Kreinik Troubles

I am finally down to the backstitch on my Mother Fairy and Child. Unfortunately, I ran into a problem. The picture, and all other pictures I’ve found online show the wings to be outlined in a light purple color. The chart calls for Kreinik #4 Braid, colour 25, which is a dark grey. Not only does it look very different that way, it looks terrible. So I’ve been busy trying to find a Kreinik that works. I ordered one from 1-2-3 Stitch that I thought might look good, but it isn’t going to work. So I’ve stuck it in my stash, knowing I’ll eventually have a use for it, and ordered a different colour. The last one was Blue Zircon. This time, I ordered Lilac. Hopefully, that one will look about right, and I can at long last finish the piece.


I got so caught up in getting ready for Christmas that I made my usual mistake. I wrapped the cross stitched presents without photographing them! I stitched 2 mallard duck ornaments, one for my father and one for my grandfather. They are both duck hunters, and I know that if I only made it for one of them, the other would come to me saying “where’s mine?”  For my grandmother, who is known to the older generations of the family as “Mom Cat” and is a great lover of cats, I made a cat in a Santa hat ornament. My new niece, whom I met for the first time today, gets a Baby’s First Christmas Ornament, which I designed, and will never stitch again. I make them to be one of a kind for each of the babies born into my family. This is the fourth year in a row I’ve had a new baby to make one for. Next year will be the fifth, as my other sister-in-law is now expecting her third child, due in July (right in between her  birthday and mine!).

Maybe next year, I’ll remember to photograph all the gifts. I’m almost done with some of the others, and although they aren’t cross stitched, I’ll post them here too.