As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve named my place where I do my crafting, Robin’s Craft Room. I started out with Robin Stamps, but then I realized that I do other crafts than stamp to make cards, scrapbook pages and gifts. I also crochet and do other kinds of needlework when the mood strikes me. But back in the 1990s and into the early part of the 21st century, most of my crafting involved counted thread embroidery and quilting small objects such as ornaments.
As part of that season of my crafting, I made many Christmas ornaments, and received hand-stitched ornaments from many friends, especially my long-time friend, Janet, and members of an online group that dates back to the 1980s called “Women of the Cloth,” a group that started in a message board in the early days of AOL.
This is the first year that I’ve displayed almost all of my handmade ornaments, either on my tree (yes, an indoor tree!) or on the ornament tree that I used to display a selection of special ornaments when we didn’t have an indoor tree. The stitched/quilted ball ornament is one that I made in 1992. Janet made two of the central ornaments, and others were gifts by way of swaps with fellow stitchers.
Again, all of the ornaments in the front of this picture were made by Janet. I made several and others were from other friends. What’s really special to me is that many of the ornaments have the date they were made. Janet was very good at doing that, and I tried to emulate her effort to put things in their place in time.
And they’re all in fabulous shape! In those years, I moved from Virginia to New Mexico and then to Hawai’i. I’ve protected these ornaments so that they are as beautiful today as they were in the early 90s and up to the 2000s.
But now I’m all into paper crafting. Maybe I should consider making paper crafted ornaments for 2020! Ah, my first challenge of the year for myself. Check back here 12 months from now.
Whatever your ornaments are made of, enjoy them and have a wonderful holiday season!