Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Projects

My big project for 2012 was to smock 18 ball ornaments and embellish them with ribbon pansies and leaves. I did many experiments, and bought a lot of ribbon that was not quite right, but this was the combination I finally settled on.


Here is a photo of most of them. (The other three had already gone on their merry way.)


While I was working on this project I also decided to revamp my Smocked Ornaments page,

I wrote a new tutorial about how I make "Seemingly Seamless" Smocked Ball ornaments,

and I wrote a tutorial for these boxes, which were each made from a half a sheet of 12 inch x 12 inch card stock.


The tutorial for the boxes can be found at

I blogged about my pansy projects at,

I also had a smaller pansy project where I incorporated ribbon pansies into some personalized ornaments.



I blogged about this project at

I made very few Christmas ornaments this year.

I made this Nativity ornament. The design is from a set that appeared in the November 1991 issue of For the Love of Cross Stitch. I stitched it with single strands of floss on 22 count hardanger fabric.



I blogged about this project at

This Reindeer Cheer ornament is adapted from a design by Deborah Lambein found in the January 1995 issue of For the Love of Cross Stitch. It was stitched on 22 count hardanger with single strands of DMC floss. The two stitched pieces were sewn together with a running stitch. A square of craft foam (eg. Fun Foam) was inserted before I sewed the fourth side of the square.

Reindeer cheer

This adaptation of St. Nick at Night (by Pride of the Prairies) was stitched with a single strand of floss on 28 count fabric. It will be made into an oval ornament.

St. Nick at Night

This reindeer design is adapted from a design by Laurie Oksness I found in the Big Book of Christmas Quickies.  I stitched it on 22 count hardanger fabric and I will make it into a banner ornament, once I decide what I want to stitch on the back.


Pinwheel 2012


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