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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

Hey Blog Buddies,

How's your weekend going?  Ours has been cloudy and gray, much like the last few weeks, but I'm not complaining because:  no snow (yet).  We know it's just a matter of time.

I've been stitching Christmas ornaments recently, some for exchanges and some for myself, and wanted to show them before the New Year.

This is a cute little spool ornament
which I made as a gift.
It's from EJV Designs, and it's called,
unsurprisingly, Peppermint Spool.
Very quick to do, and the kit
comes with everything you need
to make the ornament,
including the spool and bell.

 I participated in two
ornament exchanges this month.

This is what I made for the first one.
(It was well received.)
This is one of the Lizzie-Kate Jingles designs.

 And here is what I got.
This, too, was well received!
I believe this is one of
Susan Johnson's designs.

This is what I made for the 2nd exchange.
It will be familiar to long-time readers,
because it's one of my go-to ornaments.
All that is needed for finishing is a ribbon.
Gosh, now that I look at this photo,
I realize that my latest version
of this piece used white pearl cotton
for the eyelets!

I received two ornaments in this exchange!

Here are the last two ornaments.
Many of you will recognize
Foxwood Crossings' sleds.
The design is A Touch of Turquoise.
I'm keeping these two for myself.

 I also have three new starts
which I've been remiss in not showing
before now.
Well, they're not so new anymore...

First is Carriage House Samplings' Frederika.
I have a wing done, and a couple 
of her square spots. 

Next is Needle Delights Originals'
Summer Logs.
This is my ANG chapter's continuing project
this year.

Finally, blackwork enthusiasts may recognize
this very generous freebie
from Elizabeth Almond at Blackwork Journey.
And here is why I call it very generous...

The design came out in 24 separate "blocks."
I am on the first block,
and I'm not done with that yet!
Yes, it is humungous.
This will definitely be a multi-year project.
You can find this and other 
lovely blackwork freebies here.

I, of course, am planning a new start
for New Year's Day,
but don't worry, I'm not buying another chart.
It's going to be one of three
of the 37 projects I have kitted up...

Glendon Place's Tiramisu,

BBD's Loose Feathers 
Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus.

I can't decide.
Yes, they're all on the large side, aren't they?
Any suggestions?

Wishing all of you a Happy Solstice
and Merry Christmas!
Thanks for visiting!


Sheryl S. said...

What a lot of beautiful designs both received and made. I love the jingles ornament and the summer logs and lovely blackwork design. Happy Christmas.

Claudette497 said...

Your work is beautiful! Congratulations on some great finishes!

Sarah L said...

Beautiful work. The Tiramisu is on my to do list. Would love to watch your progress on it. I won't be starting it anytime soon as I have another large project that begins on Jan 1st.

Fidike Mamivonat said...

Peppermint Spool, oh, I have to make it (perhaps for next Christmas!:)

I will go back to your post and pick same goodies to my wishlist!

I vote on Dawn Chorus!

Julie said...

Sure collection of ornaments. The hardanger tree is adorable.
Nice projects you've chosen, love the dawn chorus.

Deb said...

WOW! Beautiful assortment of ornaments!
All your new patterns are pretty! Difficult to choose!

Katie said...

Beautiful ornaments! Gorgeous WIPs. I love the blackwork piece. All 3 choices for the new start are beautiful so Good luck picking one.

Carol said...

What nice ornaments both given and received! I just love those little sled ornaments so much...

Hard to say about the New Year's start--I guess I like the BBD the best, but that big brown bird in the middle has always kind of scared me :)

Merry Christmas to you!!

Melody said...

Beautiful ornaments! I like your choices of starts, however the only one I was familiar with is the Blackbird Design one. I like the one about the bird singing..from Long Dog.

Merry Christmas!

Anne said...

Beautiful finishes Pat for the exchange!! Love your selection of stitching too. I think I have Frederick and have been meaning to stitch him for awhile. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Baker said...

Great ornaments. I think you should start Long Dog Sampler's Dawn Chorus - I like that one it is a little unusual.

rosey175 said...

Beautiful ornament exchanges; especially the exquisite hardangers! And g'luck on that gigantic blackwork freebie! That will be truly impressive when finished. Hope you had a Very Merry Christmas~ :D