Good morning! The big day has finally arrived! This is the first time I’ve designed an entire series of ornaments so I’m very excited about it. As you know, the theme is A Mid-Century Modern Christmas. There is something about that time that feels very nostalgic, even if you never lived through it. It was a peaceful decade after the incredible turmoil of World War II, a time when Baby Boomers were growing up and things were prosperous in our nation.
It was the day after Christmas last year when I got the idea for a series of ornaments with a 1950s feel to them. Right away, I sat down at the computer, opened my designing software and a few hours later, the first ornament was born. Over the next few months, the ornament designs grew until I had a collection of them. They were all stitched and ready for finishing by April. Now the big problem…what to do about finishing? I had already finished Crow On Snow a few months back and it was much easier than I thought, thanks to Vonna Pfeiffer’s tutorials. However, there are 12 pieces in this series and the thought of finishing that many ornaments was a little overwhelming to me, especially considering I knew I wanted some of them finished as little pillows and sadly, sewing is something I know little about. I immediately thought of my youngest sister, Valerie, who is a quilter and has done cross stitch and loves embroidery. I knew she was much more handy with a sewing machine than I and I know she is very creative in her crafting. I approached her with the task of finishing my ornaments…she had never done work like this before but she accepted the job. I’m afraid I was probably not very good at communicating what I wanted – I just spoke in general terms of what I thought I wanted the ornaments to look like. I did give her some trims, from Dames of the Needle (I love her hand-dyed trims) and amazingly enough, we also found some rick-rack that was our grandmother’s, still in the package, probably from around the mid-century period. Val was able to use that as well which I think is wonderful…keeping it authentic.
In June, I received a package in the mail from Val and to say I was completely delighted with how the ornaments turned out is an understatement. She did an absolutely amazing job finishing them and I was more than thrilled with them. As long as she is willing, I think I have a finisher for future projects. I love her very much and am so proud of her work and her willingness to help me succeed in this project of mine.
I’d also like to thank Lisa Smith, of The Village Stitchery Shop, who got a sneak peek of all the ornaments back in April and was so encouraging to me. She even pointed me in the right direction to an antiques mall where I found a silver aluminum Christmas tree, to use as a prop for my ornaments.
The first four ornaments will be released this Friday, with the next four following at the end of September and the last four at the end of October.
May I present, the first four ornaments in A Mid-Century Modern Christmas, in order…Aluminum Tree, Bell, Greetings and Ho Ho Ho.