Monday, January 9, 2012

The Rogues Gallery


These "little people" have been hanging out at our house since early December, but DH announced yesterday morning that he was taking down the Christmas tree. I wished him luck and headed to my studio to paint. When I finally emerged at lunchtime, this is what I found on the loveseat in the family room--102 cylindrical ornaments, all lined up and waiting for me to put away!

Some will go back in storage, while the lucky ones will be put aside for the trunk show next month at Old World Designs in California. I began stitching these about 18 years ago and, with one exception, are all of my own design. I've never seen them assembled in quite this way before, and couldn't miss the opportunity to snap a photo!

13 comments:

Needle Nicely said...

What an amazing collection. And do you have a favorite?

Anne Bloom said...

Fabulous!

Anne Stradal said...

I don't really have a favorite, Mary Agnes--mothers are supposed to be impartial towards their children! But I have distinct memories about each of them--the threads I used, what inspired me to design one, and where I was when I stitched it!

katherine said...

these are fantastic! what a beautiful collection!

sudukc said...

Oh my, what a great collection! You should display these someway all year...

M&Co. said...

What a great collection! Do you have pictures of them on the tree?

Kelly said...

They are adorable!

Nancy L said...

This is such a great photo! Tell your husband he has my praise for not tossing them in a pile as he undecorated the tree! Want to tell us which one is not your design??

Anne Stradal said...

Nancy--Do you remember the song from Sesame Street, "One of these things is not like the others..."? Click to enlarge, and see if you can guess. If you give up, look more closely across the second row from the top!

Cyn said...

Hi Anne,

Loved seeing all of the nutcrackers on the couch!

I have stitched quite a few from various designers that are hanging on my tree but not that many! :-)

Do I recognize some JB nutcrackers in the mix?

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

Anne Stradal said...

No JB nutcrackers, Cyn. These are all the shorter ones, the size I prefer.

Cool City Stitcher said...

This is a wonderful picture, and perfect for your blog. (I enlarged the picture and still can't guess which one is not your design.) It's a wonderful collection.

threadmedley said...

This is amazing!! I didn't realize that you had stitched so many. And I can't blame you for not having a favorite as I couldn't possibly choose just one either.