Cross stitching, Beaded Angels, Christmas Craft and more
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.
It will be a brief report from me this month. I've worked on just one project, which I started on 16th February. I would have liked to report it as finished, but I'm afraid I'm a long way from that! I'm stitching this as a surprise gift for my niece, who actually gave me the kit. It's a Dimensions kit (my first ever kit in over 30 years of stitching. I won't bore you with the details, but just let me say that I have already decided kits are not for me!). He's quite a beautiful Santa, and he is a little over half finished now. Well, I should say the design is a little over half finished - Santa is well on the way to completion, just the missing stitches in his hat (has to wait till I find matching floss - again!) and the rest of his beard to go. I hope to have finished him by the April report.
Santa's Secret - The Gold Collection Petites by Dimensions, Design by Patti Gay
I have no idea why he is on his side. He looked perfectly upright in the pic I imported. I also don't know how to turn him around. Maybe I will have worked it out by April 15!
I was astounded when I looked at my calendar and saw it was once again time for the WIPocalypse report. This past month has just slipped by. The topic set by Measi for this month's discussion is about what projects would be on the bucket list if money and time were not limiters. Hard for me to answer - I'm pretty much out of wall space for hanging framed projects, so for me that is my major limiter. Maybe a couple more Santa designs by Michele Sayetta / Dona Gelsinger of HAED. Perhaps a few more L&L Angels.
This month I have started Secret Santa, a Dimensions Gold Collection Petite kit. My niece bought it to stitch, but a new baby (her first) has left her with little time for stitching, so she passed the kit on to me. I will stitch it and return it to her. It's actually my first ever kit, in 30 odd years of pretty obsessive cross stitching. I can't say I'm impressed. The fabric that came with it was Aida 18, a cut piece so neat that left no room for mounting on my lap-frame. I didn't fancy stitching the design on Aida anyway, so I substituted 25 count evenweave. The larger count size meant more floss used per stitch, and that combined with my wasteful floss practice of discarding any unused portion of floss each time I thread my needle with a different floss shade meant that I quickly ran out of many of the floss shades. Fortunately I found a Dimensions to DMC conversion chart on line, and I have so far replaced 13 of the floss shades - and I'm not even half-way through the design yet.. My other major issue with this kit was the coloured chart - I found it difficult to read initially(particularly the green symbols) but I have adjusted to it over time.
Enough whining - here's a pic. I'm almost half way through the chart (commenced on 17th February 2015), and I have done some of the backstitching as I went.
Since the last WIPocalypse report, I have also made up the ornaments I stitched for James, Alex, Chloe, and Dylan in January. And I have stitched and made up an ornament for Ruaidri & Edin.
I also stitched a baby's First Christmas ornament for a new addition to the extended family, expected to arrive in New York this month. I can't make this one up until baby arrives and is named.
I can hardly believe it's the 15th of the month again. It's come around so quickly. So, it's time to do an update for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL (there's a link in the sidebar).
In the past month, I have made up into ornaments the designs I stitched last month, and a few extras I stitched since the last report. Here are the pics:
A gift for a friend's grandson. It's actually a replacement for the one that went missing in the mail in 2013. The stocking design is loosely based on one in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet, and the little bear is adapted from a design in one of the Graphworks Christmas Miniatures leaflets.
Christmas gifts for young sisters from a family partial to nutcrackers. The Nutcracker designer is Jeremiah Junction.
Christmas gifts for three of my great-nieces and nephews. The teddy is a Dale Burdett design (I changed the floss colours), the Santa is a Barbara Mock design (floss colours and trim on parcel changed), and the stocking design is adapted from LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet and the teddy bear adapted from Graphworks Christmas Miniatures design.
The Santa is a gift for a nephew and his partner, and the stylized tree design is a gift for a young friend who will be receiving her twentieth Christmas ornament from me this year. The Santa design is adapted from a chart in LA's Celebrations magazine Premier Issue. I decided on floss colours and added back-stitching, as it was originally designed to be stitched with fabric strips on a jute mat. The only part of the stylized tree that needs to have a designer credited is the 'Merry Christmas' teddy bear design, which was in a Graphworks Christmas Miniatures leaflet.
Christmas gifts for another great-nephew and niece (siblings). These designs came from Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies II booklet. I've shown the front and backs of these ornaments.
And finally, I have stitched a Baby's First Christmas ornament for another great-nephew who is expected to arrive in March. I will have to wait for baby's name before I can finish this one up. This baby will be born in USA to Aussie parents, so I added a koala to the stocking. I may stitch a kangaroo or two on the back before I finish it up. The koala design is adapted from Di Noyce's design printed in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch magazine, and the stocking design is adapted very heavily from the stocking design in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet.
