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10.10.2003
© 1996 Christiane Eichler
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Embroidery

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Celtic cross in Blackwork. Unfinished. I started this during a Blackwork Stitchalong in the CompuServe Fibercrafts Forum. Anchor Floss col. # 926 on dark purple fabric (28 count). I changed a design by Mary Hickmott to suit my needs.
snowteddies advents calendar
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Advents Calendar which I stitched for my son Michael. Was ready for the Advent when he had his second birthday. Kit made by Rico (German manufacturer). Done in Stemstich, satin stitch, and french knots. You see most on the packages still tied to the calendar. In later years I just used small sacks sewn from old sheeting, which saves lots of packing time, plus you have less waste.
enlarged view of snowteddies
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A better view of the central motif.
two bookmarks
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2 Bookmarks stitched for the Bookmarks Swap 1995 in CompuServe's Crafts Forums. One of the bookmarks was donated to an adult literacy program (and given to people who mastered the art of reading), the other was swapped between participants. Both Bookmarks are stitched on 36 count linnen.

The upper bookmark was done in cross stitch. The pattern is origianlly a knitting pattern for Turkish socks, which I gleaned from Rutt's "history of handknitting" (p. 217). I used two strands of Anchor floss color # 46. The edging was tatted directly to the fabric, making a hem at the same time.

The second bookmark is done in Blackwork. The pattern is from a photo in "the Anchor Manual of Needlework" (P. 127) and adapted a little to my taste. I used one strand of Anchor floss. The hem is hemstitched.

Photo courtesy of CompuServe's Crafts-Forums.

The following Christmas ornaments were done during a stitchalong, called Ornament-a-month, which a group of 30+ people endeavoured on in 1996. We met at the CompuServe Fibercrafts Forum, and encouraged each other to stitch at least one ornment each month, from January till December. We had lots of fun, and were really prepared this time. There were more ornaments on our trees, and some of them made quick gifts.

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95 freebie angel by Lavender&Lace (Design Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum). Done in cross stitch and beads. I enjoyed beading very much, and was astonished how fast it was. I used baby blue perforated plastic to stitch it on, and made a felt backing stitched with metallic gold braid. If you click on the graphics you'll see both front and back side. If you want the pattern, you can download it together with all the other freebies at Marilyn's website.

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Mug stitched in counted cross stitch from a pattern by Deborah Lambein. I used red and green Kreinik metallic #8 braid for the "joy"; the border is green floss and red braid. It really is a sparkler!

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This is a hardanger ornament design by Mary Hickmott, called Silver Serenity (from New Stitches December 1996). I had to change it a little because of a miscut. It is still lacking silver cord, hanger and tassel on that photo.