For October, I finished an ornament I started in February. This the Blackwork poinsettia by Lynne Herzberg from the December 2006 issue of The Gift of Stitching.
As usual, I used none of the recommended supplies. Instead, I used:
DMC 115 (red)
Mill Hill beads 02011
Other changes include:
Only one strand for backstitching the flower
Five beads instead of nine
Not backstitching the outer border
Since the DMC is variegated, I stitched with two loaded needles to complete the holbein stitches for the petals. The fabric is 28 count Queen Anne's Lace jobelan.
I am plotting my next ornament for the November SAL and planning a finishing frenzy in early December. I've really enjoyed participating in this blog. I think I've stitched roughly 14 ornaments this year thanks to this SAL!