Sunday, January 14, 2024

Christmas Holly Stitch-a-Long, part 10

Hi everyone! Happy new year! It's been six weeks since our last check in and I've managed to get a lot done.

Here's where I was last time: 

And here's where I am now: 

I'm working on filling in those juicy berries in the lower right, and there's a bit of filling in on those leaves, too. There's another leaf in the top right that I am saving until last because I'm pretty sure my count is off on that top edge... so I'll base the placement on the berries below for the right edge. I'm super pleased with all the work so far, but I don't think I'm pre-happy dancing quite yet. 

I'm writing this a few days ahead of time as we're planning to be away for the long MLK weekend -- camping in a cozy cabin. Of course, there's a blizzard warning between now and when we expect to leave, so perhaps I'll be home on the couch stitching instead!

Did you set a 2024 goal to craft more? Check out the amazing projects my fellow stitchers are working on and you're sure to be inspired: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, Cathie, LindaHelenMary Margaret, and Cindy.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Halloween Ornaments Project: January 2024

It's January -- is it too early to start thinking about Halloween? Of course not!

In December I made a simple ornament that still makes me smile. It looks pretty simple -- erm, allowing for the fact that I put it into a hoop that's just slightly too small...:

But (assuming you have exposed it to light for a while), turn off the lights and...

GLOW IN THE DARK SKELETON!!!  Seriously, how cute is that?

This month I'm going to make another ornament from a pattern in an old Cross Stitcher Halloween issue: 

I'm going to stitch it on some Aida I ice-dyed last summer. I might leave the "white" area (behind the "Boo!") unstitched to take advantage of the pretty Aida. I'm already itching for warmer weather so I can dye more fabric outside.

I'll be back on February 13 to share my finished ornament and my next project pick.