Monday, December 30, 2013

The Last Ornament of 2013




The Last Ornament of 2013...or is it?

Gift to Be Simple by Trail Creek Farm
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue, 2005

Frankly, I'm not sure the Shaker who wrote Simple Gifts would think much of the Kreinik braid on this one--or the fact that it's stitched with silk--but I like how a little glitz works on the Christmas tree. Since it's been so gloomy here lately, we've kept the tree lights on all day, and I've been reminded of how a little metallic braid or a sprinkling of beads can catch the light. This is stitched as recommended except I substituted a black silk for the words and the backstitch on the flowers.


And since I was so close, I finished September's ornament which had been languishing.

Mistletoe House by Prairie Moon
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue, 2006

As I've said, Chelle gave me this kit as a RAK in days of old (2006?7?). The colors were switched out to DMC from Soie d'Alger. She supplied me with the called-for ecru, but substituted 890 for the green and 815 for the salmon. Much more work than many of the other ornaments I stitched, (or maybe I think I should stitch faster over one) but it's cute!

I look forward to stitching smalls with Stitching Lotus and her other readers in the coming year. I hope I am as successful with that SAL!

Go check out the other ornaments.

14 comments:

Beth said...

Both interesting ornaments. The fabric used on the 2nd one is wonderful.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Both are lovely! I particularly like the 2005 one. Off to look at the mag ;)

Carol said...

Ha ha! Shakers and sparkle--I see what you mean :)

Love them both--looking forward to seeing your smalls stitching in 2014!

Cole said...

Beautiful stitches! I love the glitter you added, I don't think there can ever be too much on your tree ;o)

Kathy Ethington said...

They are both lovely, I agree, a little sparkle is so nice! looking forward to the new year and seeing all the wonderful smalls everyone does!

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute ornament finishes Nikki.

Linda

Shelly said...

Great ornaments! I'd be looking for the graph for the top one too, if I had the magazine; it's cute!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Super sweet finishes! I'll be watching with interest your posts FTP see your 2014 small stitches! I have a package for Maggie if you want 'em. LMK!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

FTP should have been "to"

Margaret said...

Both are so pretty! I really like them -- how did I miss them in JCS? Happy 2014!

Angela P said...

Lovely finishes! Happy New Year.

Giovanna said...

Very pretty ornaments, well done! A very happy new year to you and your loved ones.

Andrea said...

Both are lovely ornaments.

A very Happy New Year!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

These are both very sweet. I must take the time to go through the CD and make a list of the designs I want on my list.

Love that dark pink fabric.