Monday, January 13, 2014


A fully finished project for 2014.

With Thy Needle and Thread--Needleworker's Sampler.
This was my new start for 2014.  I am so excited to have it finished.
I really like this piece, now just need to find the perfect place for it.

This piece is a Ladies Prim Society kit from Blackbird Designs called Bittersweet September.
It was kitted as a pillow but I decided to frame it.  I stitched this piece with my maternal grandmother in mind.  So it is dated the year she was born--1911 and I did her initials in the reddish color--the E and the M.

Then I have a couple of ornies that I finished for the 2013 year. 
 Blackbird Designs ornament Peace from JCS 2013 Magazine.

The last two sleds I had stitched. 
From Foxwood Crossings.

 Little House Needleworks 2013 Freebie called Seven Pines.
Stitched on 32 count Willow Green with DMC thread.
Started on 12-10-2013
Finished 12-11-2013

Little House Needleworks--Happy Hearts Freebie from 2012.
Stitched on 32 count Cameo Rose with DMC threads.
Homespun Elegance--Your State Holiday Home stitched on 
32 count Willow Green with DMC threads.

Since I decided a few years ago to try to stitch an ornament for each of my six children and as of now my five grandchildren I started to stitch my 2014 ornaments.  So the two LHN ornies are for my
two granddaughters.  And the Homespun Elegance one is for my daughter and son-in-law who
live in TN.  So three out of eleven done!!  Really I will have 12 to do since child #4 is going to
have a baby in March.  Which leads to me having to stitch another birth sampler and Christmas stocking since I also started that tradition.
Oh I also have three more Christmas stockings to stitch, one for a daughter and two for my

I should have thought about this tradition a bit more:)


Mouse said...

good grief girl your needle must be smoking to have finished that already .... gorgeous finishes and cute ornaments and mmmm yes think you ought to have thought the tradition out more hehehehh :) love mouse xxxxx

Marilyn said...

Great projects Joan.
Love the Needlework Sampler.
It's on my list. :)

Vickie said...

Oh very pretty! You can handle the family projects.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

All gorgeous work Joan! and your ornaments are darling and a super idea! I started that with my eldest when she was born and each year I continue with all 4 of my kids and its really special. Your kids and grandkids will appreciate you one day when they have a tree of grannys ornaments!

diamondc said...

Beautiful stitching Joan, just think less then four months to retreat yahoo.


Samplings from Spring Creek said...

ou have been busy! Nice personalization adding your Grandmothers initials

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Lovely finishes! That BBD is really pretty framed. I have Needleworker's in my stash, too. Great ornament tradition. Happy Weekend!