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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Suzanne's June Ornaments

 Hi everyone! 

I have more than one to share this month. I feel quite accomplished since I was in a stitching slump 😁

I've been working on Julia Lucas Designs in the Just Cross Stitch Magazines I have in my stash. First up, fits Theme Four: Houses. 

This is from the JCS Christmas Ornament Issue 2001. These are all stitched on 18 count Aida with DMC threads. I substituted DMC for the specialty threads and used a Kreinik blending filament for the stars. Finished in a banner style flat ornament with green jute twine. 

Theme Three this month was Free Choice and I have three finishes to show. 
Another Julia Lucas Designs - Peace on Earth from JCS Christmas Ornament Issue 2004. 

These are both Amy Bruecken Designs, Fa La La is from the JCS Preview Issue July/August 2013 and La La La is from the Christmas Ornament Issue from the same year. My La La La got a little bent in my finish box, I hope he pops up. I finished these with tiny green rick rack and little pom-poms I've had in my stash forever. Their noses are cute little orange beads. The pattern calls for specialty carrot nose buttons, but I thought these were a good substitution. Stitched on 14 count Sky Aida with DMC threads and substitutions for the specialty threads. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer stitching. Take care!

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

DJ's May and June Ornaments

It's been a madhouse at DJ's Digs...I finished May's ornaments but didn't post because I was hoping to fully finish them before I posted.  Well....I finished one, but not the I guess I'll just post one unfinished.  Maybe next month I'll get it fully finished. are May and June ...

For 12 Days of Christmas I am working on 12 Dragonlets of Christmas by Dragon Dreams.   I finished 5 Golden Rings for May and 6 Geese-a-Laying for June.

For the JCS Ornaments May was from the 2014 issue, so I chose Strawberry and Pineapple Christmas Welcome by Olde Colonial Designs.  This is to be made into a strawberry, and I have the interfacing ironed on...but still need to stitch and stuff.  I'll make sure to post pictures when I finally get around to fully finishing it.  

The JCS Ornament for June was a free choice so I chose 2013 Baby Cardinal by The Victoria Sampler.  I had hoped to finish it in a pocket watch frame, but it was too a round ornament is how I finished it.

So I guess that's it for this month.  I hope everyone is doing well.  Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Gwen: May ornaments

 Last month I managed to finish three 12 Days of Christmas ornaments and one from Starry Night.  Then I almost forgot to post! Anyway here are my finishes for May.

 Hands on Design
12 Days
Erica Michaels
12 Berries of Christmas
Starry Night
Blackbird Designs
It was nice to finally finish HOD 12 Days. I lost some of my momentum on this series with this one. Hope I can keep going and finish this series this year. 

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Serendipitous Jo's April Ornament

Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

I did complete the First Day from my Bothy Threads kit of the 12 Days of Christmas.  I love the metallic gold and the effect the couched white thread makes compared to the more usual method of backstitching.

stitched on 32 count grey-blue linen

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Aimetu's April Ornaments

I'm a little late posting as I was a little late finishing these but here are my two ornaments for April. I really like the beads around my Jardin Prive design but it is a task to attach them as I'm using invisible thread. 

Hopefully I'll be on time with my May ornaments. I must remember too to look at the other options for posting.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Suzanne's May Ornament

 Hello everyone! I hope everyone is taking care. I've lost a little bit of my desire to finish and stitch so I only have one ornament to share this month. I'm continuing to finish the Pinker n' Punkin Quilting Barnyard Series. This one is called Hanging the Star and fits Theme Four - Christmas Greenery.

I'm stitching this series on 18 count oatmeal Aida with the called for DMC threads. I mixed white and grey for the bottom sheep so he didn't blend in too much with the fabric. I think he looks more "sheep-like" this way too. I'm finishing all of these in the same way, as a flat ornament with jute twine edging and red/white ticking ribbon. 

I'm off to visit last month's posts. Happy Stitching!

