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Monday, 31 August 2015

Just Under The Wire!

He's done in August, by the skin of my teeth!

September's chart was already picked, but I may change it to one in this series so I don't have to pull different floss or go hunting for more fabric.

Not sure how active I will be in September. No matter what, I have to be packed and out of here by the 30th and I still don't have a place. Have two apartments to look at on Wednesday, so please cross your fingers.

August ornament stitched

The stitching is done on my Santa globe.  I'm pleased with the result.  It's from Gazette 94.  Somehow this afternoon is going far too quickly and I don't think I will manage to do sewing to finish today.

August ornament finish at last!

This month I was tasked with stitching a nightmare of a Frozen picture before I could even think about stitching the months ornament, suffice to say that I have finally finished the Santa themed ornament today.

I am stitching Joan Elliotts Roly-Polies on plastic canvas. Here is Santa!

and here he is with his Mrs.

For Septembers theme I will be stitching the Bear Roly-Poly who is holding a present...I do enjoy stitching these and no deadline for anything else next month either.

Now I need to catch up with all the other wonderful finishes for this month.

My First FFO Just In Time!

I managed to finish my ornament just in time. It's my first real FFO! The design is Santa's 12 Days of Christmas by Prairie Schooler. Here's the back:
I made a few mistakes and will be doing some things differently next time. But, all in all, I'm pleased with my first finishing efforts.
Happy Stitching!

Just made it!

Not finish finished as I hoped but finished in August! I have every intention of finishing this as a flat ornament on Thursday when the kids are back at school.

Holly Jolly by Country Cottage Needlecrafts
Stitched on 32 count linen
With recommended Crescent Colors and DMC threads

I subscribed to this series on Autoship and fell well behind so it's nice to have a reason to stitch them!

Thanks Kaye for organising such a fun SAL!


Merry Ho Ho

Here he is my Santa. 

All the stitching is done, I'm just waiting on the Cardinal button for his hat. 
Why do things take longer in the post if you need them straight away? 

I love him and can't wait to finish him.
All the other santas are looking really good.Well done everyone.

Melanie xxx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Everyone  has been very busy stitching this month! Looking forward to seeing what everyone will be doing in Sept

Santa done!

PS Santa is done.   I have to admit that I don't like him as much as when I started.  Mouth looks strange, as well as out of proportion and the blue looks strange. But he's done.  I'll think about making a second one for me.  Definitely different fabric and different count.  40 ct is not for my eyes right now.

Saturday, 29 August 2015


Hello my friends.
I have been able to complete both my Santa
ornaments, as threads came on time.

Santa`s helper.
Designer: Mosey `N Me from JCS 2012.

I plaited his little rope
and ruffled the ribbon to edge.

Button Santa.
With this I placed buttons where noted
 but used what was in my button stash.
These where similar to pattern. 
I have been through magazine looking 
for designer but is not there!

Using gold Ric-rac  I made this one as a stand alone.
The fabric has gold writing on it.
Very happy with both ornaments.
Happy Stitching,

My Santa Ornament

Hello Everyone!

My name is Jen and I just love Christmas. I don't stitch nearly as much for Christmas as I would like. I hope to get much inspiration from all of you. Thank you Kaye for starting this blog. Here is my Santa ornament that I actually finished a couple month ago, not this month. It is from a book called "A Cross Stitch Christmas".. Just wanted to introduce myself. You can exclude me from any drawings this month. I understand. :-)

Hope you all are having a fabulous summer! I look forward to seeing all of your Christmas stitching as well as sharing my own. Now to find something for September.

My Blog:

Cheryl's August Santa Ornament

Ho! Ho! Ho!  My little Santa ornament is stitched from a freebie pattern that you can find here:

I backed him with a somewhat plain red fabric and added the button and "dangly bit" (not meant to be rude - but I'm not sure what it is called).

Hope you like him!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Santa #2....

..... American Santa, I am cross posting him with the Americana SAL blog, as well - tricky  of me, hey?  (... and of, course, he is going to turn up on my blog, Kitten Stitching, as well for the Smalls SAL - double tricky!

This is a freebie from I don't know where stitched on what I think is 32 ct white linen using a variety of speciality threads, colours chosen by me.

I am quite pleased with him - he is going to make a cute ornie.

I am so thrilled that you are all enjoying this SAL - some beautiful stitching and designs have been posted so far.  Thank you for wanting to play with me, lovely stitchers.  

Now, don't forget, only a couple more days to post an ornie for August and if you do post, check out this post to see what this month's prize is.....


Two Santas finished

Hello, dear blogging friends,

I am Brigitte and after joining Kaye's Prairie Schooler and Americana SAL blogs I thought why not join this one as well. I do not often stitch Christmas items but I have many JCS Ornament issues and have stitched nearly nothing from them. This has to change, lol.