That's it for me. I think I'll take a break from ornaments now and start stitching on the secret santa chart for my niece Aislinn.
I'm a little late with this WIPocalypse report, as I've just returned home from a seaside holiday with friends. It would have been very relaxing except for the fact that my 7 month old puppy was so exuberant and overpowering in her desire to play with the hostess's three tiny dogs that she had them cowering in the corner every time she appeared on the scene. So we're off to obedience training classes on Sunday.
This month's discussion topic is an interesting one for me to ponder. I've never really had a time when I felt that I was in a rut with a project, but I have felt overwhelmed and stifled by one project - the largest I have attempted. I'm 'a one project at a time' stitcher, but when I was stitching my HAED Jolly Old Fellow, I knew that I would have to have a break from stitching it from time to time. So I decided to stitch solely on it for a block of four to six months each year then pack it away and stitch my other projects for the rest of the year. That worked for me.
I've had quite a busy time in the past month, but I have managed to stitch up three more ornaments.
These two are for my great-nephew and great-niece, brother and sister.
The dog and cat charts come from Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies II booklet.
This one doesn't have a designer to credit,except for the "Merry Christmas" Bears design, which was in a very old 'Christmas Miniatures' leaflet. It is for a delightful young lady who will be receiving her 19th Christmas ornament from me this year.
And I finished up the three nutcracker ornaments (charts from Nutcracker Factory II by Jeremiah Junction).
and I also finished up the three ornaments I stitched for Amelia, Finley and Angus:
The Santa Teddy Bear is designed by Dale Burdett, the Santa by Barbara Mock, and the stocking is heavily adapted from a design in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet.
I hope to get more stitching time in February than I did in January.
Yesterday and today were spent with cardboard, felt, beads and floss, finishing six of the seven Christmas ornaments I have stitched this month. The nutcracker designs come from Jeremiah Junction's 'The Nutcracker Factory III' booklet (1993). The Santa teddy bear is a Dale Burdett design from 'A Mini Christmas' booklet, the Santa design is by Barbara Mock, from a 'Christmas Quickies' booklet, and the little stocking is very heavily adapted from LA's 'Christmas Caboodle' leaflet.
I was pleased to find the SAL as most of the cross stitched items I make each year are destined to be gifts - usually Christmas gifts. This year I will be making around 50 Christmas ornaments and also several framed works to give as Christmas presents.
So far this year I have stitched six Christmas ornaments, but not yet made them up. I usually batch my ornament finishing, and I plan to finish up this batch after I have stitched one more Nutcracker ornament.
Here's what I have stitched:
Nutcrackers from Jeremiah Junction Nutcracker Factory III booklet(for a pair of sisters)
Ornaments for a young niece and her baby brother. The Santa is from Barbara Mock's Christmas Quickies I booklet. The Santa Teddy is from a Dale Burdett Christmas booklet.
and two little stocking ornaments - one for my great-nephew who will be celebrating his second Christmas, the other for a little English boy born a few years ago (the original ornament I stitched for him got lost in transit). The stocking design is adapted from one in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet. The tiny teddy is adapted from a design in Graphwork's Mini Motif Designs Christmas Vol 8.
I have just one more Nutcracker to stitch, then I will make these up before I start anything new.
December 19 - Tiny angel Christmas ornament for Stella
December 18 - Tiny Angel Christmas ornament for Asha
December 16 - stocking "Baby's First Christmas ornament for Mostyn
December 7 - Koala Christmas ornament for James
Decemver 7 - Koala Christmas ornament for Liam
December 5 - Baby's First Christmas ornament for Angus
December 5 - Teddy Baby's First Christmas ornament for Annabelle
October 25 - Beautiful Birds Wedding Sampler fr Ciara and Johnny
September 3 - Christmas Welcome
August 24 - Joy, Peace, love Christmas ornament for Ainsley & Todd
August 24 - Christmas Wishes Christmas ornament for Edin & Ruaidri
August 24 - Christmas Joy ornament for Julie
August 12 - new wings and Christmas bling for pink doll angel
August 12 - Santa Christmas ornaments for Kate and Kerrie
July 27 - Santa Christmas ornament for young Ciara
July 27 - Christmas ornament for Liss
July 27 - Christmas ornament for Amira
July 27 - Christmas ornament for Ciara
July 27 - Christmas ornament for Aislinn
July 27 - Cupid Christmas ornament for Gayle
July 14 - Bauble Christmas ornament for David
July 14 - Bauble Christmas ornament for Matthew
July 14 - Bauble Christmas ornament for Megan
July 14 - Bauble Christmas ornament for Kate
July 14 - Crescent Santa Christmas ornament for Jackson
July 14 - Manger Christmas ornament for Thomas
June 27 - Angel Christmas ornaments for Emma and Grace
June 26 - Santa Christmas ornament for Gabriella
June 25 - Nativity Christmas ornament for Ross & Rohan
June 25 - Santa Christmas ornament for Georgia
June 25 - Santa Christmas ornament for Wendy
June 9 - Christmas stocking design Christmas ornaments for Kate's great nieces nephews, Katie, Ellie, Charlie, Jackson & Andy.
