Doing Some “Over One” Cross-Stitching

I’ve had the itch to try some “over one” cross-stitching, and I also want to stitch at least one Christmas tree ornament a month, so I decided to combine the two.

Here’s what I have so far . . . it’s T-I-N-Y  ! ! !

It’ll be about 2″ x 2″ when completed. We prefer skinny Christmas trees, so I felt the “over one” size would be more in-scale with our tree.

I’m stitching this on 28-ct. Monaco (thanks to Carol at Stitching Dreams for that suggestion!), in “Antique White”. I like the stiffness of this fabric, and there’s no worry about the floss slipping underneath the threads, as with linen.

Since the fabric I’m using is lighter in color than the fabric called for in the pattern, I’m changing up some of the colors as I go, which is actually quite fun.

As for stitching “over one,” a magnifier and a good crafting light are musts!! Frogging is very challenging (which is a good reason for me to take my time and pay attention to the pattern!), and running the ends of threads underneath stitches on the backside is also quite challenging. And, for me, it goes much, much slower than stitching over two. All that said, I’m thoroughly enjoying stitching “over one” and plan to do lots more of it :-).

Swap Goodies for Lisa

Wrapping up this year’s swaps are the goodies I made for Lisa.

This pillow ornament is my favorite thing I included in Lisa’s package:

Design: “Christmas Cat Tree” by Brittercup Designs (Just Cross Stitch magazine Christmas Ornaments 2011 edition)

Stitched on: Zweigart 32-ct. Belfast Linen in “Cream”

Flosses Used: DMC stranded, per pattern; subbed in DMC Silver Metallic for eyes & whiskers; subbed in red beads for ornaments

This was my first time to stitch on linen; of course I opted to jump right in and use 32-ct.! ;-). At first, it was sooooo challenging and I was questioning why people professed a love for stitching on linen . . . until I bought myself the magic that is the OTTLite Clip-On LED Magnifier. I went from hating stitching on linen to loving stitching on linen!! (I already had an Ott desk lamp that gives lots of good light for crafting, but I definitely needed that magnifier.) More stitching on linen, particularly in the form of Christmas ornaments, will be happening in 2012.

Oh, I want to show the fabric I found to use on the back on the ornament.

I love that it’s not a typical holiday fabric, and the black background plays off the black of the kitty. (I may trek back to Hobby Lobby and pick up some more of this before Christmas.)

The other cross-stitch project I made for Lisa was a trio of cross-stitched magnets, using a few of the floral elements from Linda Bird’s “Flower Garden Sampler” cross-stitch design in the July 2011 issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine. I stitched them on Charles Craft “Light Oatmeal” 14-ct. Aida, which is a beautiful color with a lovely texture. Unfortunately, because these were the last item to be included in the swap package, my brain skipped completely past “take a photo” and went directly to “get the package in the mail”. Drats! [EDITED TO ADD: Lisa saved my butt and took a picture of them. You can see it HERE.]

I also sent Lisa the instructions and felt for her to make a Matroyskha tissue cozy like I made for Gretchen. I wasn’t being lazy by not making one for Lisa! She’d mentioned wanting a little project she could work on while her sewing machine’s put away for Christmas, and this tissue cozy project fits the bill as it can all be hand-stitched. And there should be enough felt left over for another little hand-sewn project or two :-).

(The quilted wall-hanging Lisa made me is HERE. It’s beautiful, and hangs right next to my desk!)

Thanks for the swap, Lisa, and for being patient in receiving your goodies from me :-).