Christmas Ornaments – 1 & 2

With a new granddaughter due in July and my youngest saying he wants to start his family this year, I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree this month. I want to be able to give the new grandchildren an ornament each year, like I’ve done for the 3 granddaughters I already have. They got their last ones this past December.

These two ornaments I’ve had in my stash for years – since 2012. I wanted to kit up some smaller pieces to stitch while I wasn’t able to get around much the end of that year (hip replacement surgery). The red and white one was stitched then, but the black cat was just barely started. It’s now finished. Both of these ornaments are from Kathy Schenkel.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel in the weeks following surgery, so I stitched this with #5 perle cotton and mostly Basketweave.

I stitched this companion piece with #5 perle and Basketweave as well. I felt this one needed whiskers so I added them with white #4 Kreinik braid. The thread has a metallic filament in it, so it looks greenish. I really like how that turned out.

More ornaments are here and waiting their turn with the needles. And I have 6 more on order from various shops that had trunk sales this month. I’ll stitch them up, probably one a month. As I get the finishing done, I’ll tuck them away in a box until Christmas each year. Then I can select one for each of the new grandchildren. I also want to do some cross stitch ones and Mill Hill beaded ones. I think I’ll be busy for quite a while on this project!

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Cat Tree Ornament – Progress 2

I have completed the green parts of the tree this time. I used an overdye floss from Needle Necessities. I used 4 plies with two plies reversed for my stitching. I still got areas that were all light colors and some that were darker colors. So I decided to try something different. I had to do longer slanted stitches going in all different directions in order to do the little needles sticking out around the edges. So I did more slanted stitches on top of the basketweave to break up the areas that were all one color. Here’s how it looks now.

Cat Tree-2

I’m thinking that backstitching around some of the cats will keep them from disappearing into the tree – especially gray, purple, brown and blue ones. I’m going to try it out. I had to order Kreinik to do the background, so I’ll do the ornaments and the cross while I wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished ornament by the end of next week.

Cat Tree Ornament

This cute little ornament is from Winnetka Stitchery. I fell in love with it the first time I saw¬†t it. It’s only 5.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The four little X’s show the corners of the piece.

 

Cat Tree

I stitched one or two cats each time I picked it up and now all the cats are completely stitched.

Cat Tree-1

I’m working on the tree itself now and trying out something a little different. You’ll see how that goes next time.