Bees Garden Stitching Accessories by Wendy KC Designs

A cute series of bee-themed smalls for all of you accessory lovers, and I am giving it away!. Bees Garden Stitching Accessories by Wendy KC Designs.

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Free: Happiness is Cross Stitching

Today’s Freebie Friday is Lynn B’s wonderful blog Happiness is Cross Stitching. Full of small designs there should be something to keep everybody happily stitching away or sewing together over the weekend.

Mini Cats series
Mini Cats series

 

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Crow by Acorn House

A three-dimensional design for this Tuesday …. the glorious crow on a branch by Susan Myers of Acorn House.

Acorn House - Crow Cover

From the Designer

Is it possible to be both creepy & cute?  Yes…if you’re this guy anyway!

Inside of mouth/tongue will hold needles, branch is for pins and the scissors tuck into a stitched buttonhole on the back. A small magnet stitched into the tip of beak keeps your scissors in and his mouth shut!

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St Patricks Gold by Pine Glen Designs

A 3D Christmas Ornament. May not get finished in time for this year, but you can get a head start on those new ornaments you’re planning to stitch next year!

Pine Glen Designs Heirloom Ornament St Patricks Gold

What is it?

St Patrick’s Gold is one in a series of Heirloom Ornaments produced by Pine Glen Designs. It is so named as the colour scheme is Shamrock and Gold.

Why this chart?

I have absolutely no idea how this ended up in my stash. If anyone remembers please let me know. For years I have kinda promised myself that I would stitch ornaments to give away to stitching friends or to hang on my tree.  I have not stitched one!

I like the three-dimensional aspect of this one. You don’t need to back it with any other fabric, just stitch it and sew it together like a biscornu! I also love the texture provided by the Rhodes stitches, metallic thread and beads. This design uses Half Rhodes, Rhodes Hearts and Rhodes Diamonds specialty stitches.

Given the three-dimensional nature of St Patrick’s Gold, the specialty stitches and the beads, I would not recommend this as your first cross stitch pattern.  If you are an experienced 3 dimensional sewer (other ornaments, stuffed toys etc) then yes stitch this !

Pine Glen Designs - St Patrick's Gold
Pine Glen Designs – St Patrick’s Gold

Review

All of the Pine Glen Designs Heirloom Ornaments charts are available as printed charts or digital downloads.  I have the printed chart in my stash.

The St Patrick’s Gold chartpack is presented as an eight page US Letter (or A4) booklet (made from a slight cardstock and a sheet of  paper both in US Ledger (A3), double-sided printed, stapled and folded.

The front cover includes a photograph of the finished ornament. The back cover lists the fabric used in the model.  Neither the outside of the booklet nor the website include all the materials needed to stitch the design. You need to purchase the chart first and then work out the items required.

The third page of the booklet lists the stitch count, size of fabric needed for one single segment of the ornament, the floss list and floss key.  Also there is a very basic diagram for the Rhodes stitch variations.  St Patrick’s Gold uses Half Rhodes, Rhodes Hearts and Rhodes Diamonds. Use the instructions here or in the following Youtube clip by MrsMilkyBarKid to learn how to stitch the Rhodes variations.

The stitch chart for this design, shows one segment of the design, with the comment “you will need to stitch up 8 of this chart”. As the segments are identical I can understand why they have only printed this once. However the fabric size lists only the fabric needed for one of these segments, not the whole ornament. This could be a trap for the unwary.

The Finishing Instructions are comprised of three pages of annotated black and white photographs that assumes the stitcher has an understanding of general sewing techniques. For example, stitchers are instructed to use whip stitch without providing any description of what it is or how to use it in this context. Items such as fusible interfacing and filling material are not listed until they are to be used in the finishing; there’s no preparation given for the beginner ornament maker.

However if you have stitched three-dimensional items before, such as other ornaments, stuffed toys or are a general crafter, these annotated photographs are suitable for your needs.

