These are from Cross Stitcher mag issue 247, the cover kit. I won't go into long details about how much this magazine has disappointed me this last year (again!) but they slightly redeemed themselves with these designs by Angela Poole. But why oh why supply aida for designs with so many fractionals and backstitch splitting the squares? Why? Why? Why? Only the tree was suitable for aida stitching which made it a little bit of an odd-man-out in the set.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not an evenweave-snob, aida is fine for lots of things especially cards and things with whole stitches only. I particularly like dark coloured aida and use it quite often. But not for fractionals! And there wasn't enough light green or red for all six....
Anyway, enough moaning, here are the designs stitched on the last piece of my tea-dyed evenweave (how versatile has that been?):
This is a little vignette showing my TUSAL jar. I didn't get to enter the TUSAL last year as I didn't have a blog at the beginning of the year. In fact, being able to join the TUSAL was my prime motivation to starting a blog. That and the fact that my family do not pander to my narcissistic tendencies enough. I crave adoration from the wider world! Edit - and Audrey Hepburn is a fan too, so it seems looking at my latest follower (No 174). Welcome to the blog, Audrey :-)
Here is the TUSAL in all it's glory:
And here is my kitchen TUSAL (with friends):
The small festive thingies sit at each of our places during the meal too.
The plan for all my ORTS is to use them to stuff this once it's finished: