Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Three more Christmas ornaments

It's been a sad time for me over the past three weeks.  My Dad finally lost his hard-fought battle with heart, kidney, and liver failure.  He almost made it to his 92nd birthday.  He suffered in his last weeks, and so did his family. It was a blessing to see him at peace.

I've hardly picked up a needle in the past few weeks, and I must say I didn't really feel like stitching today, but I had a stern chat with myself and feel a lot better for having finished up these three ornaments, which were waiting in my basket for finishing.

This is adapted from a Renee Nanneman in Need'l Love Company's L10-HN "Huckleberry Noel".  I changed the message from "Christmas Love" to "Christmas Joy".


These two ornaments just grew as I stitched.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Santa ornaments

I stitched these as Christmas gifts for two friends - former work colleagues.  The Santa designs are from Dimensions #175 'Christmas Quickies' by Barbara Mock.


I'm getting towards the end of my Christmas ornament list for 2014 - I feel a larger project coming on!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Six more Christmas ornaments finished

This ornament is for a young Christmas visitor.  The Santa is adapted from a chart in the Jeanette Crewes '32 Santas' leaflet [One Nighter's series] and I free-styled with the lettering.
Front:
 Back:


The next four are for my nieces.  The little angels are adapted from a Donna Kooler design, the tiny Santa is adapted from an old BH&G Christmas Ideas design (possibly 1976 edition), the Santa & sleigh is adapted from the one in Jeanette Crewes '32 Santas' One Nighter's leaflet, and the rest is free-style.





 And this one is for my sister (who collects cupids).  The design is from Christina Marshall's Angels in Cross Stitch booklet.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Message for Juliaoz

Sorry for the delay in responding to your request.  Sometimes I just don't know what I do with my time.  The magazine was the December 2012 Australian edition.  I do have an extra one and I'm happy to tear out the section with the ornament info and charts and send it to you.  Just send me an email and I'll pop it into the mail for you.

Here's the cover:
 and a pic of the ornaments in their original form.

Monday, July 14, 2014

My latest finishes

Today I finished up the last of this batch of six Christmas ornaments.

The crescent Santa is a Barbara Mock design (floss colours changed), and the Manger design is adapted from LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet.


The ornament designs are adapted from designs in the Christmas issue of BH&G magazine from 2012. I stitched these for four siblings.




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fronts

Backs

The angels are TIAG's 1987 Angel freebie ( gold version). I reversed the design for the angel on the left, and made a few changes to personalise them for their recipients. The Santa is a Barbara Mock design (Christmas Quickies booklet). The koala design is adapted from a Di Noyce chart in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia magazine.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We're halfway to Christmas!

Three Christmas ornaments finished up today.  I have another three stitched and ready to finish up - two angels and a Santa.  I hope to get the finishing done in the next few days. Here are the three finished ornaments:

Fronts

 Backs

The Santa with the sack and the Nativity are designed by Barbara Mock from her Christmas Wuickies booklets.  The Santa face is from LA's "Christmas Keepsakes", Book 2 in the "Christmas Remembered " series. I searched the section (An Elegant Era) but couldn't find any reference to the designer.

I have had two inquiries about my finishing technique for the ornaments. This is how I do it.  I backstitch a border (any shape) around the stitched design, and stitch an identical border on a piece of the same count fabric, for the back of the ornament.  I  photocopy the stitched design, and use acid-free double-sided tape to stick the photocopy on acid-free cardboard.  I cut out the cardboard shape just inside the outline of the design, so that the cardboard shape is one Aida block or two evenweave or linen threads smaller than the stitched design on all sides. I make a second cardboard shape for the backing. Then I stick one thickness of wadding to each cardboard piece, and cut it to shape. I trim the design and backing fabric about 1.5 cm from the stitched border, and place it over the padded cardboard piece.  Then I mitre any corners and hold with a few stitches (this isn't essential but it does make it easier to join the pieces together neatly).  All that's left to do now is to stitch the two fabric pieces together, passing the needle through the backstitched border only, not the fabric.  I add a bead to every second stitch (every time I'm bringing the needle from the backing piece through to the design piece.  It's not hard, but it is time-consuming.  It can take me a couple of hours to finish up an ornament.  I use this method because I can't sew a straight seam on a machine, and I'm dangerous with  glue. It works for me!