I love love love Christmas . . . it’s my favorite holiday of the year ! ! ! When I see Halloween stuff start showing up in the stores, I get excited not because it’s almost Halloween but because it means Christmas is sneaking up on us ;-).
Over the weekend I found myself thinking I probably wouldn’t stitch up any ornaments for this Christmas . . . then I went to the bookstore yesterday and this magazine jumped right into my hands:
The sticky-note’ing of ornaments I want to stitch has officially begun :::big wide grin:::!!
The two designs I’m most interested in at the moment are “Little House Mouse” (#10 below) by Twisted Oaks Designs* and “The Year of the Dragon” (#8 below) by Dragon Dreams:
I’d like to keep the dragon one for our own tree =).
Here’s the back of the mouse ornament:
Super cute, yes?!! I’ve never done flat-ornament finishing before so that would be new for me, particularly trimming it all around as shown. (There are instructions in the magazine, but I also have some bookmarked if I need something more visual as a reference.)
While I do enjoy cross-stitching, my Needlework True Love is embroidery. Inspired by my re-awakened itch to stitch up some ornaments, I’ve begun browsing through my embroidery patterns to start pulling ideas that would translate well to ornaments. I’ve stitched up ornaments for the past several years and, while there are several that I wouldn’t mind stitching again, I’d like to push myself to use new-to-me designs. What are some embroidery patterns that y’all have stitched up, or have bookmarked as potentials, that would translate well to ornament-size??? They don’t necessarily have to be holiday-themed patterns (for example, one year I stitched up a camera design for my hubby). By “ornament-size”, I mean I’d like them to fit in a 3″ embroidery hoop, or not be much taller than 5″ if stuffed or flat.
*The website given for Twisted Oaks Designs is not a working site at this time. However, you can do an internet search for the company’s name and find stores that carry some of Twisted Oaks Designs’ patterns.