Yay! I've finally finished my first ornament for February. This one is from the JCS 05 RR, our first round.
Its taken me about a week to stitch up, but then as you know I've not had a lot of productive stitching time. This piece is called a Christmas Blessing c2005 Full Cirlcle Designs. Its stitched on 35ct Lambswool Permin Linen. I have to say I HATED stitching on this fabric! My stitches just didn't lie right and looked rather lumpy at times. This is one ornmaent I probably won't keep for myself this year. Its also not really my style, but that's fine I've got a couple of people in mind it would suit nicely this Christmas.
I do have one complaint about the design... the designer used a lot of overdyed cottons. Now that in itself doesn't really bother me. Its the fact that one colour was used for less than 20 stitches and nowhere else. The Yellow also was used for only the stars... again not a lot of stitches. Then a darker green was used for the vines and loops where the same green from the borders could of been used in my opinion. This is the reason why these ornament RR's are great, at least this way these colours where they are barely used are being stitched with by six people as the supplies move from person to person in the RR.
I have to say that is my biggest complaint with needlework designers sometimes. It feels like there's a competition going on sometimes to see who can design the most expensive piece to stitch. I find it a huge waste to get the consumer to purchase a skein of something when you're not even going to use one length! If I had kitted this ornament up for myself I would of made some substitutions from my stash unless I already had those barely used colours.
Now that this ornament is done I'm moving onto my second one for the month of February. I've got a small start on Never Too Big by Dragon Dreams from the 2004 JCS issue. This is the last ornament in the JCS Retro RR.
Saturday afternoon I'm meeting up with Sara to exchange February Blahs parcels! This will be the first time we meet in the flesh.