Thursday, December 03, 2015

Day 3....

25 Days

Day 3....
It's going like the wind. 16 years ago today on this very day, December 3, 1999 ~ I was in labor with twins. Of course I'd been in labor with twins for the 5 weeks and 5 days before this date 16 years ago, on magnesium sulfate and hospitalized flat on my back for those entire 5 weeks and 5 days...but I was determined to keep those bouncing boys that were really wanting to come out...inside to cook a little bit longer :)
Guess what!? Sorta glad that on this date 16 years later, I'm able to sit upright and type this blog post. Although I wouldn't change a thing about those bouncing baby boys that God blessed me with. We we learn all about them tomorrow on their 16th birthday!

Today I have to share with you:

Christmas Carolers
designed by: The Little Stitcher
from the Red Christmas leaflet

I stitched this cutie on 32 ct. cream linen using all DMC as called for. 

TLS_Red Christmas_Carolers

I knew I had to have this leaflet as soon as I saw these sweet carolers singing their Christmas Carols. This is a present for a very dear friend of mine. 
Her name is Ann and I work with her.
She is 72 years young, and when I grow up, I want to be just like her.
I love her with all my heart and I thank God that he put her in my path.

Ann told me one time when I was blathering on about cross stitching and I was showing her some patterns ~ one of which was Carriage House Samplings Christmas in Hawk Run Hallow ~ that she loved Carolers. I've remembered that and when I saw these sweeties singing their carols in such vibrant red and white tones. How could I resist? Well I couldn't. 

The Little Stitcher Red Christmas

So I hopped on over to the: Little Stitcher Shop and got the pattern....STAT.

Didn't it finish up lovely? I was afraid the white rick rack was too large, but I think not.
And the addition of a bow and a rusty snowflake. 
Pretty pleased with myself!

Little Details

I can't wait to give this to Ann!
And if you hop on over to The Little Stitcher Shop, I see that she also has Blue Christmas up and ready to go now. Well guess what! I'll be hopping over there myself. 
I'm not good for your pocket book ~ just ask my husband how I am with his!

Now for
Vonna's Gizmos and Gadgets....
Today I'm going to talk about Hardwicke Manor Hoops. 
I don't have one. 
I want one. 
I hope that Santa has put me on the good girl list.
This one is on my list.

Hardwicke Manor hoops are the finest embroidery hoops on the market. Made in Germany, they are made of birch. I want an oval one just like this one. 


Butter smooth....


Gorgeous brass hardware....


Why do I want one? No real reason other than I want to be in the big girl gang! 
My bestest buddy Diane has one and she is the one that sent me these pictures.
She swears by them. And after doing a little research on the internet she's not the only one who thinks so... I believe Brenda Gervais, Mary Corbet, and all the big girls use them!

As I was researching these hoops, I came along a bunch of information about binding the inner hoop with twill tape. Binding it means wrapping twill tape around the inner hoop at a 45 degree angle. This apparently will help not only to hold the linen and to keep it taut within the hoop, but also to protect the linen from creasing....You still should take it out of the hoop at the end of the stitching day
(but the twill tape is sort of like the felt tip I gave you for Q-snaps - see Day 1)

So I can tell you this....
If I'm on the good girl list and I get a Hardwicke Manor Oval hoop for Christmas. I'm binding my inner hoop with twill tape.

Ok folks...
that does it for Day 3, please come visit me again on Day 4!
and a Merry Thank YOU for showing me such enthusiasm the past two days

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work..
my heart to God..
while treating my neighbor with kindness and respect, 
and trying to be the best me I can be.
It's hard, isn't it?
I may stumble and I may fall, but I pick myself up and I remember:
To thine own self be true...
I want to BE the change I want to SEE.
Join me!

Merry Christmas,
Vonna xxxx


  1. Vonna I am lucky to have several hardwick hoops and I love them. I am primarily an in hand stitcher but for large project I use my hoops. Hope Santa brings one to you.

  2. I love the design you have stitched for your friend and the your finish is really pretty.
    The Hardwicke Manor Hoop looks such good quality,I love the smooth grain of the wood,definitely no splitting of hoops with this product,like one or two hoops of mine in the past! I hope you receive your oval hoop from Santa:)

  3. I love my Harwicke Manor hoops! I have a small (6") round and a square-ish one (6.5") also. An oval will be my next purchase. They are a joy to work with, and you will certainly enjoy using one. The rick rack reminds me of snow drifts--quite appropriate!

    Happy Thursday to you and yours!

  4. I love your Christmas Carols. What a lovely gift for Ann. She is lucky to have you as a dear friend too.
    You need the hoop......I bet Santa is checking your list :) You've been a good girl !!
    Happy Birthday tomorrow to the handsome young men you and Keith have raised.

