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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Themes for 2017

Hi lovely Christmas Elves,

It is that time again!  Time to start thinking about our themes for next year, so if you have anything you are really keen to stitch, now is the time to suggest the theme.

I am thinking of running two alternate themes for next year.

I have been chatting to the lovely Jo, one of the stalwarts of this blog and my inspiration for starting it, with her Hallowe'en Ornie SAL.  Anyway, we were having an email chat, as you do (since I live in Australia and she lives in England) and we were both saying how much we love stitching 1. Pieces with a theme and 2. The Twelve Days of Christmas. So, I said, how about we do that for a theme next year with an alternate set of themes for those of us who may not want to commit to a Twelve Days of Christmas stitch.  And if you wish, you could dip in and out of either theme.

So, I am thinking we will have:

On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Subsequent verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts, so that each verse is one line longer than its predecessor:
Calling Birds
Gold Rings
Geese a-Laying
Swans a-Swimming
Maids a-Milking
Ladies Dancing
10 Lords a-Leaping
11 Pipers Piping
12 Drummers Drumming

There are so many different designs out there on this theme - I just did a quick Google search and look at all of these:

Theme Two will be a variety, just as we had this year (and there is no reason we cannot use some of the same ideas again). So, get your Santa hats on and start sending through some choices to me!

If we have more than twelve ideas for Theme 2, then I will set up a little poll.


hugs, Kaye

P.S. Just as a reminder here are the themes for the last two years:


January - Music
February - Snow
March- Santa and his helpers
April - Ornaments/Decorations
May - Reindeer
June - Christmas animals/pets
July - free choice
August - Christmas clothing
September - Christmas Food
October - Toys/Presents
November - Oh Christmas Tree!
December - Angels/Nativity

THEMES FOR 2015  (only a partial year, as the blog was only started in August)

August - Mr and/or Mrs Santa
September - Christmas Tree/Presents
October - Angels/Nativity
November - Snowflakes/ Snowman/Wintry scene
December - free choice


Khristine Doiron said...

I love the Tweleve Days of Christmas idea!! But I am almost finished of Plum Street's 12 Days freebie so I don't think I will stitch another 12 Days one right away :) But I am really looking forward to seeing everyone else's. As for themes for next year I am up for anything! Thanks for all you do for us here on this blog Kaye!

Bea said...

I love the 12 Days of Christmas idea. Hopefully I'll get my act together for 2017 and be a properly active member.

KimM said...

Ooooo.....12 days of Christmas speaks to me! Awesome idea!

Rita said...

I love the idea of 12 Days of Christmas for next year's themes!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

How could you do that to me? Showing all those different 12 Days designs?
Theme-wise I have discovered that I like the geometric style ornaments more than any other when I go through my JCS issues. Christmas Tree would be my second choice. Carols or music would be a nice return too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Tinsel and lights.
Snowy scenes.
Sleighs and reindeer.

Lili said...

Themes: snow, Santa, Trees, Xmas words...
Love the idea of 12 days of Xmas.


Brigitte said...

The 12 Days - a great idea. There are definitely a lot of designs for this theme out there.
Other themes: birds, snowy village, owls (well, birds, lol), and as Jo suggested sleighs and reindeer.

Stitching Noni said...

Yes... just the kick up the behind that I need to stitch the Plum Street 12 Days of Christmas.... I would love to do the 12 Days as a theme for the year (I do have a few that I could chose from in my stash!)
But if not then.... how about.... snow, reindeers, Christmas trees, blingy ornies, cute Christmas animals, primitive Christmas designs, Santa, nativity
The list could go on!!
Hugs xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The Three Kings?
I love Noni's idea of Blingy Ornies!

Rita said...

I'm probably going to stitch 12 Days as my theme but I was thinking of a suggestion for Themes 2....Christmas around the world? (I was thinking of different countries, regions, and even Christmas on the beach, etc.)

Marie said...

L'idée de participer me plairait bien,je m'associe a Brigitte pour le choix.
Toutefois je me demande si j'ai bien compris les rêgles de cette ronde.