I’m not exactly sure what happened, but all of a sudden I was overtaken with the urge to stitch Christmas ornaments. Most of my family members don't love hand made the way WE do, so had hardly thought about gifting them at all, then, Wham! I really didn't have anyone specific in mind at the moment, but ornament stitching had to begin!So last Sunday I stitched this snowman along with football and thought about making him a hum-bug, but he ended as a long ornie. I know now who he will go to. He's by Glory Bee from Just Cross Stitch 2009 ornament magazine on blue 18ct with DMC.
Then Monday, a chart I found on eBay arrived, Prairie Schooler, Up on the Housetop, and this little border Santa with sleigh overwhelmingly took me. Again with no one specific in mind, but as I was stitching, my newly married (summer) cousin and wife came to mind. It wasn't the intended purpose of the ornament, but I added the wording 'our first Christmas' and now it's ready for them. Blue 18ct with DMC.
As I was stitching, I thought about a former co-worker who always sends the prettiest hand-made cards for my birthday and Christmas. I enjoyed so much stitching the Shepherd’s Bush Baby, and had just gotten Snow, so off to work on 28ct linen. I spent last night finishing the stitching, but would love your suggestions on how to finish it for her.
I had been reading for some time on the Friendly Stitches’ yahoo group about stitchers being in a rush to finish ornaments, wanting to do so many with so little time, etc. that I suggested we do an ornament-a-month stitch along beginning in January.Abi and the group mods put it out to the group, and as far as I can tell about 20 of us will be doing that next year. They don't HAVE to be Christmas ornaments - any season will do.This is a very nice group of stitchers – appropriately named – so if you have space in your email list, you may want to join and give it a try. There is always chatter and LOTS of fun and interesting projects going on.
My ‘plan’ for today is to start making the house ready for our family Christmas gathering on Christmas Eve.It rotates from house to house, and this year is my turn.