Reading Designs

I’m guessing most of you have already seen this year’s Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. And, like I say most years, I’m a bit disappointed. I think I just need to accept the fact that the kind of designs I enjoy doing really aren’t in style right now. But, as always, there are some designs in it I really love. Country Cottage Needleworks’ Give Joy is pretty, as is Tempting Tangles Christmas Stockings 2014. And, of course, I think the ornament from Dragon Dreams is very cute, even if it isn’t very Christmas-y.

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

Seeing this design put me in mind of a class I took from Jennifer Aikman-Smith at the Creativ Festival in 2012. And, since I have most (but not all) of my craft supplies back, I dug out You Add Magic and got to stitching.

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

I haven’t made too much progress, but it is already starting to shape up nicely. It is a fairly small design, so it should go quickly. Once it is done, I will hang it in my son’s bedroom, near his bookshelf, as a reminder of our shared love of books.

As for the ornament from this year’s ornament issue. If I get my chests of floss back in time (yep, they are still MIA), I think I will stitch it up for his teacher.

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