It's mid-December and long-time readers of Stitching Dreams know what that means... the annual "Parade Of Ornaments" is about to begin! Can you believe this is the 10th annual parade? I certainly can't; I'm really proud of myself for keeping up this tradition of stitching and finishing one ornament a month for ten whole years... Each one is made with special care--sometimes the finishing takes longer than the stitching! I try my best to make them unique and something my sons and their families will love pulling out and hanging on their own Christmas trees each December long after I'm gone. I hope they'll remember the love that I stitched into each one...
So, listen carefully... can you hear the cadence of the drums and the trumpeting of the horns? The parade participants are lining up and ready to step off. If there is a theme in this year's ornaments, it seems to be "black and blue Prairie Schooler!" Oh, dear... that doesn't sound very nice, does it? Well, look at the 2019 line-up--half of the twelve are stitched on black, half are Prairie Schooler designs, and three feature blue (my favorite color!) quite prominently.
|The 2019 "Parade Of Ornaments!"|
The lack of natural light in the winter in our front hallway doesn't lend itself to the best quality photos--especially when taken on my (rapidly aging) phone. Let me zoom in so you can get a better look.
|January ~ March 2019|
|April ~ June 2019|
|July ~ September 2019|
|October ~ December 2019|
What's that you say? You are still having trouble seeing each one? Oh, I do understand--when you're as short as I am (only 5'1") you can never see anything at parades. Well, this should help you out--and look carefully as I would love to know which is you favorite for this year. If you would like more information about the fabrics and threads I used, just click on the name of the ornament below the photo.
|"Grandma's House" by Little House Needleworks|
|"Santa Rides" by Prairie Schooler|
|1999 Prairie Schooler Santa|
|"Happy Christmas" by Prairie Schooler|
|"Frosty Flakes" by Little House Needleworks|
|Santa With Goose from Prairie Schooler's "Kris Kringle" booklet|
|"Snowy Winter" by Little House Needleworks|
|Prairie Schooler Angel|
|"A Year In Chalk: January" by Hands On Design|
|1989 Prairie Schooler Santa|
|"Jingle, Jingle" by Homespun Elegance|
|"Snowman Joy" by Twin Peak Primitives|
Since I haven't shared my ornament for December (in the photo above), I thought you might want to know the details. Isn't this snowman precious--I just love the sweet look on his frosty face! This is called "Snowman Joy" and is available in the Etsy shop of Twin Peak Primitives as a digital download. I stitched it "over one" on 28 ct. black Monaco with DMC threads (I did change some colors so they would show up better on the black). At the very top, I hot glued a trio of rusty bells and two sprigs of flocked greenery that I cut from a larger piece. I'm so happy with him--a perfect way to end another year of ornament stitching!
Many of you have mentioned you would love to stitch an ornament a month, too. Well, why not give it a try?! On the months you are busier, just pick a simpler ornament. If you get behind, just stitch two the next month... And don't fret about your finishing... Trust me, I have come a long way in the almost 11 years I have been writing this blog. There are so many wonderful tutorials out there from Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher and Pinwheel Ponders and others. Just dive in and watch as you improve from year to year. If you'd like to see how far I've come, check out these past "parades" and see for yourself: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
My mailman has been busy lately delivering little gifts and greeting cards from many of you and I'm so thankful! I'll be sharing these in a post later this month.
GIVEAWAY WINNER... Thank you to everyone who was interested in the sweet little girl with the forest creatures that I offered last time as a giveaway. The name pulled from the hat was...
Congratulations, June--I'll get this chart out to you soon and I look forward to watching your progress as you stitch it! Hope you enjoy it...
|The Winner of this sweet chart is: June P.!|
NEW GIVEAWAY... I found this cute chart of "Six Busy Santas" by Vermillion Sticher that I thought would make a perfect pre-Christmas giveaway. You could make six ornaments of your own (each has a stitch count of 45 X 45 so they aren't huge) or just choose one or two favorites. If you would like to be included in the drawing for the chart make sure to: 1) Specifically mention that you would like to win it 2) include your email address and name if I don't already have it, and 3) Tell me what your favorite of my 2019 ornaments is. I have to say that I have a real soft spot for the Little House Needleworks "Frosty Flakes" (my May ornament) that I changed to blue tones. He really didn't appeal to me in the suggested greens and I'm so glad I found the courage to make such a big change! This drawing will be open until Thursday, December 19th and I'll announce the winner on my next post.
|If you would like to be included in the drawing for this chart, please 1) specifically say so, 2) include your email address and name and 3) let me know what your favorite of my ornaments was for this year.|
So, that's a wrap for this post! You know what's next, right? My Christmas tree--if I ever get it decorated, that is. Thanksgiving set me way behind and I'm going to New York for the next five days to visit with mom so I won't be getting it decorated until next week. Sad... I told my husband that next year it's going up before Thanksgiving so I can really enjoy all those little cuties that I've stitched over the years. Thanks for visiting me today--and a big welcome to my new followers. A gentle reminder to please leave your email address if you ask a question of me in your comments. I have no way to respond to you if you don't... Enjoy these last two weeks before Christmas, my friends! Bye for now...