Goodness, where did the time go! Somehow the entire month of June got away from me, and I didn’t manage to post even once. I have been stitching though. My Mermaid is making progress, and I’m starting something new(ish) that I’ll post about when I get a chance. But first, I need to post my June ornament!
Dasher, by Hinzeit
This ornament came into being because the guys at the local Gleaners organization that I am a member of are endlessly amused by my stitching. I often have time to kill while I am waiting after picking up my bag of groceries as one of the other volunteers gives me a ride home. So rather than sit idle, I usually take something with me to work on. Ornaments are a good take along project, so the guys there have watched my progress on several over the last year. A few weeks ago, one of the guys I volunteer with offhandedly said that his grandmother would love an ornament, and do I ever sell the ornaments I make? Next thing I knew, we’d agreed on a pattern and a price, and off I went!
This ornament was a lot of fun to stitch – it is tweaked slightly from the original pattern – I lopped off the topmost part of the antler because it was already so big, and changed the colors from purple to blue because the guy’s grandmother’s favorite color is blue. I finished it using my usual pillow ornament method. When he was done, I didn’t want to part with him, he was so cute! I told myself I can always stitch another for myself, but with as many ornament patterns as there are out there to stitch, that’s highly unlikely that I’ll repeat this one!
Yes, yes, I know it’s the first of June. But it’s close enough to count! Besides, the airconditioning at my house was dead for the better part of the last week and I had no desire to do anything except sit in front of a fan and sip lemonade. Even the thought of stitching snowflakes didn’t tempt me. Now that the AC is working again, everything is back to normal – or as normal as they ever get around here. But nevermind all that – you’re here to see the stitching!
Here it is! This was a lovely little pattern by Beehive Needleworks that was an absolute pleasure to stitch. I stitched it over 1 on some 32 count linen that I tea dyed. I really enjoy how tiny and delicate things look stitched up at such a small scale, but it does mean that the piece itself ends up pretty small. I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I think my plan is to sew a strip of red fabric that matches the thread I used for it across the bottom to make the piece a bit more square, and then turn it into a pillow ornament. The final decision is yet to be made though. I’ll work on it when inspiration hits.
And now I must return to my mermaid. She’s been calling me rather insistently over the last few days while I worked on this ornament so I plan on spending some good quality time with her. Though that time will have to be split between her and the kitchen – I’ve got a fridge full of ingredients that need my attention too. I’ll have to share some of the nummies I make here too I think. Tonight I’ve got a batch of Chocolate Chai Plum Fruit Rollups in progress in the oven, and oh my, the entire house smells amazing. I’ll try to remember to take pictures of them so I can share the recipe here before I scarf them all down.
We’re into the second week of March here – this would be the perfect time to do an update on my February Christmas ornament that still isn’t complete wouldn’t it? I’ve been on the road a bit over the last few days, so there wasn’t too much stitchy time. That said, I did manage to get all the cross stitching done on my ornament.
I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take me to stitch this – it looks fairly simple compared to the HAED that I am working on, but there are 30+ colors and several blends in this small piece. That said, I finally got a system figured out to organize my floss and stay on top of it so that should help speed things along from now on. I’ll share photos of what I’ve figured out later this week.
All that remains on this piece is the backstitching. I say ‘all’ and I have to laugh at myself. There is an insane amount of backstitching on each of these little ornaments. But once it is done, the details really do pop! Hopefully I’ll have a completely stitched ornament photo to share soon!
Speaking of completely stitched, I realized I forgot to share the image of my Lovely Creatures Lovebirds quickie that I stitched last month.
I still haven’t figured out what I am going to make with it, so for now it is sitting in a drawer waiting for inspiration to hit. I’ve briefly toyed with the idea of adding lettering to it that says ‘Merry Tweet-mas’ and calling it a Christmas ornament, but I think it looks a bit too lovey and hearty to work for a Christmas ornament.