Off the soap-box and on to the dying. Here is my attempt at a "recipe from a wonderful book new to our local library: Harvesting Color. This is a batch of tickseed from the field behind my house. I dyed a scrap piece of 28ct linen. I didn't get a very intense orange, but I didn't use a mordant agent. I'm still perfecting my techniques and terminology. I've seen alum mordant in little bottle on Etsy, so I may try that next time.
Two other new books from the local library. Not much success with either of these new ventures. I do so want to make my own cheese. The consumption of cheese in this household is astronomical, so it can only be of benefit to make my own. Again a lack of skill, terminology and supplies held me back.
On to the ornaments! I do lean toward certain designs/designers in my selections for cross-stitch. I'm a huge Prairie Schooler fan, but this year's ornament did nothing for me. I tend to go on the visual impression first and then when I look up the chart I am surprised to find the name of the designer is one I usually pick anyway!
Jolly by Miss Crescent's Crown was the first one done. The colors immediately caught my eye as something that would be perfect for my 13 year old niece. I also have an ample supply of lime green fuzzy yarn to use as trim.
Here is a lovely Christmas fox (again a break from snowmen and Santa Clauses). He is from a very old Cross-Stitch and Country Crafts magazine. I made him as a frame piece for my mothers years ago. She tore him out of the frame over my August visit and requested him as an ornament instead. She said he just doesn't get enough exposure sitting in that frame.
I added a little sterling silver pine cone charm on one of the pine branches.
Next ornament is Fresh Fallen Snow by Little House Needleworks. It has seen been fully stitched. All the ornament finishes now sit around waiting to be stitched to their backings and properly completed.
It's so nice to have a little needle in my hand again. The socks have been set aside for a bit, although not to far out of reach. They will be my travelling companions today as I set off for Indianapolis for the Region 5 Gymnastics Congress. A geek-fest extraordinaire of all things gymnastics. But mostly an anxiety-fest for me as I have to leave my pets behind again. Joe will care for them of course, but the worry never ceases for me when I travel. Well, I must 'see and be seen' in order to get good judging assignments this competitive season. Time to be a big girl for a few days.