Monday, May 31, 2010

February's Ornament????

from Dimensions, Christmas Folk
28 count cream linen
Here it is, JUNE, and I'm only on February's Ornament. I do hope there's not a time limit. Although, I hope to have them all done by the end of the year. If that is not doable, then at least by the end of next year. I love this little rustic country ornament. It is usually not my style, but I have this cute little booklet of about 20 or so of these little cuties. I am going to do a bunch more. Again, this ornament is not a finished one, I will wait and finish them when a few more are stitched.

May Birds

I was undecided about which chart was better for May Bird theme, so I've stitched both!

This is from an old JCS Ornament issue, and was created by Lori Markovic of La D Da

This is a Blackbird Designs one taken from the "Joyeux Noel" book!

See you in June!
Sara in Italy

Friday, May 21, 2010

Little May Bird

Here is my little contur bird.

Pattern from Anja Rieger Design

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This is the "bird in a nest" ornament, a freebie available on the Waxing Moons Website.

Spring Bluebird by Waxing Moon Designs
Stitched over 1 on 18 ct. fabric with DMC threads

I finished it with a pretty piece of floral fabric on the back and a bit of store bought satin cording.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I'm Slow

I am getting a little slow-- need to catch up. April's Rabbit is stitched but not finished yet. I have everything together to stitch my bird for May but haven't started him yet. DH has been unwell and caring for him and work has taken up a lot of my time but I will catch up.

Friday, May 14, 2010

June Fruit

DS is at his band banquet, DH is on a camping trip, and after I went out to dinner with some friends, I came home to finish the stitching on my fruit themed ornament for June.

This is from the 1999 JCS Ornament issue; the designer is Theron Traditions/The Gentle Art.

I enjoyed stitching this one and it went pretty quickly.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Bird

For a May theme, I stitched a bird, holding a stick with berries in her mouth. The work is made as a pinkeep and is fully completed with beads but the back side is made of felt. I took the design from Ann Benson's book "Beadpoint: Beautiful Bead Stitching on Canvas".


Here's my pinecone ornament.

Sweetheart Tree
Snowflakes in the Pines
Platinum Cashel linen

I used the DMC brown that the pattern used, the green that was one shade darker than the one used in the pattern, and the newer off-white, since the ecru just blended right in to the fabric.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I have chosen one NZ small native birds Yellow Breasted Tit.
The design is by Maree Garstang,  I have had the chart for many years and this is the second time I have stitched and this time it is for me.
 Stitched it on 35 count permin linen with DMC thread. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010


This was my April ornament; I forgot to post it!

It's very, very tiny but I haven't made it into an actual ornament yet.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My April Ornament

Chart: Snow Bunnies, Little House Needleworks. From JCS Ornament issue 2007.
Fabric hand dyed by me, stitched one over one.
See you next month!

April rabbit

I finally finished my April ornament. This is called A Christmas Carrot, from an 1990 issue of Country Stitch magazine. I stitched it with the called-for DMC flosses, on marbled DMC aida. The only small change I made was to stitch the inner border with red, so that it would be a bit cheerier.

Monday, May 3, 2010

April ornament

Here is my April "Rabbit" ornament. The design is from gazette94. I stitched on 16ct Lambswool aida with my chosen DMC threads. The right of this photo is the back of this ornament "Y from Sajou No 324".

I'm a little bit behind I planned..., but I really enjoy stitching for this SAL!
Happy stitching and see you next time...

Yasuko (yskmtmr)

Caught Up ... For Now.

Here are photos of the front and back of my April Rabbit. The chart is a complimentary design from Aury. It is stitched on the same 28ct Glasgow raw linen as all the others I have stitched for this SAL. I used GAST Cidermill, Maple Syrup and Oatmeal and a Caron Waterlily in a very spring like green. The finish is a fringed pillow with hemp hanger ... again, just like the rest I have stitched.
I will be using another Aury complimentary Quaker chart for May, A Bird in a Nest. But since I don't think I will be able to fit the phrase Confidence in the Shelter on the back with my usual monogram, I'll be substituting the single word Security ... which I think sums up the theme for the ornament just as well, if not better.