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.