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Saturday 31 December 2016

New Badge for 2017....





To celebrate the New Year, I have designed a new Christmas Ornie SAL logo for 2017.

Please feel free to download it and link to this blog.




Friday 30 December 2016

December 2016

To all of you thank you very much for your kind comments! Well thank you!!!
Today I finished the job in December - Angels:

Each angel has a different skin color. I wish all people of the world, without distinction of skin color, peace, love, freedom and understanding!


Saturday 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas....

Wishing all of my very dear bloggy/crafty/cross stitchy friends the very Merriest of Christmases and a safe and Happy New Year.

I would also like to thank you all for your friendship, support, advice, encouragement and kindnesses to me over the past year.  This Christmas Ornie SAL blog,  has been so much fun and such a joy to see the wonderful Christmas stitching that everyone creates, and  gives me great pleasure to know that this blog has, just maybe, been of pleasure to you, too.

All the best for 2017 and I hope to see you all back on this SAL blog in January.


Monday 19 December 2016

O Holy Night....

My December choice for the Angels/Nativity theme was O Holy Night, this is from a JCS Ornie Mag (sorry, can't remember which one but I will check up on it and get back to you). 

[Update: dear Lili (no blog) has just let me know that it is from JCS Christmas Ornie Mag 2013 - thanks Lili.]

It is stitched on 28ct Willow linen, I then made it up into a little felt bag, which I filled with Christmas goodies as my Christmas present for my best friend, Kim.

I just wanted to thank everyone for taking part in this SAL, I hope that you have had fun and I look forward to having more fun with you next year.

Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Christmas and a Happy New Year, 

hugs, Kaye

Rita's December 2016 Angels

It's been crazy busy around here getting ready for Christmas to which you can probably all relate.  Last night I managed to finish stitching my December ornament for this group, Country Cottage Needleworks' "Angels".  I'd been looking at this design ever since it was released but this group's angel theme pushed me over the edge to buy and stitch it.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday 10 December 2016

My Family's 2016 Ornaments

I know, not this month's theme, but I wanted to share with you my family's 2016 ornaments.  (I either make or buy ornaments each year for all 4 of our kids and one for DH and I to share.  However many of us are together before Christmas have an "unveiling" before putting them on the tree the ornaments' first year.)  This year I chose Santas on sleds.  Both the designs and the sleds are by Foxwood Crossings and widely available in both online and brick and mortar needlework shops.

(I'm not sure why the pic is upside down.  It's rightside up on my computer.)

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Lili's November Ornament: "Oh Christmas Tree"

My November ornament!

Design: Knotted Tree NeedleArt – Delivering Christmas
(Just Cross Stitch 2016 Special Christmas Issue)
Fabric/Threads: 32 count Soft Cream /DMC

Thanks for looking! See you soon! 

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Merry Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree!
I managed to get my ornament for the month done just in time.  
Merry Merry
Country Cottage Needleworks

Sunday 20 November 2016

Serendipitous Jo's November Ornie - Tree

Throughout this year I have been stitching the Christmas Cubes by The Primitive Hare.  Each cube fitted one of the themes perfectly although I did have to stitch them out of order.

With no further ado, let's have a drum roll for the final Cube - H

stitched on 35 count Country Mocha from Willow Fabrics

Here they all are together:

And here are the four that I have finish-finished into cubes:

H will be joining them this week

Saturday 19 November 2016

November 2016

Dear my friends, thank you for your beautiful words in the comments!  They made me happy :-)

Today I finished the job this month - Christmas tree:

I wish you success in XXXXX !

Tuesday 15 November 2016

My Christmas tree while it is still in the woods

Hello stitch friends!

This month I chose First Snow which is a freebie from The Drawn Thread.  I had a different ornament chosen but once I spotted this one I changed my own mind.

I am still not sure how I will finish it.  I am thinking it would make a sweet standing cube to go in my Christmas village.  What do you all think?

Happy Stitching!

Sunday 13 November 2016

Oh Christmas Tree....

Hi Jolly Elves, 

Not long now until Christmas (I am not even going to frighten you by saying how soon - lol!).

