Sunday, 10 January 2021

Fully Finished Objects in Janaury

Rachel, Ten Hour Stitcher, is hosting Fully Finished Objects again this year for us to show and tell about the crafty items we have completely finished. FFO was a great incentive to me last year as I often stitch something and leave it ages before I actually make it up. That's mainly because I don't enjoy that part of stitching and I feel my finishing is not that great. 

My first finish is Mill Hill Winter Holiday; this was a gift from Justine as part of the Needlecraft Haven Christmas Exchange, there's more about it in my GG December post. 

I don't often do beaded designs but I really enjoyed doing this. It's a while since I worked on perforated paper and I really liked the neatness of it, I think I have some in my stash so I might do some more later in the year. 

There was so much thread left over in this kit, I did double check I was using the correct number of threads. I split the left over lengths into three colours and plaited them together to use as the hanging. 


Thank you Justine - it looked lovely on our Christmas tree and is safely packed away with our other ornaments ready for Christmas 2021.

My other finish is my Orts Ornament. At the end of each year I stitch an ornament and stuff it with the orts from that year's stitching. I have a beautiful bonbon jar my mother-in-law bought me many years ago from a charity shop we spotted when we were on holiday. I save my orts in a small pot in my sewing box and then put them in the bonbon jar when full, you can see the groups of colours as I have done each project.

The chart I used for last year's ornament was a free design that was a SAL in December from Brenda Gervais at With Thy Needle and Thread on Facebook. Merry and Minty is a great design, it actually has a deep border at the bottom but I decided it would be too big for the amount of orts I had. I used some of the beads left over from my Mill Hill kit for the lights.





This year I have taken time to plan and think about my projects and how they will fit in with my posts for FFO, GG, WIPocalypse and Smalls SAL. Last year I just lived day by day so this year I need to be back to my organised self. It also gives me things to look forward to and plan for, very much needed as we are living in restricted times.

Thank you Rachel for doing FFO in 2021 - let's hope we all have many finishes.


17 comments:

  1. thanks for coming by my blog, I love the Santa pillow.Love the beaded candle.So pretty. Good luck in this year and do stay safe. big hugs Lynda Ruth

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  2. I wish I could remember to use my orts as stuffing for an ornament. I saw you do this last year but forgot about it. Such a clever idea. Lovely stitching!

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  3. I love the kit finish from Justine. The hanger you made is perfect. Merry and Minty is adorable!

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  4. The beaded candle is so pretty and perfect! I hope you're able to reach your goal of being more organized this year as I'm trying to do the same thing.

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  5. Thank you for taking part this month! I'm glad this SAL is encouraging you to FFO as you go; I think it's something a lot of us struggle with, so you're not alone!
    Your finishes are gorgeous. Do you date your ORT ornies or just remember which one is for which year? :)

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  6. Clare: The perforated paper ornament is very pretty.
    The Brenda Gervais design is so sweet, nice pillow finish.

    Catherine

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  7. Such pretty finishes, Clare! I like your Merry and Minty in it's reduced state--very nice size for an ornament. Sounds like your idea to plan your projects ahead will be very useful this year. Take good care now and have a lovely week ♥

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  8. Your Mill Hill ornament is beautiful!!

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  9. Two cute ornaments along with plenty more on your tree!

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  10. What a great use of your ORTS. I love your beaded ornament - and good use of the left over threads x

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  11. I love both those ornaments and quite agree with you. I wouldn't finish half as much as I do if it wasn't for Rachel! It's no coincidence that the 9th of each month is my busiest finishing day LOL
    I also your idea of using the leftover threads to make the hanger. They don't always match the skeins of DMC so I prefer to use them that way too.

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  12. Two great finishes, Clair, and yes, this SAL certainly inpires us to finish these pretty stitchings that we spend so many hours making.

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  13. Pretty ornaments and I like your idea of using leftover threads for hanging ornaments and the orts for stuffing. I´m going to save my orts this year too.

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