"Carrot Nose" from Ewe & Eye & Friends
Stitched on 32 ct. linen, DMC floss
Whee! Just made it! I managed to get one last project finished in 2010. Not that I started it in 2010. But whatever.
I've been busy crafting this month. It was a tremendous feeling to make gifts, rather than buy them. I barely entered a store all month. One of my favorite pieces of handiwork was for a woman I work with whose name begins with F. I found this pattern on Flickr and couldn't resist.
For everyone else, I wanted to make an ornament. Something small and simple. Something I could work on while watching Netflix... So I flipped through a new book I picked up: A Rainbow of Stitches. I love everything in this book. Each chapter focuses on a color (green, pink, red, blue). It's mostly straightforward cross stitch, with some other types of embroidery thrown in. The pictures are great, and it has a modern and French feel to it. Yummy book.
I settled on a mitten in the red chapter. And I started stitching...and stitching...
About 20 in all. A perfect thing to work on with morning tea, or while watching TV.
Then I needed to figure out what to do with them. My first thought was to do something with felted wool.
But it wasn't a pretty sight, and I'm not the most precise crafter. Using that many pins per mitten didn't sound like a hot idea. And I'm sure whatever I was doing here I was probably doing incorrectly.
So I went through my fabric stash and looked for the tiniest print possible. I think this green is perfect. Next, I set up an assembly line of stitching, sewing, pressing, and assembling. It took a few tries to figure out how to work the thread in to create the hoop to hang the ornament. But once I got it, the project came together in no time.
All my little soldiers!
It was one of the most genuine gifts I've given. And I think this is something I will try to do each year.
Happy New Year, everyone. Hope 2011 brings brilliant surprises for us all. xo