Sunday, July 28, 2019

Christmas Stitches

As I have jumped on the Christmas in July theme bandwagon, progress continues on Santa.  On Thursday, when the calendar flips to August, I will be more comfortable meeting the finisher's deadline for Christmas projects which is Sept. 7th. 

The fun part today and upcoming week is being able to stitch with Gold RushObviously, it is not real gold thread, yet one can dream. 

It is best to stitch Santa's face prior to working on his beard.  The reason is the probability white fuzzy beard fibers will getting picked up with other colors.  

If you have not previously noticed, I have begun filling in the background which is a dark color.  Cranberry was not one that I would choose unless I saw the finished project.  I hope you will like the dark background at the reveal.  

Admittedly, my eyes were  experiencing unnecessary eye strain while working on 18-point canvas.  Therefore, I purchased a portable magnifying light.  The difference it has made in stitching time and eye comfort level is huge.  

Take care of your eyes, kindred stitchers!

Until next time,

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Santa's Tree

Despite our sweltering July heat wave, thought of a Christmas project continues while I work on Santa.

During the past week, I attended a needlepoint embellishment class for suggestions and assistance on the tree and star that Santa is holding. A worthwhile class indeed.

While TV watching golf's prestigious British Open and while joining others at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky party, Christmas needlework continues.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

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.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

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,