Monday, December 30, 2013

What I made in 2013

A mosaic of things I made in 2013, including the still-in-progress Dr. Who cross stitch.  The TARDIS is  complete now, but my daughter hasn't had time to work on the doctors lately.  I needed to include it in the 2013 projects because Dr. Who has been very prominent in our household this year.

If you view this mosaic on Flickr, there are links to each individual photo, and the individual photos will have information on patterns and materials.

For 2014, I plan to do a year-in-pictures project again.  I plan to post to both Flickr and Instagram, although the daily photo may differ on each, depending on subject matter.  If you are on Instagram and would like me to follow you, email me your user name at besomom at gmail dot com.  I decided to keep Instagram separate from my blog, so I won't be putting my Instagram user name here, but I'm happy to follow you or have you follow me if I already know you through my blog or Flickr.

Hope those who celebrate Christmas had a lovely holiday, and Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seven Pines

I discovered this adorable and FREE cross stitch pattern by Little House Needleworks and had to stitch it immediately.  Pattern is here, but she forgot to add the DMC numbers until this post.  

I am a sucker for pine trees and snowmen.  Now I need to finish it into an ornament, or maybe I'll just pop it in a frame.  I am trying to resist the urge to stitch another as a gift.  I really want to keep holiday stress at bay by not giving myself extra projects with a deadline (a 15-days-from-now deadline!).

P.S.  There is a blog called Freebie Gallery where you can find links to all kinds of cute free cross stitch patterns.   Have fun!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December stitching

I finished stitching December Word Play by With Thy Needle and Thread.

This appeals to me on so many levels.  I love the muted colors, the happy words, the rustic Santa with his oversized candy cane.  Cute!  I am going to finish it into a pillow that can be propped up on a shelf.  This would be adorable framed, too, but I don't have enough nails already pounded into the walls to accommodate more framed holiday cross stitch.

As I was rummaging around in my bag of cross stitch WIPs, I uncovered this kit, which I bought a few weeks ago and had already sort of forgotten about.  Blame holiday hysteria on my memory problem!

Now I HAVE to stitch one of these ornaments.  The fabric is already made into an ornament, so once the stitching is done, it's done!  No finishing is required:

The only trouble I see with this is that the fabric backing on the aida might prove cumbersome.  I cross stitch with a stabbing motion of the needle, but I will have to use a quilting or embroidery motion where the needle is always in front of the fabric for this project.