Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last minute ornament

Aargh! Meet Whitebeard the Pirate! (you know, Blackbeard's alter ego...) ;-D

This Yo Ho Ho Ho freebie is from Sue Hillis, stitched on 28ct raw linen and mounted as an ornie.

Monday, December 21, 2009

I made a Biscornament!

If you are wondering what a biscornament is....I was stitching an ornie from the 2003 JCS ornament issue, Winter Whitetail by Something In Common, and noticed it was square (well it stitched on point so strictly speaking it's a tilted square). I thought I'd try making it into a biscornu without the dimple in the center. uploaded sideways but you get the idea!
It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to make both sides be right side up (the back is just my initials and the year), and it was a tad fussy on the whip stitching since the back stitch outer line was on the diagonal, but in general I love it! It really looks like an ornament, all roundish and such! I have decided to call it a biscornament, and will be going thru all the backlog of ornies waiting to be finished to see which ones will work for this diagonal ones this time, however!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December Biscornu

Here it is! The last of 12 biscornu for the Basket of Biscornu blog! This one is from the blog of Maria del Valle and is called the Lynne Biscornu. I used 22ct white hardanger and DMC varigated red floss. Pulled some motifs from the front for the back, as you can see...I almost forgot to take a "before" picture! My whole basketful is also shown...all freebies from the web, but for four, all from stash.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

November Recap, December Goals

November Recap
~Castles in the Air, pt.6 Postponed due to fabric issues...
~Italian Garden UFO Done!
New Starts...
~Fabulous Fall Biscornu Done!
~Christmas Partridge Done!
~LHN Pumpkins Done!

December Goals
~Dragon Feathers Afghan UFO Working...
New Starts...
~Lynne Biscornu Done!
More ornies?
~Winter Whitetail Done!
~Yo Ho Ho Ho Done!
~Topiary Wreath Done!
~Christmas Wreath Done!
Prep for Christmas at HRH start on 01/01/10!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

What I have been doing in November...

After my last post, the month of November went downhill. We lost our cat Pixel to something called Sudden Cardiac Death on November 7th, one month ago today. I spent the month mourning, supporting my daughter in her feelings of loss, and stitching. DH had his own way of dealing by getting really busy at work, with DD's swim team, and with other volunteer events. We all miss him, but life's activities go on. Peace Pixel. See you at the Rainbow Bridge. Give Ari a nudge from us.

Here is what I finished stitching in November. Therapy stitching. First is an old UFO that I pulled out for my monthly weekend stitching. Before I knew it, the thing was finished, after 6 years of UFO status. This is Liz Turner Diehl's 17th Century Italian Garden, a Charleston CATS class, in 2003 IIRC. The fabric is raw linen, 32ct. I made one change from the class, leaving off the stubborn twisted braid that was supposed to go in the rectangles instead of the pink/lavender flower beds that I added.

Ironically, this picture (below) was taken a couple of months after I had started DD is 15 now, and that is Pixel in his usual place, helping with moral support.

Next is a Christmas ornament from the 2003 JCS ornie issue by Seredipity Designs called A Christmas Partridge. It is stitched on 32ct Driftwood Belfast, sans the bf on the pear....I think it looks fine without!

Last finish of the month was from Little House Needleworks, the Pumpkins, from the Fruit series. Eventually there will be a total of 9 in a wall quilt/banner. Three to go. The fabric is Lakeside Linens 28ct Strawflower.

That's all for now....I'll post my monthly progress report and my December biscornu later this week.