Monday, 3 May 2021

April Ornament

Starry Night
Prairie Schooler
I have another finish to share. I'm still working my way through Starry Night, Prairie Schooler


Friday, 30 April 2021

April ornaments

 Hi everyone,

This month I chose to stich the four theme. I stitched and finished the sleigh ornament I found it on Pinterest. I love it.

Also another one from Aurifil. I think the puppy looks so sweet.

And the 4 Day of Christmas which is half done as you see below. Will come back to update this post when done. It is not very straight, but I am enjoying stitching and finishing the ornaments.



Thursday, 15 April 2021

DJ's April Ornaments

Hello Fellow Stitchers!

I'm usually so excited to have finished stitching ornaments that I post them before finishing them.  I'm so bad when it comes to fully finishing them off, that I decided I wouldn't post until I at least finish the round ones (they are the easiest for me to finish...haha).  So this month I was super lucky to have two round ones! they are!

First is the 12 Days of Christmas and I'm stitching the 12 Dragonlets by Dragon Dreams.  This month was the Four Calling Collie Birds.  I love her sense of humor...putting the little phone, phone line and telephone pole in this design.  What fun!

Next I'm working on the theme from different years of the JCS magazine.  This month was 2017 and I chose Gilded Snowflake by DebBee's Designs.  I stitched this on 40 count Midnight Tryst by Fabrics by Stephanie over two with WDW Icicle floss.  This was a quick stitch!

I have to say, I don't get to visit this blog as often as I would like, but the ornaments I've seen you guys stitching and finishing are so gorgeous!  I really need to get busy and finish up several I've stitched this year.  I did fully finish a couple I stitched for this challenge this are some I have posted for other months...

February Free Choice Snowflakes Falling by Rosie's Gardenfrom the 2002 JCS ornament issue

March 2002 choice Little Lambs by Ursula Michaels

Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Suzanne's April Ornaments

 Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this month. I've received my first COVID vaccine and am looking forward to visiting with my family this summer. I am going with Theme Four this month which is a free choice. I've continued to stitch and finish Pinker n' Punkin' Quilting Christmas on the Farm Series which is freebie series on her blog. 

This month I've stitched Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Farm. I've stitched these on 18 count oatmeal Aida and finished them as flat ornaments using the red and green twine and red ticking ribbon as I've used on the others. These are a fun, quick stitch and I'm loving how they are turning out. 

I am also continuing to stitch the Julia Lucas Designs that I've found in the Just Cross Stitch Magazines that I have. This is in the 2003 Ornament issue and is called "Time of Wonder. I've stitched this on 18 count oatmeal Aida with DMC threads. I'm substituting any specialty threads with DMC though I do have some blending filament for the stars. I'm finishing all of these the same way. Banner style as a flat ornament using green twine. 

I can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month. I'm behind in my commenting, so I'll be off to do that. Take care!

Monday, 29 March 2021

March Ornament

 I seem to be theme challenged this year. I am working on the 12 Berries of Christmas by Erica Michaels. I am also working on Starry Night, Prairie Schooler. I haven't finished the 4 Calling Birds Berry, and I'm not sure I'll be done by Wednesday. I did mange to stitch number 3 from Starry Night. I guess this could be a candidate for theme 4, lighting.

Starry Night
Prairie Schooler

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

March Ornaments

 Finished the Third Day of Christmas by Jardin Prive and a candle for the four theme.

Candle is a freebie from Not sure if I will add a bow since it already has one. I found the frame at a thrift store.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Serendipitous Jo's March Ornament

 Once again I am following the 12 Days of Christmas theme.  This year I am stitching the Stoney Creek 2019 Ornament series as my monthly project.  I have also started the large Bothy Threads' design but won't be completing one block of those per month!

As per previous years, I started the 12 Days on Boxing Day and stitched one day for the next 12 days.  Each month I will return to the relevant Day and finish it.

Here are my Three French Hens:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green evenweave

You may have noticed something different about that one.  I bought some charms for the 12 Days and will be adding them instead of stitching the numbers.  I frogged out 1 and 2 and took the photos again with the charms:

Bothy Threads did not come up in my rotation this month.

