Christmas Stitching in July

Christmas in July stitching continues on Santa. Progress was made this past week. More will be added while linking with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers.

My favorite part was the filling in the Christmas trees with green metallic fiber by Kreinik.

During the week, I visited a lovely lavender farm - a most delightful afternoon. Several varieties were available for picking.  Loved the dark purple plants, however, another variety that was less ‘showy’ was more fragrant. I picked both. Lol!

Hope you find time to stop and smell the roses this week....opps....smell the lavender.


Christmas in July

This week it is a pleasure to link up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching after a long absence. 

Santa was spotted in a local needlepoint store as a sample piece. It was love ♥️ at first sight, and I had to stitch one for my very own.  He was started this week with plans of completion before middle of September which is the deadline for the shop to send to the needlepoint finisher.

In the meantime, the previously posted valentine heart was project was finished in May.  Instead of being late, I shall say that I was eight months early for 2020 Valentine's Day. 😉

It is my intent to have the blue Santa completed and on display this December.  There is a whole line of various Squatty Santas which are designed and hand painted by Strictly Christmas. Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching keeps me motivated to hand stitch and helps me attain my goals.  Recently Kathy celebrated her 7th anniversary of encouraging stitchers to slow down and enjoy the process of hand work. Awesome!

Before I close, I would like to give a belated shout out to another Kathi at Design Originals by KC as I was the lucky recipient (months ago) of one of her giveaways - a handy pouch that she had made.  I use it to hold my crochet hooks.  Supposedly they are quick and relatively easy to make, but I'd much rather win one. 😊 I wonder how she accomplishes so many things.

Until next time,

More Outdoors Stitching

The calendar still says summer and the weather is cooperating in Michigan. Therefore, I am taking advantage of the warm mornings and evenings to sit outside and stitch. As autumn is fast approaching and outdoor sewing is limited, I am enjoying every minute.  Some progress has been made on my first block of Flower Pots.

On this block I have fiddled with two methods of applique. First was needleturn. Second was freezer paper applique using the glue baste method. As these pieces are rather large, it was easier to do needleturn. To place the pieces on the background I experimented with applique pins and basting.  Old-fashion basting was easier to handle.

The block requires several one-inch circles. I am going to try the method that I saw Sarah Fielke demo on youtube.  Instead of drawing out the one-inch circles, I’m going to buy a one-inch punch used for scrapbooking. Stay tuned on how well that works.

This post is motivated by Kathy’s weekly Slow Sunday Stitching party and the kindred stitchers who join her.