But for this month's theme I chose Santas from other booklets. Here they are:

The little pillow shows a Santa from an Alma Lynne booklet, Folksy St. Nick. Can you believe that I had to pull out 24 different DMC and Anchor colours for him? The card shows a little Santa from an old Anchor leaflet and wasn't very difficult to stitch. Just perfect for a Christmas card.

Now on to looking for a pattern for the September theme.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Don't forget.....

.... to post your August Ornie by the 31st.  If you do, you have a chance to win this great pattern from my stash;

A Christmas design called "Encore une et J'arrete!"  ("One more and I'll stop) by La Sylphide Toquee (part of the stash I bought cheap from The ThreadBasket before Valerie closed her online shop down).

So, if you haven't finished your ornie yet and/or haven't posted - get those needles smoking!


Serendipitous Jo's August Ornie

As we have another Jo in the group I thought I'd better use my blog name so you know which one of us is posting!  Jo is such a popular name we do need to identify ourselves LOL.

Thank you to Kaye for setting up the Christmas Ornie SAL Blog and thinking up some great themes.  I like that she has made the first year nice and open, my shoe-horn will not be required this year at least.

I have been collecting the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Specials since 2011 and they will be my main source of charts and inspiration.  Every year I spend hours drooling over the photos and making lists of my favourite designs and then rarely actually stitching any of them!  From now on, all that will change.  I have both the back issues CDs as well.

This design is from the JCS 2012 Christmas Special and is called Santa's Hat Sampler by Knotted Tree Needleart.  KTN have also designed two similar Hallowe'en charts of which I have stitched one so far.  Followers of my own blog will know that I am much more of a spooky stitcher than a festive one.

stitched on 32count green linen

The model was stitched using GAST on a raw linen fabric but I used the DMC conversion on green linen.  I changed the parcel colour to make it brighter and also the yellow stitches in the border.  I alternated them with the bright red from the hat (817) to make it look more festive,   This is quite a quick stitch, a day for the design and another day for the border.  Now I know why I usually skip the borders or simplify them.  At least this was an easy one to stitch mindlessly.

I have chosen my Tree design for next month already and the Snowman for November too.  Can you believe how organised I am?  They are both in the same series so will make a nice companion piece for each other,

I scrapbook most of my Smalls and I'm hoping for a new scrapbook just for my Christmas stitchings.  Once I mount this one I will show you all.

Getting Closer

This is where Santa is as of this morning.

He's coming along very nicely and hopefully will be done this week. This business of trying to find a place to live is cutting into my stitching time HUGELY.

Loving the variety of styles of Santa everyone is picking.

Hi everyone, I did it

Well, I am so new to this cross stitch scene. I have finally tried something little. Nothing like the beautiful work I have seen here but none the less I have done something.
I made a little design in 2 sizes.  One in 18 count and the other might be 14 but I'm not too sure.
I can't believe everyone else's beautiful work in such a finer count of canvas.. They are all so inspiring.
Anyway here is what I have done..... It has taken me quite a while...

Aussie Santa Claus - August Ornie

Merry August Christmas!!

Before I post my August "Santa" picture, I just want to say thank you to Kaye for setting up the blog... this is going to be such fun being a part of a blog just for Christmas stitching all year round!!  My Christmas Tree will be loving all it's new decorations in December!

Ok... onto my Santa!  As I mentioned in my blog title I have stitched an "Aussie" Santa for this month's ornament.  I searched my chart and magazine stash for ages trying to find the right one and then all of a sudden I found this one in a pile of designs that I had put aside for filing (one day)....

So here he is.... Aussie Santa and friends!

This design was published in the Cross Stitch Crazy magazine issue #171 and is designed by Jenny Barton.  He was part of Jenny's "Santa's of the World" feature in that issue and I just couldn't resist him.

I have stitched him on plastic canvas and backed him with felt which I need to trim and finally finish once the glue has well and truly stuck!

Now I  have to start the process all over again to find next month's masterpiece!!

Til then, happy Christmas Stitching!
Hugs xx
Stitching Noni

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Spending the afternoon stitching Santa.  Will probably finish today. 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

August Christmas ornament finished!

Hello fellow SALers!

I finished the stitching part of my Christmas ornament for August a few days ago. The chart I used was The night before Christmas by The Prairie Schooler. I enjoyed stitching it immensely:) The original chart had 'Merry Christmas' stitched at the top, but since I am Swedish I decided to stitch the Swedish equivalent, GOD JUL:) I also had some decisions to make about the snowflakes in the design. My original plan was to use beads, but I didn't have any matching white ones. Then I tried to use white DMC Pearlescent...

...but I didn't think the snowflakes stood out enough. In the end I chose DMC Satin thread and then it looked like this when I had finished the stitching part of the ornament.

 I have had a bit of anxiety about the FINISHING part of the process, but in the end I decided to use my sewing machine and a bit of white lace. This is the end result:

It is not perfect; the lace is stretched a bit too tight in the corners. The back is very boring and not so pretty but here it is...

