Christmas is a Universal Language: Translate here

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Yay! Blogging Mojo is stirring!

Hello my sweet Christmas Elves, 

After a long hiatus (almost a year), I am feeling the stirring of the need to blog again - hurray!  Long may it continue....

I hope that you are all as excited as I am about Christmas stitching for 2020.  For next year I am planning to stitch Theme 3 - I do so love flicking through a JCS Christmas Ornie mag and choosing my favourite design or designs to stitch.

For January 2020, the year to stitch from is 2016 - which I think was a bumper year for great designs in the mag (I have stitched several already).  So far, I have narrowed it down to four designs and I may very well stitch them all as we have three Free Choice months in 2020.

Here are the designs that have taken my fancy:

Be Joyful by Tempting Tangles Designs:

Waiting for Santa by Swallick Stitchery:

Friends are Christmas Treasures by Historic Handworkes:

 Prim Christmas by The Primitive Hare:

What are your plans for 2020 Christmas Stitching?


Saturday, 14 December 2019


Merry Christmas, Christmas Elves, 

Here is the big reveal of the 2020 Christmas themes:

As you can see, Theme One is the same as previous years, Theme Two is still Christmas Carols but has been tweaked with new titles and Theme Three is now JCS Christmas Mag from 2011 to 2019.

I hope that you are happy with all of this - I only received a couple of comments with feedback so here we are.

Merry Christmas, everyone and thanks for taking part this year.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Suzanne's December Ornaments

Hello Everyone!
I have my final two ornaments for this year. I've continued with the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme. First up, is Tidings of Joy by Heart in Hand from the 2004 Christmas Ornament issue. I've stitched it on 14 count Aida and used the DMC thread conversion. I finished it as a flat ornament and mounted it on a grapevine wreath for a little different finish for me. I've added twisted cord from my stash and little wooden Christmas trees.

My second ornament is from Just Cross Stitch Magazine 2003 Christmas Ornament issue Home for the Holidays by Heart in Hand. It's stitched on 18 count Aida with the DMC thread conversion. Finished as a flat ornament and again mounted it on a grapevine wreath. 

Thank you for all your kind comments through the year. I've loved this theme and hope to see the Just Cross Stitch Magazine as a theme next year too. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

DJ's December Ornaments

Hi all!

I admit I ran ahead a bit on these ornaments and finished stitching them last month.  I have really enjoyed this challenge, but I'll be honest and say I think I bit off more than I could chew.   I don't think I'll stitch as many ornaments next year...haha.

First off is 12 Days of Christmas.  This month is 12 Drummers Drumming.  This is from March 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts.  These were stitched on 28 count over one.

Next is Christmas Carols.  This month was a free choice so I stitched Nature Sings by Fancy Work from the 2005 JCS Ornament issue.  It was stitched on natural linen 40 ct over 2.

Last is the free choice from any JCS ornament issue.  I chose Three Wise Men by Marie's Garden from the 2002 JCS ornament issue.  I have had this on my to do list for a long time.  I stitched it on natural linen 32 ct. over two.  I love how it came out.

Now I should get busy finishing them all, shouldn't I?  Thank you for all your hard work getting this challenge together!  I should have enough ornaments to share for years to come now!  haha  Happy Stitching!