Sunday, November 29, 2015

Filling in some blanks

The largest nutcracker now has a full beard as well, worked in French knots with white Trio.  And the third ornament is finished, using Silk Lame Braid in an interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitch just like the other ornaments.

The largest nutcracker's boots were stitched in basketweave with DMC #5 perle cotton 310 and trimmed with Kreinik #8 fine braid 5760 in tent stitches and Smyrna crosses.

The smallest nutcracker's helmet was decorated in tent stitches and Smyrna crosses with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid 002V.

I'm making a list of the threads I need to purchase from my LNS--for the hair and beard of the second nutcracker, among others--but I still have threads from my stash I can use once I take the canvas off scroll bars and mount it on stretcher bars for the final push.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Two ornaments and a full head of hair

The Nutcracker/Packages stocking took a back seat while I finished another project but is now back on track.

The largest nutcracker now has eyebrows, a mustache and hair worked in French knots with white Trio.

The red and blue ornaments were worked in an interlocking/encroaching Gobelin stitch with Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct.  It's hard to catch all the twinkle in a photo but it's certainly there in person!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another "behind the scenes" finale

Patchwork Snowman, designed by Liz Goodrick-Dillon, was the subject of my column in the November/December issue of Needlepoint Now.  Here it is, in its two-foot-plus splendor, as finished by Needle Nicely in Vero Beach, Florida.

This was a fun and challenging canvas:  there are a lot of little details and a tremendous amount of fur trim in this design!  But a lot of different threads were used--Petite Very Velvet, Silk Lame Braid, Impressions, Burmilana, Felicity's Garden, Kreinik metallics and DMC cotton floss--which made it easier to sustain momentum in stitching.

The stocking is a companion to Nutcracker Christmas and will be a Christmas present for my darling new daughter-in-law.  Another family wedding is scheduled for 2016, so I need to get cracking on another set of stockings!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The full effect

The Nutcracker Christmas stocking, designed by Liz Goodrick-Dillon, is ready to go!  The fabulous finishing was done by Needle Nicely in Vero Beach, Florida (

It's edged and backed with a dark green velveteen to match the background behind the nutcracker and lined with dark green cotton.

I'm so pleased with the way this project turned out and hope the recipient will be, too!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Santa arrived early!

The postman delivered a special treat on Halloween:  my Amanda Lawford stand-up Santa, all ready for the holidays!

This 15-inch-tall Santa was blog-stitched a year ago, but languished with other completed projects for lack of a bell to adorn the tassel of his hat.  I finally found the right size and sent him off to Needle Nicely ( in Vero Beach, Florida, for finishing.

His seam cording and velveteen back were perfectly matched to the DMC perle cotton background and he stands straight and tall on a level base.  It's a simple yet elegant finish--just the kind I like!  Thank you, Needle Nicely!