I’m hoping to have a picture up later today, the scanner wasn’t working).
Yesterday I finished a mini Nautilus shell from Julie Pischke. It’s so adorable and it’s going to be a Christmas ornament.
I stitched it in Silk & Ivory, Spring II, Alyce Schroth silk, and a white knitting yarn from my stash.
If I had thought more about it, I would have made the stripes in metallic, which would look cool on the tree.
But this got me thinking about Christmas ornaments. I think I’m a little strange because our Christmas trees (1 large, many tabletop) don’t have ornaments all of a kind. I’ve collected ornaments and made ornaments for years, and the trees bear the fruit.
It is eclectic in the extreme but it tells the story of our family’s life.
On Saturday someone asked if a person would really put an ornament of a flip flop on a Christmas tree. Well I would. Someone else asked me if people in California really buy needlepoints of shells. I do, in fact this is the second Nautilus shell I’ve done.
Besides the shells, I have a Hershey’s kiss, cactuses, several elephants, fans, temari balls, tin toys, and who knows what all else.
So in other words, if you love it, if it’s small put it on a tree.
Now I’m going back to work on the baseball player (our second ornament of one). We also have a hockey player, a wooden chimney sweep, a bushel basket of crabs, and an amazing hand-blown glass sting ray. I’m all for eclectic!
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
Donna O'Connor says
My mother has about 36 pieces of needle point that she is looking to fram as ornaments. She has been doing this for years and was using 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 oval ornament frames the were made by westex Corp. they seem to be out of business and she can not find themn anywhere. She used to by them at Joann fabrics.
She is looking for something similar to keep her ornament making tradition alive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.