Oct 11, 2012

Christmas 2012

Two new Christmas designs are on their way to your favorite shops!   
Crimson Cardinal features a brilliantly red cardinal on a field of blue.  It's a crisp, cold December morn, so his song appears as little curls of steam against a setting moon.  Peppermint Pig comes with a story of the Victorian tradition where shared bits of a broken candy pig - peppermint flavored - became a good luck symbol for the coming year.  The design is full of motifs which are perfect to stitch individually as little ornaments.  Even more delightful of an idea is to stitch is to finish them as fobs, needle-books or tiny pin cushions, or delicate gift tags.  Such a pretty little surprise for a special person and so easy to create.

The dainty little "peppermint-inspired"  ornaments pictured below plus many more  are all included in Peppermint Pig's chart .  These were stitched on 25 count linen and worked with pieces of left-over silk floss as imagination dictated.  I embellished them with Mill Hill beads - some crystal, some golden, a few red ones - to catch the light as well as the eye of admirers.  Then each was backed with heat fusible  inter-facing to stiffen and protect the edges from raveling. I carefully trimmed  around the stitching and then hung each delicate wafer of color on a strand of fine, golden cord.  These could just as easily be stitched on perforated paper. Can't you imagine them on dark paper, stitched in white silk for just the perfect snowflake effect!  

 Visit my main website  in the next few days for all the details plus full size images of both of these newest October designs!