"Christmas Virtues II" Leaflet!
Second Collection of Four Ornaments, in Two Colourways.
This lovely collection of ornaments is perfect for giving to family and friends at Christmas and can be used to enhance gift bags, or little pillows as well!
I was inspired to design these ornaments when I discovered the Virtues ProjectTM online this past year. This Project is a worldwide movement that provides "empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity". I loved the idea, and Faith, Hope, Charity, Patience, and Trust are the first ones I designed.So, I have finally added another 5 virtues, two years later. The second first 5 Virtues embody personal meaning and purpose for me, as I hope they do in yours. Increasing our awareness of our values at Christmas gives us a special meaning to the season. It's very good that people of all faiths and cultures can appreciate the value of these virtues, as they cut across all fences, and faiths. They seem to embody the very meaning of the miracle of Christmas to us all.
There are directions for the first FOUR ornaments in the Xmas Virtues II leaflet. I've given given 6 months rights for the FIFTH ornament, "Humour" (pictured in Heirloom Colours at right), to "Just Cross Stitch Magazine: , to publish in their 2005 Christmas Ornament Issue. This gorgeous magazine should be available in your local needlework shops and news-stands in September, 2005!
These little designs also lend themselves to many interpretations and uses. For instance, stitch one of the designs and fashion it into a little gift bag, fill it with some seasonal potpourri and add that scented touch! Or frame them as a group of 3, 4, or 5, using the chart for the ornament hanger and ribbons! They would also look marvelous stitched on some banding as a bellpull!! Each one of these ornaments would look gorgeous in the opening of a hand made Christmas Card...
Just a word about the two different colourways. Just like the original Xmas Virtues leaflet, I designed these ornaments originally in the Victorian Red and Green colours you see on the front cover. However, in the first leaflet, Lisa had stitched them all in her favorite antique rose and green colours on Platinum to make them look Antique. She did such a lovely job, that this time I asked Connie to help. She also has a great colour sense.. and all her stitching turned out beautifully! I framed the result, and as you see, Connie's work looks just as lovely as Lisa's did on the first leaflet. The trio of Gerosity, Honesty and Compassion are a work of art! Thank you soo much Connie.. it was fun working together on the colours with you! So, whichever colourway you choose, or whatever fabric you use, enjoy stitching these heartfelt designs, and no matter what time of year it is that you read this, enjoy the virtues and spirit of Christmas throughout the year. - Thea
"Trust is a Virtue"
I designed this ornament in 2003 for the Just Cross Stitch - Christmas Ornament issue to match the ornaments in my first “Christmas Virtues” chart, with Hope, Patience, Faith, Charity. The first leaflet and Accessory Pack are still available in our catalogue/Catalogue! This fifth ornament is now home with us, in our online Free Patterns, so that you can complete your collection! Shown as two different colourways, the Traditional red and green colours of one are stitched on 25ct White Lugana, and the Antique colours are stitched on 28ct Platinum Cashel Linen. Hope you enjoy being able to have your own copy of this popular and most requested Christmas ornament design!
- Design area: 40h x 40w
- 25ct white Lugana - 3.3" x 3.3" Cut fabric 5" x 5"
- 28ct Cashel Linen - Platinum - 2.9" x 2.9" Cut fabric: 5" X 5" for ornaments
- 28ct Cashel Linen - Platinum - 2.75 " x 10.5" Cut fabric: 9 " X 16 " for framing
060TCP Christmas Virtues Accessory Pack - #1
(Victorian Red and Green)( enough to stitch all 4 Ornaments)
- Kreinik #4 Braid #002 - gold
- Caron Wildflowers #083 - Pineforest deep greens
- DMC #12 Perle Cotton #503 - lt green
- DMC #8 Perle Cotton #498 - red
- Au ver a Soie #2924 - red
- Au ver a Soie #3426 - dark green
- Au ver a Soie #5024 - med green
- Au ver a Soie Blanc - white
- Mill Hill Seed beads #3021 - cream
060HCP Christmas Virtues Accessory Pack - #2
(Heirloom Rose and Green)( enough to stitch all 4 Ornaments)
- Kreinik #4 Braid #102 - vatican gold
- Access Soie Perlee Crème - cream
- Access Soie Perlee #37 - dusty mauve lt
- Au ver a Soie #3421 - platinum
- Au ver a Soie #1843 - light green
- Au ver a Soie #1844 - dk green
- Au ver a Soie #4635 - burgundy
- Mill Hill Seed beads #3021 - cream
Extra Materials Needed:
- Fabric - your choice
Stitches used in this Sampler:
- Cross Stitch
- Herringbone Stitch
- Half Cross Stitch
- Closed Buttonhole Stitch
- Elongated Cross Stitch
- Fern Stitch
- Cretan Stitch
- Detached Herringbone Stitch
- French Knots
- Lazy Daisy
- Smyrna Cross
- Star Stitch
- Rhodes Heart
- Sheaf Star
- Modified Ray Stitch
- Slipped Detached Chain Stitch
- Satin Stitch
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