Thursday, July 31, 2014


Thistles has just been picked up by our distributor, Norden Crafts and their entire line can be seen at  They are from the Netherlands.  I liked their primitive looks and picked up 2 of their charts....Floss Tags and Saltbox Christmas.

Saltbox Christmas is stitched on a 35ct fabric, but could be done on a larger count.  They use Belle Soie silks but give DMC conversion colors.  But, if you've never stitched with Belle Soie silk from Classic Colorworks, give it a try.  It's like stitching with buttered floss....there is no drag at all when you pull your thread through the fabric.

Floss Tags is stitched on fabric of your choice and in colors of your choice.  A great project to use up your leftover scraps of fabric and thread in your stash.  She gives simple directions to finish your piece and then you just add a grommet and a ring for the floss.  You could add a piece of matboard inside to 'stiffen' the piece and use it as a package tie or Christmas ornament.  You could also just make a stuffed ornament from the designs.  So this is a great chart to use your imagination on.

Kathy Barrick created Rebecca a couple of months ago and now we have her mate, Rodney.  If you have the one, you have to have the mate.

Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazines are great and I've always felt I needed each issue that came along.  Now, after 17 years publishing them, they've created a DVD of those 17 issues.  The DVD is easy to use.  You can browse the contents issue by issue or you can search by a word or phrase and the charts, in PDF form, are printer friendly.  Check it out and have the best cross stitch ornament tree in your neighborhood.

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