Cross stitching, Beaded Angels, Christmas Craft and more
Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.
The last of my Christmas ornaments for 2014. I stitched these for two delightful neighbour children, sisters.
This year I have stitched and finished 51 Christmas ornaments and made two stitched pieces for framing. Not my most prolific stitching year, but I am pleased to have finished all the projects on my stitching list for 2014.
Miss Angela, wearing her new Christmas collar sent to her by Julia in WA:
Thank you, Auntie Julia
And I have more finished ornaments to celebrate. These are for the latest members of my extended family.
And I have stitched and finished two more, but mailed them to England without first taking photos. I thought these would be my final ornaments for 2014, but I'm stitching again - Christmas ornaments for two neighbourhood little girls who will be visiting me before Christmas.
My "Elements of Christmas"display box in the entry foyer.
The "Angel Room" (the dining room)
I will be back in a day or so with photos of my kitchen (christmas salt and pepper collection and fridge magnets) and sitting room (Christmas trees and white Santas), then later with pictures of my top landing (Jim Shaw Santas), lounge room (Santas including my vintage Santas) and study (nativities and nutcrackers)
I am so pleased to have finished this Sampler for my niece. As usual, the picture doesn't really do it justice. The fabric is not really quite so dark, and the date isn't really leaning uphill. I found this chart quite frustrating to stitch. The chart wasn't true to the picture that came with it, and I found it necessary to change the shape of the hearts and also the birds, to smooth out the square edges. The chart was Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch from Modern Cross Stitch Patterns.
Angela is my Maltese Terrier puppy, 13 weeks old, who joined my family 9 days ago. She is a gorgeous ball of fluff, weighing in at 2 kg (just over 4 lb). She is a delight, and such a quick learner.
And more good news - my Christmas "Welcome' is home from the framer. I am very happy with how it has come up, but not very happy with the quality of this pic. The framed piece is not dull and lifeless like this pic - it is quite vibrant and sparkly.
I hope to be back early next week with a pic of my current project, which is almost finished now. It is a wedding sampler for my niece Ciara. Not the type of design I would have chosen for a wedding sampler, but as it was chosen by the bride, I am hopeful she will like it. Beautiful Wedding Birds. In all my years of cross stitching, this is the only project I have stitched which has taken four skeins of DMC 310. Apart from the black, there are only two other colours on the design - red and white. I replaced the charted DMC 666 with DMC 816 and 321 (randomly, separately and in combination). I didn't like the shape of the hearts as charted (they were much squarer than the those in the pic) so I rounded them off, and also back-stitched them. I'm stitching it on a hand-dyed grey Rustico Aida 18 count.
Here's my latest finish - I will have it custom framed. I stitched it for the 'new' Santa I got for my birthday. He's seen quite a few Christmasses, but he's new to me. He is an impressive Santa - way taller than me. He is over 1.85 m (6') tall. He will be holding this "welcome" to greet Christmas visitors to my home this December. I would put in a picture of him, but I can't get a good enough one. At present he is standing in my craft room, getting ready for Christmas, and I can't get far enough away to get a good clear pic. I used letters from "Christmas Alphabet" by Barbara Christopher, from Leisure Arts Magazine December 1992. I totally changed the C and both E's, changed all the floss shades, and added blending filament and the little angel. It measures 30 cm (12") long.
It's been a sad time for me over the past three weeks. My Dad finally lost his hard-fought battle with heart, kidney, and liver failure. He almost made it to his 92nd birthday. He suffered in his last weeks, and so did his family. It was a blessing to see him at peace.
I've hardly picked up a needle in the past few weeks, and I must say I didn't really feel like stitching today, but I had a stern chat with myself and feel a lot better for having finished up these three ornaments, which were waiting in my basket for finishing.
This is adapted from a Renee Nanneman in Need'l Love Company's L10-HN "Huckleberry Noel". I changed the message from "Christmas Love" to "Christmas Joy".
This ornament is for a young Christmas visitor. The Santa is adapted from a chart in the Jeanette Crewes '32 Santas' leaflet [One Nighter's series] and I free-styled with the lettering.
