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Wednesday 29 November 2017

November: Primitive Christmas Designs - Lili

My November ornament is a sweet little angel.

Design: NikysCreations – Christmas Angel
Fabric/Threads: 40 count flax Linen /DMC floss
Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday 28 November 2017

November 2017

Thank you for the nice words in October! I was very pleased :-)

Topic for this month:
Primitive Christmas Designs

I found on Pinterest :-)

I'm looking forward to the December theme 😍❤️

I wish you beautiful advent days!

Monday 27 November 2017

Sunday 26 November 2017

Faith's November Ornament

Presenting Day 11...

Mr. Sheep Piper, piping away on his bagpipes!

12 Days of Christmas
Day 10
Ten Lords A Leaping
Designer - Margaret Sherry
Those bagpipes look like they are not an
easy instrument to play but he is really trying!

Thanks for looking and for the
comments left on my previous posts!

Saturday 25 November 2017

Gwen: 12 Days, Geese

Hands On Designs
12 Days

I'm half way there. Yeah!! This month I used Kreinik number 4 blending in gold for one of the eggs and some beads in the holly spray at the bottom.  No doubt I wouldn't be able to finish stitching the other 6 in 4 weeks, but I hope to have at lease 1 more done this year.


Serendipitous Jo's November Eleven Pipers Piping

Joan Elliott has chosen a Scottish Bagpiper in his kilt swirling on the banks of a Loch with a Castle behind him for this block.

As usual, I stitched the main figure with two strands and the background with one strand.  Because the colours are all very bright and bold I think this makes the figures stand out more.

Here's where I was last month:

And here is how the whole piece looked at the end of Block 11:

On track for a Christmas 2017 finish!

Monday 20 November 2017

Mary's Prim Heart

Here is my November Primitive Design, X-Mas in my Heart by Abby Rose Designs.

Hearts are so tricky to make smooth and even! Any tips? My is all lumpy but fortunately the trim covers it up!

One more month! This has been such a fun SAL!

Thursday 16 November 2017

How ironic.  In the last post, I said I was grateful for technology.  I guess I still am but in different ways.  Right after the last entry, my computer died.  Big black screen, the whole works apparently gone.  I was able to get files recovered but the computer was still old enough that it was not restoring.  And then the search for a new one began.  I never thought of myself as old-fashioned until the search.  I like using my mouse, I use my USB ports for numerous things.  I still use thumb drives.  I want to be able to play my CDs.  Never thought this would be such a hard thing to find.  But finally I did and now I'm learning new software, new operating systems, etc....

Hopefully this is still working.  Here goes.

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Thursday 9 November 2017

Themes for 2018??????

Hellooooo, lovely Christmas Elves,

Long time no see from me!  

I have been having rather a blog hiatus these last few months (don't worry lots of stitching has been happening - you can see updates on Instagram and FB, if you use those social media sites and follow me) but I didn't want to neglect my duties so I have popped up to organise the 2018 themes, with a little bit of help from you.

I must say, I am so impressed with all of the gorgeous Christmas stitching that has been happening on both sets of themes this year - well done you!

Anyway, I have decided that we will keep running two alternate set of themes in 2018.

We will keep Theme One as it is:

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:


Theme Two will be a variety, just as we had in previous years (and there is no reason we cannot use some of the same ideas again). So, get your Santa hats on and start sending through some choices to me!  

Please comment on this post only and I will leave it open for around two weeks and then decide.

If we have more than twelve ideas for Theme 2, then I will set up a little poll.


hugs, Kaye

P.S. TraderVic and I are going on a big overseas trip shortly - so probs no blogging from me in the near future but I plan to be all reinvigorated for 2018!

P.P.S. Just as a reminder here are the themes for the last three years:


January - Music
February - Snow
March- Santa and his helpers
April - Ornaments/Decorations
May - Reindeer
June - Christmas animals/pets
July - free choice
August - Christmas clothing
September - Christmas Food
October - Toys/Presents
November - Oh Christmas Tree!
December - Angels/Nativity


August - Mr and/or Mrs Santa
September - Christmas Tree/Presents
October - Angels/Nativity
November - Snowflakes/ Snowman/Wintry scene
December - free choice

October: Nativity - Lili

My October ornament!

Design: Shepherd's Bush - Mary and Joseph
From the Magazine Just Cross Stitch 2006 Special Christmas Issue

Fabric/Threads: 32 count Soft Cream Linen / DMC floss

See you soon!
Happy stitching,

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Serendipitous Jo's October Ten Lords-a-Leaping

I neglected to post this here in October, but better late than never!

October's block was the energetic young Lord leaping with his ribbons:

Here is where the piece was last month:

And here is where it stood when I completed my Lord:

Since then I have completed the entire border and almost all of Block 11.  Not long to go until a Christmas finish.

Tuesday 7 November 2017

A Tiny Nativity for October

Here is "Tiny Nativity" by Bent Creek. While I had finished the stitching back in October, I really wanted the ornament FFO'd for my post and I finally got to that last night! It's amazing how just as much work goes into finishing such an itsy bitsy thing as something so much bigger! This is only 1.5" square! But I think it's charming and was very fun to do!

Sunday 5 November 2017

October's Nativity


Here is my nativity "ornament".  

I can't believe we only have 2 months left this year!  Time needs to slow down a little bit.

Happy Stitching!