Cross Stitch Ornaments 2018

I managed to fully finish two ornaments from the Noah’s Christmas Ark series by Plum Street Samplers. Both of my ornaments are backed with Moda fabric and I added two strands of burlap twine around the ornament leaving a loop on the top for hanging. I also sewed on two little bells to the bottom of the ornament. The finish is very similar to how the original models are finished on the cover of the chart.

I also finished my Just Nan Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse. This was a very quick stitch! It was my first time using Kreinik thread, which proved difficult, and my first time beading. The beading was fun! The only part that I struggled with was gathering and finishing the base of the mouse for him to stand. I’m not showing it very close up, because it’s not very pretty, and there’s not many tutorials out there. I found two tutorials and even those did not follow the directions exactly, perhaps due to the same issue. I would like to make more in the future though because the finish is extremely adorable!

The last ornament I finished was originally started for an ornament exchange that ended up not happening, so I gifted it to a friend who also cross stitches. I know she will appreciate the work that went into it and enjoy it every year on her Christmas tree. The pattern is Noel by Nikys Creations and it can be found in the 2018 Ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. I finished it into a pillow ornament with lace trim, a buffalo check hanger, and backed in Moda fabric.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my ornaments! I think I will need a bigger Christmas tree to hold all the ornaments I plan on making next year 🙂

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SAL Update 12.2

Well, I didn’t quite reach my goal. I had hoped to be finished with the stitching by today and fully finished by our last update for the year in 3 weeks.  I know things will only get busier from here on out! Either way, I will at least try to get the stitching done by 12/23. All I have left are legs and feet!

As you can see, the tree is up and I’m in the Christmas spirit! Sorry these parts of the fake tree aren’t more festive! So far, I have completed two of my cross stitch ornaments from the Noah’s Christmas Ark series and I also finished stitching up my Just Nan mouse. As soon as I construct the mouse and put him on the tree, I’ll be sure to post about my tree ornaments.

Until then, let’s see how the rest of the group is doing on their cross stitch projects:

Avis, Claire, GunCarole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, ConstanzeDebbieroseKathyMargaret, CindyHelenStephLindaHeidiJackie, Sunny, HayleyTonyMegan, Catherine, DeborahConnie, and Clare

Into the Jungle SAL & WIPs

Happy Thanksgiving my crafty friends! I did manage to complete the October block for Into the Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, but didn’t get a chance to share the update with you. I also co-hosted a SAL on Instagram for Madame Chantilly’s Pumpkins Thieves that started October 5th. Here’s the progress made on both projects:

First off, here’s my October block for Into the Jungle. We stitched up two sweet parrots. I really enjoyed the colors in this one. I haven’t had a chance to start November’s block and decided that I would start back on this project in the new year. I really want to focus on Winnie the Pooh and some Holiday stitching.

A fellow stitcher on Instagram shared a pattern by Madame Chantilly and I immediately went to order it from Etsy. I purchased two patterns directly from Madame Chantilly, which shipped to me all the way from Italy! 

The fabric I selected is a 32 count Vintage Maritime by Lakeside Linens. I also substituted some over-dyed floss for the Pumpkins and the blue balloon. We started the SAL Oct. 5th and one of the stitchers who joined managed to finish by Halloween! I definitely plan on rotating this project into my WIPs so I can make a quilted wall hanging for Halloween next year. You can see all of our progress here, and feel free to join in at any time!

Some of my plans for Holiday stitching is to stitch up a small ornament for a work ornament exchange, start and maybe fully finish a Just Nan Reindeer Mouse, and start Christmas Dollhouse in December.  Looking forward to sharing December’s progress and start planning for 2019! Until next month, Happy Stitching 🙂