Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One last finish for 2015

While waiting for the camera/computer snafu to get resolved, I kept stitching on the Nutcracker/Packages stocking--until the recipient of the stocking next year arrived, that is.  Shortly after he left, I pulled the stocking out from its hiding place in my closet and have been stitching ever since!

The middle nutcracker's hair and beard were stitched in basketweave with Burmilana, then "roughed up" with a nap brush until he looked a little like Doc Brown in the movie Back to the Future.  The smallest nutcracker's hair and beard were stitched in French knots with Silk & Ivory Pearl Gray.

The smaller package was worked with three values of gold DMC floss in a diagonal oblong cross stitch and trimmed with a bow of Silk Lame Braid in an interlocking Gobelin stitch.  The larger package was worked in Scotch stitches over four threads with ecru Silk Lame Braid.  Its bow was stitched in basketweave with two shades of Petite Very Velvet with highlights created by Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002V in tent stitches.

I exceeded my goal by squeezing in one more stocking finish for this year and am now waiting patiently for another stocking canvas to arrive that I can tackle in 2016.  Happy New Year to all!


Needle Nicely said...

Boy, I'm impressed with your having stitched 3 stockings. Particularly since I know you also stitched some other canvases. Whew!

Anne Bloom said...

You are an amazing stitcher, fast and beautiful!

Anne Stradal said...

Thanks, everyone! I've certainly picked up speed in my stitching over the five years I've written the column for Needlepoint Now. Sometimes I wish I could slow down a little in my personal stitching and "savor the moment" a little more.