Thursday, November 19, 2020

Getting into the Christmas spirit....and a little strolling (573-577)


 The holidays are bearing down on us and many are getting into the Christmas spirit earlier than usual. Some of our neighbors are already all decked out for the holidays and I'm of the opinion that whatever makes this year a little more festive....go for it!!! I am still enjoying my fall decorations, but have been working heartily on some Christmas stitching...both gifts and for myself. So...I am going to get right to it (of course I won't be sharing any gifts until after they are received)....this will be a total stitching post! :)

 I have a few finishes from when we least met...the first is a gift I made for a friend's birthday back the end of October. I had found this teeny, tiny black 'dish, salt cellar, container' (not sure what it is) awhile ago and was holding for a design that would fit in it. Debbie's birthday is near Halloween, so I felt it called for a Halloween design. So, October Boo by Twisted Threads to the rescue!! I stitched it on a 46 ct mystery linen, over one, with DMC and mounted in the dish.


Next, are two FFO's from last post......Mary Smith  from Lisa Cowell, which was a guild class piece. It was finished as a small pincushion.

 And, Sew a Needle Pulling Thread by Shepherd's Bush. This was a gift from Salty Yarns' Jamboree and was a kit including the pre-made bag.....quick stitch and oh so sweet!!!


I finished the stitching on my Coming to America: the Women of the Mayflower by WTNT right on time....almost. I posted a photo of my completed work and a fellow stitcher kindly sent me a PM asking if I realized I had forgotten to stitch the inner part of the bottom border. Ooops...I had completely missed that, so my finish was actually a couple days after landing.I changed out some colors, to show better on my fabric, and stitched the names in three different colors.

As a companion to this piece, we received a chart called Celebrate Harvest. Here is my version stitched on 30 ct mystery linen, over one, and mounted on a small board from Hobby Lobby that I painted brown.

I finished the stitching on Reindeer Feed Sack by Carriage House Samplings....stitched on 28 ct natural/evergreen Tattersal fabric with Sulky #1181, DMC Perle #3033 and GAST LE Xmas Tree. I will finish as a "sack" and ordered a cute snowflake hanger I hope will work. 

 I am a little ahead of the game for the holidays....I have the ornaments for my grands completed.....way ahead of usual!!! Our friend, Robin in VA, had gifted me this chart a bit ago, knowing I like to stitch on perforated paper in the car. I stitched one of each of the snowman heads then "headed" (sorry, couldn't resist) to Hobby Lobby to find inspiration on how to finish. I stumbled across these pre-made ornaments and they worked perfectly...just glued the stitched piece on in place of the "O"!!! After last years needlepoint ornaments, this was a very pleasant respite!!! Chart is Snow Pennies by Thistles.

Finally, I read about a SAL on IG, co-sponsored by Terri of Chocolates for Breakfast fame, for any of the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow series. I had started this (HOHRH) back in 2006 and got four houses done before it fell into my dark hole of UFO's. I resurrected it and got one more house completed. It will now be put in time out until after the holidays. I'm stitching on 40 ct Pearled Barley with the called for Soie d'alger fibers.


Following Robin's generosity, I am going to pay the chart for the Snowmen forward. If you are interested, please leave a comment with the word "snowmen" in it and I will have a drawing on November 30th for a winner. This was originally done on a 32 ct linen, so doesn't have to be stitched on the perforated paper.

 Thanks, as always, for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and that you can make the best of our challenging times. We have much to be grateful for and we need to focus on that. Bee well, everyone!




  1. Two of my grands love snow and making snowmen, my other two grands only see snow if they come north for the holidays or in a movie. So I would love to make snowmen for all 4 this years. THanks for the chance.

  2. Snowmen...please? Would love to use your idea for my four grands for next year.

  3. What a fun post to see and read, Stasi! What fabulous additions to your stitch stroll. I love the ornaments you created for the grands. They are so adorable and you have given me an idea for the future.

  4. snowmen are lovely i hope i have the good fortune to be picked !dq

  5. I love all of your projects.
    That salt cellar is way too cute!
    And those Snowmen are finished so cute.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. Oh Stasi, your stitching is fantastic! I love the ornaments for the kids this year. Well done! I noticed your acorns. I love seeing acorns from different regions. Yours are so neat! They look rather different from ours here.

  7. I am one of those people who have put away fall and Thanksgiving in favor of Christmas, Stasi. Have NEVER decorated before Thanksgiving before, but with no one coming and us being all alone, I decided to just go for it. I really needed something to cheer me up and seeing my Christmas stuff does just that! (Well, it helps, anyway)

    Over one on 46 ct.!! You are amazing--I can't imagine! Did you do tent stitches or full cross stitches? Anyway, the result in the little tart pan is darling! I stitched this one years ago and always loved it.

    Love your other finishes and how nice that a stitcher noticed the missing stitches. Wouldn't it have been awful to get it framed and THEN notice them? Your grandkids will love their ornaments! I still need to make one for Baby B. Just got the word yesterday that they won't be coming for Christmas due to Covid, and although I expected that would be the case, I just sat and cried... A really bleak holiday season for sure. I'm just hoping my youngest son can drive up from DC as we haven't seen him in almost a year.

    Take care now and hope you are having a fun, creative Sunday! ♥

  8. Stasi, the over 1 Halloween stitching is amazing and looks great in the little container! You are so clever to stitch the snowmen for the "O" on the ornaments. We will be putting up Christmas on Thanksgiving day since it will just be DH and myself. Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  9. Marvelous stroll with you, Stasi! Oh my goodness are you industrious--love it.

  10. Dear Stasi
    I enjoyed looking at all your finishes
    You have accomplished so much and everything is beautifully completed by your fairy hands 🧚🏻‍♀️
    I love the Carriage house piece and the fact that you resurrected it . It is a beautiful piece and one that you will be very proud of , when finished.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and all the members of your beautiful Family 🤗❤️

  11. Stasi: Youi are one busy stitcher, I so like the Noel and Joy snowmen so cute.
    The Halloween stitch is perfect for the dish, where ever did you find it, the color is so perfect for the design.
    All your stitching is beautiful.
    I am looking forward to seeing Coming To America framed, Harvest is a perfect companion piece, the finish on the padded board is perfect.

    Merry Christmas

    The fabric you used for Reindeer Feed is perfect, i do not recall ever seeing that kind of fabric.
    I love the bags from Shepherds Bush, your Guild pillow is very pretty.
    Love the

  12. Oh my gosh, Stasi, all of your stitched projects are so beautiful! You have a great eye for color. I’m glad you are working on the Hawk Run Hollow again. You are a fast stitcher and you’ll make a lot of progress (and will probably finish it) before you know it. The floss you’re using is gorgeous.

    Your snowman ornaments are adorable. Don’t you love it when something comes together so easily? (And congrats to the chart winner!)