Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Ornie for October.

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)
Watercolours Emerald
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!

Here Comes Santa

I did have great intentions, but unfortunately due to circumstances, I was only able to complete the one ornament. It was a great opportunity to start to use the mountain of 14 count Aida in my stash and all that leftover thread. The design is from the Leisure Arts Best 250 Christmas Quickies and has been finished as a hanging ornament.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Finishing festival

Instead of stitching ornies this weekend I finished like a fiend. And I have all sorts of holes in my finger to show how often I forgot I was using a sewing needle rather than an xs needle. Silly me!
I know this looks like a lot, but it's my standard format -- stitch all year then spend many late nights at the end finishing like a fool.

These are what got finished this weekend:
ornies finished Oct 27 and 28 2007

And over the last couple weeks I've gotten the stitching and/or finishing done on these:
pendibule 3
my first pendibule 10/3/2007
humbugs 10/11/2007
new ornies as of 10/8/07
I'm especially proud of the over-1 spool:
the spool

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Oh ive been so bad at stitching Christmas ornaments all year. This is only my second but i plan to make more in the next few months!! It's from The Prairie Schooler 12 Days of Christmas but instead of stitching this as one big piece im making 12 little ornaments. I just need to buy some ribbon so that i can finish it as an ornament, i'll hopefully do that tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

EEF Christmas pillow.

On 32 ct linen with Weeks threads and vintage little buttons. It was funny to stitch it.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Finishing Marathon

I forced myself to make this Christmas ornie weekend a finishing weekend. And, as usual, I was somewhat thwarted -- I couldn't find my stuffing for anything! Finally with fresh stuffing in hand I was able to get these together Sunday night:

ornie completions as of 9/30/2007

Thanks for all the inspiration everyone!

Crafting xmas finishes

Other two crafting ornaments.
fabric: Kogut
buttons: Shelley's

fabric: flannel Debbie Mumm

And a non-properly ornament: a wall bag
fabrics: Debbie Mumm
buttons: Shelley's

All the projects are from the book "Crafting Christmas Gifts" by Tone Finnanger.