So luckily, I have this gorgeous PS Christmas Tree stitched up this month, all ready to be turned into an ornie.  Now, Prairie Schooler designs do not usually use beads but I could not resist blinging up this design from Book #150, "December".

hugs, Kaye

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Rita's Nov. 2016...Oh Christmas Tree

It's going to be busy this month so I stitched my ornament early.  This is Winter Forest by Little House Needleworks.

It reminded me of the years we'd take the whole family to a Christmas tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree for the year.  Good times!

Friday 28 October 2016

Serendipitous Jo's October Ornie - Presents

I have decided to stitch the Christmas Cubes by Primitive Hare as my Christmas project this year.  I looked at the themes which Kaye had chosen for this year and all but two are covered by the Cubes.  Perfect!  It does mean that I will stitch the letters out of order but I can cope with that.

Here is Cube 8 - M

Here are the eight I have stitched so far:

And here is the first one finished into a cube:

I have some good news to share, I got an email from Immediate Media earlier this week telling me that I have been nominated in their Best Blog Category.   I was blown away and had to log on to see the other nominees.  I am in good company, there's a couple of designer blogs, one with 3 times the followers I have, a group blog and a couple of other bloggers who have really nice blogs, although one seems to be having a little break right now.  

If you enjoy my personal blog Serendipitous Stitching, I wonder if you would mind voting for me.

This is the website where you can vote - British Craft Awards.  There are several categories to vote in and have your say.  The first question asks if you live in the UK but that is only to assess your eligibility to be included in the prize draw.  Non UK residents can still vote, so please do!

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Two months rolled into one....

Hi there!  It is nearly the end of another month... goodness me this year is flying by!

As we all know this month's theme is presents/toys.  What a fun theme... there were so many things to choose from in my pile of magazines but in the end I picked a nice quick one!

This little Christmas Bunny was a freebie from a late 1990's/early 2000's issue of Cross Stitch Collection (I think...)  She fits in with the theme as she is holding a beautifully wrapped Christmas present :o)

The kit came with 18ct Aida - it is stitched with one thread of DMC floss.  (In the old days if they said DMC it was most likely really DMC thread!)  I even managed to make up the card as soon as I finished the stitching (not often I do that!!)

So that was October.... onto November's Christmas Tree theme!

Now is this cheating... I hope not... I want to call it brilliant planning because I have already finished my Christmas Tree for November!!

This design was published in the Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2015 issue.  The designer is From the Heart ~ NeedleArt by Wendy.  I didn't use any of the recommended threads - instead the lettering is stitched in Dinky Dyes "Pilbara", the tree foliage in Dragon Floss "Stem Green" and the trunk and star in DMC.

So that's me done and ahead of the game for a change.....

Happy Christmas Stitching
Hugs xx

Oktober 2016

Thank you all for the kind words in the comments to my post of September! They were pleased :-)

Today I present the October my cross stitch:

I wish you a wonderful November!

Monday 24 October 2016

Oh Golden Christmas Tree

Bonjour et un grand merci pour vos commentaires lors de mon premier post!

Déjà terminé  eh, oui!
Mes petits sapins pour le mois de Novembre  sont déjà fini!!!

 Oh,oh,   Golden Christmas Tree

Modéle d'un livre de Brenda Keyes

Brodé sur Murano 12fils,t Gentle Art "Piney wood"et fils doré Madeira

A toutes une belle et douce semaine


Friday 21 October 2016

October Ornament

Hello again!

I hope everyone is having a lovely October!  So far our October here in eastern Canada has been fairly nice.  Just wet and windy.

This month I chose Christmas ABC by Shepherd's Bush from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue.  I chose this because there are 4 presents in it, well 3 for sure and one that I am 75% sure it is a present.  Can you find them all?

I really had a lot of fun stitching this and can't wait to get started on more Shepherd's Bush patterns!

I love all the themes for next year!  Right now I am going to check out what I have that I want to stitch that I can sneak into the themes each month.  :)

Happy Halloween everyone!!
And if you don't celebrate Halloween, Happy Stitching!


Thursday 20 October 2016

2017 Christmas Ornament SAL themes revealed!

Drum Roll please (or at least listen to the wonderful version of The Little Drummer Boy sung by A Capella group, Pentonix, below)....

The themes for our Christmas Ornament Stitching for 2017 are revealed below..

As the idea of having two themes running concurrently, seemed to meet with everyone's approval, we will be going ahead with that plan.


