Tuesday, 30 December 2008

My first cross stitched biscornu finished!

I am so excited because I have just finished my first cross stitched biscornu!
Here are the pictures, I just love the little Father Christmas, don't you?
I will probably stitch lots of Biscornus for a while!
The pattern is from Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine 2008 designed by Louise Henderson of Cherished Stitches.
Stitched on 32 Count Belfast Linen
Colour - light mocha
DMC threads
Mill Hill Beads
Swarovski Crystal in the centre

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Prairie Schooler Ornament

I finished this Prairie Schooler Ornament, it is from the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine 2008, I sooooo loved making this one!I used DMC threads stitched on linen, topped off with Swarovski Crystals. Click here
I just love Pink!
You can get the letter L here
Materials used
25 count dublin lugana linen
Dinky Dyes silk thread
stitched 1 over 1
Mother of pearl thread ring
Swarovski crystals

Friday, 26 December 2008

Materials used for blog giveaway and more stitching news.

As promised I have listed the materials I used to make the blog giveaway Christmas ornament:
  • Fabric - Zweigart 32 Count Brittney - Lurex, silver flecked white
  • Flowers-Dinky Dyes Silk thread, Lilac number 111 but any DMC color would look the same.
  • Centre of flower-Kreinik metallics Fine (#8) Braid colour number 9300
  • Merry stitched in DMC number 210 and backstitched in dark purple DMC
  • Purple trim on outside edge - Madeira Glissen Gloss Estaz colour number 19
  • Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads colour number 03053
  • Metal ornament for the back
I hope you enjoy stitching this as much as a I did!
My first Biscornu and stitching news
I am currently stitching my first Biscornu, it is a Christmas design, and I have finished stitching the Priarie Schooler Christmas Ornament, I will post pictures shortly.
The Christmas Noel design at the top of the page was completed a number of years ago, it is
Celtic Christmas by Lavender and Lace, I though it would be a good idea to show it to celebrate the season!
Thankyou for looking, Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Blog giveaway - we have a winner!

Congratulations - the winner is Barb aka omashee!
Barb leave a comment with your email and I shall send you an email with the details of when I shall post it to you.
Thankyou so much for all the lovely comments, I was inspired to stitch more of these in other colours, I was also surprised how many of you love purple!
I wish I had the time to stitch you all one, but I am going to put the list of materials I used so that you can at least copy the colour scheme. I shall post them over the next few days.
I will be doing more blog giveaways in the future so keep watching!
Happy stitching!

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Cross stitched Purple Ornament blog give away!

Click on the pictures for a closer look

These are the cross stitch ornaments I promised to show, the one on the left is similar to one that I made for a recent ornament exchange and the purple one was an experiment with colour and texture, I wanted to know how different they would look! I was really pleased with the result and I hope you are too because I have decided to give away the Purple Christmas Ornament as a blog giveaway in celebration of Christmas.

All you need to do is leave a comment and say why you would love to receive it, when it is drawn I will then invite the winner to leave another comment on the post with the email address and I shall send it to the lucky person!
The draw will take place on Saturday 20th December at 6.00pm GMT.
Good luck everyone, I look forward to reading your comments!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Miniature stitched piece

Hi everyone, I thought I would show a picture of something not connected to Christmas in this post. I have stitched 1 over 1 on 25 Cream Dublin Lugana linen using DMC thread number 115, it is a Mon ami Pierre free pattern, unfortunately it is no longer available. 
I am unsure what to make with it yet, maybe a tin topper or a mini pin keep?
I am currently working on some more Ornaments, I have just started on my first Prairie Schooler Christmas Ornament and I was looking at one of my Paula Vaughan work in progress, the Porch Swing, it looks really nice, I shall post a picture later.
I have shown here the stitching lamp I use when stitching on linen because quite a few people have commented that they find the holes too small, I could not stitch on linen if I did not use this magnifying lamp, what a difference it makes. You can clip it on your stitching hoop, however I do not always use a hoop so I clip mine to a folder placed on my knee.

Happy Stitching!
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