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.
The last of my Christmas ornaments for 2014. I stitched these for two delightful neighbour children, sisters.
This year I have stitched and finished 51 Christmas ornaments and made two stitched pieces for framing. Not my most prolific stitching year, but I am pleased to have finished all the projects on my stitching list for 2014.
Miss Angela, wearing her new Christmas collar sent to her by Julia in WA:
Thank you, Auntie Julia
And I have more finished ornaments to celebrate. These are for the latest members of my extended family.
And I have stitched and finished two more, but mailed them to England without first taking photos. I thought these would be my final ornaments for 2014, but I'm stitching again - Christmas ornaments for two neighbourhood little girls who will be visiting me before Christmas.
My "Elements of Christmas"display box in the entry foyer.
The "Angel Room" (the dining room)
I will be back in a day or so with photos of my kitchen (christmas salt and pepper collection and fridge magnets) and sitting room (Christmas trees and white Santas), then later with pictures of my top landing (Jim Shaw Santas), lounge room (Santas including my vintage Santas) and study (nativities and nutcrackers)
I am so pleased to have finished this Sampler for my niece. As usual, the picture doesn't really do it justice. The fabric is not really quite so dark, and the date isn't really leaning uphill. I found this chart quite frustrating to stitch. The chart wasn't true to the picture that came with it, and I found it necessary to change the shape of the hearts and also the birds, to smooth out the square edges. The chart was Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch from Modern Cross Stitch Patterns.
Angela is my Maltese Terrier puppy, 13 weeks old, who joined my family 9 days ago. She is a gorgeous ball of fluff, weighing in at 2 kg (just over 4 lb). She is a delight, and such a quick learner.
And more good news - my Christmas "Welcome' is home from the framer. I am very happy with how it has come up, but not very happy with the quality of this pic. The framed piece is not dull and lifeless like this pic - it is quite vibrant and sparkly.
I hope to be back early next week with a pic of my current project, which is almost finished now. It is a wedding sampler for my niece Ciara. Not the type of design I would have chosen for a wedding sampler, but as it was chosen by the bride, I am hopeful she will like it. Beautiful Wedding Birds. In all my years of cross stitching, this is the only project I have stitched which has taken four skeins of DMC 310. Apart from the black, there are only two other colours on the design - red and white. I replaced the charted DMC 666 with DMC 816 and 321 (randomly, separately and in combination). I didn't like the shape of the hearts as charted (they were much squarer than the those in the pic) so I rounded them off, and also back-stitched them. I'm stitching it on a hand-dyed grey Rustico Aida 18 count.
Here's my latest finish - I will have it custom framed. I stitched it for the 'new' Santa I got for my birthday. He's seen quite a few Christmasses, but he's new to me. He is an impressive Santa - way taller than me. He is over 1.85 m (6') tall. He will be holding this "welcome" to greet Christmas visitors to my home this December. I would put in a picture of him, but I can't get a good enough one. At present he is standing in my craft room, getting ready for Christmas, and I can't get far enough away to get a good clear pic. I used letters from "Christmas Alphabet" by Barbara Christopher, from Leisure Arts Magazine December 1992. I totally changed the C and both E's, changed all the floss shades, and added blending filament and the little angel. It measures 30 cm (12") long.
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".
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.
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.
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.
WIP: HAED Christmas Dreams (artist Dona Gelsinger, chart by Michele Sayetta)
Size 625 stitches wide x 416 stitches high (66 A4 chart pages, large format). Commenced 1/1/2016. I am stitching on 22 count hardanger, with 2 strands of floss over 1, tent stitch, and I am stitching it sideways, as it was too wide for my frame. My aim is to have it framed and on my wall for Christmas 2020. I have now finished 19 of the 66 pages, and have now stitched 80,546 stitches of the total 260,000 - so it's about 31% completed.
