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Friday, 9 December 2011

A Blessing Counted

Remember way back when I stitched my first Travelling Pattern?  It was Shakespeare's Peddlar's Count Your Blessings and I asked people to tell me who their Stitching Blessing was.  Freddy's Mama (aka Kirsten) told me about her friend Irene and as Kirsten's name was pulled out of the hat I decided to make a little something to thank her "blessing".

The design and stitching was simple.  I like the quote "Stitching Friends are Friends who Count", it's a nice pun and a lovely sentiment.  I laid out the quote on graph paper in an invented font and added the symbols from the Travelling Pattern (anyone know the name for those 8 leaved symbols?).  Then I decided to make it into a padded ornament.  I stitched round three sides inside out then turned it the right way out, so far so good.  I stuffed it and slip stitched the final side.  Now I have two nice corners and two different corners.  So I decided to put cord around the edges, but I should have buried the cord ends inside the ornie before sewing it up.  So I was left with two ends.  Which I sewed together and tried to hide with some gold braid wrapped round them!!

I sent the ornie off to Irene with an explanation that this is my first and probably only ornie!  It arrived yesterday and as I remembered to take a photo before it went off to the USA I can show you all, here it is:


The back is made from one of the fabric samples I got earlier this year.  They make lovely ornament backings so I will include them with any giveaways I do so people who actually like making the things can do so!!  The thread is a variegated DMC.

I hope you're all enjoying the Advent Calendar and hopping over to the blogs to see what people have to say.  Isn't it funny how similar Day 2 and 3 are, and also that Joysze and I both chose the "hutch" designs to show?  We stitchers have so much in common.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely ornie Jo. The font is pretty and I like your choice of backing fabric.
    Really enjoying the advent calendar:)it was an inspired idea.

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  2. it is really a very beautiful ornie..i love the wording so much..so true :)
    keep well..have a lovely weekend xx

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  3. A very cute finish and design. I do like how you dealt with the join on the cording, I usually end up with a bump somewhere around the edge. I also really like the backing fabric you chose and how it brings to mind, at least to mine, the wallpaper of your blog.

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  4. The backing is gorgeous fabric and the finish looks great to me.

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

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  5. A beautiful ornament you stitched for Irene, love the backing fabric
    Take Care!!

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  6. Thank you Jo for stitching this for Irene. It's lovely. She was very touched to receive it.

    Loving the advent calendar! If there's a door left, I'd love to take part...

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  7. What a nice thought, and the ornament is just great!

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  8. Lovely ornament Jo, what a touching gift.

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  9. Great ornament Jo, I love the sentiment

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  10. Hand made gifts are the best! They're just so unique and individual, and you did a great job charting, stitching and putting it all together. I like how the backing fabric looks a lot like the background of your blog!

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  11. What a lovely ornament Jo!! I love that backing fabric. It's very antiquey which is my favourite kind of fabric!!

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  12. Your ornament is gorgeous Jo. What a lovely idea.

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