Stitching 2014

I must admit that there was not much stitching going on this past year.  I started out with a little set of hedgehog ornaments, and then fizzled out during the summer months.  But things picked up in the fall when I started Dimples Designs Shall We Dance – I have wanted to stitch this piece forever, and am so glad that I finally picked it up!  I subbed beads for the stitched ‘fairy dust’ that swirls around the fairy and hummer, as the stitches did not show against the colored fabric.  I am delighted with how it turned out – my first finish of 2015, done Jan. 2nd.

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I was lucky enough to borrow a chart in the fall – this one is from BH&G Holiday Crafts Fall 1998 – and so made short work of stitching Cats and Moon – on black cashel, no less!

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The pattern called for the word BOO to be written up both sides – I think I will design a spooky grey tree instead.  So this one is done, but not yet done as we go into 2015.

I rushed to get a few more ornaments done for my own collection and for the kids before Christmas arrived, and here are the results:

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And that is the total of stitching for 2014.  My goal for the coming year is to stitch a bit every day – so far, so good!

Loose Ends from 2013, and Finishes in January

I spent most of 2013 working through a series of Santa ornaments from a kit by Donna Vermillion Gampian – and here are the 7 (of 9) that I liked and stitched:

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In the last week of December, I also finished these lovely ornaments that I found stitched at a thrift store – Penguin Parade by Kym Bowles:

IMG_4057  I had planned on making a 2 x 3 quilted wallhanging, but the sideways ornament threw me off!  Aren’t they cute?

The stitching mojo has continued into January – I finished I Heart Halloween by Mill Hill in the first week:

IMG_4104  This is the first Mill Hill kit I have stitched and beaded, and I rather enjoyed it.  I backed it with felt.  And finally, I am trying to stitch up some of my accumulation of kits – this is Candlelight Noel, a Dimensions Gold ornament kit:

IMG_4116  Loads of backstitching, french knots, and other fiddly stuff in this piece!  I am also working on Maryse’s 2014 SAL – details are here on her blog: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgrillesdemaryse.canalblog.com%2Farchives%2F2013%2F11%2F12%2F28416954.html

and I will show it off when I have a few more parts stitched. 

This New Year

started out with lots of stitching!  I caught the ornament bug early this year, and stitched up these three in quick succession:

Santa One Ornament - Jan. 2013  Santa 1 from a kit of 9 Santas by Donna Giampa

Baaa Humbug  Baaa Humbug from The Cricket Collection – stitched over 1

and Whitetail Deer ornie, Jan. 2013  Whitetail deer from Crossed Wing Collection’s Feed The Hungry!

I have also put an old piece back on the qsnaps and stitching frame – my Chatelaine’s Waterlily Quilt.  I cannot believe I started this in 2004 and still have not completed it!  My goal is to stitch every day – one stitch, 10, and 100 – doesn’t matter – just do something every day!

IMG_3295  So this is where I am starting from in 2013!  Wish me luck!

I had the pleasure of finishing Lynne Mc’s AQFB this month – loads of hand sewing in this finish – but it is so gorgeous!

IMG_3286  IMG_3287-001  IMG_3289-001  If you hear a big happy shout soon, that will be Lynne when it arrives home in the mail 🙂

I have been cleaning house too – just added some lovely gingham 22 ct aida by Charlescraft into the sale page – all the details are there, but here is a sneak peek:

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Look for a knitting update in a few days!

January has Flown By

like yarn on my knitting needles, and floss onto fabric!  Somehow January always seems in a hurry to be done That must mean I have been busy, busy, busy!

I started the month with my Christmas Ornament – this kit was a lovely gift from a good friend, and I enjoyed both the stitching and the finishing.  Here is Christmas in Virginia – A Needle Book Ornament (c) Willing Hands Needlework Design by Betsy Morgan.

      I love the star button on the cording at the top!

Then there was the Halloween ornament for January – which doubled as a birthday gift for my DD who adores Jack Skellington.

  This pattern was given to me by a friend and is (c) KyotiJess on Etsy.  I stitched it over 1 on a 32 ct evenweave.

The last stitching finish for January is Niece by Marriage (c) The Cricket Collection – another in my line of mittens:

  The colors in this mitten really appeal to me!  I subbed a pale blue for the white mitten background, as I stitched on white evenweave.

I am making progress on the CHS alphabet book too – I have stitched 5 more letters, so there are 7 to go in this WIP!

And finally, while attempting to clear off my work table, I came across the flannel fabric that I bought 4 years ago to make a quilt for my DD.  Rather than putting it away, I spent 2 hours cutting blocks, borders and the binding.  It does not look  like much now, but I hope to finish the top this coming month.

Wishing You All a Very Merry Christmas!


And may 2012 bring you much happiness and loads of stitching time!

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?

Congrats Kathy A

on leaving the 500th comment on my blog!  You have won a free ornament finish.  Pick out an ornie, pop it into the mail, we can discuss what type of finish you would like!

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