May progress


Today I finished up the Just Nan grow! pin cushion for the facebook smalls spring challenge. Here it is! 

The finishing was harder than the tin actually! I was concerned about being able to sew it in a circle without it being lumpy. That part actually went fine. But when I turned it, I didn’t leave a big enough opening and the linen tore into the the border area around the stitching. Yikes! There was no fixing it. But I was lucky I decided to put the opening at one of the places where I knew one of the criss cross  threads would go over. So I think I was able to fudge it ok. It is not as perfect as I would like but now that it is done it looks fine. Moreover, I am really glad I could make this shape come out this well on my first try, because I will have the chance to make the same style pin cushion again soon-stay tuned!

I have also been working on Joyful World.

I am totally backlogged, and my hope is to get March and maybe part of April done this month. 

I am ok with this taking longer than one done a month at this point because I have been getting quite a bit done on so many other projects. However, I am going to take a break from the Christmas ornies SAL this month, and only do the Smalls one if I get to it. I have my project kitted up, and it is super tiny, so hopefully it will work out!

Under the Wire April Smalls


Here, finally, is my small for this (last) month, the Gingerbread Man Ornament by Little House Needleworks. I’ve always thought this is one of their cutest ornaments and I’m glad to have made it!

It would have been done sooner if only I could count to 3 accurately on those border corners! Ugh! All but one of them messed me up and set off a chain reaction of an edge being off by 1 or 2 threads. 

I found the perfect finishing fabric! I’ll get it together soon.

In other Smalls news, I have finished stitching up my April “snowy scene” ornament for the Christmas ornies SAL. This one is The Drawn Thread’s freebie called First Snow.

I don’t have a finish plan exactly for this one. But I’m quite happy with it!

At the current rate of making ornaments I will need a dedicated cross-stitched ornament tree this year!

Little things


I was working on my smalls last week. I finished the stitching on the grow! pin cushion. Isn’t it pretty? I can’t wait do complete the finishing.

I need to check if it needs beads. There might be a few. 

I got the gingerbread man done on the Little House ornament. Some of the stitches look a little wonky but I think I’ll leave it as is. Just need to do the border and candy canes he’s holding now.

And I decided on the rest of the colors for my April ornament for the snow scene theme so I’ve got to finish that up by next week. Here it is so far:

It is First Snow by The Drawn Thread. That middle bird on the right was supposed to be white but I used a dove gray. Blends in too much, don’t you think? I had better change it back to white.