm also working on Theme Three... the ornament for this month was supposed to come from the 2011 issue of JCS Ornament issue. This is called Winter Squirrel and is by Victoria Sampler. It's stitched on 28 count Natural over two. I substituted beads for the buttons they used...I wish I had the buttons, but I think the beads work well too. I have an antique tart pan that I hope to finish into an ornament with this when I get the chance. I really enjoyed working on this one!
And that's all that's fit to print. I hope you all are staying safe and keeping well. Happy Stitching!
Actually, I have a pic of my finished April ornament as well as my May ornament. The designer for the 5 Golden Rings is Lesley Grant, and the chart was in the Dec 1995 issue of UK Cross Stitcher magazine. I based the Calling Birds kookaburras on a small kookaburra chart by Di Noyce published in a very early Jill Oxton Cross Stitch Australia magazine.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Friday, 1 May 2020
I tried so hard to get my April ornament posted before it was May. Didn't happen; but just 1 day late. I went ahead and stitched April AND May's ornament, as I hope to get them all stitched and finished by Thanksgiving. Here is Four Colley Birds and Five Gold Rings by CEC in the 12 Days of Christmas series of leaflets. I think I will run out of this fabric before I am done, so some will be stitched in another color fabric. I loved stitching the little black birds....so cute. Stay home and stay safe everyone.
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
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 changed the colour of the hen's beak after I took this photo
When I had finished Day 4 I decided to bead the first three days using Mill Hill petite beads 42013
There are a number of issues with the charts. There is a mix-up between the symbols for the border and the writing. Some of the DMC conversions are incorrect (dark and light shades of yellow switched). The leaves in Day 4 were wrong. The corrections are being put on the website so check there before stitching.
Friday, 10 April 2020
Hi Everyone! I hope you all are safe and well. This is our fourth week of stay at home in Pennsylvania, USA and it will continue at least through April 30th. Even though I don't "know" any of you, I pray everyone is taking care of themselves and their families.
I didn't have the 2018 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue so I decided to use the Christmas Carol theme "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".
My first ornament is from a January 1989 For the Love of Cross Stitch Magazine Victorian Ornaments designed by Kathy Orr. I stitched it on 14 count mocha aida finished as a half circle flat ornament. I have a little bit of this edging left from my mother's stash and thought it was perfect for this ornament.
My second ornament this month is a freebie designed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum. She has many free angel patterns that can be found here: tiag.com/otherproducts/xmasangels. I had a little mishap finishing this one. I wanted to finish it as an oval but I just couldn't cut the oval well and smooth the fabric over it. So decided to move onto plan B. Since my material was already cut into an oval, I thought a drum shape would fit within the cut fabric. My picture doesn't show the detail of the wings which has such pretty color changes. I only had green felt in my stash that was soft enough to hand sew, but I like it. It has a little bit of gold metallic thread for the halo which also doesn't show up in the picture too well.
Thanks so much for this community of stitchers and I look forward to seeing everyone's April ornaments.