Thursday, December 14, 2017

Don't Judge My Finishing Techniques

First, I want to say, I am not a finisher. I really don't like to do it. I love the process of stitching, but finishing a project into something has never interested me. I like the feel of fibers in my fingers. I like watching patterns develop. I like how it calms me when I stitch and allows me to relax. Finishing makes me tense and want to throw everything against the wall.

So why did I finish these myself? One reason is that it is almost Christmas. If I want these to decorate my house this year, I needed to finish them myself. The other is cost. My finisher is worth every penny she charges, but I just don't want to pay to have something finished that I can do an ok job on.

So without further ado:
Candy Swirl Santa
 Christmas Light Santa
 And  two photos of the hat rack where they all hang.

I have a missing stitched Santa in my house-Christmas Tree Santa- and one coming in the mail soon- Pine cone Santa. There are several Santas that I haven't even started yet in my basement! I need to find another way to display them-SOON!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This One May Get Done

These little ornaments are taking forever!
This is from the end of November:
 And here it is now!
I don't work on it every night, but I try to spend a few minutes on it every week. I may just pull it out of the bedroom, where I stitch on it, and work on it during the day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Outlined A Few Motifs

I know that this is a huge task, so I always try to outline as I go.
This photo was taken towards the end of November
 I am almost to the stable!
I have no urge to pull out Gay Ann's Drawn Thread Sampler. I need to. I ought to. But I think I will wait until January and see how much progress I can make on my Christmas stitching.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What I Stitched This Weekend

Not much, to be honest. I spent more time making candy than stitching. But I am almost done with my candy making so I can concentrate on stitching! That is until those college boys come home and want to be fed!
 First, this is the cording I used for the Santa hat. It is round and about as thick as my thumb. Hope that helps!
 This is where I am on Gaspar. He won't be done for Christmas, but I am making progress.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Santa I Stitched!

Well, it took me longer to decide to stitch this than to actually stitch it!
It was hard to stitch the ribbon on the padding. Hopefully I can get it finished next week so I can hang it on my tree.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Because I Have Nothing Better To Do

 The urge to do a Santa was overwhelming, so I pulled this one out:
 It is Candy Swirl Santa by Janet Zickler Casey. My son started it, probably around 2006/7. He did great on the face and the beard, but the hat was too much for him. He was around 11 at the time. I have been wanting to stitch it and get it on my Santa tree, but I didn't know what to do about my son's stitching on the hat. So I asked on Needlepoint Nation on Facebook!
 They thought I should leave it, so I did.  It is a pain to get smooth, but I am loving it. Will I get it done before the next Janet Zickler Casey Santa arrives?

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Finish!

I finished this Thursday, but am finally posting. I need to get it packaged with some candy to send to my mom.
Can I put it in Gifted Gorgeousness too?
Linda, it is actually fairly easy to stitch and lots of fun.