Cross stitching, Beaded Angels, Christmas Craft and more
Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The angels are TIAG's 1987 Angel freebie ( gold version). I reversed the design for the angel on the left, and made a few changes to personalise them for their recipients. The Santa is a Barbara Mock design (Christmas Quickies booklet). The koala design is adapted from a Di Noyce chart in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch Australia magazine.
Three Christmas ornaments finished up today. I have another three stitched and ready to finish up - two angels and a Santa. I hope to get the finishing done in the next few days. Here are the three finished ornaments:
The Santa with the sack and the Nativity are designed by Barbara Mock from her Christmas Wuickies booklets. The Santa face is from LA's "Christmas Keepsakes", Book 2 in the "Christmas Remembered " series. I searched the section (An Elegant Era) but couldn't find any reference to the designer.
I have had two inquiries about my finishing technique for the ornaments. This is how I do it. I backstitch a border (any shape) around the stitched design, and stitch an identical border on a piece of the same count fabric, for the back of the ornament. I photocopy the stitched design, and use acid-free double-sided tape to stick the photocopy on acid-free cardboard. I cut out the cardboard shape just inside the outline of the design, so that the cardboard shape is one Aida block or two evenweave or linen threads smaller than the stitched design on all sides. I make a second cardboard shape for the backing. Then I stick one thickness of wadding to each cardboard piece, and cut it to shape. I trim the design and backing fabric about 1.5 cm from the stitched border, and place it over the padded cardboard piece. Then I mitre any corners and hold with a few stitches (this isn't essential but it does make it easier to join the pieces together neatly). All that's left to do now is to stitch the two fabric pieces together, passing the needle through the backstitched border only, not the fabric. I add a bead to every second stitch (every time I'm bringing the needle from the backing piece through to the design piece. It's not hard, but it is time-consuming. It can take me a couple of hours to finish up an ornament. I use this method because I can't sew a straight seam on a machine, and I'm dangerous with glue. It works for me!
Five ornaments finished, but they don't reduce my stitching list at all, as they weren't on it. A friend asked me to stitch these for her five American great-nieces and great-nephews.
I stitched these ornaments on 26 count Dublin linen. The fronts are mostly stitched over two, except for the koala, which is stitched over 1. The backs are stitched over 1. The koala and kangaroo designs are by Di Noyce, published in Jill Oxton' s Cross Stitch Australia magazine. The stocking design is adapted from a chart in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet, though I have changed all the colours, and the pattern and contents of the stockings.
WIP: HAED Christmas Dreams (artist Dona Gelsinger, chart by Michele Sayetta)
Size 625 stitches wide x 416 stitches high (66 A4 chart pages, large format). Commenced 1/1/2016. I am stitching on 22 count hardanger, with 2 strands of floss over 1, tent stitch, and I am stitching it sideways, as it was too wide for my frame. My aim is to have it framed and on my wall for Christmas 2020. I have now finished 19 of the 66 pages, and have now stitched 80,546 stitches of the total 260,000 - so it's about 31% completed.
June 23 - Crochet beanies for Annabelle (1) & Baby F (3)
May 24 - Tiny Santa head, framed in tiny gold frame
May 23 - Santa hat initial ornament for Bodhi
Joy & Love Sampler ornament for Ainsley & Todd
May 23 - Heart tree ornament for Wendy
May 23 - Santa initial Christmas ornaments for Annabelle and Gabriella
May 23 - 'Joy' heart (for me)
May 15 - 4 tiny Christmas teddies in tiny gold frames.
Mar 8 - Page 59 of Christmas Dreams (my 19th page)
Mar 5 - Tiny button & bead decorated Christmas tree in tiny gold frame
Mar 5 - Six tiny button &/or bead decorated heart shaped wreaths in tiny gold frames
Mar 4 - Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Growth Chart
Feb 23 - 9 tiny button &/or bead decorated Christmas trees in gold frames
Feb 21 - Page 14 of Christmas Dreams (my 18th page)
Feb 12 - Page 3 of Christmas Dreams (my 17th page)
Feb 6 - Page 25 of Christmas Dreams (my 16th page)
Jan 24 - Page 36 of Christmas Dreams (my 15th page)
Jan 19 - Page 47 of Christmas Dreams (my 14th page)
Jan 10 - 14 tiny button &/or bead decorated Christmas trees in gold frames
Baby's First Christmas ornament for Aislinn's baby
Baby's First Christmas ornament for Carter - STITCHED
Baby's First Christmas Ornament for Karlie's baby - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Ainsley & Todd - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Aislinn & Ben - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Amelia - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Angus - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Annabelle Grace - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Annabelle in NZ - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Aubrey Joan - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Bodhi - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Chloe - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Ciara - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Dylan - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Fin
Christmas ornament for Gabriella in NZ - FINISHED May 23
Christmas ornament for Gayle - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for James in GB - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Jude - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Julie - - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Karlie & Brad
Christmas ornament for Kellie - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Liam in GB - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Maeve
Christmas ornament for Mostyn
Christmas ornament for Rohan
Christmas ornament for Ruaidri & Edin - STITCHED
Christmas ornament for Sarben
Christmas ornament for Tilly
Christmas ornament for Wendy - FINISHED May 23
Growth Chart for Angus (started in 2016) - FINISHED Mar 4
HAED Christmas Dreams, 12 pages - 6 pages stitched this year to date
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My Favourite Stitched Santa
This is the largest (and longest) of my many stitching projects over the past 30 years or so. It is HAED JG92105, Jolly Old Fellow (artwork by Dona Gelsinger, charted by Michele Sayetta), which I commenced January 2009, and finished on June 25, 2012. JOF is stitched over 1 on 22 count white hardanger. The charted size is 400 x 509 stitches, but I added 2 stitches to the width, making it 402 wide.