I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have not been posting on here for the last week because I desperately wanted to finish at least one project before the end of 2010! And I succeeded on New Years Ever! Phew!
My 2nd last finish for 2010 was the small Christmas Motif, Santa Claws. I got the stitching done, but not the “finishing”. I am a bit scared to wash it because of the red thread and how old the kit was! But it desperately needs washing!
I have been talking about her all year, or so it seems, and finally I can put Ellen Myerscough to bed … well just about! I finished her on New Years Eve. She could probably also do with a wash, but I am a not sure that the Birds of a Feather linen that I used is colour fast, and I do love the colour. the very pale lettering is supposed to be almost unseen, and in fact, I think the linen I chose has made it more visible than the charted version. So without further ado, here she is …
I love the small needlework tools that you can get, and often when I get them, I wonder if I will use them. I bought the lovely wooden thread holder at a Stitches and Craft several years ago and had never used it. I then decided to use it for Ellen, but was worried that I would not know which thread was which. Then I realised that if I loaded the threads onto the holder in the same order as they appear in the key, there should be no problem, and there wasn’t. It was a great way to store the threads while I was stitching this gorgeous sampler.
I would really love to have some advice from my readers about whether or not to wash Ellen. The silk that I used is washable (don’t you just love that aspect of Needlepoint Inc Silks?), but as I said earlier, I am not sure about the linen. If you have any advice you want to share, please comment.
Just a quick note before I leave you – today I will be posting a total of 3 times. This is because everything I want to share would make for one very long post, and would be quite picture heavy, slowing download times for readers. So I will return later today with my first 2 UFO’s for the January theme, and my January 1 starts.