Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Linda's Review of Joy Snow Globe Ornament Cross-Stitch Kit From Dimensions

I just love to cross-stitch small ornaments because they don't take a lot of time to complete.  I also love Christmas decorations that have the word "Joy" in them because every time I look at them I think of my  mother whose name was "Joy."  So, when I saw the Joy Snow Globe Ornament Cross-Stitch Kit" from Dimensions I knew I was going to make it.

The "Joy" globe Santa ornament kit contained the presorted thread, 14 count plastic canvas, needle, and instructions.  The pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and outline stitching for emphasis and depth.The pattern came with starting, stitching, finishing and even cleaning instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, and color coded keys (with code #'s, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols. The colors and symbols on the keys and chart were easy to read and follow.

I had no problem cross-stitching the globe ornament and then cutting the plastic canvas close to the sides of the globe. I was pleased with the way the globe ornament came out but was disappointed that the finishing instructions only contained instructions for making the cord and nothing for finishing the back of the ornament. It's was such a cute ornament to leave the back unfinished with the cross-stitch threads showing didn't seem to me to be the right way to finish this ornament.

So, I decided to finish the back of my ornament with blue felt. First I cut a piece of .25m DMC embroidery floss for the hanger and taped this to the back top of the ornament using double sided tape. Then I cut a square of blue felt to fit the back of the ornament and taped it to the back of the ornament using double sided tape. Once I was satisfied that everything was holding I cut the blue felt along the globe ornament edges.

It took me 15 hours to complete this ornament.  I was very happy with the way my Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch, Tree Ornament turned out and hope you like it too.


  1. HI Linda,
    I just discovered your blog today while searching for different Dimensions cross stitch kits online. I have a pretty comprehensive collection of their counted cross stitch, Gold Collection counted cross stitch kits, Christmas stocking cross stitch kits, and cross stitch ornament kits. (Yes, I'm a cross stitch "junkie" too!)
    Your reviews are really well written and detailed. I'm enjoying your blog! I've only finished on of these ornament kits on the plastic (it's an Angel design by Sue Winget; I believe that's her name). I agree with you about this kit being well designed and fun to stitch - also agree they should include directions for "finishing" the back of the ornaments! I haven't added felt to mine, yet, but I plan to do so once I get a few more completed. I'm hoping to use them as Christmas gifts this year, so absolutely want them to have something covering the back and adding a bit of protection.
    Thanks again for your blog. Look forward to your next project! Kevin

  2. Hi, Kevin. So happy you like my blog. As you can see from my sidebar I, too, am a cross-stitch "junkie." I've done so many I have no room to display all of them at the same time. LOL So, I change them out with the seasons. I love cross-stitching and have thought of converting some of my pictures to cross-stitch using some of the cross-stitch software out there, but haven't done that yet. Hope to soon. I'll be sure to check out your blogs. Looks like they might be right up my alley. Linda