I turned a couple of small things into ornaments. I used instructions from Focus on Finishing for a flat finish, because I can't sew (yet) and don't have a sewing machine (yet).
|Freebies; links below|
The owl was also a gift to a friend's mother, who loves owls. The pattern is a freebie via Holly's Hobbies, here, on white evenweave linen.
The second is one I did for myself; I got the pattern from Balades et Broderies, here. I did it on 14 count black Aida, using 3 strands of floss so that the white would look nice and rich. I love the way it turned out. The idea of doing the pattern on black came from this post at Stitching Dreams. I did the "Noel" pattern from that post and a few others by Balades et Broderies on black as well, and I plan to finish them all the same to have a little matched set. The colors aren't specified in the original pattern, so I used 321, 470, 721, 420 and white.
In flashback finishes news, I got a picture of the Wire Whimsy angel I stitched for my parents years ago:
|From a Dimensions "Wire Whimsy" kit|
|Crossed Wing Collection pattern; bad cell phone pic|
I hope everyone had a great holiday!