Sunday, November 02, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on designing a Christmas ornament. I think I've finally come up with a design and I've started stitching. I can't show pictures as they are for exchanges, but Christmas is coming, and then I'll be able to.

I don't really like the thread I choose to stitch with - it's a imitation silk and it unravels almost faster than I can stitch. It's also hard to get out of the skein as it's very bouncy and tangles easily. So I had a brilliant idea that if I cut through the skein at one end I could just pull one piece at a time out and it might be easier. It was only after I'd done this that I thought about all the extra fraying time it would give all those new ends. Oh well, we'll see how it goes.

In between the fun of the ornaments I've also been working on the Heirloom Christmas Sampler - I'm still on the tree, almost finished it though so I should soon be able to move onto the next fun bit - and the Winter Welcome, although as it's mid-term break there's been no swimming so again not so much work - and as always O' Jerusalem. I will put some more pictures of these up soon, I'm just always forgetting to take them.

I've also joined the Shining Needle Society as they do some lovely classes there and the work is stunning. So even if I never manage to stitch any of their projects I can still drool. I heard about the SNS in three different places almost the same day - I found it first when looking at information on an upcoming online class from Merry Cox, then on Gay Ann Rogers website, and finally the one that gave me the push to sign up - Laura J. Perin's blog, where she had the most beautiful piece of stitching that she'd finished from a class by Gay Ann Rogers at the SNS (Oct 24th's post).

I have ordered the challenge ornament from Gay Ann Rogers (look under small designs on her webpage) and I hope to start stitching that this year, but it will depend on the ornaments and SAL's that I'm already doing. It should be fun though as part of the challenge is choosing all your own colours and threads. There's also encouragement to add to the design or alter it to make it your own and learn as you go.


Karan said...

I've been told keeping the thread in the freezer for 5 mins before use tames it - as does slightly damping it with a sponge.
Looking forward to seeing the update pics. :0)

Z said...

Thanks, I might have to try the freezer trick, although it seems to be behaving itself much better now that I chopped the skein up. It hasn't unravelled like I thought it would and it's so easy to pull a length out. But the freezer might still help with the unravelling/lack of twist causing problems when I stitch.