This is Mill Hill’s Icy Snowflake:
I love these ornaments….. they stitch up quick and are easy to finish. (I did one of these for my February Ornament also) The kit actually came with a pretty crystal to go in the center, which I promply lost and had to replace it with another mill hill blue treasure that I had in my stash. It matched, and I’m happy with it. I noticed that there’s now a series of these type of designs that are halloween themed.
I’ve got a vacation planned in a couple of weeks and will probably work on my August ornament during the trip. I’ve got a couple designs in mind, but today started toying with doing this design by Teresa Layman:
Yep…. that’s all french and colonial knots. I know… its insane, but I love the design and and I saw a model stitched up when I bought the kit. 🙂 I’d recommend visiting her page (linked above) and reading about her. Pretty interesting… I took a bullion class from her at Celebration of Needlework so in addition to the neat stuff about her on her page, he’s also a nice person and a patient teacher. Anyway, the instructions say that there are approximately 1100 knots per square inch and its 3-1/2 by 2-5/8 inches. The pattern is actually printed on the fabric, so no counting or anything…. just lots of knots! We’ll see how long my patience lasts….