Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Year In Review - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016--Happy New Year!!  I am so looking forward to 2017 because this year, 2016, has been wonderful and the next promises to be even better.  It begins with a resort vacation in Pensacola for a month, then a two-week cruise, rountrip, to Alaska, then the ANG seminar in Anaheim and then a week in Napa, CA with family and lots and lots of wine.  And I know there'll be much more.

This is also the time I like to look back on what I've accomplished in the past year.  Surprisingly, even with all the traveling we've done, I managed to accomplish some serious stitching.  Here's the roundup (click on the caption title to access more information):

Let It Snow

Christmas Tree Santa

Summer Solstice Sampler

Orange Grove

Chapter Name Tag

Downton Abbey

Christmas Diamond Ornaments



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Diamond Ornaments - 12/4/16

December 4, 2016--The threesome of diamond ornaments is now finished and ready to hang.  I loved how easy it was to just glue (using my trusty tape gun) each layer onto another, measure, cut, then done.

Christmas Diamond Ornaments Threesome Finished

December 1, 2016--Here's the last of the trio designed by Kurdy Biggs.  I have so much enjoyed stitching up these beautiful ornaments on perforated paper, and they worked up quickly.  I just returned from Michael's Arts & Crafts with some very pretty paper to place on the back.  Pictures of the finished ornaments will be posted soon.

Ornament Christmas Diamonds No. 1, 2 and 3 Completed

Ornament Christmas Diamond No. 3 Completed

November 12, 2016--And now there are two.  These designs are so pretty, and they work up quickly (being small in size helps).  One more to go.

Christmas Diamond Ornaments One and Two
Christmas Diamonds Ornament Two Completed

October 25, 2016--Finished stitching the first of three ornaments.  Love how easy it is to stitch on perforated paper.  Here's a picture and now to stitch the next two designs.

Christmas Diamonds Ornament One Completed

September 20, 2016--I found the instructions for these Christmas Diamond ornaments by Kurdy Biggs of Threedles in the November/December 2015 issue of Needlepoint Now Magazine and knew I would have to stitch them.  There are five examples using three different patterns, two of which were stitched on perforated paper.  Never having worked with perforated paper, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to give it a try.   I found some off-white 14 count paper and decided dark blue thread would look good, so below is my progress to date on ornament number one.  Still have additional beads to stitch (ran out and had to order more) but am very pleased with the look so far.

The instructions in the magazine lacks details about the threads used for all three of the different patterns and Kurdy Biggs was very helpful in getting me the information I needed.  The problem was one of space--there wasn't enough room for the instructions and the full thread list when the article was published.   If you decide to stitch these ornaments, Kurdy is very helpful in supplying any additional information you may need.

Christmas Diamonds Ornament One