Friday, December 09, 2011

Joy

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I can finally share with you the ornament I stitched for our guild's annual ornament exchange. It's the Blackbird Designs "Joy" ornament from this year's JCS Ornament Issue. I didn't have any of the Belle Soies called for on hand, and didn't want to shell out $90 to buy them for an ornament, so I ended up doing my own conversion to overdyed cottons. I'm really pleased with how the conversion turned out. I stitched this on 32ct Vintage Pearled Barley (Lakeside Linens). I typically lean towards 40ct these days, but as you can see on 32ct it's a good size (32ct was the recommended count). I also used some of the new Crescent Colours chenille trim, which gave it a fun pop. The fabric it's sitting on is what I used for the back.

The holiday party was a ton of fun, and I was so glad to have a night of relaxation and fun with my stitching buddies.

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My photo of the food was a little early in the evening, many more yummy things arrived later. I did take photos of the desserts, but they were all blurry (it's hard to take photos when you're stuffing your mouth).

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Our hostess had already finished our guild's 2011 ornament and had it displayed on one of her trees.

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And it was fun to see my ornament from last year's exchange hanging on her tree too!

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There are always such beautiful examples of stitching at our exchanges. I always feel like I need to step it up a notch! Here are a couple of examples.

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And here's the whole lot! (Unfortunately my photo doesn't show that ornament in the top right. It was the most gorgeous thing stitched on a pale lavender linen with sparkles on it. Stunning!

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And lucky me - here's the ornament I came home with!

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This is this year's ornament by Plum Street Samplers. I was actually planning on stitching this one for myself, but now I don't have to! And Laurie's stitching is gorgeous and she did an amazing finishing treatment on this - I just love the little jingle bells!! I'm so excited to have this hanging on my tree this year!

It was a great time, and it's always so fun to see what everyone stitches.

I am grateful for my Dad coming home from the hospital.

37 comments:

Sylvia said...

I just love the way your ornament turned out! Good job. Thanks for all the photos - it was fun to see. Makes me miss the Guild quite a bit.

Paulette's ornament is darling.

staci said...

What a beautiful evening and all the ornaments are just stunning! I really need to step up my finishing after seeing those! Your BBD ornie is fabulous, I love the colors you used :)

Littlebit said...

Aww..first let me say, I saw your "grateful" comment, and I am so happy about your dad getting to go home from the hospital.
Secondly, you do NOT neet to "step it up." Michelle, your ornament is absolutely beautiful, as is all of your needlework!
It looks like you had a wonderful time, and the food is all so yummy.
I love that BBD ornament in the 2011 issue and can't wait to stitch it. Beautiful job! Lucky you getting that PSS ornament! I wonder if someone will stitch that for me. LOL!

David said...

Your post has been a feast for my eyes...what a group of creative ladies you are all...I definitely love this season. Happy holiday season to you ;-)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wonderful post. Loved seeing the ornament you stitched and the one you received, the beautiful tree and all those wonderful ornaments. You and your Guild members are talented stitchers and finishers.

Margaret said...

What a great post! Loved seeing all the ornies, plus the ones you stitched and received. And your hostess' house is wonderful too with the tree and the xs! Glad you had a good time!

Joy said...

Oh I love your ornament, Michelle! Your conversion is perfect. And thank you for letting us peek inside your guild's gathering with all of its exquisite work. Your hostess' home was the perfect setting.

valerie said...

I'm glad your dad is doing better Michelle! It looks like your guild's christmas party was wonderful. So much creativity! Your ornie came out lovely and I love the one you got in return. It's on my "to stitch" list! :)

Melissa said...

Wonderful post Michelle! Your ornament is beautiful as is the one you received. Seeing the pictures reminded me I still want to stitch Celtic Chrismas one of these days!

Dona said...

Michelle, I love your conversion for the BBD joy ornament. It's really pretty!

Very creative stitchers in your guild. Glad you had a good time!

Ranae said...

Pretty BBD ornament, love the pink trim
The photo's are beautiful of the tree and collection of ornies

Nancy said...

