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.
I'm a little late for the Smalls SAL report - it just crept up on me this month. I started the year by stitching some tiny framed Christmas trees, to replenish my Christmas visitor 'take home gift' basket. I stitched 14, but already two have been claimed by two very late Christmas visitors, who came for their visit in mid January.
Here are my tiny Christmas trees:
When I say tiny trees, I do really mean tiny - the frames are just 4.1 cm x 3.8 cm (1.675" x 1.5").
Page 36 is finished - in record time. This page took less than a week to stitch. Although there were blocks of confetti, there were more blocks of solid colour, so it stitched up quicker than most HAED pages I have stitched. A weekend challenge on the Aussie HAED Stitches FB group spurred me on as well. A casual inspection of my next page, page 25, leads me to believe this will not hold - it appears to be full of confetti. Never mind, it was good while it lasted! I am now bsck to where I was in September last year, and one quarter of the way through the stitching. I am happy with my progress. I will keep stitching on CD for the next 4 weeks, and hope to get 2 pages finished in that time.
I brought HAED Christmas Dreams downstairs to my stitching nook last Thursday, and I have been working obsessively all week to get my 14th page stitched (page 47 in fact). A few minutes ago the final stitches went in. I am a happy girl! I really want to get the next page stitched by the end of this month. That will bring me back to where I was in September 2016 when I discovered that very stupid error I made which resulted in that horrid two weeks of unpicking two full pages of stitches.
This page took me just one week to stitch, which is a record for me. Some of the 10x10 blocks had as few as 6 different floss colours, and there were some stretches of solid colour across the blocks, so it was a much easier task than most of the HAED pages I have stitched so far.
So, Christmas Dreams with 14 of 66 pages completed (except for that one stitch of 754 that I have to stitch after my next floss buying trip):
And now for the 15th page (page 36) ... I hope to be back with a pic before the end of January (this January!)
I haven't yet got used to being in 2017 - in fact I have not yet had the need to even write '2017' as part of the date - and yet here we are in the middle of January, and it's almost time for the first Gifted Gorgeousness Report of 2017. Here's where you can sign up for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness Blog Hop.
I have made some progress on the Growth Sampler I am stitching for my great-nephew. The kit was a baby shower gift to my niece from a family friend, and my niece asked me to stitch it up. The four characters are now stitched, and I added some blue fabric to the top and stitched baby's name. The birth details will also go into the blue section. I am at a standstill now, now waiting for the details my niece wants stitched - birth details and the ages?/dates? on which Angus reached various heights (I am going to stitch these on the left hand side). My niece wants to be able to add info to the growth chart until Angus is 5 years old, so I have had to come up with a finishing method that allows extra stitching over time, and laundering. I hope I get it right!
Semco kit, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Growth Chart
I am getting ready to start working again on my HAED Christmas Dreams (chart, fabric and most of the floss purchased with birthday money &/or gift vouchers), so I decided to stitch some bright little things to get me in the right frame of mind. I stitched these bead and button decorated trees to replenish my stock of take home gifts for Christmas visitors. There is a cross stitched (or sometimes a Smyrna cross stitch) tree under all those beads and buttons. These little gold-coloured frames measure just 4.1 cm x 3.8 cm (1.675" x 1.5"). I love making these little trees, and I guess (because they disappear so quickly) that my Christmas visitors like them too. I will be making more tiny framed cross stitches during the year - probably not more trees, though.
And here is a pic of all 14, standing up.
All my stitching time for the next month(s?) will be spent on Christmas Dreams. I have almost forgotten the horror of having to unpick almost two full pages because of that silly error I made with the repeated stitches, and I will be starting tomorrow on the 14th page (page 47 as it happens), in my third row of stitching, as I am stitching it sideways.. My aim for this year is 12 pages, so it will be good to make a start on it. Here is where I am at the moment. Try and ignore the dirty area where I unpicked those offending pages.
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.