It's already September, and I haven't stitched anything yet to give as gifts this coming holiday season. I've been focused exclusively on the Toyland Rocking Horse canvas, and it's slow going. So to take a little break, I decided to switch gears and work on somethiing that's quick to stitch for a change!
This cylindrical ornament, the Irish Colleen from my International series, is destined for a friend who visited Ireland on a two-week tour this summer. Last Christmas, I gave her the little Leprechaun that I'd stitched for Judy Harper's last Possibilities column in the March/April 2011 issue of Needlepoint Now. With any luck, the leprechaun will have a girlfriend this Christmas!
I've made a few subtle changes to the design for my original model and will be using different threads and stitches in several areas. So stay tuned--I'm hoping this project will work up faster than some of the other projects I've worked on this year!