Monday, December 31, 2007

Catching up

Well! It's about time that I posted some of these ornaments! They were all great fun to stitch and finish. You can see that I was partial to the flat pinkeep style of ornament. Who would have guessed that they were this easy?

Bonne Annee
A freebie from Grilles de Maryse
16 ct. khaki aida
DMC Variations 4030 and white

Freebie from Schoolroom Samplings
On a door hanger with a 22 ct. insert and stitched over 2

Mini Gingerbread man
A freebie from The Floss Box
On Christmas green Lugana

Mini Hat
A freebie from The Floss Box
On 14ct. Metallic silver aida

Lizzie Kate's Joy
On Oatmeal Floba
Inserted in a small tuck pillow

My ornaments...

As much as I love the Christmas and all the preparations, I haven´t had time to stitch ornaments because of all the other exchanges I´ve participated in. Well, these are the ones I have stitched in November and December. Both of them presents for friends.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas ornaments

Here are couple of ornaments I've stitched this year, I haven't been very organized in this SAL and haven't stitched every month :) Next year I'll try to stitch two ornaments every month and also post the photos here :)

Design: Joyeux Noël by Isabelle Vautier
Stitched on 30 count natural linen with DMC thread

Design: Artichoke Lace by Periphaeria Designs, colours changed
published in TGOSM (December 2007)
Stitched on 28 count linen with DMC 712

Design: Yule Flower by La-D-Da (JCS Ornaments issue 2007)
Stitched on black linen with DMC threads

Ornaments stitched by Leena

My last...

... ornament in this year. I hope it will be more next year!

This is "Christmas spot sampler" (eef). The recommended threads are not in my stash, so I used Anchor-threads, one over two on Edinburgh-linen (Zweigart, antique white).

Welcome to Jennifer, the new Admin, and best wishes for a happy new year to her and all SAL-members! (I cant say this better in English...)


Friday, December 28, 2007

Ops! Ornament


Helga Mandl Designs

Sugar Maple Fabrics 28 ct Ice Crystal Lugana, DMC Floss

New Year, new admin!

Please welcome Jennifer as the new administrator of the SAL blog! She has offered to help and has some lovely ideas to hopefully inspire you in the coming year. I will still be around but she will be taking over adding members etc from now on. Barbara has also very kindly offered to help, though she has her hands full with a lovely Christmas baby right now!

Please give Jennifer time to get settled in and a big thank you for helping out!

Christmas Biscornu Ornament

This is my first contribution to this SAL. Pictured is the front and the back. The size difference in the pictures has to do with my photography. The main poinsettia design is from Prairie Schooler. I added a leaf design in the corners and used the smaller green design on the front to make a coordinating back. It is stitched on 18 aida. Making the biscornu was a challenge, but I would definitely make one again!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My christmas stitching

These are some of my christmas stitching, I did stitch a lot of christmas theme biscornu as well:

Just cross stitch ornament issue, Jean Farish:

Prairie Schooler, Christmas strawberry:

Bent Creek Glad Tiding:

Blue Ribbon design, Red ornament:

M design, snowman freebie:
Pam Kellogg Christmas Biscornu:

French freebie:

Sweetheart tree design:

Elizabeth's Design:

Merry christmas and a happy new year.

Stitched by Anita

Monday, December 24, 2007

New ornament

This is "Sapphire Star" from Patricia Ann Designs (2004 JCS Issue). I stitched it with a Dinky Dyes Silk, and erinite coloured crystals on mystery fabric.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

First snow

Finally I have to show another christmas ornament: "First snow", a Drawn-Thread-Freebie. It's a christmas gift for my stitching friend Anja. I hope you'll like it too and wish you all a merry Christmas.

A growing plantation...

.....of TPS christmas trees. Merry christmas to all of you, see you again next year!

Feliz Navidad y un prospero ano nuevo...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Probably my last ornament for 2007

I haven't posted for a while but thought I'd share this last ornament with you all. I do have one other which is stitched and not finished but since it's now 5.30pm on Saturday, I don't think it will be finished before Christmas. So this will be it for me for 2007. Merry Christmas everyone!