May 21 - Gingerbread Christmas Ornament for Dylan
May 21 - Santa Christmas ornament for Lachlan
April 27 - Nativity Christmas ornament for Brittany and Nathan
April 19 - Christmas Manger ornament for Daniel B
April 18 - Tiny Santa Christmas ornament for me.
April 18 - Christmas Manger ornament for Matthew B
April 18 - Christmas gingerbread people ornament for Chloe
April 18 - Christmas tree ornament for Tilly
March 6 - Christmas teddy ornament for Sarben
March 6 - Baby's First Christmas ornament for Finley
March 6 - Rabbit Christmas ornament for Amelia
February 25 - Christmas ornaments for Perry, Harrie and Frankie
February 25 - Angel Christmas ornament for Kellie
February 18 - new wings and Christmas bling for two reclaimed angels - wooden heart angel and Holly Angel
February 17 - Christmas ornament (cat design) for Alex
February 4 - two crocheted heart lavender sachets, a birthday gift for Kellie
January 24 - crocheted 'three flower heart' lavender sachet, a birthday gift for Wendy
My 2013 "Finishes"
October 12 - Pat Waters tiny angel ornament for Evie and Santa ornament for her brother Jack
October 10 - doggy Christmas wreath ornament for Miss Tilly
October 7 - Dale Burdett teddy ornament for Elsie (first Christmas) and tiny stocking ornament for Georgia.
October 2 - little angel ornaments for Orlaith, Maeve and Aoife.
September 26 - little Santa ornaments for Perry, Harrie, and Frankie.
September 14 & 15 - 3 sets of wings for recycled doll angels
September 11 - Tiny Santa ornament for Matthew, Daniel, and Lachlan
September 11 - Dale Burdett Country Tree ornament for Thomas
August 17 - Dale Burdett Country Tree ornaments for Matthew and David
August 12 Santa Joy ornament for Gayle
August 12 - Santa Joy ornament for Ciara and Johnny
August 12 - Christmas is Love ornament for Aislinn and Ben
April 20 - Christmas tree Christmas ornament for Liam
April 20 - Ho Ho Oh Christmas ornament for Dylan
Aoril 20 - Christmas sampler Christmas ornament for Gabriella
April 20 - Manger Christmas ornament for Jackson
April 20 - Baby's First Christmas ornament for Sarben
February 26 - Sam Hawkins heart Santa Christmas ornament for Rohan
February 22 - TIAG 1986 Amish Angels freebie Christmas ornaments for Chloe, Niamh, and Ciara.
February 20 - TIAG 1986 Amish Angel freebie Christmas ornaments for Megan, Kate, Emma, Grace, and Georgia
February 17 - TIAG 1987 Angel freebie Christmas ornament for Alex
February 17 - TIAG 1986 Amish Angel freebie Christmas ornament for Amelia
February 2 - Dale Burdett Christmas Teddy ornaments for Julie C and Seamus
February 1 - Sam Hawkins heart Santa ornament for Brittany and Nathan
January 30 - Donna Kooler oval Santa ornament - for me
January 30 - Donna Kooler crescent Santa ornament for Wendy
January 9 - Baltimore Rose Wedding Sampler (adapted from Rosewood Manor's design) for Aislinn & Ben
My 2012 Christmas Project, finished and framed.
HAED JG92105, Jolly Old Fellow (artwork by Dona Gelsinger, charted by Michele Sayetta), commenced January 2009, and finished on June 25, 2012. JOF is stitched over 1 on 22 count white hardanger. The charted size is 400 x 509 stitches, but I added 2 stitches to the width, making it 402 wide.
