Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ornaments and SAL's

It's October and even though it's Fall we've been having Gorgeous weather here in Northern California. Hello everyone! Wasn't it spectacular to see all the posts to support Cathey! I too was so moved with "Pumpkins for Cathey" posts.

Well I decided to pull from a piled stack of stitched mini's and "Finish" them into something.
Until I place the finished stitched piece in front of me, I have NO idea what I will be using or how to complete it. Didn't want tons of framed pieces. So I went and looked at Vonna's tutorials (HERE). I also looked at blogs for inspiration. And there are LOTS of great ideas - I know you know:)

Here we go I have a few completed items to share with you:

"Life's A Stitch" by Lizzie Kate
32ct Flax Linen
 This look is what Vonna had shown on her post on her blog. I thought I would try it. I learned to let each layer dry and place under something flat and heavy. You want a good laugh? I had my bins of ribbons, I placed my first fabric glued piece under it. Cheked on it a bit later and found that there was a ripple impression. I checked the bottom on the container, it had like rows. So I started looking for something else heavy/ flat to use, and my sister said "Turn the ribbon container upside down".....LOL it was perfectly flat. I laughed. I told her "that's using your noggin".

I think this is the first time that I didn't run to Joann's or Micheal's for some supplies. I used what I had in my stash. This is a 3 layered flat fold ornament. I learned how from Vonna's tutorial.

I hand stitched this pretty pink cording. I pulled it from my moms stash, so I have a represented her on this ornament.

"Candy Shoppe Ornament" kit by Dimensions. This is a felt ornament that I learned also from Vonna's Tutorials.
"Baked Goods"  by Little House Needleworks
32ct Pecan Butter Linen by Lakeside Linens 

This ornament is one of my Favorites and will hang in my kitchen (I think all year round) LOL.

I had the checked ruffled ribbon and placed it above to look like a mini window valance. I had some brads from scrapbooking and pulled them, added them as charms.

All the Christmas needlebooks I was working on are now completed.

"Snappy Sampler" by Bent Creek
32ct Natural Belfast Linen  and "Prim Christmas" - Nina's Threads
For this design only 2 threads are used DMC black and one specialty thread. So all the coloring you see is "Prim Christmas" thread and the darker color is the black.  
Yes this is the specialty thread used, shown in 2013 Christmas JSC Magazine page 67, for the border on The Primitive Hare's ornament "Peace on Earth". Which I plan to stitch the ornament also. 
I purchased Nina's thread directly from her on her Etsy store HERE.

If you would like to stitch "Snappy Sampler" next, please leave me a comment on this post and please be sure to tell me you want to.

My progress for Fairy Hill - Bothy Threads Cut Thru SAL Monday with Linda and Debbie. I didn't get too much done as I would of liked, but every stitch counts:)

 Plum Street Samplers Mystery Sunday SAL. I am using 32ct flax linen, 2 over 2 threads. In the process of frogging all the brown dress - lol. The red dot above is my center placement.

 32ct cream linen by Zweigart and DMC floss.
And today is the start of Vickie's SAL for "Autumn Delights". Still plenty of time to join us.
Thank you for your visit. I also thank you for your lovely comments, I enjoy reading every one of them. Now I know when I hit the publish button there will have been other news I would of liked to share with you. Does that happen to you too? Until my next post...
With Love and Appreciation - Annette


Rowyn said...

Oh wow, your ornaments are beautiful Annette! The fabrics you chose for Life's a Stitch are perfect for the design! Gorgeous.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I love coming to your blog to see all your beautiful stitching. :)

I am going to start our SAL later tonight, having just finished my last test knit shawl I am now free to work on what I want! Yay!

It was very touching to see all the lovely pumpkins for dear Cathey. Hope it made her smile.

Blessings always

Annie said...

What great finishes! You are a really good student of a Vonna, a really good teacher!

Pumpkin Day was definitely amazing!

Lee said...

love seeing how busy you have been
your three layer flat fold looks great well done

CalamityJr said...

Great finishing! It's going to be fun watching all your SALs come to life.

Barb said...

Lots of great finishing!

Linda said...

