Monday, January 14, 2013

Theme-a-licious Jardin January Check-in

I have to say that I have not made as much progress as I would have liked so far this month! I wanted to finish off my sister's ornament, which I finally did...and in case you're not sick of pictures of it yet, here's its final glory shot:
Totally garden-themed. =) I ended up taking off the pin hardware and backing it with some gold lamé by doing a sort of ladder stitch through it and the peyote stitch beads.

Then, I spent a bit more time on my January ornament than I had planned. I haven't gotten around to Shakespeare's Garden yet, but I will.

So on with the pictures! My EGA chapter is doing a stitch-along (SAL) of Drawn Thread's Toccata I, so I had to start that. I call this a Theme-a-licious project because I think that first motif there is vaguely flower-like. (Let's ignore the trailing threads for now...I may or may not have had to frog this motif. Twice.)
If you haven't been around for Theme-a-licous before, this is how we roll. You have a choice of challenging yourself to stitch something that sits firmly within the theme...or stitching whatever you want and figuring out how to justify that it fits! =) I do want to keep up with this project, so expect lots of justification. ;)

My tree ornament has been going slowly due to the 35-count fabric, but I did finish one of the three trees:
This next one should be easier to do in low light, since it's a modified ray stitch rather than cross-stitches.

A little announcement: We have a new graphic! This should fit easily on the sidebar of your blog, if you'd like:

It's already up on the Theme-a-licious page, if you need it later. Remember to link directly to the graphic rather than uploading on your own; otherwise the animation won't run.

So are you relaxing in your garden, or do you feel like you're fighting off too many garden frogs?? Please add your link below (to your wrap-up post), and visit some other Themers if you can (everyone loves comments and encouragement!) Our next post will be on the 31st of January, when we'll wrap up Jardin January and talk about Figural February!

1. Shebafudge
2. Ruth's Little Leprechauns
3. Kerryp
4. Jo who's first again!
5. Tiki Stitches
6. Karoline
7. Katie
8. Just A Little Stitchin'
9. Erin (Movie Muse)
10. Bea's Thoughts and Musings
11. Kali's Creations
12. Laura
13. Christine~StitchbytheSea
14. Yana Hanim

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Shebafudge said...

Oooh, I'm the first to link this time. Makes a change from being late :)

cucki said...

Aaww the bird is so cute and stitching is so sweet
Hugs x

Unknown said...

Really cute bird and looks wonderful.

Carol said...

I'd never get tired of seeing photos of your sister's ornament--your finish is amazing, Heather!!

Kerryp77 said...

The ornie really does look beautiful and good progress with the other two too!

Tiki said...

Your ornament looks really great and I'm all for justification. I've joined in on TAL this year and I'm looking forward to everything. Thanks for sponsoring this again.

Katie said...

The ornament is beautiful! I am new to Theme-a-licious this year and think the themes look really fun. Thanks for hosting!

Ziggyeor said...

cute ornament. I've nothing that fits in the theme, not sure how to fit my finished Monkey and the bookmark that I started in with the theme.

Erin (moviemuse) said...

My first ever Theme-a-licious check in. Aren't you proud of me? I'll try to work a little harder to make sure my next batch of progress completely counts towards the theme. :-)

Erin (moviemuse) said...

And I completely forgot to say how much I adore the peyote border on that ornament. LOVE!!

Bea said...

This is my first Theme-a-licious and I actually made it on the 15th, by the skin of my teeth!

That is such a gorgeous ornament.

Kali said...

Love the bird ornament! My post is up, though I'm sure I've missed more flowers as they seem to appear in many of my projects

Laura said...

I just made my first theme-a-licious post! I have lots of WIPS, so hopefully I will be able to find something to stitch for each theme this year.

FaithEllen said...

Hey -- this may be ridiculously expensive, but I saw this today and thought of out to less than 30 cents a skein. :)

Vicki Boster said...

Heather - Your blog is loaded in for my Grow Your Blog party. You will need to prepare a special post for the party -- I will be by to meet you as soon as I can after the party starts.


woolwoman said...

loved your bird ornament - the beaded edge is so lovely. Glad to see a photo of your Tocatto in progress YGG - Mel

Katy said...

Joining Theme-A-Licious for the first time this year! Love your pieces, can't wait to see more!

Yana Hanim said...

just putting my link :)

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