Why does it get so crazy at this time of year? I can't really blame the holidays too much for my absence from this blog; my reasons are mostly work related. Some days are so busy that I just don't feel like being on the computer when I get home. But enough of that ... even though I've been absent from my blog, my needle and thread have still been busy!
I have quite a few people that I like to give gifts to, including my team at work (all 17 of them!) It would be quite expensive to buy gifts for all of these people; but I find that a handmade ornament is always well received!
As you can see, I've stitched quite a few of this design from Lilybet Designs called "Joy." I think I have this finishing method down pat now...lol. These were all stitched on miscellaneous fabric from my stash using DMC and Sampler Thread (Grape Leaf).
This second batch of ornaments is one of my favorite Mary Garry designs; you can find it in the 1998 JCS Ornament Magazine. I stitched these on miscellaneous fabric from my stash (mostly 32 ct lambswool) using DMC fibers (221, 420, 500.)
A great package was delivered yesterday - earlier this year I signed up for PIF from Karol on Rosebud's Stitching blog. She gifted me with more than just her stitching - a beautiful beaded fob, a beaded ornament (which I think Karol made), and two cross-stitch kits. But the pièce de résistance was this beautiful needleroll. The design is from Hands to Work and it can be found in the 2008 JCS Ornament magazine. Karol did a beautiful job stitching and finishing it. Thanks Karol!
Well, I have more to share, but I think I will save the rest for another post tomorrow. I hope my U.S. friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Wish you all a great weekend!