Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside!!!!

 It indeed  is cold here today in the sunny Midwest. While our neighbors to the North have experienced snow, we have not had any.  We're heading for a record for going the longest without any snowfall  if we get to the 16th of December.  I'm still hoping to have some by Christmas.

I've taken advantage of the sun today to snap some photos of recent finishes. Up to now, it's been very gloomy and I've not been able to do so.

Threadwork Primitives
Be Ye Merry
32 count Belfast Clay

I always look forward to stitching Nan's designs. This one just says "Christmas" to me!!! 

Milady's Needle
Partridge in a Pear Tree
40 count heritage Newcastle linen from Picture This Plus

The 2012 Just Cross Stitch Special Christmas Issue had such pretty ornament this year. This is from this issue. Each year I stitch an ornament  from the song  "The Twelve Days of Christmas". I'm hoping to have a tree full of them some day.

Blackbird Designs
30 count Abecedarian blend linen 
R&R Reproductions

Oh my goodness. As soon as I saw this design, I knew I had to stitch it!  I think that it's just lovely and I plan on keeping it out all year!!!  Here's the back:

The Marking Samplar
Christmas Collection
A Christmas Sampler
34 count Legacy Cafe su Lait
Belle Soie Berry Cobbler

Don't you love these little sampler ornaments!  I'd love a collection of these, as well!

Heartstring Samplery 
Baby, It's Cold Outside
35 count Weeks Cocoa

I hesitated to share this picture with you because it just doesn't do justice to the piece. The Coco fabric is a rich color with red modeling throughout that works perfectly back to the Pomegranate color of the house.
It was a really fun piece to stitch.

Lastly, it wouldn't be a post without a picture of my latest Word Play. This is just the cutest piece. I have one more to go and that's January. I think I'm going to miss stitching this series every month.

I have a few more surprises and hopefully will be able to post before the end of the year.  Until then,  I'm wishing you and yours the merriest of holidays.


  1. What a great post Linda! I LOVE all the projects -- your work is absolutely stunning!!! My favorite is that BBD ornament. I must stitch that STAT (as Laura would say)

    Thanks for sharing. See you Saturday! Can't wait:))

  2. All of your ornaments and Christmas stitching are beautiful.

  3. Everything is wonderful. Your finishing is perfect!

  4. Linda - I am speechless (if that is possible !) Surely you didn't stitch all this since your last post ?? whether you did or not - OH MY OH MY - what a treat for the eyes - the finishing is just super on every piece not to mention your lovely stitching. I think the December word play is my favorite of all. Mainly because I adore that backing fabric - so perfect. The BBD ornament has purely perfect fabric as well. I hope you are enjoying the sights and sounds of the season and having lots of fun even though there is NO SNOW ! At least you are not here where it is unseasonably 80 degrees. Melody

  5. Oh my goodness! You've done so much!!!! Wow! And I'm in love with all your ornaments -- I love the idea of a tree full of 12 days of Christmas ornies! Don't know why, but that song has a special place in my heart. :D Love your Baby it's cold outside too! Wow! Beautiful! As far as snow goes -- you're welcome to it. lol! I'm hoping for a very mild winter.

  6. So many pretty things - Baby it's Cold is great and so is your Word Play - I have most of the charts, but haven't managed to stitch any of 'em yet.

  7. Gorgeous finishes Linda! You've certainly been busy! I just love seeing your word play finishes...that backing fabric is just perfect! Your ornies are soo cute and that sampler is just perfect for the holidays. :)

  8. Superb Linda, everything from the designs chosen, the stitching, the backing fabrics to the finishing.

  9. Gorgeous stitching and finishing, well done!

  10. Oh Linda!! What beautiful seasonal stitching and finishing! I love all of your ornament choices. The Heartstring piece is just lovely too.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Some one has been very busy! Congrats they are lovely.

  12. Oh my goodness! Such unbelievable beauty!!!! I love everything you stitched here!!!! Makes me want to pull out that Threadwork Primitives chart that I have had for a couple of years. I should make it one of my 13 for 2013!!!! Everything you stitch is extraordinary!!!!

  13. These are so beautiful! Makes me want to go stitch right this minute. Your needles must be smoking!

  14. Gorgeous Linda,
    such beautiful Christmas ornaments, lovely stiched and finished as always!
    Whish you awonderful Christmas time


  15. What lovely finishes Linda! Well done on keeping on track with the Word Play pieces. Love your December one.

  16. Great taste in choices! You are quite talented at finishing, good for you!! Such pretty choices in backing fabric.

  17. Beautiful finishes! Finished perfectly.

  18. Congrats Linda!! You have been on a roll!! They are all so beautiful!! See you Saturday!

  19. Oh. my. goodness. Linda! Each one is more beautiful and spectacular than the last :)
    Love them all very much! Perfectly stitched, divinely finished!

  20. So many goodies to share with us today, Linda!! Of course, my favorite is the December Word Play--I really need to collect my threads if I'm starting this series in January. I've so enjoyed watching yours each month!

  21. Wow, that's a lot of stitching. All of it beautiful. Thank you for stitching Be Ye Merry.
    It's so lovely with the ruching. Everything is just outstanding. Smiles, Nan

  22. You've done some beautiful Christmas stitching, congratuations

  23. Omg, everything is absolutely stunning!!! Does the girl who does your finishing have a blog? Your stitching is impeccable. Merry Christmas!!

  24. Oh my goodness. What great projects! Love the bells on wordplay. My favorite, of course, is the Marking Sampler! Thanks for the show.

  25. So beautiful. Love the baby it's cold outside!


  26. Gorgeous ornaments you chose to stitch and finish! I really love the 2012 Magazine too and hope to stitch more from it! Lovely word play and the sampler is a stunning finish! Merry Christmas to you and your family!