Thursday, December 5, 2013
Over the course of many years, I've stitched a lot of angel canvases--28 to date--but have never had an opportunity to display them. This year is different!
DH and I scoured the stores for a little tree to put in a corner of our living room, and here is the result--the Angel Tree. Topping the tree is the December angel designed by Judy Harper for me a couple of years ago. I blog-stitched Emily the angel (bottom right) some time ago. The remaining angels were designed by Joan Thomasson.
There are angels on the back of the tree as well, which can be seen through the window, but I ran out of tree before I ran out of angels! So the remainder spilled out onto the mantel. Believe it or not, I still have unstitched angel canvases in my stash!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Santa has a beard--a lot of beard! This section took quite a bit of time to stitch, but I'm happy with the result.
The beard was worked with DMC Medici wool, the same thread as Santa's hair and eyebrows, using two strands of white and gray in a long-short/split stitch. I actually stitched the gray areas first so I'd know where to fill in with the white. The only tricky places were around the Christmas tree, where upright Gobelin stitches over one or two threads were all that would fit.
His cheeks look rosier now that he has his beard in place!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
So Pierre the French chef penguin is here with a birthday cake to celebrate. My thanks to everyone for stopping by, lurking or leaving comments!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
At this point, you may well be thinking, "Is this crazy lady still French knotting?" Yup--and a sea of French knots is now tickling the tummy of Mr. Penguin!
With the hem of Santa's robe done, so is my stash of Vineyard Silk Classic "Bright White" for the trim, with one sleeve still to go. A trip to my LNS is in the near future, but until then, I'll need to move on to another area.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! And a Happy Thanksgivukkah to all my Jewish friends!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The threads, all from my stash, included DMC cotton floss Blanc, #666 and #704, with letters worked in Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #003 and #015. The background for the letters was worked in a diagonal mosaic stitch, framed in slanted Gobelin and Scotch stitches.
The little recipient was actually born shortly after I last posted, so the top block was finished with HIS initials!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I really wasn't excited by the idea of stitching something a second time. I wanted a new design that would be a quick stitch but hold my interest--and here it is! A 2-1/2 inch block that will be finished as a 3-D ornament, it's being stitched in contemporary shades of Christmas red and green because no one knows--parents included--what the gender of the baby is.
The center of the top square has been deliberately left blank--depending on when the child arrives, it will either include the first letter of the family's last name or the baby's initials. I've set a deadline of this Saturday to get the stitched piece to my LNS in time for Christmas finishing. The baby was due last Friday, so the race is on to see if the new mother or I deliver a finished product first!
Monday, November 18, 2013
For the trim on the first sleeve, I used more Vineyard Silk Classic "Bright White" just like the trim on Santa's hat. The top right side of the canvas is now completed!