Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bambi ornament

I thought I should make an appearance in Bloggerville since I seem to have been AWOL for a while.  I guess I've just slowed down on the crafty side and I've never been one to show works in progress.  I have been stitching, just more slowly.  My eyes seem to be very tired in the evenings and that's my prime stitching time.   I finally managed to do a finish-finish this weekend, small, but sweet.

A while ago I discovered a French designer while browsing Pinterest.  Her name is Roselyne Pittet and her designs are released under the name  "Fleurs de Lin".   They are all charming, but one little ornament just caught my eye and I kept returning to it over and over.   I was delighted to see that it was available as a PDF download.  We are in a good period for U.S. stitchers to buy European patterns with the exchange rate between the Euro and dollar right now.   The design I picked is from the "Noel Nostalgique" sampler.  The sampler is a collection of 9 designs, but they can be purchased individually. 

Here's a link.

I fell in love with design #8 in the series, the two baby deer that look just like Bambi.   I stitched it up on 36 ct Summer Khaki Edinburgh linen with DMC threads.   My finish is a flatfold and I made a 3-color braid for the trim.  This time I used the method of tying a knot at one corner and letting the ends dangle.  I'm not sure I love that method, but I haven't found a better way of dealing the with trim ends when the trim is applied after the front and back are glued together.  This will make a nice little holiday gift for someone.