Nov 15 - Christmas ornament for Amira
Nov 15 - initial Santa ornament for Jason
Nov 7 - 4 sets of crocheted booties for Sarah
Oct 28 - candy Cane Christmas ornaments for Fin, Mostyn and Sarben
Oct 28 Baby's First Christmas ornament for Sarah
Oct 17 - Santa ornament for Aislinn & Ben
Oct 17 - Joy sampler ornament for Karlie & Brad
Oct 17 - Joy sampler ornament for Gayle
Oct 17 - Joy sampler ornament for Ruaidri & Edin
Oct 17 - Joy sampler ornament for Ciara & Johnny
Oct 17 - Angel ornament for Amelia
Oct 17 - stocking ornament for Arnie
Oct 17 - stocking ornament for Tilly
Oct 17 - DB teddy ornament for Carter
Oct 17 - DMC teddy ornament for Harvey
Oct 17 - DB teddy ornament for Aubrey
Oct 17 - DB teddy ornament for Maeve
Oct 17 - DB teddy ornament for Annabelle
Oct 17 - DB teddy ornament for Angus
Oct 10 - Snowman ornament for Liam
Oct 10 - Snowman ornament for James
Oct 10 - Snowman ornament for Jude
Oct 10 - Santa ornament for Dylan
Oct 10 - Santa ornament for Chloe
Oct 10 - Santa ornament for Aunt Billie
Oct 10 - Angel ornament for Kellie
June 23 - Crochet beanies for Annabelle (1) & Baby F (3)
May 24 - Tiny Santa head, framed in tiny gold frame
May 23 - Santa hat initial ornament for Bodhi
Joy & Love Sampler ornament for Ainsley & Todd
May 23 - Heart tree ornament for Wendy
May 23 - Santa initial Christmas ornaments for Annabelle and Gabriella
May 23 - 'Joy' heart (for me)
May 15 - 4 tiny Christmas teddies in tiny gold frames.
Mar 8 - Page 59 of Christmas Dreams (my 19th page)
Mar 5 - Tiny button & bead decorated Christmas tree in tiny gold frame
Mar 5 - Six tiny button &/or bead decorated heart shaped wreaths in tiny gold frames
Mar 4 - Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Growth Chart
Feb 23 - 9 tiny button &/or bead decorated Christmas trees in gold frames
Feb 21 - Page 14 of Christmas Dreams (my 18th page)
Feb 12 - Page 3 of Christmas Dreams (my 17th page)
Feb 6 - Page 25 of Christmas Dreams (my 16th page)
Jan 24 - Page 36 of Christmas Dreams (my 15th page)
Jan 19 - Page 47 of Christmas Dreams (my 14th page)
Jan 10 - 14 tiny button &/or bead decorated Christmas trees in gold frames
Baby's First Christmas ornament for Carter - FINISHED Oct 17
Baby's First Christmas ornament for Harvey - FINISHED Oct 17
Baby's First Christmas ornament for Sarah - FINISHED Oct 28
Christmas ornament for Ainsley & Todd - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Aislinn - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Amelia - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Angus - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Annabelle Grace - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Annabelle in NZ - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Arnie - - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Aubrey Joan - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Bodhi - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Chloe - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Ciara - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Dylan - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Fin - FINISHED Oct 28
Christmas ornament for Gabriella in NZ - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Gayle - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for James in GB - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Jude - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Julie - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Karlie & Brad - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Kellie - FINISHED Oct 10
Christmas ornament for Liam in GB - FINISHED Oct 10
Christmas ornament for Maeve - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Mostyn - FINISHED Oct 28
Christmas ornament for Ruaidri & Edin - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Sarben - FINISHED Oct 28
Christmas ornament for Tilly - FINISHED Oct 17
Christmas ornament for Wendy - FINISHED May 23
Growth Chart for Angus (started in 2016) - FINISHED Mar 4
HAED Christmas Dreams, 12 pages - 6 pages stitched this year to date
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My Favourite Stitched Santa
This is the largest (and longest) of my many stitching projects over the past 30 years or so. It is HAED JG92105, Jolly Old Fellow (artwork by Dona Gelsinger, charted by Michele Sayetta), which I 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.