Monday, December 27, 2010

Last two ornaments

As we wave goodbye to Christmas for another year, I wanted to share a last couple of stitched ornaments.  The first was done up for Michael's mother, using the lovely complimentary design "Holiday Spirit" put out by Samplerbird Stitchery.

I wanted the year on the piece, and was afraid of making the ornament too large (I'm not sure she still puts up a full-sized tree), so I opted to take off the last line, and sort of wish I hadn't.  The year and the little embellishments between the words are done in silver thread.   I really loved the way it turned out, and I may stitch this one up again next year, possibly multiple times in various colors. (I say that now, but we all know I'll find a hundred other patterns I simply must do.)

(oops, hit save before I was finished...stay tuned...)

The other ornament is the big surprise for Michael - but he's seen it now, so I can share - in all it's unfinished glory, because I still have two sides left to stitch and attach.

Now, you're either going 'oooh' or 'huh??' right now, aren't you?  This is the TARDIS from Dr. Who, cleverly disguised as a 60s era Britsh police phone box.   I got the design idea in my head in a flash - had to compromise a wee bit on the 'police' label simply because of the constraints of plastic canvas and the size of the piece.  Each side is 40x20 and while you can't see it in these pictures, there's a hole in the bottom to poke a christmas light through.  The windows are left unstitched - and strangely, if the lights are flashers, it looks like the TARDIS is doing it's whoosh-whoosh thing, (Oh how I'd love to be able to add a little computer chip with that sound effect!)

I was especially pleased with the light on top - an iridescent pearlized plastic worry bead and a blue button, and the blue thread tacking them together makes the four corners of the light's framework.  For something so simple, it looks remarkably accurate to me!

I already have instructions from Deanna to make one for her next year, and here in the next few days, I'm going to get my homegrown graph useable by others and make it available on Etsy. I figure it'll have a small but enthusiastic response!

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  1. I'm loving the TARDIS ornament, finished or not it is awesome!

  2. You're so clever, this is amazing!
    My 14 y/o is a keen Dr Who fan, but I'd say he has no chance of me stitching one like this!

  3. Sweet! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I just love your Police Phone Booth! You have made designing look so easy. Come visit me again at
    Thanks for the sneak preview

  5. Very Cute! Now that takes patience. Thanks for linking.

  6. I so want to do the ornament that you made for Michael's mother. I don't cross-stitch anymore but I think I could embroider this out. (I cheat, I know, my embroidery machine can stitch to look like cross-stitch!)
    Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I hope to see you next week!

  7. The TARDIS ornament is super cool!! Now I'm in the mood for a Dr. Who marathon.

    Btw, thanks so much for participating in my Autumn Blog Hop. I hope you'll return for my Winter Blog Hop.

  8. Great DR. WHO ornament! I made a Tardis quilt for my daughter and this would be perfect for her next year!

  9. I love the TARDIS - that's just amazing :-)

  10. I adore your TARDIS!

    Happy new year and best of luck with the Crazy January Challenge (I'm taking part too).

  11. That is amazing. It takes me back a bit. I used to make needlepoint ornaments for our tree too. You have me inspired to find the time to do it again. What a unique and personal ornament. He has to love it and you are very talented. Thanks for sharing it on Motivated Monday.

  12. I featured you in this week's Craftastic Monday. Stop by & grab a featured on button:) Thanks for linking!

  13. Do you have any idea when you'll be able to have this pattern posted? I absolutely love it and know quite a few Whovians that would love it!!