Everyone loves letters to Santa...
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Saturday, April 16, 2022
This little cutie was super fast and fun! I hope you have this in your stash.
Instead of the usual "snow", I used clear seed beads to mimic ice - even covered the berries in ice at my daughter's suggestion and I'm so glad I did.
Saturday, April 9, 2022
This last in our nutcracker set ended up being a surprising favorite!
To wrap us up, here they are one more time in their glory:
Hope you enjoyed as much as I did!
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Oh my goodness, this one was even more fun. I absolutely loved stitching the cupcake on his head. And I was super excited to find the candy beads in my stash for the bottom border.
We shall call him "STRAWBERRY SAM".
Saturday, March 26, 2022
I don't say often enough how much I love Kelly Clark Needlework designs! Stitch-painted goodness!
And these beautiful nutcrackers are just my cup of tea! I stitched all three in this series of the same size. I will show one at a time so you can ogle all of the details.
"Sweet Tooth" is what we shall call the first one:
Monday, March 21, 2022
I had quite the challenge when it comes to this precious Raymond Crawford piece. I've been in a background mood lately which is just where my challenge began. I took a whack at an irregular Bargello for the stripes thinking maybe I could make it look like wallpaper...but instead, it ended up looking too spider-like...
I knew I wanted to keep the softness of the Very Velvet, so I pulled out the irregular and decided on a more traditional bargello, which was already better...but what about the hat? I didn't want the words to be lost, nor the cute little pom up top look like it was floating there above.
Until it hit me, the "HO HO HO" as Santa's hat is different from a "HO HO HO" within Santa's hat. I tried....I really did...until I decided to heck with it - I've gotta have a hat so I don't lose the cuteness and whimsy of the artist's intent within the striped background! So I took a straight edge from brim to pom on each side and alternated one row of tent stitch and one row of satin stitch (over two) as a more official, grounded Santa Hat. The Neon Rays + gave it a little sparkle and allowed the whole piece to really come together for me.
On the brim and pom, I used a stitch from Mary's Whimsical Stitches, Vol. 2 (page 227 if you have it and if you don't have it, I recommend it highly) called "Diagonal Stripes over 3 with Accents" using Arctic Rays and Size 11 beads. Typically on an 18 mesh canvas, one would use a size 14 or 15, but I felt like this particular hat needed the space and dimensions between the rows.
Santa's beard is stitched in Glisten (quickly becoming one of my new favorite threads). I particularly love how in certain light and at a certain angle, it looks like hidden "S" (This stitch was from Stitches to Go).
As for the HO HO HO, I used a couched black metallic chain to make it pop up off the canvas.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Here's where mine took me: