Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Tonight's joy...

Tonight's joy came in two forms.
First a surprise 'fat' letter from Pamela with some really cute sampler fabric and a variety of delicious Japanese postcards.  This surprise was such a wonderful pick-me-up after a hard day at work.  Thank you so very much Pamela.
Second a completed Christmas ornament.  
This one is stitched on 40 count linen -  my first time on linen of such a high count!   I wanted to use up stash and had a small piece of 40 count linen gifted to me by Amy
The red and gold threads are German variegated thread given me by a friend who doesn't stitch!   I have never used them before and truth to tell I won't again if I can help it.   DMC flow through the needle much better although to be fair using two threads of floss on 40 count linen may not have been a wise choice.   However I wanted to colours to be dense and that aim was achieved.   I will make this into a rectangular hanging ornament for the Christmas tree.   But..... I have one other ornament with the stitching complete and another half way stitched and so the construction will wait until I can do all three together.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for you and for me!


  1. Beautiful gif.such joy in the mail..
    Sweet stitching.
    Big hugs x

  2. Lovely finish! So nice to get a sweet surprise in the mail!

  3. I'm so glad you like the little package!
    The ornament is rich!

  4. How sweet. What a blessing you received. Glad it improved your day. Hugs Margaret

  5. What a great little pick-me-up gift. :) Your JOY ornament turned out lovely. I don't think I would even try stitching on 40ct. Too hard on my old eyes lol.

  6. Sometimes it's fun to try new threads... yes, it might have been easier to stitch with one strand. But it turned out lovely!

  7. Lovely ornament & what a great pick me up in the post

  8. Hi Margaret,

    I love reading your blog and have been doing so for quite some time now! Just not a big commenter. I love you "Joy" ornament. Wherever did you find the pattern? I would love to stitch it if I could locate the pattern. Your fabric for the new dress is lovely. Enjoy your iPad tutorial, I adore my iPad.

    Amy Varnell-Miller