This upcoming weekend - January 26 & 27 - is our official SAL weekend.
Many of you have been stitching all month and posting pictures, which is great inspiration! But if you haven't stitched anything yet, now is the time to pick an ornament or two and gather up your supplies so you're ready for the weekend when we'll all be stitching together.
If you're really at a loss, or just can't decide what to stitch, take a look at our suggested themes. You're not required to stitch those subjects, but they can be a great help in narrowing down some pretty overwhelming choices. And if you have suggestions for future themes or links to free patterns that would make great ornaments, please let me know. I've been collecting themes and patterns and will try to feature at least 3 with freebies every month. As a reminder, if you see a freebie you like, be sure to download it and save it to your own computer or print it out. It's so disappointing to go back for something and not be able to find it again. Also, make sure you're keeping track of the designer, or at least the website you got it from so that proper credit can be given.
Remember when you post your picture to credit the designer or publisher of the chart you stitched, if applicable. You can also list threads and fabrics if you like. Your posts should be labeled with your name, and the theme of the ornament plus the designer as well - just to make it easier for people browsing the blog to find what they're looking for.
And it's not too late to join! If you have friends or blogging buddies working on ornaments, send them our way and have them join us. The more, the merrier! You can also link to this blog from your own personal stitching blog.
Finally, if you know of any charities that accept stitched ornaments for fundraisers, send me a link and I'll list it on our page. Sometimes stitchers run out of space on their own trees or people to give their finished ornaments too, and donating to charity is a nice way to help out. Please note that individual stitchers are responsible for finding out and following the guidelines of both the charities they wish to donate to AND the designers whose charts they stitch. (The admins of this blog do not endorse any particular charity and are providing these links for informational purposes)