On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Subsequent verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts, so that each verse is one line longer than its predecessor:
Calling Birds
Gold Rings
Geese a-Laying
Swans a-Swimming
Maids a-Milking
Ladies Dancing
10 Lords a-Leaping
11 Pipers Piping
12 Drummers Drumming

There are so many different designs out there on this theme - I just did a quick Google search and look at all of these:

Now, here is the exciting part of the reveal....  As it happens (with a little bit of tidying up), we had exactly TWELVE suggestions for Theme Two, how is that for a bit of Serendipity?  So, without more ado, here we are...


January - Christmas Tree
February - Carols/Music
March- Tinsel/Christmas Lights
April - Snowy Scenes
May - Sleighs/Reindeer
June - Christmas Words/Phrases
July - Birds/Animals
August - Blingy Ornaments
September - Santa
October - Nativity
November - Primitive Christmas Designs
December -  The Three Kings/Wise Men

Now, remember, please, this is meant to be a no-stress, fun SAL, so please feel free to stitch either Theme One or Theme Two or both or dip in or out of either as the mood takes you.

My plan (at this stage) is to stitch Theme One and to dip in and out of Theme Two, as the fancy (and time) takes me.

To that end, I have already organised my Twelve Days of Christmas Design. It is a Jim Shore design, I have always wanted to own one of his ornaments, and now I have the chance to stitch one (or twelve, really).

I have all of the floss, beads and buttons ready, I just need to get my fabbie organised and decide whether to stitch one large piece or twelve single ornaments. I am leaning towards one large stitched piece.

 So, I hope that you are happy with next year's themes, I know that I am.

hugs, Kaye

Wednesday 19 October 2016

September and October

For my September ornament, I stitched the companion for my July gingerbread man, only I stitched her on 14-count plastic canvas instead of fabric.  I'm in the process of making several of these to hang on my tree.
 For my October ornament, I chose Mill Hill's Holiday Express, because who doesn't like to see a train circling the tree.

Friday 14 October 2016

Lili's October Ornament: Toys/Presents

My October ornament!

Design: Needle Bling Designs - Happy Holidays
(JCS Special Christmas Issue 2016)
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Vintage Country Mocha linen/ DMC

Thanks for looking!
Happy stitching,
(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Christmas Toys


Nouvelle inscrite je vous dis bonjour a toutes,j'habite en France en Alsace.

Voici ma participation pour le mois d'Octobre !

Brodé sur lin irisée 12fils 
Fils DMC

A bientôt

Sunday 9 October 2016

Rita's October 2016 Toys/Presents

I can't believe it's not the last day of the month and I've stitched mine already.  Take note, because this may not happen again for a very long time.  ;-)

While looking for what to stitch, I remembered that I'd started it but it's been languishing in my wip pile.  So......killing 2 birds with one stone I finished a wip that works perfectly for the theme.  It's by Little House Needleworks, one of my favorite designers.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

September: Christmas Food

September: Christmas Food

Gingerbread, Christmas pie and cupcake are all on my first ornament.
Baked Goods
Ornament Series 2011, No 7
Little House Needleworks

The second ornament features Christmas cookies.
Christmas Cookies
Country Cottage Ornament Series 2014

Sunday 2 October 2016

September 2016

Girls, Thank you all for your kind comments in the August post!

The task for September I started late. To this must be added my strange illness that troubled children and not an old woman.

So, in October, I want to show the September award - eating :-)

I wish you a nice October!

Friday 30 September 2016

Lili's September Ornament: Christmas Food

My September ornament!
Design: Primrose Needleworks - Lord & Lady Gingerbread - JCS Special Christmas Issue2015
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Ivory linen/ DMC

Thanks for looking!
Happy stitching,
(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Who wants Figgy Pudding?

Isn't it amazing what you can find when you go rummaging around in your stash!  I was looking through my stash of Christmas designs for something pudding or food like but nothing jumped out until I raided the box of magazine freebies....

So who would like some figgy pudding?  This is a Jane Greenoff design.  I am not sure what magazine it came from originally (probably Needlecraft UK) but it would have been from the late 80's or early 90's I suspect.

So that's it - quick and simple this month!

See you next month! Til then happy Christmas stitching!
Hugs xx