What gorgeous Christmas photos! It would have been a lot of fun just sitting among the decorations let alone having a party with stitching friends! Your ornament is gorgeous!

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

Everything is absolutely beautiful, your tree, ornaments, food and stitching.

Theresa said...

What a handsome Christmas tree you have there!!!!! And all the ornaments are just gorgeous!!!!!! Looks like you are all set for Christmas!!!

Giovanna said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures: I just LOVE how the lights of the tree reflect in the glass on Celtic Christmas - perfect! Well done to all of you on the wonderful stitching, and I'm so glad your dad is home from the hospital.

Valentina said...

How many wonderful ornaments! Big congrats to everyone at your guild.

Chris said...

I love posts like this. It looks like your group had an amazing night. The decor and food looks great. The ornaments in the exchange are to die for!!

Sherry said...

Whay a lovely ornament you did and everthing is just stunning. You came home with a wonderful ornameny!

mainely stitching said...

Oh my goodness - everything is so stunning and beautiful and festive! It takes my breath away!

Katrina said...

Everything is just gorgeous, love the Blackbird ornament you stitched and the one you got is too sweet!!!!

Siobhan said...

Michelle, WOW!!! I love the way that your ornament turned out. The trim is perfect for it! Your PSS ornament that you came home with--LOVE! The house where you had the meeting looks fabulous as well.

Kimbeau said...

I am the oh-so-lucky person who got Michelle's BBD ornament at the guild Christmas party and it looks FABULOUS on my tree! I had absolutely no scruples about "stealing" it from the person who originally picked it. LOVE IT! And so glad your Dad is home for the hospital.

helenapastafina said...

oh wow! look like every had fun at your exchange! all you girls' work in beautiful! That ornament you made is gorgeous! I can't afford the Belle Soies so to see that done in just overdyed floss is wonderful!
Glad you dad is better and coming home from the hospital!

Mindi said...

You did a great job with your conversion, the ornament looks beautiful. Your guild exchange looks like it was a lot of fun, with some really beautiful ornaments stitched.

Catherine said...

Wow! Good food, good friends and so many pretty stitches - sounds like a perfect night!

Marsha said...

So happy your Dad is coming home.

My friends and I just did a conversion for the BBD ornament on Friday night. I like yours a lot.

And, I stitched Yuletide for our guild's ornament exchange. Yours is lovely.

Joy said...

Oh what fun, Christmas with your stitching buddies and such lovely ornaments! Hope your dad is well.
Happy Holidays!

Michele said...

Great pictures!

Robert said...

Michelle - thanks for sharing the pics of the guild ornament exchange. I am really bummed that I was not able to attend this year since business took me out of country. Your ornament finish is great and the one you received is wonderful. Great to hear the good news concerning your dad. All the best to you and Eric.

The Scarlett House said...

Here I am just finally getting to leave a comment. Your ornament came out great, Michelle. All the ornaments were so pretty. Hope you enjoyed the get together.

Andrea said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening. Beautiful ornamnets too.

Natalia said...

Michelle, what a treat your post is !! I loved seeing all the pictures, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had such a fun day, nothing like getting together with your stitching friends to heal your spirit a bit. I think you needed it :-) I am so glad your dad is home from the hospital.

Carol said...

Hi Michelle! Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave such nice comments. I'm thrilled to have found your lovely blog--such beautiful stitching and your photos are wonderful. Just became your newest follower--I'll be back often :)

Melody said...

What a beautiful group of ornaments! Nice finishing work as well. I think that it is sometimes difficult to find a finish I'm pleased with.

Karoline said...

Your ornament is gorgeous, congratulations.

It looked like you all had a great time

Chelle said...

Love the chenille trim on the ornament. You did a fantastic job!

Deb said...

Hi, Michelle, missed you, thought I should stop by and see you! So happy I did because you give the best of Christmas stories and pictures! Thank you for sharing and also showing...the most gorgeous things.
I hope your dad gets home for Christmas, too. You're so blessed to have him.
I love your BBD ornament best of all. :] Merry Christmas always,
Deborah/LavenderRoseRamblings and
TheBookishDame

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