I start with a framework for my tree. These days I usually use smyrna cross stitches (over 4) fr the tree, as they stitch up quickly and I like the look of it. Then I add a pot for the tree (I always try to make the pots different). I don't have a particular formula for stitching the tree - I just let my needle play. These are the two trees I started with for my ornaments this month.
The next thing I do is add some feature beads or perhaps tiny buttons. I just anchor a double strand of floss on one side of the tree, add beads to the floss, anchor it down on the other side of the tree with a small double stitch, then from the back of the work, put in some tiny couching stitches to make the beaded floss sit nicely. So, at the end of this stage my trees looked like this:
I stitch backs for my ornaments, because I make them up by hand stitching them. So, this is what I have now:
I also stitched a Baby's First Christmas ornament as a Christmas gift for the newest member of my extended family. The teddy design is a freebie from the DMC website. I changed all the floss colours.
And that's me done for this report. I look forward to checking the blogs of GG participants. I always enjoy all the lovely pics.