These three small items were completed in October. All were sent off to various members of the Cross Stitch Forum, for various reasons. You'll see a certain theme in the finishing of these (hint: the theme is called "I don't have a sewing machine").
This ornament is from a pattern called 'Peaceful Christmas', designed by Milady's Needle. I stitched this for the ornament exchange on the forum (I'll share the ornament I received in another post soon). My recipient was MoonChild, who among other things said she liked traditional themes and earth tones. When I saw this chart at my local stitching store, I thought it was perfect. I also picked up the wool backing fabric there as well.
I had such a fun time stitching up this Lizzie*Kate snippet. The backing fabric is the same kind of wool as the ornament above. I improvised the thread colors a bit with what I could find in my own stash, but I think it turned out perfect. It was pretty tempting to just keep it for myself, but I sent this along with several other goodies in the Cross Stitch Forum Stashmas exchange to knottylamb. This was my first time making a pincushion. I couldn't find a tutorial that I liked, so I made up my own method of finishing. It's filled with the plastic beans that you put in stuffed animals. I tested it out before I sent it, and I think it works pretty well.
The last mini project I did in October was this tiny, adorable ornament from the Just Cross Stitch 2011 Ornament Issue (Winter Squirrel by The Victoria Sampler). I made this for Squirrel on the forum because as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to make it for her. Because she sent me a bingo prize a couple of months ago, I had her address and was able to surprise her. :) I loved stitching on this one.
As you may be able to tell, all of these were finished in the same way. I used a blanket stitch to attach a backing fabric, and stuffed them with poly-fil (or in the case of the pincushion, plastic beads). For the ornaments, I attached a ribbon at the top so they could be hung. I knew that I wanted to make the ornaments in pillow form, but I couldn't find any tutorials for such things that didn't require a sewing machine. I definitely see room for improvement, but I'm overall pretty happy with how they turned out. I hope to perfect this method in the future and share a tutorial (which would be my first!).
I've had a couple of other finishes, but I'm going to share those another time.
Happy holidays and happy stitching!