Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Ornament of the Month - July

I have to admit that I was more than a bit surprised when I noticed that I had not yet posted about the July ornament here - mostly because I had finished the August one last night and came to post about that and found I actually had 2 posts still to make. I did consider doing them together but decided to just inflict you with separate posts.

July's birthstone is ruby which is such a lovely red. I did of course have to make sure it didn't look like the January ornament as that, as you may remember, is also red.

On the left you can see the July ornament and on the right the January one - you can easily see the difference in colour - and in pattern! I wanted to make some kind of flower again and I succeeded at making one that, when not on point, looks rather like a poinsettia and surrounded it with bare branched trees on the diagonals.

The July ornament was stitched on 16ct antique white Aida with 3 colours of DMC - pattern can be found here: Ornament of the Month - July - The hanging loop and tassel were made with red craft thread, the beads are size 11 seed beads and there is a red bicone on the tassel. The finished size is 3".

I have not yet stitched the second ornament - this seems to be something happening more often as I'm so busy lately but I hope to catch up with making ornaments soon. It and the other ornaments I need to make are all kitted up and awaiting attention.

I do hope you are enjoying this series of patterns - I know I am even though I'm having a hard time keeping up with what I want to make.

I will be back soon with the August ornament!