Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Finish Forty-Six

I'm definitely in the ornament making mode ;o) This is Reindeer by Needle Magic Inc. -

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Last year I bought one of these kits at Wal-Mart in Calais, Maine and I liked stitching it up so much that my MIL picked up four more of them for me :o) They are ideal for stitching in the car and they are perfect for tucking into your purse for those hour long waits at the doctor's office.

I know, I know! Some people don't like the fact that it's plastic canvas and that it's cheap thread. LOL! But I have found a way to tone down the 'chunky' look. I still use the thread that's included with the kit but if you make sure that you have good tension, the effect doesn't look that bad. I also substitute one strand of DMC 310 for all the black backstitching. This really does wonders. When it's complete, I attach the gold cord to the back and lightly glue on (I use the fabric glue that doesn't yellow) green felt to the back and voila!

If anyone has seen these kits this year, plmk :o)

As of right now, I have the next three projects laid out and at this rate; I'll be done by the end of December for sure. I really can't wait because I'm getting that large project feeling tugging at me again and now that things have somewhat stabilized, I think it's about time. So that will give me eight full months to get ready for the 2008 fall fair. That should be enough time to stitch up something that will knock their socks off ;o)

15 comments:

Shannon L. said...

*looking around to see who's watching* Psstt.. I secretly like stitching those plastic canvas designs too. Don't let it get out though, eh ? :)

That is one very cute finish ! Congrats !

Lori-Ann said...

Being a certifiable hobbyist, I have nothing angainst any type medium, including plastic canvas and kits. Like you. I just watch the tension. I love your ornament!

Sounds like your engine is "reved" up... I don't want to be standing too close when you step on the gas ;)

Rachael said...

That's a great design,Well done!
(I have lots of 'cheap' floss that needs using up,Maybe next year I will get to use it!)

Sweet Pea said...

I found some clear plastic canvas with small, round holes at AC Moore. If you can find it, you can stitch up any small design you want to on it instead of being tied to a kit.

Alberta ('Berta) said...

Love your ornie! We make new ones every year...different techniques...more challenging as the girls grew up. We love out homemade tree!

Little Cat said...

I've never tried a plastic canvas, but I certainly don't dislike them. Yours is really cute :o)

Irene said...

Very cute ! Any idea what your big project will be ?

Iris said...

I like your ornament !!! And I will be following you in 2008 ;-)

~Tammy said...

Well, isn't he just the cutest little ornament!

So glad to see your lightened mood. You'll soon be off to the races with your new projects. I, for one, look forward to seeing them.

Karen said...

Thats a cute orni

Marita said...

Very cute. I too like the little quick stitches, they are fun to do in between big projects.

Shari said...

Cathey, it is an adorable finish!!!! I love it!!!! I am going shopping in a big city this weekend & if I see any of these maybe I should pick them up huh?!?! Let me know!

Faith Ann said...

Awwww... that little guy is so cute!

I don't see anything wrong with stitching ornaments on plastic canvas :)

Rachel S said...

Very cute!

Jocelyn said...

Hey Cathey,
I've been meaning to write to you for ages. I have 4 of these little kits that my mom gave to me last year--I know I won't do them, I just don't have the time, so I'd love to give them to someone who will. Would you like them? Shoot me an email, and I'll send them on their way!!