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Anita's Stitching

I have begun stitching in 1978. For the last 10 years, my stitching has been with "smalls". I love to use beads and ribbons and always looking for new ways for finishing. My email addresses is

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A new type of finishing and more christmas ..

I have always wanted to try out one of these Strawberry finishes. I finally sat down and made one. It is from the Prairie schooler Christmas Strawberry. Even though I had 3 finishing instruction, I still managed to mess up the first time. Ripping it out and tried again. It took me 3 hours in total. I am happy with the result and will definitely do more of this type of finishing in 2008. I am still experimenting different ways of finishing the top part.

More Christmas Biscornu, I found some Metallic Jobelan in my stash. I used them in these 2 christmas biscornu. Too bad you can't see the sparkles in the pictures. Christmas Tree Biscornu, it is a freebie, Thank you Janet in Texas for emailing me the Freebie URL. I changed a few things here and there. At the back of the biscornu, I put a "merry christmas" button.

Christmas Biscornu by Pam Kellogg, it is such a pretty design:

I love to incorporate "beads" in my stitching. Years ago, someone posted on a BB that instead of using Beading needles, you can also use Quilting needle size 10. They work great and a lot cheaper.

Two christmas themes Scissors fobs, JBW and Just Nan designs:

I have purchased 2 books, one is on pincushion and the other one is for Cartonnage.

I have seen those pretty pincushions and will give them a try next year. I have always wanted to learn how to do a Cartonnage. I admire those boxes made by the talented French Stitchers. This book is in Chinese and it is written by Molly. She also taught some classes in Taiwan as well. Here are some of her Cartonnage. Thank you Frieda for helping me getting the book.
There is a "Secret Santa" in Belgium that has been sending bloggers special thread. I have seen it on at least 15 blogs now. I am so surprised that I got one of the envelopes since I don't belong to any bloggers groups or exchanges. Thank you so much for the generosity and reminding us that the season of Christmas is about giving and caring. Here is my surprise:

I have found these 2 christmas tin cans at CVS store. I think they are pretty cute:

As you can tell, I have not worked on my son Christmas ornaments.....


Blogger Carla said...

just beautiful! those Christmas biscornus are so beautiful!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Hi Anita,

I always enjoy looking at your beautiful needlework and reading your blog. You are such an inspiration to those of us that enjoy needlework. I also have plans for next year, and I am going to embellish my little projects much more than I have in the past. I love your pincushion book, and I may have to get that one too. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Holiday Season,

5:33 PM  
Blogger quiltorstitch said...

You do the prettiest things, I love the Pam Kellog one, with the red flowers, gorgeous! Those books you got look great too, can't wait to see what you come up with from them.

The strawberry is cute, 3 hours is a long time, but worth it because you learned a lot I am sure :D

6:53 PM  
Blogger staci said...

Such wonderful 'smalls'!!! Beautiful finishing as always :)

8:20 PM  
Blogger Becky K in OK said...

Enjoyed your blog today. Loved the biscornus. They are beautiful.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

The stitching and finishing on all of your pieces are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Sweet Pea said...

Oh my goodness - you're SUCH a productive stitcher! And such gorgeous finishes too. I love your beadwork, and I just love that Pam Kellog piece. Guess what's going on my wish list?

10:55 PM  
Anonymous sablaise said...

Oh , thank you Anita ! I am very happy to see my little biscornu on your site ! It's beautiful ! But all your embroideries are beautifuls ! You are a great stitcher ! Good morning to you !
Sablaise ( Fran├žoise ! )

1:51 AM  
Blogger cathymk said...

I really like that Pam Kellogg Biscornu - very pretty indeed!
Of course, all your stitching is lovely!

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Linda litlaskvis - said...

Wow Anita. You have made some lovely christmas projects. I love the biscornu with the Christmas trees. It is on my to do list :)

3:40 AM  
Blogger Solstitches said...

Wow Anita! There are always so many gorgeous things to look at whenever you make a new entry to your blog.
Everything is so gorgeous. I love the strawberry finishes and the Christmas tree biscornu looks wonderful adorned with the red beads. Beautiful scissor fobs too.
Love your new stash and can't wait to see the projects that you'll make in 2008.


4:16 AM  
Blogger Vonna said...

WOW! You've been a very BUSY stitching elf!
Everything is beautiful always! Gorgeously done!

5:19 AM  
Blogger tintocktap said...

Really interested to see your strawberry, Anita, as I'm about to finish one myself. Yours looks great! Your biscornu are beautiful too and that pincushion book looks very interesting.

