On Sunday night I finally finished the neverending ornament. Mele K. appeared in the 2004 JCS Ornament issue and back when shops were kitting up the JCS ornaments, I ordered a kit for this piece. There is just something that has always drawn me to it. Probably my love of Hawaii. It may be my love of the song, or memories of the movie South Pacific which just seems to tie in with this piece.
In March of 2008, I decided to finally pull this one out of my stash and get going on it. I’ve stitched on it off an on over the past two years. I often put it away after getting my fill of over one stitching. And since this piece is solid fill in, stitching it was no small task. I’m sure there are stitcher who could have whipped this one out in no time, but hey…it took me a little longer.
The suggested finishing for this piece is to whip stitch it to backing linen with Thread Gatherer silk ribbon and stuff it like a pillow. Then the hanger is made up of three colors of silk ribbon braided together. My kit only included the silk ribbon for the whip stitching, so I’ll have to think about the hanger for mine. I’m leaning towards ordering the silk ribbon and doing the braided hanger, because I think it will compliment the piece well.
I love it. And I’ve never fallen out of love with it. Just with the over one. But won’t it be pretty on my tree? And it might be able to replace my beloved Hawaiian Christmas ornament that met with disaster during the Great Tree Toppling of 2009.
If you want to take a moment to listen to Bing Crosby singing Mele Kalikimaka, have at it.
And it’s also your perfect opportunity to say in the comments “you’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts there”. Ha!
Anyway, I’ll be heading up the workshop with Amy Mitten this weekend. I can’t wait! Until next time, have a great weekend with lots of stitching. I think I’m about due to stitch on something huge after stitching on all the itty bitty.
I am grateful for not having to look at that recipe for Christmas Morning Casserole anymore. After seeing it at the top of the page for two years, I’m over it. Gag.