Mom, Dad and my initials are stitched in red. The friends that always spend Christmas with us are done in gold. Mary Lou and Jim are family to me. Katrina was kind enough to share details with me about stitching the alphabet at the bottom instead of the charted Christmas Garden phrase. The colors are still Christmasy, but this at least gives it the option of being displayed year-round. I decided after taking the pictures I needed to add one more set of initials. I'm going to put a green SB up in the top right empty spot for Shepherd's Bush. This project was a gift from them to me last Christmas, and all of them signed the inside of my chart. Lots of things I could say, but I'll just keep it simple and say they're all special to me.
All of my other finishes are small compared to this. First up was the tote bag which was one of the projects from the retreat. I it in Arizona while we were motorhome camping. Perfect project for imperfect stitching conditions. Each of the designers at the retreat supplied a motif (or 2). The stitchers could pick and chose which motifs to put on their bags.
|Shepherd's Bush 2012 Retreat welcome project|
Next up is a piece designed by Nancy from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. It was originally started for an exchange, but then I decided it was too Christmas-y, then I fell in love with it paired with the red velvet.
|Victorian Motto Christmas Reindeer, stitched on 38 ct linen|
with Hand Dyed Fibers silk in Garnet
Another project that was started for an exchange, but didn't make the final cut was this Homespun Elegance piece. I decided there wasn't enough actual stitching and didn't want the recipient to feel like they got the short end of the stick.
|Homespun Elegance Christmas Won't Be Christmas, stitched on|
30 count R&R linen with various overdyed cottons
|Shepherd's Bush Merry pin cushion.|
Last, but not least, a pair of Primitive Hare finishes. The larger one was kitted up at the SB retreat and is stitched on 30 count linen, the smaller I changed to read Merry White Christmas, and is stitched on 40 count linen.
|Primitive Hare freebie|