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOur work is just beautiful. Your biscornu's are so neatly finished, nice and crisp. do you have a secret? The strawberry came out delightful.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous LaDiabolik said...

Beautiful, as usual. I love the xmas tin box

8:54 AM  
Blogger Mindi said...

You've been busy with gorgeous finishing! I love the little strawberry. I've seen them, but haven't tried to make one myself yet.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

As ever I love your stitching - particularly as I LOVE Christmas! Congrats on the strawberry photo, it looks great! I'll look forward to seeing your progress on cartonnage, it does look amazing when it's done!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Cathy C said...

It was very sweet of your Belgian friend to send you those flosses. I agree this is the time of year we need to think about being kind and thoughtful and generous to those especially that are in need, and those we love as well. I also loved the tins you found at CVS, we don't have any of those stores here in New Mexico. I need to get out to the hobby shops and such and see what I find for Christmas tins this year, and baskets. I love collecting certain kinds, and using them to pack gifts in as well. They are like getting a second gift . Wishing you a Merry Christmas and especially that little Michael of yours!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Cathy C said...

My goodness! You sure added a lot of pictures this time. I need to be more regular with my blog and add more things to it. Seems I get distracted with real life a lot :-)...anyway, your emery and the biscournu are darling, and I loved the pink and green biscournu you made as well...I think pink and green are your signature colors though :-). Also the tins are very sweet...I have wanted for a long time to stitch and make some of those Altoid tins, and I have not had time to sit down and do it. Soon, I hope. I'm thinking too that next year I will start preparing for Christmas in January -- Ha! I might be on time with things if I start much earlier. Anyway, that's the plan. You've done a great job this year with all your many needlework smalls...I enjoy seeing each one. Bless you and have a wonderful day!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I love the strawberry finish! You make such beautiful things!

3:14 PM  
Blogger TeresaB said...

Anita, everything looks beautiful. I love how your strawberry has turned out. And your bicornus are amazing. I love putting beads on stitched pieces as well, yours look all sparkley.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

All your stitching is really beautiful and I just love that strawberry. You seem to be one of a number of very lucky people to receieve a secret gift of threads. What a lovely thought!

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations on your strawberry, I guess it's not an easy finishing to do. I like your biscornus, too.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Anita, I just love coming and seeing what you have stitching and finishing. You are truly an inspiration. All your finishes are just beautiful:)

6:44 AM  
Blogger wanda said...

All of your stitching is so beautifully done. The strawberry is delightful. I want to start stitching another biscornu just from looking at yours!!

8:50 AM  
Blogger angelasweby said...

I love visiting your blog. Your work is not only a joy to look at but it is always so different and you are always trying out so many good ideas. I love those strawberries, They have turned out really pretty and the biscornu's - well, what can I say - you are definitely the Biscornu Queen of 2007 :>) I love the little ornies too and think Michael will be thrilled with these :>)

The Secret Santa has given so many people pleasure just as yours and many other blogs have given us. You all have made it a really interesting and exciting year :>)
Hugs, Angela

5:13 PM  
Blogger Stitchingranny said...

Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog.

You do some wonderful stitching and finishing I love the strawberry one, and will look forward to seeing your little boxes when you make them.

3:28 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I cant believe the number of lovely things you stitch and finish! You sure are speedy! Lovely pictures

9:55 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

i enjoy going through your blog seeing all your beautiful work, especially your bisconu.

your strawberry looks cute and pretty. Nice finishes you got.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Sachiko said...

Wow!!!!Your stitch is so fast!!!
All are perfect and very great.
Strawberry,christmas botton,biscornus are lovely!!!
I love them!!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Julianne said...


I really like your strawberry finish. The biscornus are just lovely. Thanks for sharing all the photos of your beautiful work. You're an inspiration.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

More amazing stitching and finishing! I love the strawberry-too cute and the Christmas biscornu are just lovely. Congrats.

11:04 AM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

My goodness you've been busy, what lovely finishes. I think your strawberry finish turned out wonderful for your first attempt at this style finishing. Your Hershey tins were very cute too, they'll be fun to use after the chocolate is gone.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Meari said...

As usual, wonderful finishes Anita. :) The cartonage book looks really interesting!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Hazel said...

What a fab strawberry finish. I havent even attempted to try this technique yet it looks far too difficult. Love all your biscornu and other goodies. xx

1:20 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Wonderful new ornaments, Anita! I really admire the effort you put into your finishes. And from the looks of your new books, we have some great new things to look forwards to from you next you...I can't wait!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Yay! Another flock of beauties!!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Leena said...

All your Christmas stitching is so beautiful! Your blog is always full of wonderful finishes!

1:30 AM  

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