I finally finished up March’s ornament Friday night just past. He was a pretty big project, given his small size.
The design is Santa Bellpull by Carol Elmer, from the 1997 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. I stitched it with the called for DMC threads on 32 count linen of some sort. I think he turned out fabulous well. Carol Elmer did a wonderful job of packing all kinds of shading into a small design. I believe it makes use of about twenty or so different colours, including five different shades of red.
There is supposed to be some gold satin stitching at the tip of his hat (which is folded over on the left), and a tassel made by some loops of red floss. I’ve decided, though, to attach a gold bell to his hat when I finish this into an ornament. And, if I were to stitch this again, I would probably use red beads for the holly berries on his hat.
So, that is one more ornament done. I’m proud of myself for keeping up with this goal (even if some other, more important goals [like my weight] are falling horribly). I think next month I will probably stitch Julia Lucas’ Home for Christmas from the 2001 ornament issue or maybe Victoria Sampler’s Sugar and Lace ornament from 2007.
In other news, my favourite etsy shop is having a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to the shop. I believe I have mentioned Annabelle’s Art a few times. Ninon, the proprietress, is the adoptive mom to a lovely special needs girl. Ninon has a big heart, and a great talent for making beautiful cards.
To enter the giveaway, head over to Ninon’s blog for all the details. And if you would to buy one of Ninon’s fabulous cards, click this link to get a 20% discount. Be sure to make a note in the “Notes to Seller” section of your order that you got the link for the discount from me.