Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas stitching has started

Every year I promise myself I'm going to start earlier on stitching some ornaments as gifts for friends and family and every year I feel rushed because I forgot my promise.  This year I'm not stitching as many so I may have a good chance on finishing the ones I want to.  
 First up is the LHN ornament #9 that I showed you all a picture of a few days ago.  This one I'm just not too sure of.  I found some fabric that I have no idea what it is...when I bought it...but it looks very primitive like burlap.  It was very easy to stitch on but the design turned out a little bigger than I was hoping.  I made the bag like the pattern said to out of WDW wool and I used strands from the fabric for the hanger and the bow.  I think this really gives it a primitive look about it.
Next is a JBW design that I turned into Jenn's Christmas tree colors.  This is one of her all red designs but I used teal and chartruse (sp?) dmc for the bells, fushia metallic for the holly berries and emerald green Marlitt for the holly leaves.  This was a fun stitch especially using these unusual colors.  
That makes me wonder.....do any of you ladies use unusual colors in your Christmas decorations?  I just can't seem to get past red, white and green so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Now I'm unto the next one which is a Homespun Elegance Christmas Heart and of course it's in the usual colors.
Blessings as always,
Barbara

15 comments:

Redrodi56 said...

Bravo on getting an early start! Think about the Victorian pinks or Blue and Silver - I've done both of those and they turned out very pretty. Gave them away of course but isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Kaisievic said...

Your ornies are looking gorgeous. I usually try to start my christmas stitching in October but this year, of course, I started a big project, so I am a bit late on starting my christmas ornaments.

Hugs, Kaye xoxoxo

cucki said...

wow ornies are looking so lovely..very beautiful stitching..
keep well dear..love for you xxx

Catherine said...

Great finishes!! I like to use traditional colors with a pop of nontraditional ones thrown in here and there. Somehow it just works.

Ruth said...

Love the finishes and I to have started to make some of my gifts so I'm hoping to also not have that rushed feeling.
I like blue and silver for xmas as well as the tradition colours..pink and silver works good to and black was an in colour two years ago here black and silver, it was very striking, I'm not sure I'd opt for it and last year we had browns and creams with a little red for colours. Hope this gives you some ideas.

Penny said...

Lovely ornaments ~ I really love how you finished the LHN ornament! As the years go on I'm willing to try or add something a little different, but for the most part I stay pretty traditional. :)

CalamityJr said...

Great finishes! I've seen some pretty non-traditional colors combos in brighter green (like lime) with pink, turquoise with pink, blue and white - really you can use whatever colors make you smile.

Tatkis said...

Beautiful finishes! I love country style of the first very much :)

Linda said...

I've got a kind of unusual tree....well, according to my friends and family around here. It's done in a pale green, turquoise, and lavender, with starfish and sand dollars and shells. When I get to stitch an ornament for MY tree, its usually in some shade of turquoise or lavender. Most of the ones that get done for the grandkids are in the traditional colors, but not always the ones called for, if that makes sense.
Yours are beautiful, Barbara!

Judesign(by Judd25) said...

I like very much the Cristmas Ornaments. Yours are beautiful, congratulation!

Bekca said...

Beautiful ornaments Barbara, I can't wait to see more. I think I'm very traditional when it comes to Christmas colours, lots of reds and greens for me! Best wishes.

Carol said...

I love no stitching better than Christmas ornaments and these are delightful, Barbara. I'm pretty traditional in my stitching colors, but something different is fun now and then :)

Sherry said...

Beautiful! I am in the holiday stitching mood too.

Mangogirl said...

Those are gorgeous ornaments :D

Patty C. said...

Joy & Peace is so pretty ;)