Now that Beadboy3 is settling in nicely, I've started picking up a needle again. First up was the Maltese Cross Ornament, by Needlecrafts Unlimited Co. and from the 2002 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issue. Two, actually, one of which I gave to my mom:
Anyway, this ornament was an interesting finish; the main design is on point in a larger square marked out by a line of backstitch. To close it up, the instructions have one folding back the four corners and stitching the sides along each point together, weaving in and out of the backstitch.
Next up was another Partridge/Pear Tree ornament, one of my own design (sort of). Indygo Junction's Folk Art Jingle ornament pattern has one ornament that they call a teardrop shape but that looked like a pear to me. Instead of using the floral motif on the pattern, I came up with my own -- a little partridge with embroidery and applique for embellishment. Two embroidered felt leaves complete the effect: