Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 Last Slow Sunday Stitching

Today I am joining others at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching for the last 2019 Slow Sunday Stitching party.  With the hustle and bustle of Christmas over, I can relax a bit more and pick up one of many UFOs 🙄.  This past week, I've been motivated to do more work on the Paris round as they are called in the needlepoint world.  Perhaps I shall complete the Arc de Triomphe.

Last week I spoke of showing close photos of the various Santa needlepoint stitches.  Admittedly, this is putting your handwork under a microscope for the whole world to view ~ scary. Here goes.  I've added the common stitch names which may also have other names....uh.....just to confuse us 😉.

CLICK HERE for youtube video (2:11) of turkey work vertical lock stitch.

 CLICK HERE for youtube video (32 seconds) of Long Tailed French Knot

Put it all together with a variety fancy fibers 
and Santa is complete 🤗
Stitched on a handpainted canvas designed by Strictly Christmas Needlepoint Designs

Wishing all blogger buddies a Happy, Blessed 2020!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Santa's Finish

The needlepoint Santa arrived recently arrived home from the needlepoint finisher. This is the perfect week to introduce him in his completed form.  Some may remember that he was started this past summer.  A few stitches in place.
More progress was made mid-summer as Santa traveled on a mini-vacation.
Here he is finished and merrily resting on the mantle. Hopefully, later (after Christmas) I'll be able to take a photo with brighter lighting to better show stitching detail and my favorite sections.

Last week, Kathy of Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, asked her followers if they had a favorite hand stitched project that they enjoyed each year.  Although I have several favorites, this will be a newer favorite!

While joining others this Slow Sunday Stitching, I have a relaxing, no-thinking, hand project to work on during breaks from last-minute Christmas preparations.  I'll be crocheting an edge around a fleece blanket for a charity project.  

May you all have a blessed Christmas!


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Stitching for Christmas

Kathy of the popular Slow Sunday Stitching, a weekly hand stitching blog, inquired today if stitchers were working on gifts. Coincidentally, I cut a wool felt mitten and it is ready to be appliqued and given as an ornament and will double duty as a gift card holder. I was going to make more, yet hand stitching time is short. ☹️

 Many years ago, I cross stitched a Christmas piece which I'd like to share. It comes out of storage every year.  When it was completed, I had it framed in its applicable frame which turned out to be a wise decision. I don't think I have the pattern anymore, and the cute little brick and mortar store has long since closed. It has little jingle bells, wood buttons and ribbon which give it dimension. I enjoy it.

During the past few weeks a bit of needlepoint has been accomplished. The Eiffel Tower is done. 

Until next time,