The next four are for my nieces. The little angels are adapted from a Donna Kooler design, the tiny Santa is adapted from an old BH&G Christmas Ideas design (possibly 1976 edition), the Santa & sleigh is adapted from the one in Jeanette Crewes '32 Santas' One Nighter's leaflet, and the rest is free-style.
And this one is for my sister (who collects cupids). The design is from Christina Marshall's Angels in Cross Stitch booklet.
Sorry for the delay in responding to your request. Sometimes I just don't know what I do with my time. The magazine was the December 2012 Australian edition. I do have an extra one and I'm happy to tear out the section with the ornament info and charts and send it to you. Just send me an email and I'll pop it into the mail for you.
Here's the cover:
and a pic of the ornaments in their original form.
WIP: HAED Christmas Dreams (artist Dona Gelsinger, chart by Michele Sayetta)
Size 625 stitches wide x 416 stitches high (66 A4 chart pages, large format). Commenced 1/1/2016. I am stitching on 22 count hardanger, with 2 strands of floss over 1, tent stitch, and I am stitching it sideways, as it was too wide for my frame. My aim is to have it framed and on my wall for Christmas 2020. I have now finished 19 of the 66 pages, and have now stitched 80,546 stitches of the total 260,000 - so it's about 31% completed.
My 2018 'Finishes'
April 25 - Nutcracker ornaments for Frankie, Harrie and Perry
April 4 - LA Santa bust with Christmas Greetings for Ainsley & Todd
March 26 - Framed Angel Tree for Gayle
March 19 - Christmas ornament for Seamus
March 19 - Christmas ornament for Niamh
March 19 - Gingerbread girl Christmas ornament for Maeve
March 18 - Gingerbread girl Christmas ornament for Aubrey
March 18 - Feather tree Christmas ornament for Dylan
March 12 - Baby's First Christmas (DMC Teddy) Christmas ornament for Boden
March 11 - Candy cane Christmas ornaments for Asha & Stella
March 11 - Candy cane Christmas ornament for Evie & Jack
March 11 - small bead decorated Christmas tree ornaments for Minnie & Luella
March 9 - Button & bead decorated Christmas tree ornament for Wendy
March 8 - Santa stocking Christmas ornament for James
March 8 - Santa stocking Christmas ornament for Liam
Feb 25 - Santa stocking Christmas ornament for Annabel
Feb 25 - Santa stocking Christmas ornament for Gabriella
Feb 21 - Snowman Christmas ornament for Jude
Feb 21 - Bead decorated Christmas Tree ornament for Mostyn
Feb 21 - Bead decorated Christmas Tree ornament for Sarben
Feb 21 - Bead decorated Christmas Tree ornament for Fin
Feb 21 - Bead decorated Christmas Tree ornament for Amelia
Jan 25 - Santa Christmas ornament for Annabelle Grace
Jan 25 - Santa Christmas ornament for Angus
Jan 25 - Folk Art Angel Christmas ornament for Kellie
Jan 24 - Angel (modified TIAG Amish Angel) Christmas ornament for Chloe
Jan 23 - Bead decorated Christmas tree ornament for Molly
Jan 23 - Christmas stocking ornament for Carter
Jan 21 - 'Christmas Blessings' ornament for Aunt Billie
Jan 23 - Christmas stocking ornament for Sarah
Jan 23 - Christmas stocking ornament for Harvey
Jan 22 - Stocking Christmas ornament for Bodhi
Jan 22 - Santa hat initial Christmas ornament for Tilly
Jan 22 - Santa hat initial Christmas ornament for Arnie
Jan 22 - Santa hat initial Christmas ornament for Angela
This is the largest (and longest) of my many stitching projects over the past 30 years or so. It is HAED JG92105, Jolly Old Fellow (artwork by Dona Gelsinger, charted by Michele Sayetta), which I commenced January 2009, and finished on June 25, 2012. JOF is stitched over 1 on 22 count white hardanger. The charted size is 400 x 509 stitches, but I added 2 stitches to the width, making it 402 wide.