Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ballet Slippers (and a WIP)

I am almost finished with the handmade Christmas gifts. I didn't make as many as I would have liked, but oh well. There's always next year, right? :)

I made another ornament much like the last one, but this time I traced the pattern onto tracing paper instead of transferring it, as the instructions recommended. It worked well.

From the 12 (Days of Christmas) pattern set by Wild Olive

As you can see, I strayed from the instructions just a bit by adding a border to the ornament. I hadn't planned to add it, but it just needed a little something, ya know what I mean?

Anyway, I hope this little ornament reaches its destination before Christmas! Perhaps its chances would be better if I'd sent it out yesterday...or last week...luckily, it doesn't have too far to go. The recipient lives in the same state as I do.

Oh, and see that piece of embroidery under the ornament? That is for my baby niece. I made an ornament for her older sister, Z, last year, before Baby L was born. (If you click the link, be sure to scroll down the page, the pic is toward the end of the post.) It's only fair that Baby L has one, too. :)

I started the "L" embroidery last night, and I am pleased with the progress I made. That took...let's see...two episodes of Antiques Roadshow and two Christmas specials (one of which was Charlie Brown, yea!). Not too shabby. All I have left to do it fill in the "L" with satin stitches, and then stitch the whole thing into an ornament. Wish me luck getting all that done by Christmas! This week is a busy one!!

You can find the Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Letter L pattern here.

I've done a lot of cross stitching this year, and it was nice to sit down with some hand embroidery for a change. I love cross stitch (love love love it!), but it's slow-going. It's nice to sit down for a few hours and see some real progress occur. (All you cross stitchers know what I mean!!)

Well, my friends, I hope your holiday season has been merry and bright! ♥

~~~Linking up with:~~~

Wild Olive


Julie said...

Everything looks great! I have an ornament and a half to stitch. I need to work on it tonight and I so don't want to.

Mollie. said...

The border is just right. An excellent addition!

And that L? Wow! It's already amazing, and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

(oh, and it's so nice to see you around again. I hope school has been treating you kindly!)

Lesleyanne said...

They both look great.

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

So pretty!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

Becky said...

So cute!!! And personalized ornaments made by family and friends are so extra precious. Merry Christmas!