You did a fantastic job with all your finishes Annette. I love them all. I think I'll send you a box full of my finishes and let you finish them for me. Congrats on the Bent Creek finish. I would love a chance to stitch it. Great progress on your other pieces.


Parsley said...

Your finishes are terrific. Well done! I'm doing the Sunday SAL too.

SoCal Debbie said...

I admire you so much, Annette! All the finished ornaments look amazing. I love the kitchen one with the ruffly trim. I started Life's A Stitch so I can send this traveling chart on its way soon.

I also started Mary's Sampler II. Your Autumn Delights looks nice. I'll enjoy watching your progress!

SoCal Debbie said...

I forgot to say that I added your Fairy Hill progress to the SAL page! All that dirt underground must be fun to stitch (haha).

Catherine said...

Fabulous finishes!

Margaret said...

What lovely finishes!! Your SALs look like fun too!

Mary Ann said...

WOW! Your finishes are gorgeous!! And, I will look forward to seeing your progress on your SAL's and other stitching!

Justine said...

Have just found your blog through the Cut Thru SAL and you are an amazing stitcher! Some gorgeous projects. I would love to stitch the Bent Creek sampler and am off to check out the Autumn Delights SAL now!

Anonymous said...

beautiful finishes, your Sals are great

Amarins said...

Beautiful stitching. Greetings, Amarins

Mii Stitch said...

Stunning finishes! You really did a great job :D I'll have to look at the tutorials :P

Shirlee said...

Lovely finishes my friend! And yes, many times I click the Publish button for a blog post & then remember something else I wanted to say. I can always include it in the next blog post or do an edit if I need to : )

Vickie said...

Oh Annette! What gorgeous finishing. Good for you! I have used Vonna's tutorials too, so very helpful.
Love the way your Snappy Sampler turned out. It is fun to see different versions isn't it?
Have fun stitching our SAL. ;)
Still praying for your Nicholas.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You've been on a roll lately, girlie! I'm doing the Sunday SAL too. They are fun! Always fun to visit with you.

valerie said...

Great finishes Annette! You're Lifes A Stitch and the Snappy ones are my favorite but they are all wonderful! Great progress and new start too. :)

Carol said...

What great finishes, Annette--Vonna's tutorials are wonderful to use, aren't they? I especially love the little Baked Goods finish with the tiny charms--adorable :)

Myra said...

Annette, all of your finishes are just wonderful. I love the pic of all those needlebooks lined up. Christmas is coming fast, isn't it? Have a great weekend!

Karoline said...

Your finishes are all gorgeous, congratulations
You have some lovely new starts lined up & great progress on Fairy Hill

Jackie's Stitches said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! You've finished each of these so exquisitely!

Anne said...

Ooooh Annette! Your finishes are smashing! I adore them all! You inspired me to finish some of my minis..pulled out my fabric and trims...time to play! The Baked Goods is one of my favourites too. Hugs!

Hetti said...

Such a beautiful finishes Annette in matching colors, fabric, ribbons and charms! It is a feast for our eyes to see your lovely stitching!!
Thank you so much for the link of Vonna, it is very useful.
XXX Hetti

Kate said...

Beautiful finishes. Looking forward to seeing your progress on the SALs.
I would love to have a chance to stitch the Bent Creek sampler.

Wagapapa said...

Beautiful finishes, love them all!

SnowySticher said...

I love all your finishes and the colors of all are so pretty.

Saxo Stamper said...

Wow these are amazing Annette truly beautiful, well done

K x x

Lelia said...

Fabulous stitching Annette! You have wonderful needlework skills and finishing skills ; )

Nina said...

You have wonderful works, I really love them, especially the beautiful tiny details! :)

Greetings from Hungary!

Anonymous said...

oh my, Annette! I have to take my time and look at these pictures properly, one thing is better than the other!
I'd love to receive the Bent Creek sampler, it's gorgeous!
I get everything from Nina and I'm so pleased to have her here in Europe, she's amazing and close enough to fulfill my "needs" in a week's time. win win!
I have a couple of Prim Christmas skeins, you chose well, it looks fantastic!