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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Delayed January Ornament by Little Stitches Art

I am very happy with that SAL, it is the first year I am going to participate. I discovered it late last year and I thought there was no point in starting at the end of the SAL. So I am here this year. I missed January as I was very busy with my job and that is why I will present now January’s ornament, which is the one I stitched in February. I will try to catch up……

Two topics were available, 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas carol. The decision about which design I was going top stitch wasn’t easy. It was clear for me that I wanted to do the “12 Days of Christmas” but there are plenty of designs to choose. I found one which is 12 days of Christmas in owl version called "Hooties 12 Days of Christmas". And that is the one I will do (I need to say that I have already designs chosen for 2 or 3 years).

For more information about the first owl visit my blog Little Stitches Art.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cheryl's February Rudolph

This year I am stitching a small Christmas Sampler which includes many of the themes for the year.  I was fortunate to have Rudolph make an appearance just when I needed him or this month's theme.

The chart is from Cross Stitcher Magazine (Nov 2017).
Happy February!

February - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Inspiration

February's theme is one of the more modern Christmas Carols we have for this year - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Originally Santa had 8 reindeer, as listed in the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas but in 1939 Robert L. May introduced us to the 9th Reindeer - young Rudolph.  His booklet was published by a department store Montgomery Ward who clearly knew a good marketing tool when they saw one!

Original cover art for the book

You can read the story behind the story on Wikipedia here - Wikipedia Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The booklet was followed by a short animation (1948), THE song (1949), various comic books (1950 onwards) and an animated television special in 1964.

By this time Rudolph's story is firmly fixed in our Christmas traditions and he is indeed the "Most Famous Reindeer of all!"

There are so many versions of Rudolph on YouTube, here's a cute one:

And a Heavy Metal version!  The lyrics are different but clean, if you are listening with children!

As with versions of the song, there are many cross stitched designs for you to choose from.

Lizzie*Kate Dear Rudolph

Nora Corbett Rudolph

Our own Daffycat has designed a series of small reindeer which I stitched into a cube finish:

Many of us have the annual Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Special issue and there are always Rudolph charts in there.  One of them is the April choice for a Facebook group - JCS Stitch Along

On the Runway by Snoflake Stitchery
Model photo from the magazine.

Looking forward to seeing a whole herd of Rudolph stitchery this month!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cathy's February Ornament

This came from the 2016 edition of Christmas Cross Stitch Favorites.  It's stitched on 14-count oatmeal Aida with the called for DMC floss.  The only change I made was to make the the two Christmas ornaments identical and stitch them with solid colors instead of the called for stripes.

He was a quick and fun stitch!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Mary's February

Hi everyone,

Here is my February finish.  I went with the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer theme so I chose Red Nosed Kiss by Cricket Collection.  It was a freebie from 2013.

Thanks for looking,
Mary in Kentucky

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Rita's February

I'm trying the songs theme this year and stitched this reindeer  by The Prairie Schooler for my Feb. ornament.  I thought about changing his nose to red for the picture and then frogging it out to restitch but was too lazy to do that.  I hope that the brown nosed reindeer is close enough.  ;-)  One change I made, though, was to use an overdyed thread (CC Cocoa) for the deer's body instead of the DMC that was charted.

Serendipitous Jo's February Two Turtle Doves

I have chosen the 12 Days of Christmas theme again this year and Just Nan's version is my design.  I started this on Christmas Day 2017 and stitched it for the 12 Days of Stitchmas.

So Block 2 had a good bit done already when I picked it up this February.  Here is the completed block:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Here is the top of the piece so far: