Ornament – A Wish

This is the second ornament for this year.  Again, it is out of a 2007 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.  It is called “A Wish For Hope and Peace” designed by Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs.  I remember stitching this a few years ago as a present for a family member.

I am substituting DMC thread (shocking, isn’t it) for the Weeks Dye Works used in the model.  I am stitching two threads over two on 32-count Mushroom Lugana.

I can’t find the magazine to get a picture of the finished project but here is my progress so far.  I think it should stitch up fairly quickly.

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Loose Feathers

This is one of the projects I wanted to start (and finish!) this year – Loose Feathers by Blackbird Designs.  It was originally released in 2011 in three separate pamphlets: Summer, Autumn, and Winter.   I picked up all three at Quilt Festival this past fall from The Silver Needle booth.  I just love visiting their booth every year during Quilt Festival and looking at all the goodies!

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The chart calls for using Cresent Colors and Gentle Arts thread, but I chose to go with regular old DMC thread.  Only because I am lazy and it is easy for me to find and I have almost every color.  I went to my local needlework store and picked up a piece of 32-count Mushroom Lugana.

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Here is my progress after a few days of stitching:

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I have enjoyed stitching this chart so far.   I always begin stitching in the middle of a pattern so I am currently stitching the birds in the “Autumn” chart.