Welcome to the Jolliest blog on the block! Each month we have a different theme. You choose your chart, fabric and threads. Share your progress as you go along and post your finished piece by the last day of the month. You can join at anytime throughout the year and choose which months you wish to stitch with us. Happy Xmas everyone!
I hope everyone is having a lovely October! So far our October here in eastern Canada has been fairly nice. Just wet and windy.
This month I chose Christmas ABC by Shepherd's Bush from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue. I chose this because there are 4 presents in it, well 3 for sure and one that I am 75% sure it is a present. Can you find them all?
I really had a lot of fun stitching this and can't wait to get started on more Shepherd's Bush patterns!
I love all the themes for next year! Right now I am going to check out what I have that I want to stitch that I can sneak into the themes each month. :)
Happy Halloween everyone!!
And if you don't celebrate Halloween, Happy Stitching!
Drum Roll please (or at least listen to the wonderful version of The Little Drummer Boy sung by A Capella group, Pentonix, below)....
The themes for our Christmas Ornament Stitching for 2017 are revealed below.. As the idea of having two themes running concurrently, seemed to meet with everyone's approval, we will be going ahead with that plan. So, THEME ONE.... THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.....
On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Subsequent verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts, so that each verse is one line longer than its predecessor:
There are so many different designs out there on this theme - I just did a quick Google search and look at all of these:
Now, here is the exciting part of the reveal.... As it happens (with a little bit of tidying up), we had exactly TWELVE suggestions for Theme Two, how is that for a bit of Serendipity? So, without more ado, here we are...
THEME TWO ....
January - Christmas Tree
February - Carols/Music
March- Tinsel/Christmas Lights
April - Snowy Scenes
May - Sleighs/Reindeer
June - Christmas Words/Phrases
July - Birds/Animals
August - Blingy Ornaments
September - Santa
October - Nativity
November - Primitive Christmas Designs
December - The Three Kings/Wise Men
Now, remember, please, this is meant to be a no-stress, fun SAL, so please feel free to stitch either Theme One or Theme Two or both or dip in or out of either as the mood takes you.
My plan (at this stage) is to stitch Theme One and to dip in and out of Theme Two, as the fancy (and time) takes me.
To that end, I have already organised my Twelve Days of Christmas Design. It is a Jim Shore design, I have always wanted to own one of his ornaments, and now I have the chance to stitch one (or twelve, really).
I have all of the floss, beads and buttons ready, I just need to get my fabbie organised and decide whether to stitch one large piece or twelve single ornaments. I am leaning towards one large stitched piece.
So, I hope that you are happy with next year's themes, I know that I am.
For my September ornament, I stitched the companion for my July gingerbread man, only I stitched her on 14-count plastic canvas instead of fabric. I'm in the process of making several of these to hang on my tree.
For my October ornament, I chose Mill Hill's Holiday Express, because who doesn't like to see a train circling the tree.
I can't believe it's not the last day of the month and I've stitched mine already. Take note, because this may not happen again for a very long time. ;-)
While looking for what to stitch, I remembered that I'd started it but it's been languishing in my wip pile. So......killing 2 birds with one stone I finished a wip that works perfectly for the theme. It's by Little House Needleworks, one of my favorite designers.