Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Quiet After Dark

Summer temperatures have just arrived in Iowa and I am not even remotely thinking about the winter holidays...but if you are "one of those" early bird needleworkers already working on Christmas ornaments, then you are in luck (and WAY too ahead of the game), because the Just CrossStitch Annual Christmas Ornament Preview Issue is here! If you have been enjoying my woodland ornament series, then you will be happy to see Blue Ribbon Designs included in this issue. You can find "Quiet After Dark" on page 25 of the August 2015 Issue (Volume 33, No.4), which is now available. This is the 10th anniversary of the JCS Ornament Preview issue and it contains a lovely assortment of 10 ornaments that will give you just a taste of what is to come in the JCS Christmas Ornaments Issue (which you will find Blue Ribbon Designs in, as well!).

My 2015 preview ornament complements my woodland ornaments from the past several years - and as usual, combines cross stitch over both one and two linen threads. I stitched the model on 40-count Mocha linen from Weeks Dye Works (same as previous ornaments in this series) and used Weeks Dye Works cotton floss. I opted for a flat-finish with two-tone cord as an embellishment....and as a little finishing tip for those of you using the 40-count linen - I used standard hotel room keys padded with cotton batting (or you could use fake or expired credit cards) instead of the padded mounting board that the magazine suggests...they are the perfect size!

Look for another woodland series ornament in the JCS Christmas Ornament Issue out later this year...and if you are a Halloween fan - there are several publications on the way with Blue Ribbon Designs!


  1. Congratulations on your lovely Christmas ornament in the magazine :). It's really lovely and I love the pine tree theme, as this one goes perfectly with my other ones I have stitched!
    I cannot wait to stitch this one.... Thank you :)
    Smiles :)

  2. Looking forward to getting the magazine and stitching this one up! Way to go, Belinda, on being in both the preview and the annual ornament issues.


  3. You do so many beautiful designs! I love the quality and attention to detail of your work! I can't wait to get the magazine. I also admire your dedication to breast cancer awareness and fund raising. Thank you!

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  5. Congrats on having more designs published. Looking forward to receiving my issues.

  6. Lovely, as usual! Thanks for the finishing tip - that's very clever.

  7. Another great Ornie. I'm going to have to stitch one a month until I catch up!
    Great tip to use an old card too.

  8. This is sooooooo pretty! Can hardly wait for my magazine.

  9. what a great entry in the preview ornament issue - I always look forward to your ornaments.. Hope you are enjoying summer's arrival - Mel