Are you getting lots of stitching done during this very cold weather? We have never had such a cold winter in Florida. And, my dear partner Mary is truly freezing up in New York plus she gets SNOW! I would love to see some pretty white, fluffy snow fall from the sky.
This month is flying by and both of us feel like we are catching up with all the projects we have scheduled to do. This week is what we are calling our "Challenges" week. It will consist of a challenged stitch from last year now finished and our new challenge for this year stitched. It should be fun to see if we can keep up.
RJ's Finished Challenge
Remember this Sewing Santa from last year? It's called Santa please bring me.
|I was going to use the tree fabric but couldn't find it at sewing time so I made a change|
Here it is finished into an ornament. It was fun finishing Santa. I thought the addition of old buttons, lace and scissors would give him a good sewing look. I added a bow to the hanger and a button in the middle for a little extra. I've been closing up my ornaments in the back instead of the bottom the last few months and what a big difference it makes. It gives it a much neater finish and it is easier to stuff when the opening is in the middle of the back too. Give it a try...I think you will like it.
|Lace, vintage buttons, a button bow and scissors were added. I used Wisper thread for his beard!|
|Closeup of the buttons and charm|
|Santa please bring me|
by Homespun Elegance
Mystery cream 32 ct. linen
Over dyed threads I already had
Vintage buttons and lace
RJ's New Stitching Challenge
I chose to do the Hometown Holiday series but with a twist. I'm going to turn them into a French holiday village. The first one I've stitched is the Florist. I think I'm going to call it Fleurs for flowers in French. But I left the name on the sign off for now. I really love these little store fronts. They are so colorful! I love that they have awnings and other sweet details. And each one has a cardinal...that sold them for me. Stay tuned for more little stores, houses etc. to be added to my little French village.
|Some changes were made to make it a smaller size. I left off the lamp post and another tree. And for now I didn't stitch the name of the store. I'm pretty sure it will be Fleurs but I'm leaving my options open for now.|
by Little House Needleworks
40 ct. vintage country mocha
Over dyed threads
Mary's finished challenge
North Pole Express by Little House Needleworks was stitched last July for my stitching challenge.
It is finally finished! I'm always on the hunt for decorative accessories for my stitches and found these cute wired stars in one of the craft stores. I snipped the wire at either end of the star and twisted it to form a button hole of sorts. I threaded my ribbon through the little hole I made out of the wire and sewed the star and ribbon to the pillow ornament.
I used a small amount of Dritz fabric fray on the ends of my ribbon. You have to use a very small amount, otherwise the ribbon will stain. After several stained ribbons, I put a drop on a toothpick and gently put it on the ribbon. Finally no stain!
| I was very happy that I sewed my rick rack on evenly on my first try! I have sewn rickrack on stitches before but never under the seam. It took tons of pins but I was pleased with how it turned out.|
|I put a small amount of Dritz fray check on the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying.|
|North Pole Express|
by Little House Needleworks
Called for over dyed threads
Mary's New Stitching Challenge
I am a stitching challenge dropout! My goal was to stitch either a LHN, a Prairie Schooler Barnyard animal or Hawks Run Christmas. Time got away from me so I stitched this little freebie from .romyscreations. She has many small stitches on her site. This was stitched in an evening and I'll make it into a small ornament for my nephew. Next month I hope to organize my time better!!
|Here is the free stitch from romyscreations|
We hope you like our new week three feature. We have not forgotten about old ornaments made new as they will pop up now and then too. Hope you are keeping warm and getting lots of stitching done. We love to come to your blogs and see what you are up to. Thank you once again for visiting us. We truly appreciate the time it takes to leave a comment.
Mary and RJ
Kindness is like snow-
It beautifies everything it covers.