Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Ornament Finish

Here it is - my first Christmas ornament finish for this year!  It is a freebie and can be found at Gazette94.  The moment I saw this chart I just new I had to stitch it :)  It is stitched on 20 count Pewter Lugana in DMC and House of Embroidery Threads and finished off with a few crystals.  


Here it is pictured on the fabric I used on the reverse side of the ornament - I just love the 'old world' snowmen.

I have already started stitching my next ornament and hope to have it finished very soon - it is one of the very popular designs from this year's Just Cross Stitch Ornament Edition.

Lexi, our puppy was kind enough to 'pose' for a photo today.  I can't believe she will be eight months old next week!

That's it for today - have a great week and Happy Stitching!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'm Back - With Some Finishes!

 Hallo dear stitching friends!  After a long absence I'm back in blogland again - I even have some finishes to share!  I  have been stitching some of Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler's beautiful Christmas pieces.  This is called 'Heirloom Christmas Sampler' and contains cross stitching, specialty stitches, beading and hemstitching.  I had the chart in my stash for years (and even started the backstitching on the tree a few years ago) and the time finally came to stitch it!
 I really enjoyed stitching this piece and just love all the detail.  It is stitched on 28ct cream Quaker Cloth in DMC stranded cotton and Perles, as well as some overdyed floss.

 Here is a pic of the entire piece - it is a bit difficult to photograph, since it is so long.
 Some close ups - I loved 'decorating' the tree :)
 This finish is called 'White Christmas' and is also by Thea Dueck.  This chart was also in my stash for years!  It is stitched on white 28ct Quaker Cloth in DMC stranded cotton, Perles and silver petite treasure braid by the Rainbow Gallery.  This piece also has cross stitching, specialty stitches,hemstitching and beading.  

Stitching these samplers inspired me to start a new Hardanger piece.  It is a runner and is designed by Mamen   of Hardanger Carpacar and is called 'Harmony'.  It is stitched white on white with DMC Perles on 28ct white Quaker cloth.  This piece is going to be absolutely stunning when it is - eventually - finished.  I plan to start stitching some Christmas ornament soon, so it will have to step aside for a few weeks.
And finally, I don't think I ever mentioned it, but we had to have our six year old Bullmastiff, Jenna put down, due to cancer.  We miss her every day, but on the upside - we have a new Bullmastiff puppy!  Her name is Lexi and she is a handful :)  Here is a picture of her (on our bed, if you don't mind!) - she is about seven months old now.
That's about it for now - I hope to be visiting all your lovely blogs soon.  Have a great week!

Happy Stitching,