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Thursday, 19 April 2018

A White Christmas Ornament

Here is my design for April's White Christmas theme:

(sorry I haven't pressed it yet!) It is Victoria Sampler's Learning Collection kit for Kloster Blocks. It was a fun, quick stitch! I am really enjoying the VS Learning Collection this year and fitting them in with the monthly themes!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Faith's April Ornament

Rule Four is ready for April! 

A very good rule that we should try to do and pass on to future generations.

Christmas Rules
Honor Traditions
Rule Four
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

This is how the entire piece looks right now.

On to the next rule...

Thanks for looking and for the
comments left on my previous posts!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Feeling up to date and super organised!

Wow! I have actually caught up and I have chosen May's design already and plan to start it tomorrow (New Start Sunday) - I am so chuffed!

Here we are:

January:  Fa La La by Little House Needleworks. I did change the right hand carol singer's dress to blue as I thought it would be prettier (and somehow their dresses got longer to hide their boots - but we won't talk about that - lol!)

March: 2015 2018 Years ago by WDC Needlework (from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2015).  I made quite a few alterations to the original design but I am thrilled with how this turned out.

April: Frosty Friends by Blue Ribbon Designs from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2017.

These finishes are all the by-product of being stuck home for five days with Gastric Flu (no fun at all!) so I suppose it just goes to show that there is always a silver lining!


Suzanne's April - Four "Calling" Birds

Hello! I'm posting my April ornament Four "Calling" Birds from Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas. We are supposed to get a little snow here tomorrow. Spring hasn't quite arrived in my neighborhood.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March - We Three Kings

I'm stitching the Christmas Carol themes this year and the theme for March was We Three Kings.  I had several choices, but I found a group of charts that will match three of the themes so that's the one I chose.

This is the Three Kings chart from Cross Stitch Crazy #222.


March 2018

Thank you all for the nice words in the February post!
I know, Kay in Australia already has April. Here is March :-)

I wish you beautiful Easter holidays!

I'm looking forward to another xxxxxx!


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tamra's 3 Kings

Surprise!  Prairie Schooler - Book 109 Starry Night.  I have not stitched much with Kreinik before.  A little challenging but the effect in real life is beautiful.  Very sparkly.  32 count antique white Belfast linen with called for threads.

Rita's Three Kings March Ornament

This one's from a Leisure Arts publication.

Friday, 23 March 2018

One Hen

I'm totally shoehorning this is One Hen. I'm not sure she's French, and her sisters are not here, but I do have a Hen to show you for March, and I think she's very cute!

This is a Mill Hill kit, The Chicken or the Egg. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I just love Mill Hill kits! This one was fun and quick! Have a great rest of the month, everyone!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Little Stitches Art - March Updater

Still I couldn't catch up and I am one month delayed. Continuing with my Hooties 12 Days of Christmas I finished the second owl. I will post it also in my blog Little Stitches Art.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Cheryl's Three Kings March Ornament

This month I stitched an adaptation of "Adoration of the Magi" from the book "100 Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments" by Carol Siegel. 

I have stitched several of the ornaments in this book and have many more I plan to stitch in the future - as they cover so many themes.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Suzanne's March 2018 Ornament

Hello again! Here is the third Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas - Three "French" Hens. Don't you just love the french bread and the striped shirt! Thanks again for allowing me to join in.

Suzanne's February 2018 Ornament

I'm catching up today. I've stitched Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas - Two "Turtle" Doves.

January 2018 Ornament

Hello! Thank your for the addition to your group. I live outside of Philadelphia, PA, USA and have been cross stitching since the 1980's. I have been following and wanted to get in on the fun! I am stitching Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas to fit the 12 Days of Christmas theme (among other stitching of course :). This is my first post ever. I hope it comes out well.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Faith's March Ornament

I finished up my third rule for March!

It is a pretty happy rule that should help you finish your decorating in no time!

Christmas Rules
Fa La La
Rule Three
Designer - Lizzie*Kate

Thanks for looking and for the
comments left on my previous posts!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Serendipitous Jo's March Three French Hens

I have chosen the 12 Days of Christmas theme again this year and Just Nan's version is my design.  I started this on Christmas Day 2017 and stitched it for the 12 Days of Stitchmas.

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

The top four blocks:

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Some late February ornaments

I can't believe I forgot to post my February ornaments! I even made 2!

For the Carols theme, here is my Reindeer (not red-nosed). It is a Beyond Cross Stitch kit from Victoria Sampler called Evergreen.

And for the Twelve Days theme, here are 2 doves, called "Snowbirds," by Country Cottage Needleworks from JCS Christmas 2013. I used Quaker 28 ct linen in Pearl Gray, and I didn't cross stitch it-- I was lazy and did continental stitch (half cross stitch) 2 over 1 with the suggested DMC. I wanted a really small ornament and this is just over 2" square. I really like it and it was fun to do!

March - We Three Kings

Hi everyone,

Here is my ornament for March.  I chose We Three Kings by The Cat's Whiskers Studio in the 2009 JCS Ornament issue.  I made some minor changes by using gold Kreinik for the crown and some red Swarkovski crystals for embellishments.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Deck The Halls!

Hey guys!!

