I mentioned, a little while back, that I had renewed my subscription to a UK cross stitch magazine, after letting subs run out a few years ago. The reason I let subs run out is because I was getting inundated with magazines piling up, and never having time to do any of the projects. And the reason I renewed my subs . . . I missed the excitement of having a colourful magazine dropping through the door each month. In previous years, I was signed up for Cross Stitcher magazine, and The World of Cross Stitching. For this time around, I signed up for Cross Stitch Crazy (inspired by a freebie kit Carole sent me a while back, and which I stitched).
Anyway . . . cross stitch magazines are a little like fashion designers . . . they always have to be a few months ahead of seasonal themes, to give stitchers plenty of time to get things made. In the November edition, there were several free gifts, one of them being a little kit to stitch up two xmas tree decorations. I received this magazine in October, and decided it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, so, as an extra project, to stitch alongside the SAL, I began work.
Kit came with chart, aida, plenty of threads, pink ribbon and pre-cut felt for finishing off. I added a length of turquoise ribbon to one of the dolls just to be different.
I started hand-stitching the turquoise felt, doing blanket stitch all around the outer edge, but then decided it would be quicker, not to mention neater, if I did the final sewing by machine. You can see, from this second photo, that I really love Russian dolls, and this is just part of my collection. So, a fun little stitching project which gave me some light relief from my larger xstitch project. In the December edition of Cross Stitch Crazy there was another Christmas themed kit . . . so I will have something else to show you very soon.