…my true love gave to me some cross-stitched ornaments for the tree!
We’re in the final stretch here, folks. I don’t think it would really be Christmas without at least some sort of cross-stitched decoration, and this year was no exception.
I found this Dimensions train kit on Amazon and started it longer ago than I care to admit, but managed to finish stitching it this summer. I cut the backing (which you can’t see in this photo unless you have mad x-ray vision skillz) out of a scrap piece of shiny red wrapping paper, which catches the lights from the tree and lends interest. For a hanger, I used Kreinik ribbon, and bless my local stitching-shop proprietress for suggesting it when I asked for “a really, really thick Kreinik braid or something”. Darlings: support your local independent shops.
The penguins were a free kit with an issue of Cross Stitch Crazy, and were supposed to be framed in a 3″ plastic hoop. The putters-together of the kit neglected to include a sufficiently large piece of aida to actually be able to use the hoop without some sort of sorcery, so I turned them into a little pillow instead. I spend a good chunk of my Christmas Eve morning finishing the cross-stitching at work (while this reeks of desperation, it’s not as bad as the time I set my alarm for 6:00 Christmas morning to finish stitching, so…), and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent lighting. There’s always a bright side, eh?
Both are now tucked away until next year, when I’m sure they’ll be joined by others. Thanks for looking! 🙂