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!

Many little things 

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Ahh…it’s the first week of January and can I already be off track? Or am I enjoying an extended vacation and just living by my whims? That’s it. I’ll get serious next week! My whims have me doing 3 ornaments:

First, Christmas Blessings is coming along nicely.


Next up is a Mill Hill kit (you know how I love them) to make a family initial. It seemed like it would be a snap. It is. It’s good for doing in those couple minute moments I find throughout the day-I can do it standing up even. But I just started today so there’s not much to see yet.


Finally for the Christmas Ornament SAL January theme, I picked out Prairie Schooler’s Partridge from 2005 JCS.


I am living  on the edge with my margins of 1/2″, barely enough for finishing. It is measured and centered very carefully-it will work out, but whew-I’m stitching in hand due to the size, which is not my favorite. Why so small? I had a linen scrap the perfect color and I didn’t want to waste it.