WIPocalypse – Christmas Roses

Well, 2012 is winding down, and if you believe the Mayans, so is the whole world. (Yeah, I know their calendar isn’t really ending. The ROM had a whole exhibit about it, HuffPo has an article, NASA did a thing, etc..) And so, this is the last WIPocalypse entry for this year.

Christmas Rose Humbug by Faby Reilly

Christmas Rose Humbug by Faby Reilly

My final finish is Faby Reilly’s Christmas Rose Humbug. (Note that this is the older design available from her website, not the one that was in the last issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.)

Underside of the Christmas Rose Humbug

Underside of the Christmas Rose Humbug

I think it is so elegant, and I hate to admit that I really don’t want to give it away. But, I think it will make a nice Christmas gift for the little man’s teacher.

It uses DMC floss and a few Mill Hill beads, as well as some DMC metallic thread. And don’t get me started on that metallic thread. I think when I started this the plan was to just use up what I had. (Now I know I can use it for dragon boats!) All I can say is “ugh!” Actually, I could say a lot more, but it wouldn’t be very polite and certainly not very Christmas-y.


Since this is the last WIPocalypse post, I’m also sharing all the WIPs I finished this year. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish up as many as I would have liked. I keep getting sidetracked by all the wonderful new designs out there! There is always something new and wonderful to catch my eye!

2012 WIP Finishes

Counter-clockwise, starting at the top left, they are: I Am a Creative Soul by Jennifer Aikman-Smith (Dragon Dreams), Gingerbread House by Teresa Wentzler, Hanging About by Enchanting Lair, Winter Keep by Teresa Wentzler, Christmas Biscornu by Kim Beamish, and Perforated Paper Castle by Jennifer Aikman-Smith (Dragon Dreams.) (Anyone see a theme here?)

I will almost certainly be taking part in the 2013 edition of WIPocalypse, assuming we are all still here, of course! lol! 😉

TUSAL – December 2012

Well, I made it through yet another year of the TUSAL and I remembered to post every month. Sure, I was late sometimes (and really, really late once), but I did get my posts up eventually.

Mini ort collector for December 2012

Mini ort collector for December 2012

For this final month you can see I’ve done some knitting and crocheting, and I did a whole heck of a lot of picking out of cross stitch projects. In fact, I picked out all I had done on one project and decided that I wasn’t going to finish it! Very liberating, believe me.

My big jar 'o orts.

My big jar ‘o orts.

And here is the whole jar after a year of adding my ORTs. I don’t know if DaffyCat will be running the TUSAL again for 2013, but I will keep it up in memory of Yoyo of Dragon My Needle.

Also, be sure to check out the giveaway on Feather in the Nest. Jennifer is giving away some lovely Jennifer Ginger scissors. (I don’t have a pair of Gingers yet, so I would love to win.)

And, lastly, just another reminder about the Ornament a Month SAL I’m trying to organize. Please leave a comment on this post if you are interested. I will have more details on dates and such in the next day or two. Any ornament, any holiday, once a month.

A Ghost of Holidays Past

I know Christmas is right around the corner, but I can’t help it when the spirit moves me to stitch something Halloween-ish. (Ha! A pun!)

Candy Corn Fun from Mill Hill

Candy Corn Fun from Mill Hill

This is from a Mill Hill kit called Candy Corn Fun. I believe the line was called Treasured Totes, and each kit came with a bag made out of thin corrugated paper. I thought that the finished product would be much more useful as an ornament for my Halloween tree. (I’ll be adding a green and black cord and backing it with orange fabric.) I do apologize for the poor quality picture. We get about 30 minutes of good sunlight a day, and if I miss it then my pictures look awful. I’m working on a solution to get me through the winter and spring.

I made a few minor changes, mostly not stitching the purple star that was in the centre of the ghost. I think it looked silly. I also put the pumpkin treasure in the bottom right corner rather than in the ghost’s right hand, which I think balances out the design a little better.

And speaking of ornaments: Are you interested in an ornament SAL in 2013? If so, stop by this post and let me know. You can stitch one ornament a month (or more!) for any holiday at all.

Castle Sampler

I thought I would share another one of the needlework pieces I have collected. My love of Teresa Wenzter’s designs is so well known that even my knitting friends know about it!

Teresa Wentzler’s Castle Sampler

That is a finished Castle Sampler that a very lovely lady sent to me. It was stitched by her mother. But, this lady was moving back to South America and wasn’t able to take a lot of things with her. She knew, though, that this piece would find a very loving home with me.

I just adore this moon!

I haven’t yet got it frame because I don’t have the wall space for it right now. And, I figured it would be easier to keep it safe if it wasn’t in a frame. I can’t wait for the day that I can put it on my wall! (I’d love to have a castle-y craft room one day. Full of my TW designs and other pieces like the Medieval Sampler from X’s and Oh’s.)

Ornament of the Month Redux

I’m sure you are all pretty aware that my attempt to stitch a small TW design every month didn’t work out so well. 2012 turned out to be a much busier year than I was expecting, and I flitted from project to project as the mood struck me.

Now, I will admit that it is pretty fun to go crazy and stitch whatever I’d like. And I did even manage to finish some really great designs, but overall I ended up with a whole lot of half-finish or just-started projects that are now driving me crazy!! (It looks like I started 15 new projects, including classes, that I haven’t finished.)

S0, 2013… what to do? I’ve already got a lot on the go, and lots of things I want to finish. There are things I know I need more of (Halloween ornaments for one), and things I don’t need at all (big pictures for my walls that no longer have any free space). And there are things I know I love to stitch (ornaments, dragons, Christmas-themed things). Well, taking that all under consideration, what could I do but decided to stitch a Christmas ornament a month, focusing on designs by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams. The best place to find a bunch of those is, of course, the Just Cross Stitch ornament issues.

In no particular order, the list of ornaments I plan to stitch are:

  1. O Holey Knight by Dragon Dreams (2000)
  2. Holiday Keepsake Bellpull by Dragon Dreams (1999)
  3. St. George’s Gift by Dragon Dreams (1998?)
  4. Not a Creature was Stirring by Dragon Dreams (2001)
  5. Never Too Big by Dragon Dreams (2004)
  6. Snowflake of Hope by Dragon Dreams (2011)
  7. Peace on Earth Dragon by Dragon Dreams (2003?)
  8. Paws Off by Dragon Dreams (2005)
  9. Spend Time Together by Dragon Dreams (2009)
  10. Joy Snowflake by Dragon Dreams (2012 Creativ Festival class)
  11. whatever 2013’s JCS Dragon Dreams ornament is!
  12. ??? Maybe something from the 2013 Creativ Festival?

And, of course, I’ll also try to work on all the 12 dragonlets Jennifer is planning to release before Christmas. The first three have been added to the Dragon Dreams Facebook page.

So, is anyone interested in joining me in a monthly ornament SAL? You don’t have to stitch the same ornaments, just one ornament (for any holiday) every month. Let me know in the comments, and if there is enough interest I’ll organize something! There may be prizes!

How about some inspiration? Here’s the Dragon Dreams ornament from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue.

Year of the Dragon by Dragon Dreams

Year of the Dragon by Dragon Dreams

The fabric is some sort of natural linen, 32 count. I used HDF in Old Maid of the Forest for the dark green and Dragon Heart for the red. The light green is from a Dinky Dyes Oops Pack, and the gold is a PTB.