I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ornament Exchange

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's a lovely, if somewhat brisk, day here in Northern Illinois.  Our embroidery guild hosted its annual Christmas party last night, and everyone had a grand time.  One of the things we do each year is an ornament exchange.  Those who want to participate bring a wrapped ornament that they made and get to pick another ornament sight unseen.  Here is the beautiful ornament that I unwittingly chose:

This was made by my friend averyclaire,
it's a Little House Needleworks design
and I absolutely love it!
You should check out her blog--
she is not only an embroiderer but she also does
beautiful hand quilting, too.

Here is what I made for the exchange...

This is from the 2011 JCS Christmas Ornament issue
and the designer is Casey Buonaugurio.
I liked the design so much I made one for myself.
The first one I did is on the left.
While sewing it together,
I forgot the cording for the hanger,
so I just used a piece of #16 Kreinik.
I also sewed it really close to the embroidered design
which made the finished product even tinier.
I learned from my mistakes on the second one,
which is the one that I brought for the exchange.
But I'm quite happy with the somewhat flawed one that I kept--
it has character.  heheh
The tree trunks are pieces of one of "Molly's sticks"
from our backyard.
The weird thing is that averyclaire chose my ornament!
This was just a happy coincidence, not planned.

That's it for now.
Hope you are having a wonderful December day.
Thanks for visiting!


Giovanna said...

They're all lovely ornaments - well done to you both!

cucki said...

they both are so cute.,
love x

Siobhán said...

What a lovely exchange! The ornaments are so pretty.

geeky Heather said...

I'm jealous. They're both gorgeous!! =)

Anne said...

Both ornaments are darling! I'm impressed that Molly was kind enough to contribute to the effort.

Chris said...

Beautiful exchange pieces. I love yours and the one that you received.

Cathy Pavlovich said...

I'd say you both gave and received beautiful ornaments! Nice finishing on the trees!

Marcy said...

What a nice ornament exchange. I love your trees.

Happy Baker said...

I love both of the ornaments - nice stitching. Molly's contribution really made the tree complete!! said...

Glad you like the ornament. I absolutely LOVE the tree you made. Note to all...this tree is really tiny exquisite stitching. Thanks. What fun to blindly receive one another's ornies! Fun.
Happy Holidays.

Einschies blog said...

Ahhh this LHN ornie is sweet...How can I get back into my stitching mood? I still love my stash but I haven' stitched for ages.


Rcj176 said...

Great ornaments!!