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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Gwen: January 2017Ornament

My ornament this month isn't on either theme list. I've started my 12-Days ornament but wasn't able to finish it. This is my Jan ornament.

January: Christmas Tree.

"Seven Pines" LHN freebie

Lili's December and January Ornament

This angel is my 2016 December ornament, month theme "Angels":

 Design: C Mon Monde - Michele Angelot
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Vintage Country Mocha linen / DMC floss

For this year my choice is doing the theme 2, a variety of themes.
Month theme is "Christmas Tree", so my choice ... this lovely tree with a cat ;)

Design: Chessie & Me - Chessie's Tree ( JCS 1999 Christmas Issue)
Fabric/Threads: 28 count Lambswool linen / DMC / Beads

See you next month!

Kaye's first day....

Boy, did I have grand plans for this year's SAL, which have fallen almost flat on their face already - lol!

First of all I was going to do BOTH themes and for my 12 Days theme I was going to do Jim Shore's 12 Days of Christmas and then I was going to do a LHN Christmas Tree ornie, BUT....

I have NOT gone anywhere near a Christmas tree design however I did start the Jim Shore but now I am thinking that I want to change the border and I didn't get very far along with it, so neither of those plans worked AS somehow I ended up stitching The Frosted Pumpkin's 12 Days of Christmas and I am loving it!

I present to you, Day One... A partridge in a pear tree....

I am stitching on a lovely green fabric, called Serenity, using my own choice of floss colours.

hugs, Kaye

Monday 30 January 2017

12 Days of Christmas - 1st Day

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

I have been wanting to stitch this design since the last of the blocks were released in December 2015 and this year's double theme was the perfect excuse for me to finally start stitching it!

But I just had to be very different... and I have gone for slightly different/non traditional colours than the recommended colours... as you will see from the pic below:
I am stitching this on 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" from Colour Cascade Fabrics and using threads from Jodyri Designs.  The colours I am using are: Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Into Midnight (the border).

I am really loving how the First Day has turned out.... so onto the Second Day!

Til next month... happy Christmas stitching!

Sunday 29 January 2017

Faith's January Ornament

Hello fellow stitchers,

My name is Faith (Faithfully Stitching) and I am new to this blog! I am very excited to be here and glad that I will have an entire set of ornaments by the end of the year.

I decided to stitch up Margaret Sherry's Twelve Days of Christmas from the book "The Best of Margaret Sherry" and have just finished Day 1 for January.

I look forward to seeing everyone's ornaments and thanks for taking a peek at mine! 

Monday 23 January 2017

January Ornament

I can't believe it - after a whole year of reading and commenting, I actually have an ornament stitched although not finish finished.

This is #1 of Dragon Dreams' "12 Dragonlets of 2012", stitched 2 over 2, 28 count, on Silkweaver's Reflections line, called Sparkling Forest. The colour is right in the photo, but it didn't pick up the gold sparkle that runs through it.

If it catches your eye, you can find the patterns on Jennifer's FB page, Dragon Dreams Inc. You'll have to hunt for them as she released them through 2012 and they have not been put in a file that I can see.

Also, she's just released a new design for the change of the Chinese New Year. Officially, monkey passing the torch to rooster; in the Dragon Dreams world, yeti passing the torch to phoenix.

A Prairie Schooler Partridge from Mary

Hello! This is my Very First Post with you all! And here is my Partridge in a Pear Tree from Prairie Schooler, found in 2005 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments. It is also my first Prairie Schooler design! I can see why everybody loves this designer-it is a very nice design I think. I used the recommended colors, stitching on 32 Lakeside Vintage Examplar 2 over 2. It's finished with some calico I had that was just perfect, and my 1st (successful) cord made with my new Kreinik cord maker I got for Christmas. (Does anyone else have one of these? Do you find the 3:1 ratio is accurate? I needed more like 4.5:1 to get the amount of cord I wanted.) However,  I love being able to match trim so perfectly and make the cord so quickly and easily! I think I'll use it a lot.

Here's what I have coming up for February! Cottage Garden's Turtle Doves! I like how it is so frosty-wintry. I am doing it on 40 to keep it small as an ornament. Wish me luck!

Sunday 22 January 2017

Serendipitous Jo's January Christmas Tree Finish

I have decided to follow the 12 Days of Christmas theme for this year but will dip into the other themes as and when I have something suitable.

This month I have a lovely tiny finish, my first of 2017.  This is Antique Christmas Trees by JBW:

I stitched it over one on 32count white linen using the DMC conversion.  I changed the alphabet to 3721 rather than white which would have just blended into the fabric.  I think it was supposed to be snow under the trees.  The top photo is very true to colour, we have a new lightbulb in the kitchen which seems to work well for colour!  The bottom photo was taken in the living room and I've added some coins for scale:

L-R : 1penny, 1pfennig, 5centimes and 1cent

Friday 20 January 2017

Extra! Extra! Please check out....

The new kid page on the blog...

The Twelve Days of Christmas Stash Enabling Page....

If you want to find a new The Twelve Days of Christmas design, you should be able to find something to take your fancy there (please note, I have absolutely no affiliation with 123 Stitch or any other online stitching store).

Have fun, 

hugs, Kaye

P.S. If I have left a fabulous design out, please let me know!

Thursday 19 January 2017

January - 12 Days of Christmas by Margaret Sherry

   I remember the first time that I saw this series.  I was a bit depressed, and it really made me laugh. I couldn’t resist, and got it. My husband says that I have a strange sense of humor, but he liked them too.
    Up first is Miss January, also known as Partridge In A Pear Tree.  I think that she and her friends are adorable. Her daily progress was interesting.
    Isn’t she a pretty, and colorful lady? I’m looking forward to stitching, and introducing Miss February.
    ~ Creating Beauty Mrs S

Wednesday 18 January 2017

12 Days of Christmas by Michaela Learner

I have chosen to do 12 Days of Christmas by Michaela Learner. You can find the patterns in her Etsy shop here

I have finished the 1st day Partridge in a Pear tree. I hope to be starting the 2nd one soon.
Happy Stitching! East Coast Stitcher

Serendipitous Jo's January Partridge in a Pear Tree

This year I am going to be stitching Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas each month.  I started it on 12th December 2016 and completed one of the Herald Angels for December's theme.

I also stitched on it every day for the 12 Days of Christmas as part of a Challenge on the Stitch Maynia FB page.  Since then I have been focused on finishing the Partridge for this month.  I did have a little break to fit in my Hallowe'en stitching though.

Here is the Partridge in his Pear Tree, minus his beads which will be added at the end:

And here is the whole piece so far:

The plan is to stitch the borders each evening when my son is in the bath and return to Block 2 in February.  You can see where I stitched each block for a decreasing number of days for the challenge!  Block 12 only got stitched on the final 12th Day whereas Block 2 got stitched on every day from the 2nd onwards.

Saturday 14 January 2017

12 Days of Christmas

  I realize that my first post wasn't in keeping with this SAL. It is actually part of a different SAL.  I was so excited, and nervous learning how to post in a blog for the first time. I completely forgot that I couldn't use it for both. (hand slap to forehead!)
   After a conversation with our sweetheart of an administrator, who helped me learn how to use a blog. It hit me why I had pulled out a 12 Days of Christmas chart that had made me laugh.
   I thought that I'd stitch a Margaret Sherry design. Each stitched as an individual block.
   Thank you Kaye for inviting me to join, and explaining how to do this. You really are a sweetheart.

Friday 13 January 2017

Rita's Jan. 2017 Ornament

Happy New Year to all!

I was excited about this year's proposal to use the 12 Days of Christmas for a theme here.  A while back I stitched PS 12 Days of Christmas all on one piece of fabric but thought it would be fun to stitch the individual "days" to use as ornaments.  So...when we decided that 12 Days would be an available theme for this year, I jumped on it.

Without further ado, here's my Partridge:

Here's a picture of the whole thing stitched on one piece of fabric:

Thursday 12 January 2017

Creating Beauty Mrs S January Ornament

My 1st finish for 2017!

I'm working on my Hot Cocoa Snowmen Ornament Set by Joan Elliot. I finished the first 4 last year. Snowman #5 is done!

Thursday 5 January 2017

Satsuma Street: Partridge in a Pear Tree

I'm so excited to be participating this year!  I plan to work through Satsuma Street's 12 Days of Christmas over the next twelve months.

I'm doing these as individual ornaments, and plan to vary the Aida used between white and the three DMC Brights fabrics (blue, green and yellow).  Once they're done, I'm hoping to finish them banner style so they can hang from some evergreen garland over the holidays!

This first one started life in the car just before New Years weekend - we took a roadtrip out to Bethany Beach, DE to ring in 2017.  It was finished while watching a last Christmas movie (It's a Wonderful Life) before letting the holiday season go.

Sunday 1 January 2017

Serendipitous Jo's December Ornie - Angel

Throughout all of 2016 I was stitching the Christmas Cubes by The Primitive Hare for each relevant month on this blog.  I finished stitching them in November and finally finished finishing them the Friday before Christmas, just in time!

Here are all nine on display:

I backed them all with the same holly print fabric and made low-sew cubes using my own technique.  Each cube took about 2 hours to finish.

Having complete the series I needed a design for December.  I had already decided to follow the 12 Days of Christmas themes for 2017 and had chosen a Joan Elliott design for this.  As luck would have it, the design features two Herald Angels at the top.  So I have completed one to fulfil the December 2016 theme.

I haven't quite completed her, she needs some beads to go in the little gaps but I will bead at the end.  There is also some metallic thread to go around the border.

Here is the whole piece so far:

stitched on 32 count white evenweave