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This is a January
finish for the Needlecraft Haven Freebie Challenge. Peace by Happiness
is Cross Stitching blog. I stitched it over 1 on 28
count sparkly evenweave. It's framed using a Christmas card I kept for
this purpose. I keep lots of cards that look like frames because I like
to horde, and sometimes they come in useful.
I stitched an ornie
for a dear friend of mine for her Birthday. Last Christmas I saw this
ornie chart on Leftsox blog
and wanted to stitch it but didn't have any green evenweave. Luckily
Mouse had a piece and sent it to me. I literally needed less than 3
inches square! In return I promised to make her one. Fast forward
to a year later, "I really must make that ornie for Mouse" I
thought. "Good job it's her Birthday in January because
it won't be done by Christmas."
The words are a
traditional Chinese saying which Joan Elliott used in her Wit and Wisdom
book. I charted the words myself then used part of one of Joan's
borders. But here's the time-saving part - only stitched the back stitch and
coloured in the pink and green! Then I stitched the white and gold
on top. Looks great and saved a couple of day's work.
This is one of my new monthly challenges, the JBW Alphabet Cat from JCS Hallowe'en
issue 2012. I've decided to stitch one a month in appropriate colours for
that month. So here is January's offering.
The fabric is 28
count white sparkly evenweave and the backing is a piece of ribbon stitched
onto some navy 14count aida for ease of finishing and to make the design stand
out more. I'm planning to get a little snowflake charm to attach before I
stitch it together.
Stitched over 1 on 28count evenweave. I'm not a fan of stitching long straight borders so I changed the white border into a backstitched lace effect instead. I really enjoyed stitching this design, more than I initially thought I would. Stitching over 1 made all the difference for me, it's just so sweet and delicate! Christine really does have great taste in choosing these designs for us each month.
I won this chart
from Shirlee, the Easily Influenced Stitcher. It arrived on
18th December, I ordered the fabric, satin thread and charms on the 19th, they
arrived on the 21st, I started stitching on the 22nd and finished on the 2nd
January. I used all DMC but did get the DMC satin for the baubles which is a PITA to
stitch with but looks great. It would have been easier if I'd needed 2
strands because I use the secured needle method of stitching so less slippage
but for coverage, three strands were needed. I used a Just Buttons cardinal instead of the Mill Hill bird (cheaper and
nicer) but as it was slightly bigger I used it on the top garland instead of
the round wreath, which now has the red star. The variegated
threads worked well on this. The green is DMC 92 and the red
115 (of course!).
I do enjoy having a
seasonal stitch to work on over Christmas and this was a lovely one.
The fabric is 28 count platinum linen and has distorted a little due to
the satin stitching in the words so I think I'll get it professionally stretched
and framed. I got a framing voucher for Christmas so that's ok!