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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The angels are TIAG's 1987 Angel freebie ( gold version). I reversed the design for the angel on the left, and made a few changes to personalise them for their recipients. The Santa is a Barbara Mock design (Christmas Quickies booklet). The koala design is adapted from a Di Noyce chart in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia magazine.
Three Christmas ornaments finished up today. I have another three stitched and ready to finish up - two angels and a Santa. I hope to get the finishing done in the next few days. Here are the three finished ornaments:
The Santa with the sack and the Nativity are designed by Barbara Mock from her Christmas Wuickies booklets. The Santa face is from LA's "Christmas Keepsakes", Book 2 in the "Christmas Remembered " series. I searched the section (An Elegant Era) but couldn't find any reference to the designer.
I have had two inquiries about my finishing technique for the ornaments. This is how I do it. I backstitch a border (any shape) around the stitched design, and stitch an identical border on a piece of the same count fabric, for the back of the ornament. I photocopy the stitched design, and use acid-free double-sided tape to stick the photocopy on acid-free cardboard. I cut out the cardboard shape just inside the outline of the design, so that the cardboard shape is one Aida block or two evenweave or linen threads smaller than the stitched design on all sides. I make a second cardboard shape for the backing. Then I stick one thickness of wadding to each cardboard piece, and cut it to shape. I trim the design and backing fabric about 1.5 cm from the stitched border, and place it over the padded cardboard piece. Then I mitre any corners and hold with a few stitches (this isn't essential but it does make it easier to join the pieces together neatly). All that's left to do now is to stitch the two fabric pieces together, passing the needle through the backstitched border only, not the fabric. I add a bead to every second stitch (every time I'm bringing the needle from the backing piece through to the design piece. It's not hard, but it is time-consuming. It can take me a couple of hours to finish up an ornament. I use this method because I can't sew a straight seam on a machine, and I'm dangerous with glue. It works for me!
Five ornaments finished, but they don't reduce my stitching list at all, as they weren't on it. A friend asked me to stitch these for her five American great-nieces and great-nephews.
I stitched these ornaments on 26 count Dublin linen. The fronts are mostly stitched over two, except for the koala, which is stitched over 1. The backs are stitched over 1. The koala and kangaroo designs are by Di Noyce, published in Jill Oxton' s Cross Stitch Australia magazine. The stocking design is adapted from a chart in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet, though I have changed all the colours, and the pattern and contents of the stockings.
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.