December 25, 2011

Stitchmas

Merry Christmas, All! I wanted to show you something that Sherry brought to the stitching party I attended. This little nativity is made by hand from wool felt, in Kyrgyzstan. There are lots of sheep in Kyrgyzstan and not lots of ways to make money, so these are a natural:


And a closer look:


Our Christmas was wonderful, although we missed my sister, Gilbert and my dad, who are on the Cape. We woke up late, and I made this for breakfast. It's a quiche loraine.


After we had breakfast we opened our gifts and played with our toys. (No, I didn't get anything needlework related from my family, who probably despair of finding anything for me that I don't have.)


Then I stitched, working on two Christmas starts. Full disclosure: I really started this a few days ago, because I wanted to show a little progress. As it is, Blogger insists on rotating the photo 90 degrees; mentally rotate it back counter-clockwise. It's the plus-sized Ann Dale by Shakespeare's Peddler. This sucker is going to take a long, long time to stitch, but I love the colors. I am not using the recommended Lakeside Pear. I don't care for pear--too green. Instead I'm using 40 count Picture This Plus in Legacy. The photo of the color is very accurate. I'm using the suggested silks.


So I also started something small and not quite so daunting: Ewe and Eye and Friends' Small Sampler #3. The sheep will have special stitches applied over their cross stitched bodies. Fun! I did a conversion to silk and I'm stitching on 40 count Lakeside in Sand Dune(?)


Some neighbors stopped by for a snack. There's something green in the little garden on the left that they love. They trotted off when I went out on the deck with my camera. Dash away, all!


I'm not sure what Peaches is doing with her leg here; I think she hoisted her foot onto Elvis' back so she could groom it and he very patiently allowed her to use him as a vanity stool.


I'm working at In Stitches tomorrow. Let's see what trouble I can get into. Better yet, give us a call and I'll help YOU get into trouble. You know there's SOMETHING you wanted that you didn't get!

Happy week ahead, and merry stitching!

16 comments:

Jan said...

Love the neighbors that stopped by. Peaches has the right idea. Men make great footstools.
I'll miss being at In Stitches tomorrow as we'll be driving back home. Have fun!

Margaret said...

Love the new starts! I'm still intimidated by Ann Dale. I will probably succumb at some point though -- like you said, I love the colors! Hope you had a great Christmas

mainely stitching said...

Wow, what fabulous new starts!! :D

Nancy said...

The Nativity set is wonderful and so beautifully made. Beautiful new stitching starts! Enjoy! Oh my your quiche looks delicious. Merry Christmas to the bunnies!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You are a brave woman starting Ann Dale the Huge. I'm with Margaret on taking a wait and see attitude... it may be just too big for moi.

Deborah said...

Love the new starts! Ann Dale is so way to much for me. I look forward to your progress. Glad that you had a wonderful Christmas.

Mouse said...

ohhhh nice neighbours .. only came round for the grub .lol and didn't leave you any stitchy presents ..lol ... love your new startsssss .. gorgeous ... and cute photo of the bunnies ... now why is your shop sooo far away when you are having a sale ..lol :) wishing you a very merry stitchy new year :)love mouse xxxx

Katrina said...

Ann is fabulous!!!! Love the colors you chose too. Aren't EEF pieces the sweetest. Merry, merry Christmas :-).

Giovanna said...

Great new starts! Glad you had a good Christmas.

Cari said...

Merry Christmas....Love the Ann Dale start !! Have a wonderful week Glenna !!

Catherine said...

Love that Nativity! Great new start! It will be fun to watch your progress on this!!

Beth Pearce said...

Very nice Creche - I hope this helps their economy out!

Yep, no one gives me stitchy presents either - but I got an extra bonus at the office some of which will find its way into stash I am sure - LOL!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Two nice posts there - enjoyed them both. Pix great! You stitch like BL cooks. No recipe is ever absolutely followed, there is always a tweak here or there. Peaches is just sizing up her foot and leg for one of those socks. (Which by the way, match well a winter scarf I have>)

Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely photo of Peaches and Elvis!

I love the nativity too, such a wonderful thing!

Your stitching is beautiful too.

Siobhan said...

Love the new starts, Glenna! Ann Dale is going to be stunning. I'm trying to resist but I know I'll cave when I see a few more photos.

Michelle said...

Love love love your start on Ann Dale!!! And the wool felt Nativity is just precious. How fun.