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Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Kaye: January Post

 Hello Lovely Christmas Elves, 

Well, I attempted to finish something for all four themes this month but only had success with two of them. 😢

For Theme One, I found this great design on Etsy by Keenstitch, which you can find here.  It has been a lot of stitching of red happening (hence my only finishing two themes in January) but the next eleven months will be a breeze!

My other finish is for Theme Three: Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament Magazine for 2018.  The design which I chose was "Noel" by JBW Designs on p.22 of the magazine. I used my own choice of floss and added some beading to the wreath.  The ribbon that I used to trim it is actually metallic, so the finished piece has quite a nice shine to it.

I did begin my stitching for Theme Four: "A Christmas Carol" - Tiny Tim.  I found this gorgeous design on Etsy by Prim Stitcher Shoppe, which you can find here.

This is how much I have stitched of the design so far: 

And this is what the finished design will eventually look like:

Finally, for Theme Two: "Christmas Songs" - The Little Drummer Boy, I have kitted up (I had to wait for the pattern to arrive from the U.S.) another JBW Design: Sing a Song of Christmas XI: Little Drummer Boy.

So, hopefully both of these will make a late appearance sometime this year - 🤣🤣🤣

Best of luck with all of your Christmas stitching this year.


Saturday, 28 January 2023

Gwen: January

 I've finally started my 12 Days of Christmas Stockings that I got last year. I plan to block finish, so the earlier I get them stitched the better. Day 1 is stitched minus the beads. I'll add beads later when I get a few more stitched.

12 Days of Christmas Stocking
Annie Beez Folk Art

Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Suzanne's January Ornament


I decided to go with Theme 2 Christmas Songs this year. January is Little Drummer Boy and I found this Blackberry Lane Designs "Peace on Earth" in the JCS 2016 Christmas issue. I thought the little drum was a good fit for the theme. It came out a little large on 14 count but that's all I had in my stash in Navy. My friend loves a large ornament, so she won't mind. I used most of the called for DMC threads with some substitutions for the specialty threads.

This was a quick stitch. The jute cord has some gold woven through it but it doesn't show in the photo. 

I hope everyone is healthy to start the new year and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's stitching.

Monday, 19 December 2022

 Hello lovely Christmas Elves, 

Your hostess here, Kaisievic, who has been so slack again in 2021 2022 and barely NOT posted all year (although Christmas stitching has featured on my IG and FB pages throughout the year).  Anyway, here I am, popping up to announce 2023's themes. Some are familiar, some are new but without further ado - here they are:

An old favourite ....... 

.... and a newer favourite (but with some different song suggestions from previous years)...

.... and another old favourite - everyone loves to stitch something from JCS Christmas Ornie Mags.....

.... and a BRAND NEW theme, inspired by the fact that I saw the wonderful production of A Christmas Carol starring David Wenham a couple of weeks ago at the The Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.

.... and lastly, here is our new badge for 2023 showcasing some of my Christmas Smalls finishes.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy stitching any combination or all of these themes in 2023 and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a much happier 2023 than the past few years have been.


UPDATE: If any of you want to do some of the 'A Christmas Carol' choices - just check out PrimStitcherShoppe on Etsy (I have absolutely no affiliation) - she has some great 'A Christmas Carol' designs available in downloadable pdf at 20% off atm.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

DJ's December Ornaments

Whew....we made it!  I can't believe Christmas is less than two weeks away!!  I didn't get to fully finished most of my ornaments, but I did finish quite a few in time to pass some of them out at Thanksgiving.  I was really hoping to fully finish up the 12 Days before I posted but I don't want to forget...I guess I can always come back  and update...right?  Anyway, here is where I am at the moment...

Theme one:  12 Days ... 12 Drummers Drumming from the book 2001 Cross Stitch Patterns

Theme three:  Something from the JCS ornament issues free choice.  I chose 2010 Ornament by the Sweetheart Tree.  I have loved this one, stitched it a few times for other people, this year I stitched it for myself.  I'm in the middle of getting it finished up...hopefully soon!  LOL


Theme four:  the Nutcracker free choice, for this one I chose ballet slippers.  This was from The World of Cross Stitch Issue 314.  

Here are a few pictures of ornaments I was able to  fully finish (some were a part of this challenge!  Others were from years past)  

As always, thank you so much for organizing this challenge and keeping us in line!  It's a great way to keep us motivated and have ornaments ready to give out by the end of the year!  I'm looking forward to next year's challenges!  I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and that Stitchy Claus is good to you!  Happy Stitching!!

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Suzanne's December Finish


This was a fun stitch for the year. I wasn't sure how to finish it but I saw a post from Rhona Norrie about wrapping a hoop and thought I would try it. I like the candy cane stripe effect. Thanks so much for traveling along with my stitching this year. Have a very Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

DJ's November ornaments

Whew, hard to believe it's November already, where has this year gone?  Been getting a bit more stitching done these days....having a cold/cough for over 3 weeks has kept me home and stitching (when I'm not sleeping...haha).  Here are the three themes I've been working on.  

First is the 12 Days of Christmas...11 Pipers Piping.  I like that this one is wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes.  Seems more traditional.  This was a fun stitch!  

Next up is Theme Three which is something from the JCS 2011 ornament issue.  I chose Just a Little Flaky by Val's Stuff.  I love how this one turned out!  Still considering how I should finish this one...  

Last is Theme Four the Nutcracker.  The challenge for this one was Gnome, so I stitched Be Jolly by StitchyFish Designs from the 2021 JCS Ornament issue.  This one made me smile.

I've done a bit of finishing lately, but not these ornaments.  I should get busy, Christmas will be here before we know it!  I hope everyone is safe, healthy and happily stitching!