So much of the Christmas celebration seems to center around memories of past holidays!   Whatever the reason, every year when my tree goes up I enjoy taking each ornament out of the box and remembering its origin as I hang it.  I would like to share a few of these with you…

The first two ornaments are nutcrackers I made years ago from patterns in Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine.  I still love these two after all these years!

This little crazy quilted stocking was a gift from Jo Newsham, a dear friend and fellow crazy quilter in New Zealand.  Jo’s stitches inspire me every year when I pull this one out of the box!

I dearly wish DMC has continued with their yearly ornament kits but they only ever made the two unfortunately.  This is one of them.

I am sure the logo from the 2011 Seminar will be familiar to many!  I love to hang mementos like this on my tree so I am reminded of the happy times each year.

I made this ornament in a workshop taught by Anna-Marie Winter   in Olds years ago, at the Fibre Potourri workshop.  Fibre Potpourri is put on in alternative years by the Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts and the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild.  Without EAC, I would never have been aware of such wonderful needlework teachers, let alone have the opportunity to take classes from them!

These little knit mittens, connected together and hung up by their string are an all time favourite of mine and I cannot count how many I have made over the years for bazaars, as substitutes for bows on gifts, etc. 
As a small Christmas gift to all the readers, I would like to share the pattern with you.  One variation is available on FaveCrafts   Don’t run out and buy yarn though – these are easily made from very small scraps.  I will warn you though that making them is addictive!  

Kerry Leslie


  1. Thanks for sharing. The ornaments bring back a lot of memories.

  2. Kerry, I agree with you.I love putting ornaments on my tree and thinking about who they came from or when in my stitching life I made them.

    Sue Thomas


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