Holly Days Stocking (I left off the backstitched "Holly Days")
by Mill Hill

Threads: DMC
Stitched on perforated paper

Friday, December 21, 2007

Bottle cap ornaments

Hi, all. Here are my bottle cap ornaments I made this past month or so. These are a lot of fun to do. You can find the instructions at Camilla's Place.

by Barb in TX

I've finally got an ornament to post on here. I made this for my grandgirl. The design is by Lorri Birmingham and from the Leisure Arts Big Book of Christmas Quickies.
Thanks for looking.
Barb in TX

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Stocking and Ornament

I like stiching ornaments with red colors. These are the Lili Points and Anael Designs (French Designers).

Monday, December 17, 2007

July and August finishes :-)

Yes, I'm a little behind. :-) I haven't finished off an ornament since June. Time sure did get away from me. But I have two finishes to report, Toy Shop Sign from CHS using the recommended 36 count Lakeside Linens with the DMC conversion and a tree (I can't remember the name) from Erica Michaels using the recommended 40 count Lakeside Linens using assorted Crescent Colours cotton floss both from the 2007 JCS Ornament issue. I have three more to finish off this week so I'll be posted those later. I met my goal of 12 finished ornaments in 2007! Thanks for such a wonderful stitch-a-long.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

gifts for the better half

I stitched a design from The Sampler Girl (Merry Christmas My Love) this year for my DH, using VC silks on a 40 (?) count coffee-dyed linen. I just love how it came out. I made up the personalization on the backside.

Last year, I stitched a design from The Needle's Content for him. It was my first attempt at ruching, and because the ribbon was a thick velvet one, I had to improvise quite a bit but it came out looking pretty good. :)

gifts for the kids

Here are the three ornaments I've stitched for the kids for little surprise gifts. I'm going to make them a special ornament each Christmas from now on, as I also do for their wonderful Daddy.

Normally, I avoid aida but I just loved this deep, rich Victorian red. All three are stitched in either DMC or another colorfast floss for washability. ;) The talented designers are, from top to bottom: "Christmas Partridge" by Stacy Nash Primitives (Rowen's ornie), "Dash Away All" by The Sampler Girl (Max's ornie), and "Christmas Bear" by Beth Hendzlik (Nicky's ornie). Other than Rowen's ornament, I used my own choice of colors rather than those suggested, and made various other little changes.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Victorian Lace Snowflake

Here is another ornament finish for this year. This is Victorian Lace Snowflake and it's designed by Rosewood Manor (you can find it in this year's JCS ornament issue). I changed up the fabric and threads per my notes below the picture.

Victorian Lace Snowflake
Stitched on 28ct Millennium Blue Cashel Linen
Stitched with Kreinik #4 braid in 032 and Mill Hill beads 00161

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A new project...

During this year here with you in this SAL I got my 12 ornaments stitched and finished, I am really very content.......for the next year I am planning to plant a "Christmas Wood" (Christmas trees, The Prairie Schooler). Here is the beginning.....

Feliz Navidad a todos!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Perpetual Christmas Card

Here's a little 'perpetual Christmas card' that I sent off to my Mom yesterday. Hopefully it won't hit a snag in the international mails and will arrive in time to hang from one of her windows (or wherever she decides to hang it - LOL!). The front side is based on an old Barrick Samplers design, but has been reworked for Christmas. The backside has all our names, using an alphabet very loosely based on a Brightneedle alphabet.

I used silks from my stash on a piece of 28 ct DMC natural linen. The twisted cord is a DMC metallic that I thought went well. The cuties in the picture are baby photos of my mom (top) and myself (bottom). ;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another new Member

Hello, I'm also new to the group. I'm Jennifer from the East Coast of the US. (You can check out my blog at for more about me). My husband and I love to visit lighthouses and I stitched this one up for us this year.

Sea Girt Lighthouse, NJ, US
Design from Treetrunk Designs "Guardians of our Waterways"
Stitched with DMC over 1 on 18 ct

Dec 11/07

I posted the semi-finished version before, but here are three of my snowmen in their completed version. They are sitting on their backing fabric. Happy Holidays and all the best in 2008 to all of my stitching friends!