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.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Smalls Report for August

 It's been a while since my last Smalls report, but I noticed that today was the last Friday in August, and Smalls popped into my mind. The Smalls Report is hosted by Mary at Mary's Thread.

These are the Smalls I stitched and finished this month. They are all Christmas ornaments, as usual.  

Four Santas - from the top, clockwise: 
a Jeanette Crews Santa head, a  Jim Hawkins gold Santa, a Barbara Mock Santa with sack, and a Graphworks Santa with Merry Christmas message, designed by Joy Averitt.

Five Clare Crompton wreaths and
 one  Barbara Mock tree

Two Dale Burdett Santa Teddies

The next two are stitched, but not yet finished as ornaments. The teddy was an on-line freebie on the DMC website many years ago, but I can't find it there now. 

I'm almost finished my 2023 stitching list, but I should have a couple of Smalls to show next month, if things go according to plan.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for August

I'm a little late for the August Gifted Gorgeousness report, once again. Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Most of my stitching meets the requirements for inclusion in the GG report, as it is stitched with gifted supplies and/or stitched to be gifted.

This year I have been stitching Jim Shore's 12 Days of Christmas, as individual ornaments. I am very happy to be able to show the final three ornaments in the set.

And here is the complete set. They are stitched 1 over 1 on 20 count, and each measures 13cm (a tad over 5") square. I replaced the charted beads with 2 over 1 cross stitches, omitted the charms and the charted border, added my own Smyrna cross and bead border, and made a few little changes to some to compensate for the missing charms (and sometimes to meet my need for symetry).

These stitched designs will be made into Christmas ornaments for the pets on my stitching list. The wreaths are Clare Crompton designs.  The little tree is adapted from a  Barbara Mock design.

These little Dale Burdett Santa teddies are for two toddlers who will be celebrating their second Christmasses this year.

The final group features Santas. From the top, the designers are Jim Hawkins, Jeanette Crews, Barbara Mock, and Joy Averitt.