Christmas almost wrapped up

I hope everyone is enjoying the lead up Christmas and got everything done and dusted. Nothing left to the last minute I hope!

I had Christmas all wrapped up last weekend, until I saw that someone had an extra present. It didn’t feel right to me. So today we popped into town and got a few extra presents. I know it shouldn’t have mattered but it kept playing on my mind so I had to do something about it. Now both parents have got 5 presents each.

One set of presents are the same. Different stitched animal but the same idea gift. I am still getting used to finishing my cross stitching into pillows, so the finishing side is never really as neat as the actual stitching. All I can say is that I am glad that I do not take part in exchanges. I will never be happy with the objects that I send out. I can’t say that I am truely happy with these Christmas presents, but I know they will love them no matter what. I guess it’s the critic in me that is always talking.
Anyway. At the beginning I didn’t think I was going to do any stitched pieces at all this Christmas. Then looking through my magazines, I came across a set of charts in the design library in of the many issues of The World Of Cross Stitching. It was under the title ‘Christmas quickies’ and quickies they were indeed! One took me just under two days to stitch while the other one took me a day to stitch. Both of which being stitched on my new found fabric, 28 count linen.

The dog with no backstitch.

The dog with backstitch.

The Robin without the backstitch

The Robin with backstitch.

It’s always surprises me how the backstitch can really bring the design to life. The dog piece didn’t really need the backstitch but then again the face was brought out by it. Don’t hate the backstitch, it’s worth it in the end. Easy to say, I know!

Then both of these pieces got turned into a very small pillow! With a little trim around the outside (which I still need to work on). They fit perfectly in the little gift boxes I’ve made. Along with a few chocolate coins…

Both of these little pillows are backed with felt. I tried some frabic on another piece, but to be honest I just love the feel of the felt so much better than the feel of the frabic.

You may have noticed I have now got another page up and running. There you will find the short stories that I have written this year. 5 in total, 4 of which are posted on my website. The fifth one will be on there eventually. Now I need to work on the next chapter of The Hourglass School and try and come up with an idea for the longest runng challenge. The ‘Going on and on’ one…

Thanks for looking…


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