Given that this month was supposed to be “Christmas in July”, it is a bit surprising that I didn’t finish up this month’s ornament until sometime early this morning.
This is Hardanger Ornament by Nordic Needle, from the 1999 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. It is stitch on 28 count white something (lugana?). I substituted DMC perle cotton #8 for the Rainbow Gallery Elegance, and I used DMC instead of Rainbow Gallery Splendour. Also, instead of doing lazy daisy flowers beneath the green stitching, I substituted some small Indian red Swarovski bicones. I think they add a lovely sparkle to the design. (You can’t tell though, since I took this picture in the evening. The nights really are starting to get noticeably longer.)
Next month’s ornament will be Home for Christmas by Julia Lucas Designs, and I won’t be leaving it until the last minute. I already have the fabric cut, and I will pull the floss for it in a couple of days.