Christmas Cheer

Betsy at Christmas!

Best stocking stuffer EVER.

 

Best Stocking Stuffer!
Best Stocking Stuffer!

The three traditional stockings are designed by Sandra Gilmore…they are beautifully painted and were a joy to stitch. I used a variety of fibers, including Petite Peluche for the fluffy trim on Santa’s coat. I decided not to use any decorative stitches because there was so much going on already and I wanted the design, colors, and fiber textures to speak for themselves.

Buster’s dog bone stocking is from the Susan Battle Needlepoint line.

I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year…onward to 2013!

Happy stitching,
Susan

Betsy at Christmas!
Betsy at Christmas!

Jingle all the way

Are you in the mood for Christmas?! Well who cares if you are in the mood…it’s coming! I am listening to Christmas music as I type.

I love this canvas from Amanda Lawford and isn’t our finishing adorable? It stitched it in a flash…love that skip tent stitch! (All you do is stitch every other stitch…goes so fast!)

A note about dyelots…THEY ARE IMPORTANT! Check out the green area under the left reindeer…I very clearly used a different dyelot! I confess: I thought I had enough Silk + Ivory to finish the piece if I was really, really frugal but no. So do as I say not as I do…

Happy stitching,
Susan

Blue Bird of Happiness

 Check out my finished Blue Bird of Happiness! Actually it’s a Blue Jay but let’s not get technical. Labors of Love (check out their website) makes these wonderful three dimensional birds. Each bird comes with two canvases (front and back) and feathers and a clip. It didn’t take long to stitch. I used all basket weave and mostly metallics.

We will be doing a Labors of Love trunk show in May 2012.

Happy stitching,
Susan

 

 

 

When deadlines loom…

… I call in an emergency stitcher! Yes, that is my sweet husband, Chris, putting two extra “sacrifice” rows around my napkin rings! It’s Sunday night and the October 1st deadline for Christmas finishing is just 6 days away. That’s approximately 144 hours away and I do have to sleep/work/attend to my family for some of those hours. The deadline is the same date every year…why do we stitchers put ourselves in the position of pulling “Needlepoint All Nighters”???

Thanks, honey, for helping out.

Why is Buster just lying there? Can’t he do a few extra rows on my Whimsy and Grace Napoleonic bee napkin rings??? Sheesh.

PS You have until October 31st for full-sized Christmas stockings and belts with traditional leather…

Happy (frantic) stitching,
Susan