The model was stitched on 14 count Aida, however given the use of dense Rhodes stitches, I recommend that you stitch this ornament on an evenweave fabric.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

DMC 895 Very Dark Hunter Green

 

1 skein DMC 895 Very Dark Hunter Green

 

DMC 4045 Evergreen Forest Variations

 

1 skein DMC 4045 Evergreen Forest Variations

 

 

DMC E3821 Light Effects Precious Metals Light Gold

 

1 skein DMC E3821 Light Effects Precious Metals Light Gold

 

Mill Hill 00557 Gold

 

1 packet Mill Hill 00557 Gold Beads

 

 

Mill Hill 02054 Brilliant Shamrock

 

1 packet Mill Hill 02054 Brilliant Shamrock

 

 

Not listed, but used in the instructions:

  • fusible interfacing
  • large beads for hanging tassels
  • pony beads for securing tassels
  • stuffing for the inside of the ornament

14ct Zweigart Aida Gold/Cream (stitch count 28 x 30 times eight segments)

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 2″ border allowance and 1″ break between segments) fabric size is: 9.5” x 13”  or  24 x 33cm  or  an ornament cut (9 x 13″).  This assumes that the ornament segments are stitched in two rows of four.

Zweigart -14ct Aida Cream Gold Lurex

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch St Patrick’s Gold Heirloom Ornament using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage or the extra materials for finishing):

Chart: $ 6.00
Floss:  $ 6.75
Fabric: $5.15

Total: $17.90  ($34.33 AUD  or  €18.45  or  £15.25)

Places to Buy

Pine Glen Designs sells St Patrick’s Gold as both a download PDF ($6.00) and a printed chart ($12.00).  St Patrick’s Gold is also included in the chart bundle Colours of the Crown which has four Heirloom Ornament Designs as a single PDF download ($15.00).

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has all the floss in stock and a variety of fabrics to choose from.

Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Sparklies have a range of fabrics and threads to make this design sparkle.

Chromatic Alchemy  has some beautiful fabrics to make your design shine.

United States:

123Stitch has the thread and embellishments in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Discussion

Have you made any of the Pine Glen Designs ornaments? What did you think of them?  Have you stitched any ornament that is stitched in pieces such as St Patrick’s Gold?  If so, please drop a link to your creations in the comments below.

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Last Updated: 23 December 2014

 

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Ornament Finishing Techniques

With the festive season upon us, some of you may be looking at stitching ornaments. Here are some finishing techniques to help you out. Don’t forget the Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet almost-giveaway at OzStitch; use promo code PET for 50% off. Also have a look at the Late November Sales post as it is changing regularly.

Finishing - Special Shaped Ornament

I will freely admit that ornament finishing is not my forte. In fact I have a number of ornaments stitched but have never made them into ornaments.  If you are like me, this post is for you. I present some specialists in the field; decide which type of ornament you want to make and follow the link for highly detailed directions and step-by-step images.

Many thanks to Hannah of Totally in Stitches, Les Broderies de Yayie, Meari of Meari’s Musings, Nicki of PlushCat, Tracy Horner of Ink Circles, Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher and the staff of The Floss Box for sharing their expertise with the rest of us.

Bottle Cap Ornaments

Directions via The Floss Box.

Finishing - Bottle Cap Ornaments

Cube

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - The Cube

Felt Mounted Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Felt Mounted Ornament

Flat Fold

Directions via Meari of Meari’s Musings.

Finishing - flat Fold

Flat Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Flat Ornament

Floss Tag

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Floss Tags

Heart-shaped Ornament

Directions via Les Broderies de Yayie.

Finishing - Heart Shaped Ornament

Humbug

Directions via Nikki of PlushCat.

Finishing - Humbug

Mounted Flat Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Mounted Flat Ornament

 No Sew Cube

Directions via Hannah of Totally in Stitches.

Finishing - No Sew Cube

Ornament Cording and Hanger

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Ornament Cording and Hanger

Pillow Ornament

Directions via The Floss Box.

Finishing - Pillow Ornament

Self-backing Diamond Ornament

Directions via Tracy Horner of Ink Circles.

Finishing - Self-backing Diamond Ornament

Special Shaped Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Special Shaped Ornament

 Square or Rectangular Ornament

Directions via Tracy Horner of Ink Circles.

ink Circles - Square or Rectangular Ornaments

Discussion

So we’ve reached the end of yet another week of Cross Stitch Review, it feels like I started yesterday and like I’ve written forever. Now that we have ticked along a while, I’d like to ask you a question: What one change could I make to keep you reading this blog.

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Last Updated: 28 November 2014

 

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