Along with many of you out there I’m planning to make my Christmas cards this year. It’s been a while since I made any cross stitch cards, and thought if I did one a night, a couple of nights a week, I’d get them done in time. Well, that was the plan…
This took me way more than one evening! I think this may be the only one I do like this.
When in hobbycraft picking up A3 tracing paper for my stained glass class I spotted some Christmas wooden stamps for 99p. I bought a couple and used one for a greeting inside this card.
These are the other stamps I picked up:
I think I got a little bit carried away!
I got some lovely comments about my snowflake garland I made a few weeks ago.
As I mentioned in my original post, it was a free kit in this months Cross Stitcher magazine. You guys aren’t the only people loving the garland. Apparently a lot of people have been contacting the magazine to find out where to buy more stars. They have put together a guide to making your own stars on their blog, so now you can all have a go and make your own!
Apologies in advance…
This may be slightly Christmas themed!
Last year I made some basic stuffed Christmas ornaments using just red and white colours. I like the simplicity and effect of just the two colours. I think I’ll stick with the sane theme this year – it’s timeless!
I treated myself to this months Crossstitcher magazine. Out of all the cross stitch magazines this is my favourite as it is always full of modern ideas. I fancied the Scandi style booklet (free gift) as it sticks to my favourite Christmas colour scheme. The free kit this month also fits with this theme. I have a collection of free kits from magazines, and rarely make them.as soon as I get them, but thought why not? this time. I was also considering turning the stitching part into Christmas cards…
Anyway, the stitching part of this kit was to stitch a snowflake onto card. With three cards precut with holes, I actually found this very easy, despite being my first time stitching on something other than aida! The three cards each have a different design, and each one took a couple of hours (so an evening) to stitch. My favourite is the white on red snowflake – which is yours?
The hole in the top means they wouldn’t work as card toppers. If I put brown paper under or over the hole, it would be very obvious where the hole is. I did consider turning them into a bauble type thing, with the coloured star shapes as the back, and whilst it looked good, the holes didn’t match those on the matching side if you used one of the other stars in the pack. They were growing on me, so I decided to string them up as a trial.
I actually quite like this:
When initially hung they just hung in the middle, facing the side. I stuck the tips onto the fireplace with bluetac for this photo. After playing a bit with the string I managed to get them to hang properly:
I think I’ll put these away until C time!
I’ve managed to finish all the cross stitch on the baby sampler which I have been working on for weeks now!
Just backstitch to go now. I always find that it can make quite a difference to how something looks, even if some look lovely without it, they look even better afterwards!
I posted a photo of my WIP on May 27th. That’s over two weeks ago, and I’m still not there! I had hoped to be finished at the end of half term, but I was too busy (and distracted by smaller projects).
I’ve still got some crosses, then lots of blackstitch to do before finishing, but I am starting to get somewhere!
This is it’s current state…
Friends announced their engagement over the Jubilee weekend, so I stopped my WIP (which seems to be going slowly as I’ve hardly been in!) to make them an engagement card. I seem to be falling back onto cross stitch when card making atm, but I am usually happy with the result and I can often make something without having to go shopping for bits first!
The beads I used as bubbles seemed to work quite well, but doesn’t show up well in the photo. Adding beads to sewing is a relatively new thing to me.
I thought I’d put a little something on the back to say I made it and stitched a by Jenny M in the same typeface and size, but it looked too big. I then stitched a smaller one, but that looked too plain and angular. I also considered one of my handmade labels, but that seemed too long!
Which would you go for? I went for the machine sewed one in the end.
After a few weeks of making bits for me, it’s time to go back to making bits for other people. My current WIP is a baby A-Z for friends due to produce their first child just as we leave the country for a longish holiday. I won’t be able to do anything when the baby appears so I’m making something unisex in advance. What with all the sunshine atm progress is slow. This is where I’m up to…
Last night we went out and I wore my zebra necklace and crochet handbag. It’s quite satisfying wearing or using stuff you’ve made. It was made even better by the barmaid in one pub we went to commenting “oh, that’s a nice bag”.