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Friday, 3 July 2020

June: Free Choice

My Free Choice ornaments for June are a finish for Day 1 of Erica Michaels', The 12 Berries of Christmas and a FFO of Quaker Birds by Little House Needleworks.  

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

June Ornament finished

Well, it is technically July 1, but I DID finish it yesterday......just hadn't ironed it or taken a picture. This is #6 in the CEC 12 Days of Christmas series, a lovely goose sitting on her nest with some colorful eggs. I went and signed myself up for 2 more SAL's, a Maine one ( that's where I live), and I am going to tackle The Jane Fiddes Sampler ( anyone else??).

Monday, 22 June 2020

DJ's June Ornaments

Hi Y'all!

It's been pretty busy at DJ's Digs lately, but I think I finally got all my ducks in a row for the month of June.  Here is what I've been stitching.

For Theme one I have 6 Geese a Laying for the 12 days of Christmas...This is from Stoney Creek Magazine.  It is stitched on 28 count over two on white evenweave.

For Theme Three I had free choice, so I chose something from the 2016 JCS Ornament issue.  This is Waiting for Santa by Swallick Stitchery.  I just love those little sheep butts!  LOL!!!  It was stitched on 32 count mocha linen over one.

And that's it for me this month!  I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying your stitching!  Take care...

Sunday, 14 June 2020

May and June 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.

stitched on 40 count White Newcastle Linen

Here are designs from the second booklet with their beads added:

And here are the first six days all together:

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Suzanne's June Ornaments

Hello Everyone! I hope you all are well. Here in Pennsylvania USA, they are easing restrictions but I'm taking it very slowly. The weather has been, on the most part, very nice and I've been getting out every day. I have one ornament for this month as June is a "free" month I chose Lizzie*Kate's Christmas Love from the JCS 2012 Christmas ornament issue.
I stitched this on 14 count toast aida using the DMC suggested threads. I finished it as a flat ornament using oatmeal twine.

I look forward to seeing everyone's ornaments this moth. Take Care!!

Sunday, 31 May 2020

May : Away in a Manger

 My barely got my May ornament done. This month I went with the Christmas Carols theme. This manger was a quick stitch. 

Online pattern, from crochet border
28ct Green 
DMC Blanc, Krienik #4 Braid 028

Monday, 11 May 2020

Suzanne's May Ornaments

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

May Maynia Ornaments

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!

My May ornament

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


My ornament for this month is Christmas Song Theme. My angel is by is from a Prairie Schooler small card.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Late April update

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 cute. Stay home and stay safe everyone.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

March and April 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 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

Suzanne's April Ornaments

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: 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.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

April Antics

Whew!  You would think, since we are all hunkered down, that I would be getting more stitching done even more quickly!  Well, that might be the case, except I'm quarantined with  my dear husband.  While it's nice to spend more time with him, he keeps finding things for me to do!  It's all good though!!

So...I'm only working on 2 of the themes this year.  The first is the 12 Days of Christmas...this month is the 4th day...or 4 Calling Birds.  This particular set is from the Stoney Creek Magazine which offered the 12 days in 4 separate publications.  This one came from the Spring 2019 (I think).  I love this particular set, so colorful.  The only change I made is the bell charm.  I didn't have the Mill Hill embellishment they suggested, so I dug around in my charm box and found this...and in all honesty, I think I like it much better.  It's stitched on 28 count white evenweave over two. 

The other theme is theme three and this month is from the 2018 JCS Ornament issue.  I chose Dashing Through the Snow by Lucie Keaton.  I stitched this on 28 count Pearl Grey linen over two.  I changed the floss a wee bit, using the cotton DMC 321, DMC B5200 and a red Petite Treasure Braid by Rainbow Gallery.  Since the quarantine stared here in Maryland, I've been working hard to use things from my stash.  It's kind of fun working around things and getting creative.  So far so good!!

And that's all the news that's fit to print.  I hope you are well, keeping safe, and finding ways to see joy in the journey!  Happy Stitching!!

Friday, 3 April 2020

My March ornament (a little late)

I did finish this ornament before the end of March, but these days I am slow to follow through.  I think it comes from having lots of time at home and few commitments.  Nothing seems to get done!
These French hens are from a DMC leaflet called 'La Ferme'.

I've also stitched, but not yet finished up, my April ornament.  I chose to stitch kookaburras as my 'calling birds', because of all the bird calls I have heard, the kookaburra is my favourite. Often I wake to the call of the kookaburras, and any time of the day (particularly if rain is near) I can often hear it. I used a Di Noyce chart (from Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia mag) as the inspiration for my kookas, but did make a lot of changes.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

My March Finish

I finished my March ornament about a week ago, but just now getting to take a pic of it. This is the 3 french hens from The 12 Days of Christmas by The Cricket Collection. With all the time stuck at home, you'd think we would all get lots of stitching done.....but everything in the world is so sad and topsy turvey right now, and some days I just don't feel much like stitching. Stay healthy everyone and stay home!!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

March Ornament

Well I just barely got my March ornament done. I copied DJ and stitched the Peace pin from the JCS Ornament Magazine. I stitched mine on a random scrap of green fabric from my stash with DMC B5200 and Weeks Dye Works Whiskey (the picture is a bit washed out). I feel like adding some beads but can't decide where to put them.

Peace Pin
Jeannette Douglas
JSC Magazine 2012

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

DJ's March Madness

Hi everybody!  Between Wedding planning (for my DS), estate settlement, viruses, and all the usual craziness, I was actually able to finally catch up on my Christmas stitching!  Yippee!!  This year I've limited myself to only two of the themes.  

First off is Theme one...who can resist the 12 Days of Christmas?  I sure can't!!  This is Three French Hens from the Stoney Creek Magazine Winter 2019.

And for Theme Three the suggestion this month was for a pattern from the 2012 JCS Ornament Issue, and I chose Peace Pin Button 2012 by Jeanette Douglas.  This is stitched on 40 ct. over two (with the lettering stitched over one) light mocha.   It's tiny but I love how it came out!

Hopefully things will slow down soon and I'll be able to get these things finished into ornaments!  Wish me luck!!  I hope you are all staying safe, keeping healthy, and finding comfort in your stitching!  It's hard to help plan a wedding set for May when you are sheltering from home.  I keep praying we will be back to normal soon, and my son and his lovely Bride to be will be able to get married and sent on their honeymoon.  It's definitely a year to remember!  Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Suzanne's March Ornaments

Hello everyone!
I am continuing with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme this month. My first ornament is from the 2012 Christmas Ornament Preview issue. I've completed the Blue Ribbon Designs Woodsy Winter on 18 count aida using the DMC conversion. I've finished it the same as my previous two as a flat ornament and jute twine.
My second ornament is the Blue Ribbon Designs Roaming Reindeer from the 2012 Christmas Ornament issue also on 18 count aida using the DMC conversion and finished as a flat ornament.

I'm enjoying this series of designs. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's stitching this month.

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.