First off...thank you so much for getting me back into the loop Nicki....being "expired" is no fun =). I finished this ornament from the Christmas Sentiments Volume 1 by Blue Ribbons Designs last weekend. I chose 32 count linen and it's stitched with Gentle Art Threads.
What I didn't realize, until after I'd stitched the flowers in the middle and part of the border, were the numbers and letters are all stitched over one. Yikes!!! I've stitched over one on evenweave and aida before, but not linen. You know how linen has it's little "nubs" (for lack of a better word). I ended up doing a lot of frogging and being frustrated with this one.
What I thought would be a quick piece ended up taking me a week and a lot of frustration. After thinking about all the work I've decided it's too special to hang on a tree once a year, so I'm going to have it framed instead and put where I can see it everyday. Sooooo....that's how my first ornament turned out not to be an ornament. Maybe I'll get two stitched next month...and, I'll be sure to read the instructions before I start stitching it. =)
Had it not been for this SAL group I think it would have been something I would have started and then put down because it was so frustrating. Thanks for the inspiration.