My 2012 "Finishes"
October 30 - Dale Burdett Christmas teddy bear ornament for Lachlan
October 24 - little stocking Christmas ornament for Seamus (in gold star shaped frame)
October 20 - button and bead decorated Christmas tree ornaments for Perry, Harrie, and Frankie
October 13 - Christmas ornaments (angels in gold star-shaped frames) for Ciara and Niamh
October 6 - tiny angel ornament for Georgia
October 6 - Christmas tree ornament for Alex
September 28 - Christmas ornament for Tilly P (stocking in gold star-frame)
September 22 - Christmas ornaments (stockings in gold star-shaped frames) for Evie and Jack.
September 18 - 'Christmas is Love' ornaments for Kerrie and Kate
September 3 - Christmas ornament (purple angel) for Amelia
August 23 - Christmas ornaments for Jackson and Lee-Ann
August 21 - Christmas ornaments for Matthew, Daniel, and Thomas
July 29 - Baby's First Christmas ornament for Harper
July 22 - Christmas Bear ornaments for Liam and Gabriella
July 16 - Christmas is Love Christmas ornament for Brittany
July 16 - Stocking Christmas ornament for Gayle
July 9 - tiny Santa stocking ornaments for Ciara and Johnny Mac.
July 1 - Santa Christmas ornament for Wendy
June 25 - Page 35 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow, finishing the project entirely
June 23 - Page 34 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
June 21 - Page 33 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
June 19 - Page 32 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
June 17 - Pages 31 and 36 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
June 14 - Pages 29 & 30 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
June 5 - Page 28 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
May 28 - Page 27 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
May 21 - Page 26 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
May 18 - Christmas ornaments for Dylan (Barbara Mock Santa) and Chloe (Barbara Mock Mrs Santa)
May 8 - Bead & button decorated tree Christmas ornament for Kate
May 7 - Christmas ornaments (button and bead decorated trees) for Matthew, David & Megan, Emma & Grace
April19 - Christmas Advent stocking for Kellie
March 23 - Page 25 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
March 15 - Pages 23 & 24 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
March 5 - Page 22 of HEAD Jolly Old Fellow
Feb 25 - Page 21 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Feb 12 - Page 20 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Feb 5 - Page 19 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Jan 29 - Pages 17 & 18 of HAED Jolly old Fellow
Jan 23 - Page 16 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Jan 16 - Page 15 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Jan 8 - Page 14 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
My 2011 "Finishes"
December 4 - Christmas ornaments (beaded trees) for Kayla and Nicholas
December 2 - purple angel ornament
November 9 - 6 tiny framed bead decorated Christmas trees
November 8 - 14 framed bead decorated Christmas trees (12 tiny, 2 slightly larger)
October 14 - two tiny bead decorated Christmas tree ornaments
October 10 - 73 decorated gift cards
October 6 - 43 tiny angels with clear plastic wings (21 pr earrings, 1 hanging angel)
September 25 - fourteen button angels
September 22 - twenty-one tiny decorated wreaths
September 20 - sixteen 'yoyo' angels
September 12 - six tiny bead and button decorated Christmas trees in tiny gold frames
September 10 - little stocking Christmas ornaments for Perry, Harrie, and Frankie
September 2 - six framed little bead and button decorated Christmas trees
August 31 - Santa Christmas ornament for Dylan
August 18 - tiny Santa stocking Christmas ornaments for Kate, Matthew, Megan and David
August 9 - 84 beaded angels (acrylic drop bead bodies)
July 21 - Christmas ornament for Amelia
July 14 - three Christmas tree fridge magnets and one framed Christmas tree
July 13 - Christmas Tree Christmas ornaments for Brittany, Jackson, Matthew, Daniel and Thomas
June 30 - Button and bead decorated "Christmas Greetings" Christmas tree ornament
May 11 - page 13 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
April 26 - pages 11 & 12 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
April 12 - page 10 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Mar 30 - Christmas ornaments for Orlaith, Maeve, Aoife, Niamh, and Ciara
