Thursday, July 26, 2012

Still playing

I've finished stitching seven of the Merry Mystic ornaments [and my own variations thereof], playing with various color schemes and shapes and using up odds and ends of Kreinik and Rainbow Gallery threads left over from other projects.  It does my frugal soul good to use up all these bits and pieces from other projects, especially in the process of making something I can actually use this coming Christmas.  There's something oddly satisfying about empty cards and plastic spools ... clear proof that I have gotten my full money's worth from past stash purchases.  I wonder if I am the only stitcher who gets a kick out of using up fiber.  Is it a bizarre personal quirk or do others get the same gratification as I do from an empty spool?  I even have charts that I keep for the purpose of using up odds and ends of floss:  my own Riona's Book Nook Bookmark or La D Da's Christmas Cardinal ornament.  I am two decades too young to be a Depression baby, so it must be the aging hippie reduce-reuse-recycle mindset.

In any case, here are a few photos.  Some of the ornaments are fully finished: that is, backed with adhesive felt and adorned with beaded hangers.   Some are merely stitched and awaiting the purchase of more felt since the only color I had on hand was orange which was simply not appropriate for some of my colorways.  Since most of my colorways involve some shades of blue, I believe a dark blue will be the most economical choice when buying one more sheet of adhesive backed felt.  Just one sheet ought to do it.  I have enough silver perforated paper to make another half dozen or so of these ornaments but that will have to wait for another time.  I am ready to move on to something else.  My apologies for the rather dark pictures but the weather here has been dismal and overcast and I was unable to take any photos outdoors.  These are really so much more colorful and shiny and glitzy than these lousy photos would have you believe ... Trust me, the colors are fantastic and bright and fun.


Anna van Schurman said...

Bizarre personal quirk. But maybe that's just me. If there's some left I still have it. I might need it...someday.

Vickie said...

Glad you had fun with these. I am just as frugal Riona. And I am 43. I get great satisfaction from using up small pieces of linen. I cringe when I see some linen the size of Texas being used by some.

Sharon said...

What beauties!!! :) I love re-purposing little bits and bobs. (Money I save in one place can be spent on more stash!) LOL