I can finally share with you the ornament I stitched for our guild’s annual ornament exchange. It’s the Blackbird Designs “Joy” ornament from this year’s JCS Ornament Issue. I didn’t have any of the Belle Soies called for on hand, and didn’t want to shell out $90 to buy them for an ornament, so I ended up doing my own conversion to overdyed cottons. I’m really pleased with how the conversion turned out. I stitched this on 32ct Vintage Pearled Barley (Lakeside Linens). I typically lean towards 40ct these days, but as you can see on 32ct it’s a good size (32ct was the recommended count). I also used some of the new Crescent Colours chenille trim, which gave it a fun pop. The fabric it’s sitting on is what I used for the back.
The holiday party was a ton of fun, and I was so glad to have a night of relaxation and fun with my stitching buddies.
My photo of the food was a little early in the evening, many more yummy things arrived later. I did take photos of the desserts, but they were all blurry (it’s hard to take photos when you’re stuffing your mouth).
Our hostess had already finished our guild’s 2011 ornament and had it displayed on one of her trees.
And it was fun to see my ornament from last year’s exchange hanging on her tree too!
There are always such beautiful examples of stitching at our exchanges. I always feel like I need to step it up a notch! Here are a couple of examples.
And here’s the whole lot! (Unfortunately my photo doesn’t show that ornament in the top right. It was the most gorgeous thing stitched on a pale lavender linen with sparkles on it. Stunning!
And lucky me – here’s the ornament I came home with!
This is this year’s ornament by Plum Street Samplers. I was actually planning on stitching this one for myself, but now I don’t have to! And Laurie’s stitching is gorgeous and she did an amazing finishing treatment on this – I just love the little jingle bells!! I’m so excited to have this hanging on my tree this year!
It was a great time, and it’s always so fun to see what everyone stitches.
I am grateful for my dad coming home from the hospital.