by Lori Markovic of La-D-Da Designs
This shade of red, DMC 814, is my absolute favorite color. Whenever I see a new type of specialty thread I pick up a skein in this dark red because I know that someday I'll use it. I may also buy white, but that is not nearly as exciting to me as red. The thread I used in this is an overdyed silk from Victoria Clayton that I saw and loved and I may have bought an entire hank of it. (shhhhh) The ornament is stitched on 36 count white linen from Zweigart.
La-D-Da has one of my favorite designs that I've never finished. I still need to mail it to my friend Suzanne because she said she'd finish it for me. Super nice, yes! I finished another ornament from Lori some years back as well.
I embroidered the back with the year on my sewing machine, using a crisp white rayon that really shows up with the red silk dupioni.
The beaded edge of the ornament is created after the ornament is completed by alternating bead colors, in this case a dark clear rose and white, in the string and placing 8-10 beads on a single stitch. The smaller stitch size forces the beads to curve in an arch away from the edge. A simple embroidered ribbon bow finishes the top.