With 3 hours and 12 minutes to spare, I met the February Christmas Ornament Challenge. I stitched this chart earlier for my sorority's ornament exchange in December. With much sorrow I allowed it to be taken home by one of my sisters. This one is mine all mine. The buttons were a stroke of luck. They were just waiting for me in my mom's button jar. I found one, then searched and searched for that second one. The pattern is Stag Pinkeep Ornament from Stacy Nash's A Simply Early Christmas. The fabric is from my stash, and the thread is some I received in an exchange. I believe it is some of Anzia's and it was wonderful to stitch with.
Earlier in the week I received an e-mail from Craft-t-leigh asking about linen, threads, and such. My advice is to start on 28ct or larger. Stitch a small pattern, then stitch the same on 32ct. Study the difference and decide which thread count you like best. Stitch on it for a while and then start experimenting with other counts. I have some larger count, 9 and 10, kits that are excellent to begin on. If you'll contact me again, I can send a couple to you to practice with. As far as thread goes, silk is wonderful to stitch with, but expensive. I like the over-dyed threads except for the way they feel. I usually end up using good ole DMC in my favorite colors.
Hope everyone has a great stitching week.