Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Stitching

Christmas Ornaments have been on Nana's mind this week.

Little House Needleworks Merry Merry stitched on 14 count Aida Coffee Dyed by yours truly. I also tea stained the fabric for the backing and the bow to make it look retro. Recognize the little ginger bread man I got at Hobby Lobby?

Prairie Schooler Barnyard Christmas stitched on 28 count even weave. I changed the pig to pink and I used black and white gingham for the ruching. I also changed the grass color at the bottom to brown as everyone knows pigs like mud. Pardon the flecks of floss that I should have blown off before snapping my picture. I was in a hurry!!

Another Barnyard Christmas. I stitched this last year but I gave it to my sis in law after she saw it and wanted one too. This year she got the pig but in the charted black and ecru. I changed my cow from black and ecru to black and white.

I wanted to get a close up of my embellishment. If you tear the fabric instead of cutting it, the finish looks better in my opinion. And the bow hides my crooked corner. ( Vonna here!)

My final ornament for this week.  In full disclosure I must admit that I ruined the first one!! I was preoccupied and allowed some hot glue to seep through the fabric. Believe me it could not be saved. So I spent the evening restitching this Lizzie Kate and being thankful that it was an easy stitch.  However, while stitching it, I got a new idea for the finishing so it turned out to be a WIN WIN.  Recognize my snowflakes from Dollar Tree? I added some buttons and red string to add them to the bottom of the piece. The chart called for stitched snowflakes at the bottom of the Feliz Navidad but I did not want to stitch them.  This was a better solution for me.  And frankly, now I want to keep this one but I have it in the box to take it to Katy when we go to Bham this week.

A close up of the snowflakes. I just added the buttons with hot glue and let them dry for a while before adding the red string to them. I am thankful for the jar of buttons I found on sale at Tuesday Morning a while back. I use them a lot.

Now for my stash...

I have had this one for a while but forgot to share it. I am becoming a Waxing Moon fan.

I picked this up at the Cross Stitch Peddler this week. It is a reprint that I did not own. How I missed some of these I do not know!!  I am not sure I will stitch any of the samplers but oh the motifs on these three!!

And this one I had ordered and it just came in.

 I started it last night as I should be able to stitch it quickly. It will look great in my Thanksgiving Dough Bowl. I am using a 32 count Creme Brûlée by R and R Reproductions for Tom Turkey.

I also picked up these hair clips at Dollar Tree. They are great for holding extra fabric out of the way when you are stitching I have some grime guards but honestly I prefer these little grippers!

I know Chelsea and Priscilla were going to the Mid West Stitchers Retreat this weekend so I guess we will have to do without a video from them today, unless they film at the retreat.  I just got my regular video so I guess I was wrong about the retreat.I do know Priscilla did a wreath for the auction at the Retreat so I assumed the gals were going.  That is one retreat I would love to attend! But Katrina Boyd is doing a retreat in Huntsville in January and I am signed up! I can hardly wait as it will be my first stitching retreat. It gives me something to look forward to after Christmas. It is a small retreat with just 25 stitchers. I think that really allows the stitchers to get to know one another. I am not sure if any Floss Tube gals will be attendance but that would be fun!

Happy Stitching  Blog Friends.


Sandy said...

Your little ornaments are all so cute. Thank goodness I don't have to have mine inspected by anyone. Sometimes they are not so perfect, but I have decided I will share anyway because someone out there will be inspired to do just their best and love their work. You have done that for me lots!
I am in love with that one for Katie. It is good that it turned out better anyway. That has happened to me more than once. In fact very recently!
I like your little turkey in the brown. I am guessing that the pattern is not the brown you chose. I like the brown. I love the finish on the pattern though. The gingham is cute like that. I am putting that one in the back of my mind.
Off to see Tucker in a bit.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The snowflakes dangling is the cutest idea I've seen! I love the holiday patterns!

Lady Jane said...

love all the tree trims and particularly love the Feliz navidad one. Cool beans.... You always have neat ideas. hugs, lj

Terri D said...

The ornaments are so cute and I love the way you finished them, especially the feliz navidad! The way you are using the gingerbread men and snowflakes are brilliant! I look forward to your Saturday stitching posts!

Meg said...

Your ornaments turned out super cute! I especially like the finish on the Feliz Navidad. You should make one for yourself. I am a big fan (lately) of Waxing Moon Designs. I just finished stitching their Halloween House Trio, but I have not fully finished them. It will be a simple finish - I have an idea in mind. Now if I can just get through my chores today maybe I will have time to do it.

How do you find out about the stitching retreats? I hear about people going to them, but I never seem to see them listed/advertised. I see the magazine ads for the BIG events such as "Christmas in Williamsburg," etc. but never seem to see the smaller retreats.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Getting back in my groove and visiting you now after a long absence. You've been busy, which is no surprise! I love your organization for Christmas already!

Barbara said...

All of your stitching and finishes look so good. I love getting finishing ideas from you and other cross stitch bloggers.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your ornaments turned out super, Arlene! I love your snowflakes with the buttons. I just returned from a "Katrina" retreat. You are going to have a good time.

RJ said...

Fantastic finishes Arlene. I love them all. Great new buys too. RJ