Mar 14 - pages 8 & 9 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow
Mar 1 - Christmas wreath finished in small frame
Mar 1 - 4 bead and button decorated Christmas trees finished in small frames
Feb 28 - Baby's First Christmas ornament for Gabriella
Feb 16 - Midnight Journey
Jan 22 - Santa initial ornaments for Emma and Grace
Jan 15 - 4 tiny bead & button decorated trees finished as fridge magnets
Jan 15 - 6 tiny bead & button decorated trees finished in little gold coloured frames
Jan 11 - heart shaped Christmas ornament for Chloe
Jan 11 - JBW Wreath ornament (for Alex)
Jan 11 - Angel with Christmas Wishes ornament
Jan 10 - 3 bead-decorated wreaths in small frames
Jan 10 - 2 bead decorated trees finished as fridge magnets (medium)
Jan 6 - 3 bead/button decorated trees finished as fridge magnets (2 lge, 1 med)
Jan 6 - 3 bead/button decorated trees in 4cm x 5cm pearly frames
Jan 6 - Santa in sleigh, in 10cm round wooden frame
My 2010 "Finishes'
Oct 15 - candy cane design diamond ornament
Oct 15 - stocking design ornament
Oct 5 - two (different) tulip design dollhouse cushions
Oct 4 - floral dollhouse cushion
Sep 29 - heart wreath dollhouse cushion
Sep 25 - Baby's Prenatal Christmas ornie for Sara's baby
Sep 24 - Baby's First Christmas ornie for Kate's baby
Sep 22 - Baby's First Christmas orie for Megan's baby
Sep 16 - button and bead decorated tree, Joy, in 9cm x 6cm vintage wooden arched frame
Sep 15 - button and bead decorated tree, Blessings, in 9cm x 6cm black frame
Sep 15 - button and bead decorated tree, Peace, in 9cm x 6.5cm red frame
Sep 15 - 10 tiny bead-decorated trees in 4cm x 4.5cm gold frames
Sep 10 - Santa's Key ornament
Sep 5 - JOY Stocking ornament
Sep 3 - Vermillion Santa ornament
Aug 27 - 6 extra-large acrylic-bead angels
August 22 - 4 large angel 'dangles'; 6 beaded angels; 7 angel wineglass charms; 9 beaded wineglass charms.
August 19 - Santa's Magic Key ornament
August 17 - Father Christmas Bellpull
July 24 - Baby's First Christmas ornie for Chloe
July 6 - 20 yoyo angels
July 3 - 16 button angels
June 24 - 31 beaded angels
June 21 - 41 small beaded angels (including 8 prs earrings)
June 17 - present-filled stocking ornie with beaded hanger
May 21 - heavily beaded small Christmas tree finished as a fridge magnet
May 21 - heavily beaded Christmas tree finished in 13cmx10cm ornate gold frame
May 14 - candy cane ornaments for Grace and Emma
May 9 - Santa with letter D, Christmas ornament for Dylan
May 8 - five tiny Christmas designs set into gold frames
May 7 - Candy Cane ornaments for Daniel, Matthew and Thomas
May 5 - Santa Face ornament
May 3 - six tiny bead decorated trees framed in tiny gold frames
May 3 - Candy Cane Christmas ornaments for Brittany and Jackson
May 3 - Barbara Mock Crescent Santa Christmas Ornament (Christmas gift for Wendy)
May 1 - L&L's Angel of Grace (my 2010 Christmas project)
Feb 15 - butterfly mug rug for LaS Hush-Hush Challenge/exchange
Jan 10 - violet posy framed in glass frame
My 2009 'Finishes'
Baby's Prenatal Christmas ornie for Melissa
ornament for Alex
toy filled stocking ornie for Georgia
16 beaded angels - 2 large, 3 medium, 11 small
5 bead-decorated trees, 4 framed in tiny gold frames, 1 framed in square 10cm gold frame
Amish Angel ornie for Frankie
Christmas Wishes Angel framed in brown leather frame
8 angel wineglass charms
L&L Angel of Hope
2 ribbon-rose vases
5 little shoe pincushions
5 small teacup pincushions
bead decorated Christmas tree framed in green and black leather frame
51 Christmas gift cards (not stitched)
14 mini wreaths decorated with stars and ribbons
7 koalas finished as small fridge magnets
4 bead-decorated wreaths finished as small fridge magnets
11 bead-decorated Christmas trees finished as fridge magnets (3 large, 6 medium, 2 small)
Angel Christmas ornaments for Emma and Grace
6 angel keyrings
Beaded angel and heart bag trim
Christmas ornaments for Daniel and Thomas
Christmas tree sampler door-hanger ornament
12 beaded metal bookmarks with angels
47 pr angel earrings
19 large beaded angels
Graham Ross's red-back wren (quilt square)
Christmas tree diamond puff ornie
Christmas ornaments for Jackson and Matthew
Manger Christmas ornament
Christmas ornament for Brittany
Christmas ornament for Dylan
3 bead-decorated wreaths finished in tiny gold frames
6 bead-decorated wreaths finished as fridge magnets
18 bead-decorated trees finished in tiny gold frames