I have made some progress on the Growth Sampler I am stitching for my great-nephew. The kit was a baby shower gift to my niece from a family friend, and my niece asked me to stitch it up. The four characters are now stitched, and I added some blue fabric to the top and stitched baby's name. The birth details will also go into the blue section. I am at a standstill now, now waiting for the details my niece wants stitched - birth details and the ages?/dates? on which Angus reached various heights (I am going to stitch these on the left hand side). My niece wants to be able to add info to the growth chart until Angus is 5 years old, so I have had to come up with a finishing method that allows extra stitching over time, and laundering. I hope I get it right!
I am getting ready to start working again on my HAED Christmas Dreams (chart, fabric and most of the floss purchased with birthday money &/or gift vouchers), so I decided to stitch some bright little things to get me in the right frame of mind. I stitched these bead and button decorated trees to replenish my stock of take home gifts for Christmas visitors. There is a cross stitched (or sometimes a Smyrna cross stitch) tree under all those beads and buttons. These little gold-coloured frames measure just 4.1 cm x 3.8 cm (1.675" x 1.5"). I love making these little trees, and I guess (because they disappear so quickly) that my Christmas visitors like them too. I will be making more tiny framed cross stitches during the year - probably not more trees, though.
And here is a pic of all 14, standing up.
All my stitching time for the next month(s?) will be spent on Christmas Dreams. I have almost forgotten the horror of having to unpick almost two full pages because of that silly error I made with the repeated stitches, and I will be starting tomorrow on the 14th page (page 47 as it happens), in my third row of stitching, as I am stitching it sideways.. My aim for this year is 12 pages, so it will be good to make a start on it. Here is where I am at the moment. Try and ignore the dirty area where I unpicked those offending pages.
I will enjoy popping in to read the GG reports.