Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Stitching

I stayed home from work Friday because I caught a cold (thanks hubby).  The good news is, I was able to get a lot of stitching done.  The bad news is, I couldn't do a video because of all the sniffing and sneezing, so this blog post will have to do. 

I finished all of the Lizzie Kate ornaments from the Tiny Tidings XXII leaflet. I had so much fun stitching these.  I used 28 ct. Monaco that I tea and coffee dyed and the called for threads (except I used DMC B5200 instead of Weeks Whitewash). 



I mounted these on sticky board and then sprayed the back with Aleene's Tacky Spray and then put the little ribbon on the back and then the wool felt.  I cut the wool felt along the edges with pinking shears.  They were so easy! 

I stitched and finished the 1989 Prairie Schooler santa from the Santas Revisted II leaflet.  I also used 28 ct. tea and coffee dyed Monaco using DMC thread (2 over 2). I was going to make this into an ornment, but it turned out so big.  I ended up mounting it on mat board and then mounting another piece of mat board with fabric and sticking them together with the tacky spray. I clipped it to this frame I got at Hobby Lobby. 


My Lizzie Kate Christmas ABC's are less than halfway done and I think I'm going to put it away until next year.  I also restarted Lizzie Kate's 4 Seasons.  I was originally going to do them all on one piece of fabric and changed my mind after seeing Priscilla's finished individually.  She has them displayed on a stand that can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels and I'd like to see if I can find one like it. I think they look so cute!  


Lastly, I have been working on my Smith Sampler by The Scarlett House.  I'm determined to get it finished soon!  I just need to get the top section and border finished.  I'm getting there!


40 ct. Vintage Meadow Rue, silk threads (1 over 2)

With Bradley starting college next fall, I'm going to really try to stitch from my stash in 2018.  I have a lot of samplers in my stash kitted and ready to go, so we'll see if I can do it! Hope you all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.  We'll be headed down to Florida at the end the week, so I'll will be back with a video in the new year!

36 comments:

  1. Nicole, your finishes are fabulous. I love how you finished the LK ornaments. Your corners are so crisp. Did you miter them? I also love your PS Santa. The Smith Sampler is gorgeous and it doesn't like you have much more to do on it. Thanks for sharing! I hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Thank you Robin. No, I didn't miter them. I just folded the top and bottom down and then folded the sides down over them.

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  2. Hope you are feeling better! Your crosstitch is beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours!🎄

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  3. Great stitching and finishing. Your work is awesome. You’re motivated me to stitch some more on my Smith Sampler. It’s a beauty for sure. Looking forward to some stitch time together!! ❤️

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    1. Thanks Cari! Yes, I can't wait to see you! I'll be in NPR 12/28 - 12/30, so we'll have to plan a time to meet up!

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  4. I hope you feel much better and can enjoy your preparations for Christmas. I have enjoyed looking at your finished stitching. Happy Christmas and hope you get time for more stitching.

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  5. Your LK ornaments are fantastic! I'm admiring your corners too. How did you do them? Great work.

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    1. Thanks Justine! I just folded the top and bottom down and then folded the sides over them. I think the tacky spray helped me get them tight.

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  6. Such beautiful stitching , thanks for sharing .

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  7. The Smith Sampler is gorgeous!!! Love the LK little stitches and I never thought pinking shears would work so well on wool...good to remember. They were a nice no-sew finish! Great display with the PS santa. Have a Merry Christmas! Mary@stitchingfriendsforever

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    1. Thank you Mary! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  8. Beautiful finishes, and great progress on Smith. Every year I say just work on that stash and for a month or so it works ...then i see something I just got to have. I figure buying a pattern isn't really that bad. I have missed some patterns and had to spend a lot more $$ years later when they go OOP. Get better and enjoy the Holidays.

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    1. LOL! Yeah, we'll see how long this lasts! :) When I told my husband, he just gave me the look like "yeah right."

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  9. Love all your finishes Nicole! You are an inspiration to me! I also need to work from stash...I'm a lot older than you and would dislike leaving this world with so much undone! :-)

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  10. Your finishes are adorable and you are closing in on Smith!! Hope you get to feeling better so you can enjoy your time in Florida. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you Edna! I'm feeling much better! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  11. I always love to see your projects, they always look so perfect <3 I bought one of the Lizzie Kate Tidings - they are so cute - even though it's too late for this year I am going to stitch them next ;P The sampler you are working on is GORGEOUS! Have a wonderful holiday :)

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    1. Thank you Diane!! Happy Holidays to you too! :)

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  12. Nicole, I have really enjoyed watching your floss tube videos this year. If I could only stitch half as fast as you do. It's more tedious for me but nevertheless I do enjoy it. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful finishes. I also love seeing your kitties:) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Angie!! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  13. Even though I watch the videos, it's fun to see a post here. Everything looks so pretty. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you!! It was fun to do a post, I should do them more often. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

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  14. Your ornaments look great! You always say you're not a finisher but you did well with these. The Smith Sampler looks so good. Hope you're feeling better! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, I'm feeling much better! Happy New Year!

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  15. Beautiful finishings Nicole. Love the LK ones, they are delightful. Have a great time in Florida, do you ever see Alligators, makes me shudder at the thought. Don't have thse in N.Z. thank goodness. Happy New Year and good luck with your stash busting. I always say I am going to use what I have and before you know it see something that I would really like and that's the end of it. Anyway best wishes for 2018 and look forward to seeing a video in the New Year. Did you manage to send your cold or bad sinuses to Arizona as the saying goes:)

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    1. Thank you Shirley! Yes, we have alligators that hang out in ponds in our neighborhood. They don't bother people as long as you don't bother them. Happy New year to you too!

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  16. Eagerly awaiting your next post...you're an inspiration with all of your beautiful creations. Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you too!

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  17. Your Smith Sampler is looking so good! Loving it! Watched your latest Flosstube and thanks for sharing all your great stitching plans. I have some super samplers kitted too and need to get finishing them! Best to you in 2018!

    We have snow too and frigid temps. Sure makes you want to stay home and Stitch!

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  18. I just love your finish on the tiny tidings ornaments. I hope to do something similar! Hope you don't mind!

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  19. I very much like your pattern it's beautiful,thank for sharing good i dea !

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