Lynne 's March Ornament


Day 3 of Kooler's 12 Day set designed by Sandy Orton. I did add an extra row of stitches to the top and bottom of the '3', to give the hens a bit of extra space.  And I rounded off the heart, just because I wanted to.

I also finished Day 2 in February, but I was so engrossed in finishing a project that I forgot to post. 

Saturday, 13 March 2021

DJ's March Stitching

Hello Fellow Stitchers!

It's a lovely, windy, chilly day here in Maryland!  We were teased with a few warm days of sunshine, for which I'm grateful!  But now that we are back to chilly, it's a good day to stay home and stitch.  I've been working on two themes this year.  The first is the 12 Days of Christmas and this year I've been stitching the 12 Dragonlets of 2012 by Dragon Dreams.  I'm stitching them on 28 count Natural over two.  This month was 3 French Hens.  I really enjoy these as they tend to be a tongue in cheek design.  Since they are French Hens, they are drinking whine, and enjoying some cheese and baguettes.  One of the hens even has a beret!  haha  So much fun!  And hopefully I'll have a finishing day one of these days and get them made into ornaments.

The second theme I've been working with is the third theme listed, and this month I was to choose an ornament from the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  I chose Little Lambs by Ursula Michaels.  Such a cute design.  I stitched this on 36 count Mystic over two.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy wherever you are!  Happy Stitching!

Friday, 12 March 2021

Suzanne's March Ornaments

 Hello Everyone! 

I hope everyone is healthy and safe a year into this pandemic. It's beginning to feel like Spring here in the North Eastern US. I have the windows open today! This month I was able to work on two themes, the Just Cross Stitch Magazine theme and the Selection of Christmas Ideas theme.

I completed Julia Lucas Designs, Together in Faith from the 2002 JCS Christmas Ornament issue. I stitched this on 18 ct. oatmeal Aida and finished it as a flat ornament similar to the banner style in the magazine. I didn't have all the specialty threads so I made do with DMC and a little bit of Kreinik blending thread. 

My next ornament was a freebie from The Little Stitcher called Christmas Light. I stitched this on 28 ct over 2 with the called for DMC. I left off the words at the bottom of the design. I finished this as a flat ornament too. I bought several rolls of this twine in different colors. I hope it doesn't get too boring when I finish everything with it ;)

I can't wait to see everyone's stitching this month. Take care!

Sunday, 28 February 2021

February 2021: Ornie

My February ornament is my second Starry Night ornament.
Starry Night
Prairie Schooler

February ornament" 12 Days of Christmas

 I stitched the second day of Christmas by Jardin de Prive the first week of February, but just finished it today. I could not cut the sticky board straight and I cannot put to much pressure in my wrists. Well now it is done and working in the one for next month.

Cathy's Second Day of Christmas

 For this SAL, I'm doing the 12 Days of Christmas option.  I've chosen Ursula Michael's version for this.

 And all of it so far: 

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Clare's February Stitching

I have stitched but not yet made up my two 12 Days of Christmas for Theme One. My Two Turtle Doves are by two different designers: the first is Jardin Prive design and the second is Plum Street Sampler. 

I'll be finishing them the same as my Day 1 pieces. On set will be hung around our mantle at Christmas and the other on my ornament tree. These are my Partridge finishes.

As this month is free choice for Theme Three - JCS ornament stitching I can include my Santa Claus that I have just finished. I'm stitching 12 ornaments from the 2020 magazine with Jo's Facebook SAL. 

This is Santa Claus by Autumn Lane Stitchery on page 52 of the 2020 JCS Christmas Ornament magazine. This photo frame currently has this Love design in it but I like to interchange my pieces to make full use of the frame so at Christmas the Love piece will be swapped for Santa Claus.

I'll be stitching my French Hens for Theme One next month, I'm not sure yet if I'll manage any other themes.