Friday, February 29, 2008
The March Featured Stitchers are posted - go check out their blogs!!! I never fail to be impressed at how talented and diverse our fellow stitchers are. Check out these blogs and the blogs of all our different contributors. If you're new to the blogging community or haven't made the rounds lately, now is as good a time as any to see what's been going on.
Don't forget that every month, new stitchers are chosen at random to be our featured stitchers and have their blogs or online photo albums highlighted for the month. If you are currently on our contributor list, you are eligible to be a Featured Stitcher. If are NOT on the list but you have a blog or an online stitching album, please let me know about it and I'll include you. Remember, it's never a requirement to have a blog or album, but it is a fun way to get to know each other.
I will periodically remove inactive blogs from the Contributors List. If a blog hasn't been updated in more than 4 months, it gets removed so that readers of this blog are getting links to current stitching blogs. Also, if you change your blog address, please let me know so I can update the links.
The March Themes have also been posted, and the February ones will move into the Archives tomorrow. This months themes are Sheep, Snowmen and Trains, and I've compiled a list of freebies for your enjoyment. (As always, you're free to stitch whatever you want and are not restricted to these themes). If you come across any other freebies, please let me know and we'll get them added to the list. Freebies are a nice way to try out new designers, and since the charts are usually small ones, they work great for ornaments.
And one last PS - please remember to label your posts and give credit to the designers / sources of your patterns.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This is my February ornament just completed but really should go under the January section as it is a 'JOY' ornament. Another Mill Hill kit - stitched on black perforated paper and stitched with DMC floss and Mill Hill beads. Finished size is 3" x 1.25" and kit included a pin back however I have used a small, flat magnetic and will place this above the Mill Hill santas which cover our fridge at Christmas time. Margie - Linen and Lace
The card pattern is from a hard cover book called 'Two Hour Cross Stitch' by Patrice Boerens and is stitched on 25 count Lugana with DMC Threads.
Ready to start March ornie & card.
Stitched by Sue in Australia.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I did this one in my favorite colors of blue and silver, added a little silver crown and some star sequins. I stitched it together with a beaded edging during the Oscars, and yes, it took me almost the whole ceremony to stitch it. This was my first time whipstitching with beads, and guess what? It's harder than it looks!!! (I hope it gets easier with practice!).
I stitched this one twice because I wanted to see how it looked on two different fabrics. The design is Christmas Tree 2007 by Jeanette Douglas from the 2007 JCS Ornament edition. The one on the left is stitched on 28ct Raw Opalescent. The one on the right is stitched on 32 ct linen. Sorry for the blurry picture. If I have time later I will take a better picture and replace it. This ornament is a quick stitch (about 5 hours each). I stitched it as designed except for removing the year and then centering "Christmas".
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
When I saw this design in this blog...I just had to do it for my second ornament. I finished it tonight. I am not sure as to how I will finish it. But...I just love the chart and how it turned out. Have a great night stitching. huggerz laurel
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I hope to do some of my ornaments for charity. I just finished a watermelon heart and am just starting a wreath heart. I think I'll have that be my February ornament. I'm also working a mitten from a freebie site (http://pagesperso-orange.fr/anne-les-petites-croix/ouvragescommuns/vos_creas) It's in French, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
UPDATE 2/22/08: Someone asked about what I've stitched so far in the mittens can be seen on my website (http://suefitz-fitzsstithing.blogspot.com/)
Monday, February 18, 2008
Start thinking about your ornaments and gathering your supplies so you're all ready to stitch this weekend. If you still can't decide what to stitch, take a look at our themes this month. We're featuring "Love", "Music" and "Winter", and there's a whole bunch of freebie charts to check out. Of course, you don't HAVE to stitch these themes, but you can use them as a starting point or to help you narrow down your choices.
Also, please remember to label your posts as it makes the blog so much more useful. Instead of looking through hundreds of posts, you can just click on a label and bring up all posts labeled as such. (Pretty handy, right?)
If you're confused on what to label your posts with, the left side bar has a link to tips on labeling your posts. You can click on the "Show All" option next to the label box at the bottom of your "New Post" screen (where you enter your posts). That will bring up a list of ALL the labels used so far on the blog and you can just click on the ones you need. Blogger also auto suggests labels as you type in the label box, so you can do that too. Don't worry if your label is not auto suggested or contained in the list - finish typing it in and it will add a new label.
And if you forget to label, you can always go back later and edit your post. I've been trying to fill in missing labels along the way as well. If you have any questions, just let me know and I'll be glad to help out.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The fact that I posted February's ornament before January's ornament is more typical of my life than I truly care to admit! I had finished stitching this one a few weeks ago, but just now got to the task of trying to find a suitable adornment for the centre. There was nothing suitable in my bag of tricks so I am now declaring this one finished. This is the bargello star ornament by DebBee's Designs in the 2007 JCS Christmas ornaments. I had to fudge some of the threads as well because I do not have any access to Weeks Dyed floss nor did I have any of the Kreinik braid called for so my version is a little bit different looking than the version on the cover of the magazine!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Today I finished the stitching for my first ornament. It is "Winter Love" by SamSarah Design Studio and can be found in the JCS 2007 Christmas Ornament issue. I currently don't have any fabric to finish it into the tuck-pillow ornament that I have planned, but as soon as I get some I will.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
JCS 2007 Ornament Issue
Stitched on 32 count Light Mocha Belfast with DMC
(and Petite Treasure Braid PB10 added for the "snowflakes")
Finished as a pinkeep (my first)
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I just completed my February Ornament. It is called Cranberry Christmas, designed by Pamela Smith of Prairie Schooler. It can be found in the 2007 JCS Ornament edition magazine. I stitched this on 28ct Lambswool Jobelan. I made a couple of modifications to the the design. First I used DMC Ecru instead of white because I wanted a softer contrast. I replaced the date on the left of the fireplace and the letters ABC on the right of the fireplace with two emotions I associate with Christmas, Love and Joy. I added a forth stocking and finally I used beads instead of cross stitching the cranberries that are located within the greenery on the mantle piece. I will finish this ornament with either a green or red felt backing and matching ribbon hanger. This was a fun ornament to stitch once I decided on all the little modifications.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
I hope to make this my monthly SAL, provided I don't get sidetracked by the lovely designs that are popping up every other day :)
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
This is JBW Designs, Christmas Motif Sampler
Thanks for looking!