Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cross stitching finished on Texas Panorama

Now on to the backstitching. I finished most of the backstitching around the "S" last night, but my eyes were burning so I didn't get far. I had a horrible allergy attack late Tuesday/early Wednesday and I'm still recovering. At first I thought it might be a really short cold, but then several people at work were having the same symptoms at the same time and the pollen count was high during this, the notorious "cedar fever" season in Texas. (I put that in quotes because it is actually not cedar and you rarely get a fever from it!) So, I'm finally starting to feel better and the weather is supposed to be nasty for the day off tomorrow for MLK's birthday, so I hope to get a lot of stitching done.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Another Texas Panorama update

Just a quick post with Texas Panorama, now with the T complete... so I guess it's TEXA panorama at the moment. :)

I've started into the S just a little. After that, lots of backstitching to finish! The X in particular has a bunch, so it's going to take a while to get to the point of putting in that final stitch.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Last finishes from 2007 and Texas Panorama update

I made a few ornaments late in 2007 to include with some gifts, but being sick and having a broken computer conspired to keep me from posting pictures at the time. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of one of them before I wrapped it up in its box, but here are the other two. The poinsettia ornament was sort of my trial and error one that I was going to keep for myself. The other was a gift. I was really happy how the stitching came out on the Santa, since I was trying really hard to keep the white stitching clean and even. Both of these designs came from a book of quickies (sorry, I don't have the exact title handy!).

This is another ornament that I finished at the end of the year that I thought I had posted, but I didn't see it. It was originally a little kit that came with a plastic round frame, but I decided to make a little pillow out of it instead. The design also called for French knots as the garland on the tree and I substituted some old leftover red beads instead. I also stitched the yellow accents with some Kreinik gold braid instead (I have several partial spools left over from Celtic Christmas).

And last but not least, here's an update on Texas Panorama, although it's already out of date, since I finished the "T" last night. I'll post that picture later.