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This year I have been stitching Christmas Ornaments from the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Specials 2001 to 2009. I have almost finished this month's ornament which is a design by The Sweetheart Tree called Merry Christmas. So here is the top part only:
stitched on 32 count linen
I just need to add beads and fully finish it as a bellpull ornament like the other two, albeit slightly larger. Here are the other Sweetheart Tree Ornaments I stitched for this SAL:
I did complete another Word in the Jessica Savage series for Cross Stitcher magazine. This month it was Embrace:
stitched over 1 on 25 count blue evenweave
All five so far:
At the end of November I joined in with a new SAL - 1 small snowflake for 26 days by Stitchonomy. I did well to start with but work and pre-Christmas busyness caught up with me and I finished it after Christmas. I decided to use all beads instead of the charted colours. The blue are some unbranded beads I had in my stash and the white and crystal are Mill Hill (00479 and 00161). The fabric is a random piece of opalescent blue linen from stash:
I made a few changes, the blue beads are a bit bigger than Mill Hill and wouldn't all fit so I tended to leave them off where they got too crowded. The "sparkles" she added on the 27th day are the little single stitches and small motifs inbetween the snowflakes. I used a Madeira silver metallic for them. Finally, I added a snowflake charm that Mouse sent me for Christmas. Now I need a round frame! For maybe just a round mount for a square frame.
This was a lovely SAL, not too demanding, any other time of the year I would easily have managed one motif per day. You can buy it from her Etsy store now - Stitchonomy Etsy
I have now started the 12 Days of Stitchmas, originally I intended to stitch a band sampler but serendipity demanded a 12 Days design which I received as a Christmas gift. Here is the cover:
And here is Day 1
And Day 2:
My plan is to stitch one length of green border on each day and one colour on Day 1. If I complete Day 1 then I'll stitch one colour on Day 2.
Then throughout 2020 I will finish one ornament per month.
Finally, I had a Smalls Tree this year! Usually I have a section of our main tree for stitched ornaments but this year I decided as I had made quite a few myself there were enough to put them on their own tree: