Monday, March 09, 2015

Ornament finish, some WIPS and Stash Sale

I recently finished this LHN ornament called "It's Snow Cold".  I'd seen a photo of one made like this on Pinterest last year and I was obsessed with figuring out how to do it.  The stitched ornament is mounted onto a plastic ornament with what I call a "flattened round" shape.  It's not totally round so you're able to glue the fabric onto the shape and not have pleats or wrinkles if you smooth it out.   I made one for a friend for Christmas but finally got the one for myself finished last week.   I've made a tutorial for this type of ornament finish on a separate page of my blog which you can access above.

I changed the charted colors a little bit because I wanted the stitched piece to match the cute snowman fabric I bought last year. The color in the photo isn't just right but the linen is a pale aqua color.   I'm glad I figured this finishing method out and hope to adapt some other ornament charts to this type of finish.

I've got a couple of new starts going.  This year I joined the Colonial Gatherings stitching club at the Dyeing to Stitch LNS in Virginia.  The first kit sent out is "Hurt Not the Earth" from Plum Street Samplers. It uses a quote from John Adams.  That darn Mr. Frog has been visiting me on this piece but I made it to the second page of the chart finally! 

I also am stitching another LHN chart - Old Nantucket.  I've been wanting to stitch this one ever since it was published a few years ago and I've had it kitted up for over a year.  It's being stitched on 35-ct Weeks Cocoa linen with overdyed flosses.  Not much to show yet but I'm enjoying it!

Ever since helping my husband clean out my FIL's house last year when he moved I've had the urge to clean up/throw out/organize things. I need to get rid of some of the charts I've already stitched or not going to stitch so I've added a separate page to my blog for stash selling.  I've offered some free charts you can choose from should you decide you want to buy anything (US sales only please, it costs too much for international sales for these small amounts).

Today was a good mail day!  I used up most of a gift certificate I had from Christmas to 123 Stitch online shop.  I got the rest of the 6 Fat Men series from Lizzie Kate, and some of that polka dot linen I've been seeing used for ornament stitching . Love how it looks like snowflakes.   You can never have too many ornament charts I guess!

I also got this cute Crossed Wing pattern - our first dog was a sable & white Sheltie who looked just like the dog in this chart.  Our dog Elvis has been gone since 2003 but I just loved this chart since I saw a model at The Silver Needle in Tulsa. I want to stitch it to remember him by.  

That's all for today folks, thanks for stopping in.