  5. Beautiful stitch...Ann will so enjoy her gift it will be a treasure! Blessings You find a hoop under the Christmas tree...

  6. Here we are on day 3!! It's 6:45 a.m. and what's the first thing I do when I come downstairs...of course turn on the laptop to see what the Twisted Stitcher has in store for us and once again didn't disappoint. I LOVE the "Carolers"..simply gorgeous. I may just have to wonder over to the website and take advantage of that sweet pattern. And that "HOOP"...I'll just bet Santa heard your wish....
    You rock Vonna!! Your buddy, Chris

  7. Christmas Carolers is a lovely, lovely gift for your friend Ann.

  8. A sweet gift, it's beautiful, I'm sure she will love it. Happy Birthday to your boys!

  9. Your ornament for your friend is beautiful, Vonna. I know she will be thrilled. I bet Santa brings you one of those hoops. I know you have been a good girl this year.

  10. Vonna thank you so much for sharing with us. Your pieces are beautiful and I have especially enjoyed your gadget review!!!!

  11. Vonna
    I "borrowed" your comment on Karen and gave you credit. Hopefully everyone gets more traffic and Karen gets more sales.

  12. Anonymous9:14 AM

    I am enjoying your 25 days of Christmas, Vonna! Such a sweet gift for your dear friend. I'm sure she will love it! Keeping fingers crossed that Santa brings you that gift that you're wishing for. ;)

  13. Your carolers came out beautiful. I'm sure your friend will love them. Hope Santa fulfills your wish.

  14. Totally adorable pattern with your signature finishing. The Little Stitcher is one of my favorite designers.

    Why is the oval hoop the one you crave? Anyway, if there are stitchers who deserves to play with the big boys, you are definitely at the top of that list!

  15. The big girl hoop gang - that is too funny! Your stitched finish for your friend is beautiful. I like the polka dot finishing fabric. It's a nice, subtle complement to the stitching.

  16. Love the ornament and the way you finished it. I'm sure your friend will love it. I haven't heard of the hoops you described, but they sound wonderful. Hope your wish comes true and Santa brings you one.

  17. Vonna - your finish of the carolers pillow is so perfect. You found the perfect tiny polka dot fabric in the perfect shade of red. And the polka dots mirror perfectly the buttons on the carolers' clothes. And the tiny rust snowflake is the perfect final touch. What a lovely gift that will be for your dear friend. Thank you for another great post on Day 3.

  18. Love your finish as always and what a great tip today. I saw Hartwicke Manor hoops on Mary Corbit's blog and I have the oval one and one that is square (with rounded corners). Other than my vintage oval they are the only things I use to stitch anymore. Especialy the ovals. So easy on my arthritic hands and shoulders.
    Wishing you a blessed day,

  19. I am so enjoying these 25 days of Christmas. The ornament for your friend is spectacular and your friend will love it. I know you hare a good girl so I am sure that Santa will bring you the hoops you want.

  20. How much fun it is each day to read your newest version of the 25 Days of Christmas! You are such an inspiration! Thank you.

  21. Ann will love the carolers!

  22. Your Christmas Carolers are so cute. The finish is adorable. I have finishing envy when I look at yours! I have this pattern and plan to start it soon. I just purchased the Blue Christmas that she put out too. So many cute designs, so little time! :)

  23. I am behind on all my bklog reading and commenting, but I could not forget to stop by here! I will look up the info on these hoops....I just know that Santa will bring them to you...

  24. I love that ornament!! What a lucky friend! I hope you get your Christmas wish and an oval hoop finds its way under your tree this year. :) If so, please share a review with us. I have a round Hardwicke Manor hoop. I like it but don't use it as much as I should. I don't have twill wrapped around mine, but I am going to look into that. I think I would use it more if it were more drum tight. Looking forward to tomorrow's 4th day of Christmas!

  25. What a lovely gift for Ann. Your stitching and finishing are perfect.. Now I want a hoop, that leaflet and I spied the blue Christmas leaflet yesterday... and yes, I want it too! Happy Birthday to your boys! I'm sure you are on the nice list :)

  26. I realy love how you finished Christmas carols

  27. Hi, just wanted to let you know I recently found your blog and I love it! You are funny, inspirational, and informative. Keep it up!
    Thanks much,

  28. really nice gift for your friend.... if age is the key -- I'm 73!! LOL happy birthday to your boys!! checked out the link you mentioned and there are lots of goodies there..... take care, see you tomorrow..... Claire

  29. I don't use a hoop as I enjoy the sewing method of stitching but after reading about them, I would like to have one too! I do have a small collection of vintage hoops.

