Mill Hill Mania

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It’s been a weird month for stitching. We’ve been super busy and I haven’t had time to just buckle down and make great strides on any thing.

I got on a Mill Hill kick though. I can do Mill Hills while I rock the baby so that’s been my main stitching lately. Here’s what I’m doing:

The stitching on Balthazar is done. I don’t know when I’ll have time for beading. I can stitch my Mill Hill kits when I’m rocking a baby but I can’t bead and rock!!!

I got the stitching done on two other Mill Hill kits: Christmas Angel and Indigo Angel. They are also ready for beads sometime soon. This one has French Knot hair.

This one will have bead hair.

They make a good pair!

Finally, I started stitching a fourth (!) Mill Hill piece, Star Santa. I’ve been rocking a lot lately!

And in other perforated paper news, I am doing a Threedles design on navy paper. I believe this is Christmas 2016. It is quite interesting and beautiful! I am enjoying the variety of fibers.

I need to go find a bunch of fancy beads now. Fun!

Sharing the gift of stitching: stockings from my Mom

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My dear mother is visiting this week and she brought a present for our baby which I know you all will appreciate seeing:

My mom is a “gift” stitcher. She only makes presents for people. She doesn’t ever stitch for herself. She made a beautiful cross stitch for my Grandma (her mother in law) (the one who taught me to stitch) with the silhouettes of children on it and all the names and birthdays of all the grandchildren in that family. She made this lovely baby picture for my #1:

And she’s made a needlepoint stocking for each child. Here are the others:

They are all needlepoint and she does the finishing herself, lined with velveteen backs. She is a very fussy finisher and they are so so perfectly done. I hope you like seeing these!

I could share a few other things she’s made and one day I will, but for now, here’s one more stocking, the one she made for me:

Bunch o’ Small Starts

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Not content to work on just one small, I have 5 going right now:

Balthazar from Mill Hill:

“In the Sweet” by La D Da, a tribute to my Grandma who passed in January:

Leaping Cat by La D Da (which you’ve already seen):

English Sampler Pillow by Guilia Antichi Punti:

(And guess what? Emboldened by the successful Lizzie Kate, I’m stitching this one in hand too on a prefinished pillow, which is absolutely gorgeous by the way.)

And finally this one, which I am determined to finish this Spring, the Lounging Hare pincushion box topper from the class I took with Sherry Jones too long ago:

(Don’t fooled into thinking this is almost done, there is a flower garland over the rabbit that is the same size!)

Which one will be done first?? Which one do you most want to see finished?? Will any be finished this month or even this year?? Vote below! If you guess correctly which is finished first (just the stitching not the final finishing) I’ll draw a name and come up with a prize for you!