Done, done, done,and…done

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It’s a week later than I wanted but you know how these things go. And it’s not like I’ve been sitting on my hands! Far from it! But I finally have my 3, no 4 ornaments finished off!


First off, the Mill Hill Christmas Letter. I like this. It is one I plan to make again.  Maybe one for everybody with their initials, and would adapt so well to other colors.

Next is my January contribution for the Christmas Ornies SAL. It is Prairie Schooler’s Partridge from JCS 2005. The trim was much pickier and trickier than I anticipated. I really like my new Kreinik cord maker (even if I don’t think the 3:1 ratio of starting length to finished is very accurate!)-I will get a lot of use out of it I’m sure! But, I wanted to stitch the trim on, not glue it, and I think I really need some fine curved needles to do this in the future. It came out nice. I do love the fabric I had in my stash for backing. That was serendipitous to have something that matched so perfectly

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Next up is La D Da’s Christmas Blessings ornament. This was exceedingly restful to work with. Until I had to attach the felt backing. My felt in the kit was not quite big enough to finish the thing with as much border as the instructions recommended. Again, fussy work. All this fussiness contributed to the delay in finishing, but I am pleased with how it (they all!) came out.

And for the bonus! The stitching on this was finished last year, I just had to get it made up. So I did, to check it off the list. It’s great. I love this one. I love the carol, I love the colors, I love how fast it was to do. Yay!

I’m at work on Joyful World this week! SO nice! I am not filling the color in the little spaces in the border. I like the look better without, it’s kind of Art Nouveau-looking. And I think from month to month it will be more uniform.

I see a fox tail!

So it begins!

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The Joyful World SAL! I have been so excited to do this project since I discovered it last year. It is just the sweetest thing, large, and yet manageable, and so, so adorable. I’ve been accumulating the supplies and decided I just wouldn’t be happy with it unless I did it on some kind of over-dyed linen. I mean, I am going to be living with this for a year so it needs to have gorgeous materials to enjoy during that year, right? And I didn’t want it so big finished on the 32 ct so I went ahead and got some 36 Weeks in Parchment which is completely lovely and perfect. I am going to mostly be using the called for colors. And I am off! Let’s see if I can get January done in January!

This is one night (which includes all the prep, sorting colors, measuring, measuring again, taking a deep breath and…the first stitch.) My only question is, what on earth does one do with the miles of extra linen hanging down the sides to keep it nice when you’re just working a tiny corner? I feel like I need some kind of special bag or to roll it up in something.


I have also gotten back to Heirloom Nativity, which I LOVE, hoping to get the shepherds knocked out before the end of the month. This is a really really enjoyable project. The colors are fantastic. I love silk!

Don’t worry, all my little small ornaments are being fussed over. I will show them all when they ALL are done. I can’t say finishing is my favorite. All the time I spend finishing I think, I just wish I was stitching! On the other hand, there is little as satisfying as a really well finished thing. The object quality of it as it is all put together…I guess that makes it all worthwhile.

 

Almost there…

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I’ve been working away on these 3 ornaments in an effort to get them finished-finished so I can put them away with all the Christmas things! I need to take the tree down this weekend, so it looks like I have a shot! The Christmas SAL Partridge is done-just needs to be finished into something, Christmas Blessings needs half an S and T and the top of the ornament fixed, and the Mill Hill thing just needs its beads. All this can get done over the weekend for sure! Hooray! I can’t WAIT to get back into Heirloom Nativity and get the next band done for January. And of course there is the little Atalie heart, the Joyful World (I’m waiting for the floss to arrive) and… Lounging Hare! Random Thoughts is put away for a bit. I’ll get it out in February. Busy busy times ahead!