April and May Ornaments!

April was such a busy and crazy month that I totally neglected posting here.  As a result, I have two months worth of ornaments to share today.  Here we go:

  Glow (c) Bent Creek.  Finished as a flange pillow ornament.

  Halloween (c) Grilles Par Maryse.  A freebie from 2008, quilted flat ornament finish.

  Winter White Woodland (c) Blue Ribbon Designs.  Stitched over 1, finished as a flange ornament pillow.

  Nevermore (c) Plum Street Samplers.  This lovely bird originally said ‘welcome’ but I switched it to ‘nevermore’.  Stitched over 1 and finished as a flange pillow ornament.

  And finally, this is Promise of Spring by The Cricket Collection!  I have to make up my mind which mitten I will stitch for May …. any suggestions?


Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler Finish

Hurray!!  I put my first stitch in on January 1st, and I am happy to say that today I am finished stitching this lovely piece!  The Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler is comprised of bonus charts that were included in the Loose Feathers charts 31 – 34, in 2008 and 2009.  Rather than stitching it on separate pieces and colors of linen, and then sewing the pieces together, I stitched mine on a long piece of off white Belfast linen.  I made some substitutions in the hand dyed fibers as well, as the colors within hand dyed fiber lots vary wildly.  I simply chose colors I preferred when I did not have the ones called for.

The details:

Fibers – GAST Mulberry – 2 skeins, GAST Gingersnap – 2 skeins, GAST Flax – 2 skeins, GAST Peacock – 2 skeins, GAST Shaker White – 1 skein, GAST Winter White – 1 skein, GAST Basil – 1 skein

WDW Charcoal – 2 skeins, WDW Moss – 3 skeins, WDW Olive 2 skeins,

Fabric – 32 ct Belfast linen cut 27″ by 12″

I am considering taking out the GAST Shaker White on the last panel.  It is used in the small white flowers along the top and right edge.  In the other panels, these flowers were stitched in Flax and I am thinking that I prefer that color.  What do you think?

edited to add:

I did frog out the paler color last night, and stitched the flowers again with GAST Flax.  It was worth it – I like it a lot more now!