  30. Thank you for sharing and educating us with your tips and tutorials. I appreciate the time you take to make it all happen and can't wait to see what you will come up with next. Your stitching is always beautiful and inspiring. Merry Christmas!!!

  31. I was able to purchase one of these wonderful hoops several years ago at my LNS (which has been out of business for ten years) They come in two sizes round and oval and I purchased one of each--they are wonderful. Yes I wrapped bias tape around the inside hoop. This is one of my favorite needlework tools. Shall I drop a letter to Santa for you?

  32. That ornament is the cutest thing ever! I had to go buy the pattern..thanks alot! You've gotten me in the mood for Christmas! Thank you Vonna your an inspiration.

  33. have shown me two completely new gadgets in 2 'em!! thanks always for your inspirational lift me up!! God Bless...Lisa

  34. What a lovely gift for your friend <3

  35. Hi Vonna - Okay - learnin more and more every day that you post. Never heard of those hoops until now. Will have to look into them. Love the stitching and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the finish! Ann's gonna just be tickled pink to get that. And if she's not, send it to your old pal out here in Colorado ( - : I will love it! Thx for the post, Vonna. Pleasure's all mine.

  36. Oh my goodness those carollers are adorable! What a beautiful job and a precious gift. I have not heard of these hoops so will also do some reading about them. Thanks for sharing this as you can never have too many hoops/snaps/frames!

  37. I think your friend Ann will be delighted. The finish is just perfect!

  38. Another first for me, never knew about these hoops, they do look lovely.
    And the carollers, just perfect, so beautiful, I'm sure your friend will love it

  39. Thanks for the memories. Always enjoy your stories. Your carolers are wonderful
    Thanks for the tip on the hoops

  40. did your magic again! Just looking at this ornament makes me want to stitch it! This will fill your friend with Joy! Wish I could see her face when she opens it!

    I love these hoops and have a few of them...the small oval is my favorite! I bet it will be under your tree...have you told Santa about your list? I haven't wrapped mine but could try that. Thanks for the tip!

    See you soon....another fun day!

  41. That ornament is absolutely GORGEOUS! Beautiful finishing. I think your friend is going to love it!

  42. That is just the sweetest ornament, Vonna--will definitely be adding this one to my Christmas list. I'm very partial to Christmas Carol ornaments because that is how I got my name! I was supposed to be born on Christmas, but made my poor mom wait three weeks :)

    Ann will just love this one!

  43. beautiful piece for your dear friend - love it ! I am not familiar with Little Stitcher - OH wow - love the Blue Christmas you mentioned - hummm - better run now - see you soon - enjoying it - Mel

  44. I love your ornament Vonna - the stitching is beautiful and perfectly finished as always. I'm sure your friend will love it.
    I'm laughing at you wanting to play with the big girls...If anyone deserves the very best equipment it's you!
    And a huge thank you for your tip about using felt with Qsnaps, you've solved at least one stitcher's problems with tension and hopefully my stitching will be much neater from now on!

  45. What a gorgeous stitching finish. Love the finishing style with the large ric-rac.

  46. I love this finish. The ric rac is perfect. The ornament is so pretty.

  47. Love that pattern and you've finished it so wonderfully. I could of sworn it was a LHN pattern. But now you've found a new designer I've not heard of. Hope you get your hoop! Guess Santa should be reading your blog too!

  48. I'm a Q-snaps girl, but I have stitching friends that swear by these hoops. And, Vonna, I think you made the good girl list so I'm sure you'll see this on Christmas morning!

  49. I am relatively SURE that you are on the Good List, so no worries there! The Carolers ornament is really cute... Ann will love it! Thanks for all you share with us! Hugs!

  50. Such a lovely ornament that you stitched for your friend. And great finishing, too.
    That hoop looks interesting, I didn't know that there are oval hoops. I have several round ones, they are old and decorate my shelves with my stitched and finished smalls. But as I am an in-hand stitcher I have never used them.

  51. Thanks for the news on the hoop. It does look lovely. I may have to put one on my list... :-) Your Carolers piece turned out great. I love the big rick rack. I'm going to have to get some for ornament finishing... Thanks for the ideas.

  52. You have two fine young men for sons and I hope they enjoyed their birthday. The ornament is precious. With the hoop, I have 2 more things to add to my wish list.

  53. I love your carolers ornament. An oval hoop is on my wish list as well. I have one of their 8" round ones in a narrow hoop width. I love it. I use all different types of hoops, scroll rods, qsnaps, depending on the project. I'm enjoying your 25 Days series.


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