Friday, 29 November 2019

November Smalls

With Christmas just around the corner I pulled out my Christmas stitching and got started with a few ornaments. None of the final finishing is complete yet. I'll do them all at once when the time comes. 
I started with the ornaments for my granddaughters. These two ornaments are part of a collection by The Little Stitcher called the Twelve Days of Christmas, Part 1 and Part 2. They can be purchased separately or as one booklet and can be found on her Etsy shop

 The Day of Snow and Ice

The Day of Folly

These ornament designs are so sweet and took very little time to stitch up. I've picked my backing fabrics and will finish them both as tree ornaments.

Two by Two Deer is designed by The Prairie Schooler and is an oldie but a goodie! The chart can be found in the Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament issue from 1998. I've been meaning to stitch this one for quite awhile. It's about time I got around to it!! 

Those are my three Smalls finishes for this month. I hope to have a couple more next month but often time runs out as we get closer to the holidays. I really only need to stitch one more gift so keep your fingers crossed! See you next month.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

November WIPocalypse

With the arrival of November comes Christmas stitching. So for now I have put aside my Pennsylvania Dutch Sampler and started on stitching gifts as well as some Christmas stitching for our home.

Several of the pieces I've completed are smalls which I will be showing later this week on my Smalls post. 

The two other pieces I started are slightly larger than what I consider a small and are gifts for my granddaughters. The first, which I've completed, is Plum Street Samplers Tired Trio.

I loved these adorable sloths as soon as I set eyes on them. I originally planned on giving this to Summer for a birthday gift as her birthday is tomorrow. However her sister Oceanne loves foxes and I knew she might feel left out so I'm stitching Foxes Few for her and will give them both at Christmas.

The linen in the latter pic appears warped but I was lazy and took this shot while it was still on the Q-snap and I only had 3 sides of it tightened. As you can see I'm not quite finished the foxes yet but they are sooo cute! I love this series that Paulette has designed and her latest release, Rack Stack, is one that I plan on stitching for myself. I love it!!

I haven't decided yet on a pillow finish or an ornament finish for these cuties but I don't have time to waste so I'll be making my mind up quickly once I've finished the second one.

I have several choices to stitch for myself once the above two are completed. I browsed through my stash and pulled out a number that are candidates. The final choice will be decided on whether I have linen and floss handy for the design. The list includes:
Country Stitches Peppermint and Holly, Stacy Nash Gathering The Greens, Heartstring Samplery Morning Star and Plum Street Sampler Yuletide Welcome. I would be more than happy to have any one of these lovlies decorating my home. I might even try to fit in an ornie for my twig tree! 
There are two more new releases that I would love to stitch at a later date: Chessie and Me Peace and Goodwill Sampler and La D Da Merry Christmas Sampler.

We've already had our first snowstorm of the season which took place on the evening of Remembrance Day, Nov. 11.  We had a received a small amount on Nov. 7 and the temps remained cold so we ended up with a total of about  20cm ( 7-8 inches) on the ground. All of our leaves hadn't even finished falling yet!  Milder temps this past week have melted all of that away now and there is no snow forecast in the immediate future. 

See you all soon with my Smalls posting!