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Monday, 15 February 2021

DJ's February Update

Hello Fellow Stitchers!  I can't believe it's the middle of February already...this year seems to be whizzing by!  It's been a busy month here, but I'm still finding time to stitch...yay!  I hope I can keep it up!  This year I've only been working on two themes.  The first is the 12 Days of Christmas, which I chose the 12 Dragonlets of Christmas 2012 by Dragon Dreams.  Here is Two Turtle Doves...I really thought this one was cute!  It's stitched on 28 count Natural over two.  I'm going to include a picture of the first one I stitched too...as I was able to get it finally finished!





For my second theme I chose Theme Three and this month was a free choice.  So I picked Snowflakes Falling from the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  It's stitched on 40 count flax over two.  I'm not sure why I like snowmen so much, but this one was too cute not to stitch!



I hope everyone is keeping safe...and if you are in the US...I hope this polar vortex takes a hike soon....brrr.  Stay warm folks!  Happy Stitching! 

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Suzanne's February Ornament

 Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is staying healthy. I live in the North Eastern part of the US and we been having rounds of snow each week. Which is how it was when I was a kid but not so much lately. Since I'm working from home now, it doesn't bother me too much and it's pretty to look at. 

This month I went with Theme Three and chose a design from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue 2007. It is Julia Lucas Designs - Deck the Halls. 


I went through the magazines and CD I have and will be stitching a few more of her designs this year and squeezing them into the themes. This is stitched on 18 count oatmeal aida. I didn't have the seed beads, charm or some of the special threads but I made do with DMC and french knots. I made up my own wreath design where the charm would be. I was pleased, as I'm getting braver in just deciding to do my own thing and not be so rigid. I finished it as a flat ornament similar to the banner design as shown in the magazine. Can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Jan 2021

 This year I'm hoping to complete the 12 Berries of Christmas, by Erica Michaels. This is berry number 3.

3 Calling Birds
12 Berries of Christmas 
Erica Michaels

I also hoping to complete the 7 ornaments in Prairie Schooler Starry Night Ornaments. 

Starry Night 
Prairie Schooler

Cathy's First Day of Christmas

 For this SAL, I'm doing the 12 Days of Christmas option.  I've chosen Ursula Michael's version for this.

  and finished Day 1 on January 26th. 

Friday, 29 January 2021

Serendipitous Jo's January 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.  Then I returned to Day 1 and finished it.

Here are the 12 starts:


Here is Day 1 completed.  The fabric is a nice Lime Green which doesn't show up well on my laptop but looks great on my iPad!

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave


This is how far I got with my Bothy Threads design this month.  I am hoping to get a few of these blocks stitched this year.  It would be nice to get six but they are all full coverage so we shall see.  I am using the kit threads which are apparently Madeira but substituted the 14 count white aida for 32 count blue-grey linen because the coverage will be so much better.

stitched on 32 count blue-grey linen










Lynne's January Ornament (Elfin Stitches)

 


I'll be stitching another 12 Day set this year.  I'll be trying hard to stitch one ornament each month, but I will probably cave half way through the year and stitch all the remaining ornaments.  I have good intentions, but patience is not one of my virtues - and neither is moderation.  After much deliberation I chose the Kooler 12 Day set for this year.  I like the bright colours, and they are very different to the two 12 Day sets I have already stitched.  I am planning to display all 3 sets on an internal door this Christmas.

I stitched the ornament over 2 on 28 count antique white linen, with 2 strands of the called for DMC floss. If you are familiar with the Kooler 12 days you will notice that I made a few little changes.  The two pears seemed out of scale to me, so I reduced their size by stitching them in petit point. Although I am normally a back-stitch fan, I preferred a softer look for the tree so I omitted the back-stitching on the leaves.  I also smoothed out the edges of the heart, just because that's the way I like it. 





Clare's January update

 Hi everyone

I have not stitched as much as I would have liked for this blog as I have been secret stitching for our daughter's birthday. 

Anyway I have stitched the first day of Jardin Privé's Le 12 Jours de Noël. I haven't finished it yet but they will all be done individually. 


I'm also doing the Plum Street Sampler series but as yet I haven't got very far. I posted today as I noticed you need to post before month end, hopefully February's post will have a little more to show.