Sunday, March 1, 2009

Last Finish for February and an answer for craft-t-leigh

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.


Yoyo said...

I can see how letting your sister take home your original ornament made you sad, this is just such a cutie!!

You're giving some good advice to craft-t-leigh. I love the look of the over-dyed threads too, but some of them are just so hard to handle I usually end up using good 'ol DMC too except for very special pieces.

Anonymous said...

Well done, That is gorgeous!!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, what a darling reindeer!!!

karenv said...

It turned out great, very sweet design!

Vonna said...

You did a darling job finishing it Becky ;)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I love your reindeer, Becky! Great job! I'm glad to have found your blog. I'm also happy to see your Prairie Year March finish in your previous post. I'm stitching them on one piece of fabric, one a month and am about to start March. Wasn't sure I liked it till I saw yours.

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