Finally finished my January "ornament" :)  

And here is the whole project so far.

I had to stray from this for February as I had already stitched "Reindeer" and nothing else suited Rudolph so I went to Pinterest and found a sweetest little freebie.  I can't wait to show it to you!

Hopefully be back soon!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February - Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer.

The red fabric will be used to finish the ornament. 
I like to stitch all the ornaments along the year and then stitch at December.

11 count fabric Dohler white

          Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 046 Red
  Anchor Cotton Thread Colour Code 890


Monday, 26 February 2018

Rita's February "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

I already posted earlier a PS reindeer without a red nose.  I'm calling him "One of the Other Reindeer".  It was an incomplete finish as someone told me on a FB post. (I appreciated it too...I would have hated to figure it out after it was finished finished.)

Here's the finished "One of the Other Reindeer":

...and here's Rudolph (from a Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings):

Tamra's February Ornament

This month I stitched Christmas Eve Deer by The Prairie Schooler from The Gift of Stitching November 2009.  32 count raw linen.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

February 2018

Thank you for the nice words in January!
My 2nd Day Christmas:

I wish you cheerful xxxxxx in March!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Delayed January Ornament by Little Stitches Art

I am very happy with that SAL, it is the first year I am going to participate. I discovered it late last year and I thought there was no point in starting at the end of the SAL. So I am here this year. I missed January as I was very busy with my job and that is why I will present now January’s ornament, which is the one I stitched in February. I will try to catch up……

Two topics were available, 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas carol. The decision about which design I was going top stitch wasn’t easy. It was clear for me that I wanted to do the “12 Days of Christmas” but there are plenty of designs to choose. I found one which is 12 days of Christmas in owl version called "Hooties 12 Days of Christmas". And that is the one I will do (I need to say that I have already designs chosen for 2 or 3 years).

For more information about the first owl visit my blog Little Stitches Art.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cheryl's February Rudolph

This year I am stitching a small Christmas Sampler which includes many of the themes for the year.  I was fortunate to have Rudolph make an appearance just when I needed him or this month's theme.

The chart is from Cross Stitcher Magazine (Nov 2017).
Happy February!

February - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Inspiration

February's theme is one of the more modern Christmas Carols we have for this year - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Originally Santa had 8 reindeer, as listed in the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas but in 1939 Robert L. May introduced us to the 9th Reindeer - young Rudolph.  His booklet was published by a department store Montgomery Ward who clearly knew a good marketing tool when they saw one!

Original cover art for the book

You can read the story behind the story on Wikipedia here - Wikipedia Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The booklet was followed by a short animation (1948), THE song (1949), various comic books (1950 onwards) and an animated television special in 1964.

By this time Rudolph's story is firmly fixed in our Christmas traditions and he is indeed the "Most Famous Reindeer of all!"

There are so many versions of Rudolph on YouTube, here's a cute one:

And a Heavy Metal version!  The lyrics are different but clean, if you are listening with children!

As with versions of the song, there are many cross stitched designs for you to choose from.

Lizzie*Kate Dear Rudolph

Nora Corbett Rudolph

Our own Daffycat has designed a series of small reindeer which I stitched into a cube finish:

Many of us have the annual Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Special issue and there are always Rudolph charts in there.  One of them is the April choice for a Facebook group - JCS Stitch Along

On the Runway by Snoflake Stitchery
Model photo from the magazine.

Looking forward to seeing a whole herd of Rudolph stitchery this month!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cathy's February Ornament

This came from the 2016 edition of Christmas Cross Stitch Favorites.  It's stitched on 14-count oatmeal Aida with the called for DMC floss.  The only change I made was to make the the two Christmas ornaments identical and stitch them with solid colors instead of the called for stripes.

He was a quick and fun stitch!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Mary's February

Hi everyone,

Here is my February finish.  I went with the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer theme so I chose Red Nosed Kiss by Cricket Collection.  It was a freebie from 2013.

Thanks for looking,
Mary in Kentucky

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Rita's February

I'm trying the songs theme this year and stitched this reindeer  by The Prairie Schooler for my Feb. ornament.  I thought about changing his nose to red for the picture and then frogging it out to restitch but was too lazy to do that.  I hope that the brown nosed reindeer is close enough.  ;-)  One change I made, though, was to use an overdyed thread (CC Cocoa) for the deer's body instead of the DMC that was charted.

Serendipitous Jo's February Two Turtle Doves

I have chosen the 12 Days of Christmas theme again this year and Just Nan's version is my design.  I started this on Christmas Day 2017 and stitched it for the 12 Days of Stitchmas.

So Block 2 had a good bit done already when I picked it up this February.  Here is the completed block:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Here is the top of the piece so far:

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A little bit of Rudolph ....

Well, I am still stitching my January Ornie - Fa La La by LHN -  but I did a bit of a shoehorn and turned one of the reindeers on 'Twas the night before Christmas by PS into Rudolph by adding a red bead to his nose! 

A bit of a cheat, I know but I do love a good shoehorn.

I am very close to a finish on this piece, so I am getting very excited.  Here is my latest progress pic.

Hopefully, I will finish my Jan ornie soon, too.


P.S. Sorry that my pics are a bit wonky - not sure what happened!