Hi, all! I hope you had a very merry Christmas. Today I want to share the EGA holiday party from earlier in the month. For this ornament exchange I decided to stitch a portion of the pattern Blessings Be Thine by Blackbird Designs. I loved the little sprig of holly and the stars. I stitched this on the same fabric I used for the Gold Crown ornament in my last post, 32 count Buttercream by Silkweaver. The design called for a combination of GAST and Weeks threads. I ended up using a DMC goldish yellow for the stars because the oatmeal thread it called for matched too closely to my fabric. I love how it looks though. Here’s the back.
The red and white trim I used actually came off some packaging (maybe from Christmas cards?) forever ago that I saved. When I saw it in my finishing box I thought it would be perfect to use for cording around this ornament. It’s funny that I chose to stitch a holly design for this exchange because there was another holly ornament in the exchange this year too!
We were again at a member’s home and I was again amazed at all the beautiful holiday stitching she’s done. Let me take you on a little tour.
This is teeny tiny over one.
Also over one.
Super cute Santas.
And this idea I may have to recreate myself. She stitched several needlepoint designs and then mounted them on boxes she covered with ultrasuede or something of the sort. She had them stacked on a little table in her entryway and they were absolutely darling, as you can see. What an ingenious way to showcase beautiful pieces with a fun finishing technique.
See what I mean? Darling! They look like beautiful Christmas packages!
Adore the little sheep stocking.
And then we were onto our ornament exchange. This tiny little bell ornament was the first one I had in my possession.
This is the ornament I went home with. The woman that stitched him bought the kit when she was traveling recently from a shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since I was just in Ann Arbor, I thought this was meant to be! And I don’t have anything like him on my tree, so I am so happy to add him to my collection.
Here are all the ornaments together.
A couple of close-ups. See the other holly ornament?
Look at that beaded ruffly Christmas tree!
And here’s a closer view of that darling stitched and beaded elf!
A sweet scissor fob that can easily be repurposed as an ornament.
This one was made by our hostess and I believe may be the same designer as the pieces on her boxes.
My friend, Karen, was wearing this sweet little necklace that we all had to get a closer look at. Two-sided and over one, how cute is that?
This is the piece that several members stitched on and finished as a gift to our guild president who was ending her two-year post. Isn’t it beautiful?
And the little needlebook and beaded fob.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful ornaments from this year’s party. Now, I’d better get started thinking about next year!
I am grateful to be surrounded by such inspiring stitchers!