It’s been really hot in so much of the US… I’m looking forward to cooler weather already.
Not sure why it is that things Christmas-y begin to pop into my mind at this time of year, but pop they do. (And it’s a good thing, because gift-stitching must begin in earnest soon if I’m to get anything accomplished!)
I’ve been thinking about designing a collection of Christmas ornaments for awhile, so have taken the plunge (“The Behemoth” a.k.a. Illuminata will continue to be in process for quite some time yet. By the way, I’m going to choose a new name; there are too many uses of that particular name out there for my liking.)
My fascination with gothic-style tracery motifs figures prominently. I wanted to do something unique enough to hold one’s interest long enough to stitch the collection (there are 6). I’m also going for: visually interesting (the strong graphic element of the tracery), customize-able to individual stitchers’ tastes. (the floral accents will be charted for: plain cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, beads or specialty stitches.) Because there are limited colors used, changing them should be a breeze.
Here are a couple from the collection (I apologize for the fish-eye effect: my digital camera does that on close-ups for some reason):
this one with ribbon accents:
and this one with beads and lazy daisy leaves:
Because the netting pattern can also be moved around within each ornament, giving a different effect, there will effectively be 12 ornaments should one wish to explore all options. 😉 The fabric is 28 count Cashel, color: Raw Linen.
I’m hoping to make the collection available at the beginning of August via PatternsOnLine.com.
Wish me luck!