Sunday, 10 October 2010

Christmas Ornaments!

I finally finished finished Merry Skater today. Sorry it's the same old finish I hope you won't get bored of this finish by the end of the year. I sent the chart to Sally of as it was on her wish list. Sally is going to stitch me something in exchange and as you will know Sally is a great stitcher and finisher and has said she knows just what she is going to stitch for me. I am sooooo excited lol.

This week I stitched two Prairie Schooler Freebies, 2007 and 2008. I have also finished these as ornament.

Both of these were stitched on 28ct Summer Khaki Linen, what else, using DMC Threads. If anyone could recommend a different neutral coloured linen I would be really pleased because I haven't a clue lol.

On Tuesday night I decided to join Stitch and Stash's UFO Night with my Dimensions Row of Love. It is not officially a UFO but I think it was on its way to becoming one and not sure why. I am quite pleased with my progress and plan to stitch on it every Tuesday so look out for more next week.

I am also stitching the monthly challenge piece on the Stitch and Stash forum. I am really enjoying this but won't be able to show it until reveal day at the end of October.

After stitching the challenge piece I am going to work some more on my Lanarte Poppy.

Last but by no means least, I won Little House Needleworks Anniversary giveaway. I could choose a chart from the latest releases and chose "Be Merry - Belle Pepper" and received it this week. I can't wait to stitch but not sure when yet lol.

Until next time, happy stitching.



Daffycat said...

Very cute ornaments! Different finishes only take a bit of practise. There are so many tutorials out there and with photos to help you see what to do. Explore a bit and don't be afraid to experiment.

I like to take white fabric and soak it in strong hot tea. It give the fabric a lovely color to stitch on. Plus, RIT dye is way too easy so give it a try too!

Lisa said...

Wow... lots of stitching there. The finishes are lovely & I know what you mean about the finishing, I tend to stick to what I know too but I'm hoping to change that with the help of some tutorials.

Congrats on your LHN win :-)

Peggy Lee said...

Hi Lesleyanne! I'm so glad I found your blog by way of Daffycat's. I love your work.
Not sure if you like the primitive look or not but I was just told to take instant coffee grounds, make a paste and rub them in to linen then rinse immediately. Keep doing it until you reach the desired look. I haven't tried it yet but can't wait until I return home to do it!
Congratulations on your win!

Melissa said...

So many pretty projects, Lesleyanne! Your progress on Row of Love looks great. Congrats on winning the LHN giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Great finishes! Try looking at the Focus on Finishing blog (just Google it) for finishing tutorials, there are some great ones on there.

My favourite neutral linens are Summer Khaki, Platinum, Antique Ivory and Cream. Dirty linen is also good if you want something darker than SK. As people have said, you can try tea or coffee dyeing - I've also used Walnut Ink spray (which is acid-free and available off Ebay) for a nice mottled look. Another good option is Vintage Belfast/Cashel linen; it's mottled on one side and is great for a more primitive look. I've used Vintage Country Cream and Vintage Country Mocha and they're both worth having on hand.

Stitchaholic said...

You've certainly been busy! Your finishing looks great - I wish I was a little more adventurous sometimes! Love your Row of Love progress - it's on my wish list for "one day" LOL (along with a billion other thigns, probably!)

Carol said...

All three of your ornaments look great, Lesleyanne! And congratulations on winning the LHN anniversary giveaway--you chose a very nice chart :) Have fun stitching it!

Dani - tkdchick said...

A great set of lovely ornaments! I use whatever fabric I think looks best with a piece. When it comes to small ornaments I often go through a bag of scraps and pick what looks best!

In terms of a favourite neutral fabic I love Queen Ann's Lace joblean from Wichelt!

Lisa said...

I love your new ornaments, they are going to look so nice displayed.
That was very sweet of your to gift the chart to Sally, great idea.
Well done on your win of the LHN giveaway, enjoy stitching it, it's gorgeous.

Julie said...

Lovely ornaments, its great to have you stitching along with Mr Stick on Tuesday UFO, i do love your project.
Congrats on your win!

Sally said...

Your ornaments look lovely Lesleyanne. Thank you so much for the chart. I need to get my finger out to get it and the others I have stitched! Would love to have them on my tree this Christmas.

Row of Love is looking gorgeous.

As for linen colours I love flax and raw is also a very good neutrel colour. I have also tried coffee and tea dying and it comes out well :)I also like the vintage ones and tried Vintage mocha and vintage country cream.

Congratulations on your win!

Mylene said...

The set of ornaments looks great. That is what i feel with my monthly x'mas SAL oenaments as i finished them all with one kind of technique-the beaded cushion ornament.
Congrats on winning the LHN anniversary giveaway.

Solstitches said...

Such pretty ornaments lesleyanne.
I love the Merry Skater and can't wait to do that one for my little grand daughter who is big into ice skating.
I like Flax linen - not sure if it comes in 28ct but it is a favourite with me.


Karan said...

Lots of lovely finishes. Congratulations on the win too - nice choice. R of L is loking good - UFO Night is a really good way of staying motivated to get projects done. Lambswool is quite a nice neutral... love the new Vintage ranges too. :0)

Bev said...

i absolutely love those ornaments, well done!

Tracey said...

Thankyou very much for the comment on my blog,

I do love the snowman with the tree, my xmas x-stitch is coming along slowly,

Take care