This is a halloween ornament from September/October 2010 Just Cross Stitch.
The ornament in the magazine is done in black and orange and consists of four squares in different color configurations. I changed the colors to red and green and turned it into a Christmas ornament.
I only stitched one of the four squares for my ornament. After the first one I simplified it further by leaving off the border.
I'm continually tring different finishing techniques. For this ornament I sewed the ornament onto felt. The backing is simply fabric fused to heavyweight interfacing. I whipstitched the two layers together. By using a coordinating floss, I didn't have to worry about making the stitches perfect.
To stitch the ornament, I used DMC Variagated Floss. The color changes slower than it does in Sampler Threads. So, after the first ornament I used only the light parts for one ornament and the dark parts for another.
All three ornaments were stitched with the same two thread colors yet each appears different. I like playing with different color combinations and this simple design is perfect for experimenting.
The only thing left to do is sign and date the back. And then make some more ornaments.