Happy mid-December, everyone! Well, it's that time of year again... another year of stitching an ornament each month has come to an end. And in this post, I'm happy to share with you my 2018 Parade Of Ornaments--my ninth annual! If you are new to my blog, this is a post I've shared each December since 2010. Many of you have told me they draw inspiration from my ornament finishes and I'm so happy to hear that. I spend a great deal of time on each one--trying to make them little heirlooms that my family will be decorating their own Christmas trees with long after I am gone. If any of you would like to see the past "parades," please click here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
So, cue up the music and let's get started! As you can see, I really didn't have a theme to my stitching this year. I did notice that five out of the twelve are stitched on black, though--I think I am just a bit addicted :) I also see a fair number of both Little House Needleworks and Prairie Schooler ornaments in the grouping...
|2018 Parade of Ornaments!|
As usual, our lack of sunlight in western Pennsylvania is not conducive to good photography, so perhaps these close-ups will offer you a better look...
|January ~ March 2018|
|April ~ June 2018|
|July ~ September 2018|
|October ~ December 2018|
As always, I'd love to hear which one is your favorite. Here is an even closer look to help you decide... And if you'd like more information about the fabrics and threads I used, just click on the name of the ornament below the photo.
|"Snow Sampler" by Country Cottage Needleworks|
|"Needlework Shop" by Little House Needleworks|
|"Little Red Barn" by Little House Needleworks|
|"St. Noel" by With Thy Needle and Thread|
|"Main Street Station" by Little House Needleworks|
|2016 Annual Prairie Schooler Santa|
|"French Country Snowflake" by JBW Designs|
|"Grandma's Quilt" by Little House Needleworks|
|"My Christmas Song" by MTV Designs|
|"Old Saint Nick" Prairie Schooler Book No. 58|
|"Kris Kringle" Prairie Schooler Book No. 62|
|"Merry Wishes" by With Thy Needle and Thread|
Since I haven't written about my December ornament yet, it was stitched over one on 28 ct. black Monaco. Isn't that little sheep adorable? I'm just loving the With Thy Needle and Thread designs that are springing from the talented Brenda Gervais these days, aren't you? The red fabric is a wool flannel and the greenery was actually "stolen" from the back of one of my dried boxwood wreaths (I don't think it will be missed!). Top it off with a pair of rusty bells and some beige pop pom trim and you've got my final finish for 2018!
I've received some lovely Christmas gifts and sweet kindnesses lately! I'll share photos of them with you in a later post. But, I'm truly thankful to all of you wonderful stitching friends out there...
I do hope you've enjoyed the parade this year... Please let me know what your favorite was for the year. For me, I think that sweet December sheep captured my heart for 2018! Will I keep up the monthly ornament stitching next year? I do plan on it, but only time will tell! I'll be back with some more Christmas decorating photos for you next week. Thank you all for your sweet comments--your friendship means the world to me! Bye for now...