Next, I finished Red Berries by Rosewood Manor from the December 2006 Issue of Gift of Stitching. I absolutely love this design and have been admiring it from the first moment I saw it. I think I'll be greedy and keep this one for myself. Again, I didn't have the recommended fibers so I substituted with colors I had on hand. It's stitched on Queen Anne's Lace 32 count jobelan with DMC4210 and Crescent Colours Bejeweled (a gift from Charisse at the Wagon). The beads are Mill Hill 2012.
I pulled the DMC from my stash and didn't like it so I have substituted a bunch of WDW threads. I really like how it turned out - very cute indeed.
I didn't stitch an ornament in January and it looked like I was going to miss out this month, too, but yesterday I woke up with a determination to stitch a small ornament. I succeeded!! May I present "Diamond Tree", designed by Dani for a stitched design collection put together by members of the Teresa Wenztler Bulletin Board in 2003.
I stitched it on 28ct Platinum Cashel linen with the recommended DMC fibres. I chose to leave off the border since I wanted something fairly small. No promises on when it'll be actually finished into an ornament though!
I was soooooo happy to finish the stitching on this one this weekend! It's Peace Tree Ornament from M Designs (2004 JCS Issue). I had started it a while back, then abandoned it because of a frogging issue! I was able to finish up the stitching (frog free!) yesterday. I still have to add the beads and finish-finish it, but I'm happy with the progress! If it would not have been for the SAL weekend, who knows when I would have picked it up again!!
I do have a few more of the different tree ornaments in my stash, and now that I have made it through this one successully, I'm motivated to start more :)
In January, I stitched Log Cabin Pinkeep by Prairie Schooler
This month I stitched Pear Tree by Little House Needleworks. I really loved this one!!!
And then on the official SAL this weekend, I stitched Star of Wonder by La Broderie, from the 1998 JCS ornament issue:
My two February ornaments. The first is joy by Erica Michael Designs from the 2004 JCS ornament issue. Completed 2/26/07. The second is star topiary ornament by Hillside Samplings from the 2000 JCS ornament issue. I need to add a mill hill treasure and it will be totally completed. All the ornaments here are so awesome, they just make me want to stitch more and more!
The original is missing 'J' from the alphabet so I added it and then had to move the rest of the letters to fit them in. All a bit fiddly! If I'd realised soon enough I could have just squashed it in on the line but I'd stitched 'H' before I spotted it and I wasn't frogging over one red silk!
I love the little tassle for the Britty dog silhoutte, and the cording came out well, too. Yay, me! My oldest son's favorite is the reindeer from PS, finished on a hand-dyed cotton that's a soft blue/gray shade. Maybe that should be my favorite, too, as it was a no-sew finish. LOL.
Without further ado, here they are (all are clickable):
Today I show you two of the Prairie Schooler "Blackwork angels". I used a very dark wine-red thread instead of black (Anchor 72). So, I think, they look a little bit more friendly but still like grave angels. (The linen is Weddingen, approximately 32ct.)
I enjoyed all your ornaments and your finishing variations. But I didn't comment because my English is so bad and I'm afraid of disgracing myself...
This month I cheated a wee bit - instead of stitching a new ornie from scratch, I pulled out a half-finished one and put the final stitches into it. I can now say I've set a new record for myself for the smallest piece stitched! The ornie used a Just Nan charm frame, which I didn't have, so right from the start I thought about stitching the middle part on a separate piece of fabric but using a Nun's stitch around the sides and attaching it at the end. Last night I stitched the wee over-one section and did the Nun's stitch tonight before putting it all together. Now it's headed for the finishing pile with the rest of the ornies :)
"A Little Joy" by Just Nan, Inc
from 2002 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue
stitched on 28ct Mushroom Meran, and 32ct Flax Belfast
using recommended threads and beads
Here's a couple of photos using Mum's hand as a model, and a packet of Piecemaker needles, to show just how tiny this little centre piece is. I was originally giving this one away to an online stitching buddy, but I have to say I don't think I'll face doing that over-one section again, so I think now I'm going to be keeping this one for myself! ;)
I also finished off my Peace needleroll ornament into a needleroll - but I forgot to take piccies, so I'll have to do that later. It's been pinned together for so long just waiting to have the seam stitched, I'm surprised the pins haven't gone rusty! LOL.
This is the Prairie Schooler's Two by Two, from the 1998 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine
-sorry the pic has come out a bit dark on here, stitched on 28ct cream quaker linen with DMC threads.
Designer: Trail Creek Farm
Fabric: Cream 28ct Cashel linen
Here's mine for February - I still seem to be in a blue and purple mood. It's from the 2006 JCS Ornament issue. Instead of the recommnded colours, I used Vikki Clayton "Orb" and Waterliles "Amethyst". I still need to add a tassle, but it's stitched into a little pillow at the moment.
Everyone's ornaments have been so great :) Good going :)
Swedish Christmas Star, Hearts, & Reindeer
c.1998 Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin from the Just CrossStitch Ornament Magazine. I used DMC floss on 32-count Antique White linen. This is a favorite stitch of mine. In the past, I've given my ornaments away to family & friends.
I got busy with this ornament a couple days early b/c our daughter was arranging a ride home [from college] this week-end. I look forward to her brief time at home. And on Monday, I'll check back here & hope to see more ornaments!
I love all the ornaments you are posting as I enjoy seeing your version and how you finish them.
It's Little Green Tree, from Bent Creek,
of the leaflet #4013 "The Christmas Collection".
I have used DMC Variations 4200 for the red, 4070 for the lighter green, 4140 for the brown, and the solid 935 for the darkest green.
I've also applied three Shelley's buttons.
It was very quick to be stitched, and I have realized it yesterday; today I've quilted it.
The back fabric is a Mumm Cozy Northwest Christmas Flannel Wildlife Silhouettes on Red Check.
You can see the front and the back of the ornament.