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My first finish of 2018 is “Boughs of Holly” for the Christmas Ornies SAL:

Our themes this year are “12 Days of Christmas” or “Christmas Carol of the Month.” I did Boughs of Holly for “Deck the Halls,” the January Carol. This is a kit from Victoria Sampler, part of the learning collection. This one, set 2 #3, is to learn French knots. I already know how to make French knots, but it is always good for a refresher in technique! I don’t hate French knots like many stitchers, probably because I have a lot of practice with them. When I was little I made an old Jiffy crewel kit of a carrot and cauliflower. The cauliflower was made of French knots. That was a lot of French knot practice!

I was determined to finish off the Mill Hill Holiday Harmony series this year, here’s my violin:

And here is the whole set! Lovely!

For a super quick finish I also made the Mill Hill Aqua Crystal snowflake. I made it faster than I could blog about it. Here’s before beads:

With the first set of beads:

And finished this morning!

May the rest of the week be as productive!

New Year, New Starts

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I’m diving right in to a new batch of smalls! First of all, I wanted to make the Mill Hill violin which is the last in the Holiday Harmony series.

Next, for the Christmas ornies SAL the theme for January is Partridge in a Pear Tree or Deck the Halls. I made a partridge last year so I’m going with Deck the Halls. Here is Boughs of Holly from the Victoria Sampler’s learning collection:

(I am supposed to be learning French Knots) (I haven’t put them on yet)

This is a really quick stitch! If I had realized that, I would have started this series earlier!

2017 Summary Part 2: WIPs

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My WIPs leftover from last year are all my big projects, which to be honest, I hadn’t worked on in months. However when I got them out, I could not resist starting in on them; they are now “active” again. Here’s where I’m at:

Random Thoughts by The Drawn Thread, maybe 1/3-1/2 complete:

Ohhh I do still love this one! When I got back into it this week I discovered unfortunately I am off by one thread, only half a stitch! around the verse and a full stitch by the blue bow, which, since I counted from these elements, has bumped everything over from where it should be. Argh! But the wonderful thing about this sampler is I’m certain I can work with it. I frogged and redid one motif (the square on the left) so my edges will line up. The rest I will live with! Funny how we only notice some things when we’ve laid a project aside for a while and approached it later with fresh eyes.

Next is the Joyful World SAL by Snowflower Diaries: also about 1/2 done, not including the border.

It is horribly wrinkled due to being in the grime guard but it’s going right back so no sense in ironing it!! I was planning to attack the borders during the months I’ve already completed, but no, I’m going to save the border for the end because I’ll need 2-3 skeins in the same dye lot of several colors so I need to buy the new skeins together…better for now to stick with what I’ve got. So…continuing with October!

Finally, here’s Heirloom Nativity by Victoria Sampler, not quite half done:

I worked on the Kings this week leading up to Epiphany. That’s kind of nice. I like to race through the pictorial parts to get back to the bands which are the most fun.

I also have a couple shamefully neglected little projects, we’ll say they’re on hold for now…I do plan to work on them this year but they are not active on my radar. Hmmm….

For new starts, I’ve got a (large) handful of smalls/mediums set aside to start this year as well as 2 bigger things I’d like to do. The first of those which I started this week is the birth sampler for Baby. I’m making Just Nan’s Baby Celebration. I made Baby Garden for another of my Babies:

and was thrilled to have another girl so I could make this one! I’m starting at the bottom this time. That blob will be a bunny.

So this turned into quite a chatty post so thanks for reading it and also supporting me in your comments! I am so honored anyone reads my blog and will comment on it!! Happy New Year! May it be full of peace and grace for you!