Stained Glass Holly

Stained Glass Holly

This is Stained Glass Holly by Ink Circles; it’s from the Christmas ornament preview in Just Cross Stitch August 2014. I think I’m going to use it as a Christmas card and might do it again for another card. I started it in June; it took a bit longer than I expected, though I did work on other things as well. I had one small problem with it: I did the square around it first, and I accidentally turned it so that the stitches on the outside are crossed differently than the stitches on the inside.

August 2014 WIPs

I didn’t work as much on my WIPs as I might have liked; I was distracted by the Mill Hill kit and the Chinese dragon. The dragon needed to be finished by my nephew’s birthday next week; for once, I finished something in plenty of time. Otherwise, I worked mostly on The Moon by Alphonse Mucha from Miniature set 11 at The Art of Stitching:

Alphonse Mucha's Moon progress August 2014

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Golden Tannenbaum

Golden Tannenbaum

This is Mill Hill’s Golden Tannenbaum ornament intended for one of my sisters for Christmas; I do plan to do another one for my other sister. I had been wanting to try one of the Mill Hill kits, and I chose this one because it reminded me of some of our grandmother’s ornaments. This was my first time working with perforated paper; it wasn’t quite what I expected but was easy to work with.

Chinese Dragon

Chinese Dragon

This is the Chinese dragon from I Love Cross Stitch Dragons and Unicorns, which I picked up one day when Joann had cross-stitch books on sale. The designer is Lesley Teare. It is going to be a card for my nephew for his birthday next month. It’s mostly according to the chart; I did substitute a darker yellow because the charted yellow did not show up at all on this fabric. I chose to use 28-count fabric for this; the chart called for 14-count Aida, but there were a lot of quarter stitches.

July 2014 WIPs

I think I worked a little on Ink Circles’ Cirque des Cercles and a little on my latch hook, but mostly I worked on things intended for gifts this month and I don’t feel like I did much of that.

I worked some on Ink Circles’ Stained Glass Holly ornament from the Christmas ornament preview in Just Cross Stitch August 2014; it will probably be a card, not an ornament. It’s taking longer than I thought it would (though everything does).

Stained Glass Holly progress July 2014

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June 2014 WIPs

I feel like I should have accomplished more this month; I’ve watched a lot of soccer the last couple of weeks and spent a lot of that time sewing. The second half of the month was an Ink Circles kind of month (the first half was Teresa Wentzler and her sun dragon). I worked some on the Cirque des Cercles; I was hoping to get that bottom left circle finished, but it didn’t happen:

Cirque des Cercles progress June 2014

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Sun Dragon

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This is Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon from patternsonline.com. I bought this when they had a sale on dragons; I have too many big projects going and wanted something I could finish relatively quickly. I used 14-count black Aida, which is not the best fabric for this since it has quarter stitches. It called for Kreinik #4 very fine braid, which I’d never used before; I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with. I didn’t do the couching on the sun’s rays; I wasn’t thinking about it needing to be done as I went along until after I’d done most of it.

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