Here's picture in another light where you can make out the snowflakes better:)

Still, maybe I'll try to use glue for the finishing details on the next ornament, since I'm not all together happy about the way this ornament turned out.

Speaking of the next ornament, I have not decided what I am going to stitch yet. I guess I'll have to browse through my stash again..:)

Finally, since we all love Christmas here, I'll share this festive photo of two of my furbabies with you! Enjoy!


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Santa is on his way.

August is always an extra busy month for our family - several wedding anniversaries, even more birthdays!  But at long last I have started my Santa.

This lovely Santa is covering a lot of ground.  He is my Santa for the Christmas ornament blog, an entry for the Prairie Schooler blog, and he will be a gift (Gifted Gorgeous or something like that) plus he is going on my regular blog as a current work.

Obviously I haven't gotten that far but then again, he isn't huge either - after all he will be an ornament!

Monday, 17 August 2015

August Ornament Complete

When searching for an ornament to do for August, I looked in a bunch of magazines and found several, but couldn't choose just one.  Then I decided to just look in my stash instead where I found quite a few for this month's theme.

I finally chose Santa Noel from the Mill Hill Charmed Santa Faces -  Series II.  This is a very old kit that's been in my stash for years.  I'm glad I finally found a reason to stitch it.

The reason I'd put if off for so long is that it looked difficult, but it was actually easy.  I have a couple more in my stash so I may have to stitch them too.


A new Christmas freebie and dare, I say it a new SAL for you....

Hello, my dear fellow Christmas Elves,

The lovely Maryse from Les Grilles des Maryse has a wonderful Christmas freebie, which you can find here.   I have also put the link on our Jolly Xmas Freebie Links page.  Thanks to our lovely Jo from Serendipitous Stitching for the heads up!

Maryse is also offering a Christmas SAL of seven postcard size designs for a relatively small fee. If you are interested, you can sign up on the same link above.

[Now, if you draw a long bow, you may even be able to use this free design for next month's theme - a very long bow, though, lol!]


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Mr and Mrs Santa...

Well, I thought that as I had picked both Mr and/or Mrs Santa as August's theme, that I had better make sure that I stitched them both.  So without further ado, here is the Happy Christmas couple:

It is quite a large ornie, almost as big as my kindle! lol!

The design is part of a larger Christmas design called "Encore une et J'arrete!" (Once I stopped Update:  As pointed out by the wonderful Jo and her GCSE French - and later verified by one of my French colleagues - the title translates as "One more and I'll stop") by La Sylphide Toquee (part of the stash I bought cheap from The ThreadBasket before Valerie closed her online shop down).

This pattern is what I am offering as a prize for August. After August 31, I will randomly choose a winner from all of the finished ornies that are posted this month (excluding my own, of course) to win this very cute design.

I must admit that I am so thrilled that everyone seems to be having so much fun with this SAL.  Thank you to all of the enthusiastic stitchers and bloggers.


Friday, 14 August 2015

Merry Ho Ho

I've started it at last. 
I've chosen the Lizzie Kate design Merry Ho Ho.
Here's hoping it gets finished on time and nothing gets in the way.
I've chosen a couple of designs for September. 
All I have to do now is choose which one I like the most and get the threads together for an early start.

Happy stitching
Melanie xxx

Druhá etapa (augustová)

Pôvodne som myslela, že uverejním moju augustovú úlohu až ukončenú. Mám však pokazený šijací stroj, preto konečná úprava je v nedohľadne :-)

Takže dnes vám ukážem hotového Santa ( u nás ho voláme Mikuláš) bez povrchovej úpravy:

Teraz musím odniesť šijací stroj do opravy. V dnešnej dobe to nie je moderné. Ak sa niečo pokazí, bežíme do obchodu, či na internet, a kupujeme hneď novú vec. Môj šijací stroj je starý, má 35 rokov, je celý kovový. Preto by som ho nerada vymenila za nový, plastový. V susednej dedine žije starý opravár a už len dúfam, že bude ochotný a schopný sa podujať k oprave. Tak držte prsty!

Nech sa vám darí!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

I've Sarted

Finally got a chance to start my Santa last night. Almost got the border finished before I headed to bed.

I'm really enjoying this.

Here Comes Santa Claus.

here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus Lane!

Midnight Santa designed by Patty Cox. 
He's going to be a wonderful addition to our tree this year.
I had a remnant of 16 ct aida that makes this a 3" x 3 1/8" size.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

My progress so far

I am really enjoying stitching my Santa and have decided to stitch on plastic canvas.  This is what I have done so far.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Have made a start

Hello my friends,
I am pleased to join in with you for this 
Christmas Ornament SAL.
Thank you Kaye for setting this up.

I have made a start : Santa`s Helper.
By Mosey `N Me,
from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2012.
I am waiting on a thread to and hope comes soon.

I have kitted up `Primitive Button Santa`
from Better Homes and Gardens
Cross Stitch Christmas 2000.

I will post again with more progress 
and hopefully a finish soon.
Happy Stitching,