A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I had the free time I needed to finish the ornament. One problem -- I couldn't find the stitched piece anywhere! I tore apart my house, my desk at work (I stitch at lunchtime, so I often have needlework there.), even my car, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I figured I'd stitch another one easily enough in plenty of time, but as luck would have it, the pattern was safe in the little bag containing the stitched piece, the backing fabric, and the ribbon. I hopped online and ordered another copy of the pattern. Two days later, I was rummaging in a laundry basket of clean clothes in my closet and heard the rustle of plastic. Yup. I found my original stitching. It was in a tote bag I'd used to take the items to the craft store to get the backing material and pick up some framed pieces. It was lying right there on top of my laundry basket! I received the replacement pattern in the mail that afternoon and immediately sent it to my cousin, a fellow stitcher who's mother also collects owls!
I was able to finish the little guy in plenty of time to give it to Ma for her birthday. She loved her gift! Here he is:
|Country French - Owl (JBW Designs)|
Stitched over two on 28 ct. Belfast Linen
Completed August 2012
|Here's the back!|
I've also been working on a small stack of Christmas ornaments from this year's ornament edition of Just Cross Stitch magazine. I still need to create ornaments out of the finished stitched pieces. I'll post pictures when they're complete. Can't talk any more about WIPs - too many surprises!