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Thursday, 21 October 2021

DJ's October Post

Hi Stitchers!

Whew, is it just me or does time seem to be flying by?  What a crazy year this has been....but thankfully I'm keeping up with this SAL!

So still keeping up with two themes this year, the first being the 12 Days of Christmas.  I've been working on Dragon Dreams the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 and this month is the 10 th dragon, 10 Dragons Leaping.  These guys  are just too funny!

The second theme I've been working on was Theme Three and was specific years from the JCS Ornament issue.  This month the year was 2006 and I chose a Blackbird Design called Quaker Medallion Strawberry Pinkeep.  Unfortunately I haven't had time for finishing lately, but hopefully I'll be better next month!  (Wishful thinking on my part I think...)

Anyway, that's it for this month...I've been enjoying seeing what the rest of you have been stitching!  I hope you are all safe and well....Happy Stitching!

Friday, 15 October 2021

Suzanne's October Ornament

 Hi Everyone! I've done lots of stitching and finishing but only one fits Theme Four - Christmas Baking. I'm working on these lovely freebies from Pinker 'n Punkin Quilting, , Barnyard Christmas. This one is called Baking on the Farm. Perfect!!

I'm finishing all of these the same way on 18 count oatmeal Aida with called for DMC threads. I can't wait to display them this year. 

I post all my finished stitching on my Flickr account here: and at Rachel's Ten Hour Stitcher Fully Finished Gallery each month:

I hope everyone is well. Take care!

Friday, 24 September 2021

DJ's September post

Hi Everybody!   I'll be honest and say, I'm still trying to play catch up...and so far I've been able to stitch my ornaments in time, just haven't been able to fully finish them.  Fingers crossed, I'll have them finished for the next post.  (But don't hold your breath!  LOL)

I've been working with two themes this year, first was Theme One, the 12 Days of Christmas.  I've been stitching the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 so the September ornie was 9 Dragons Dancing.  Her little tutu makes me laugh...and here she is!

The second was Theme Three and the year chosen was 2016 so for this ornament I chose Snow Day by Squareology.  I have wanted to stitch this for ages, had the fabric for a long while, and finally decided this was the time.  Now I have to decide if I want to finish it as a round ornament as it's pictured, or as a biscornu as I've seen it finished before.  Decisions, decisions...anybody have a preference ?  Maybe I should take a poll? LOL

I don't know if I mentioned it here before, but we have been waiting expectantly for our grandchild to arrive since January (our kids told DH on his birthday)  She arrived a few weeks early two weeks ago.  She is the reason I've been so far behind...LOL!  Now that she has arrived and most of the stitching/crocheting I've been trying to get done is behind me, I will have more time to work on things I have been hoping to between Gigi snuggles that is!  LOL  I hope everyone is safe and well.  Until next time...Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Serendipitous Jo's August and September Ornament

Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

In August I stitched the Eighth Day - a Maid A'Milking:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

This month I stitched the Ninth Day - a Lady Dancing:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

I didn't backstitch around the white of her skirt as it looked more lacy without it.

I picked up my Bothy Thread 12 Days again in August and reached this point at the end of the month:

Aiming for a block finish in September!

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Suzanne's September Ornaments

Hi everyone! I was able to complete a few ornaments for this month's themes. I'm still working on the Pinker n' Punkin Quilting Barnyard Christmas Series. Two of them fit Theme Four - Christmas Decorations. 

Farm Truck

The Stockings Were Hung

These are so fun to stitch. I'm using 18 count Oatmeal Aida finished in a flat ornament with the red ticking ribbon and jute twine. I'm not sure how many I have left and I'll be sad when they are done. 

I've also stitched three ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch 2016 magazines. These are all Amy Bruecken Designs. 
Love Ewe in August 2016

Penguin Love in December 2016

Snowman Love in Christmas Ornament Issue 2016

These are all stitched on blue 14 count Aida with the DMC threads and finished with red and green rick rack. I made a couple of color mistakes but I didn't notice until they were practically ready for fully finishing. The recipients will never know 😊

I hope everyone is well and stitching what they love!

Monday, 30 August 2021

DJ's July and August...

Hi Fellow Christmas Stitchers!

I'm so far behind I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever catch up!  LOL  I was so hoping to finish ornaments as I went along but...well so goes the best laid plans of mice and men.  So...You'll just have to see my un fully finished items for the past two months.

I've been working with only two themes this year.  The first theme I chose was the 12 days of Christmas.  I've been stitching the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 designed by Dragon Dreams.  Here are the 7th and 8th days...

The second theme was years that were chosen from the JCS ornament issue.  July's issue was from 2018 and I chose the Merry Christmas Drum by From the Heart Needleheart.  I still haven't made it into a drum, but hopefully soon I'll be getting some finishing done.

August's issue was from 2008 and I chose Christmas Centerpiece by Brittercup Designs.  I really enjoyed this one!  If I get these fully finished,  I'll try to remember to post their pictures when I do.  

Onwards and upwards!  Hopefully I'll be back on track with finishing next month.  Happy Stitching everyone! 

Friday, 13 August 2021

One more for August - Suzanne

 Hi again! I forgot I had one more finish that fit Theme Three - Just Cross Stitch Magazine 2008. This is a Casey Buonaugurio Design - Let it Snow. My niece collects snowmen and I've been making snowman ornaments for her for many years. I stitched this on 14 count light blue Aida with the called for DMC threads. I finished it as a flat ornament with red twine edging. I had the little snowflakes in my stash.

I hope all is well with everyone and you are enjoying stitching every day!

Take care, Suzanne