Between the Holidays

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Between Christmas and New Years and family and feasting there has not been a lot of stitching going! And Random Thoughts seems to be coming along SO SLOWLY. I’m not sure why-it seems like it should be quick. And you know, I was saying before about Birds, that I always thought many pieces from Drawn Thread were a little drab color-wise-and I must be wrong because Birds was very nice…weelll….this is a little too drab for me. No, No! I like it and the motifs are sweet and I like all the variety! But the colors…well if I had more confidence for that and if it didn’t already come with the silks, I might try to brighten it up.

Now here’s a little more on it and I think as I get more elements on it that will help a lot. It is subdued and that’s restful anyway. 

Random Thoughts

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Here’s how the Heirloom Nativity is coming! I love it! So pretty! And this first part went rather quickly so that is nice.

Now  I did cheat a little bit on  my plan..I got the first 7 bands done, but then I started up the 8th, just to finish up the evening last night. I would have gotten more on there, but I miscounted and had to take out half of that snow/tree trunk, and serves me right for not sticking to the plan! I will pick it up again in January. I hope it will be a finish for next year!

Tonight I moved on to Random Thoughts by The Drawn Thread, yes another Drawn Thread. What can I say, I love the variety of small motifs in her designs and the chance to learn some new stitches!

I started with the center motto, 1 over 1 which in a way is refreshing not to have to railroad all the stitches and be counting 2 all the time, fearing to get off, but boy is it tiny! So far mine says “this of no -e & stare.”  Hopefully before Christmas you can see the whole motto!

Coming Right Along

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I got a lot done this weekend!


All week I have been fussing with this Sweetheart Tree ornament which I started in 2012, finished in 2015, and which has sat around “unfinished” for the last year. I was emboldened to try the same technique as the friendship A frame, but with a heart shape. It worked! I hand stitched the sides together and added a new level of complexity by trying to catch in the trim.  I am happy with it for a first try.  And it can go on the tree this year!


I finally found some pom pom trim I am happy with for the Cherished Stitches Summer Gathering pincushion-I didn’t care for the finishing shown and I wanted it to go with the others I have better-that just have a trim border and no fabric border/buttons on the front. Originally I really wanted some burgundy pom poms to complement the berries in the designs but couldn’t find just the right color. On a whim I ordered this green trim and it matched perfectly. So that’s done! I made a pocket for the lavender nutshells inside like I did for the Autumn one. I stitched the thing together on the machine, which ultimately worked as well as I hoped but I had to be really really careful to get the trim in straight.


Finally, I’ve been working on Heirloom Nativity. I wanted to get the first 6 rows (down to the shepherd scene) done this month and I’m almost there! Then I’ll switch over to the next project in rotation and try to get into a rhythm  for 2017!