Christmas in July Swap Stitchin'
I can hardly wait to complete the pieces I'm making for my swap partner. The stitching is done, one item has been finished:
For more ideas on what you can stitch up, go to the Christmas in July Swap blog, created by my co-Swap Mama, Cheryll. We will be sharing ideas - it's AWESOME (if I do say so myself HA!).
What else have I been up to?
I found a glorious used book, "Exquisite Miniatures (in Cross Stitch and Other Counted Thread Techniques)" by Brenda Keyes. In one of the chapters, Ms. Keyes gives step-by-step instructions on painting a canvas with Gilt creme. I thought the look was stunning, so I tried it. I selected a pattern called "Une rose pour Maman". It was a free pattern I printed long ago... I tried the link, but it doesn't exist anymore.
The other piece I finished is from Jenny of ELEFANTZ Designs. It has special meaning to me, as the button is from a tin of buttons left by my mother. I couldn't figure out why there were so many WHITE buttons…..until I realized they were most likely from her nursing uniforms. I remember her in white from head to toe, starched and pretty. Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your talents.
OK - back to my needle and thread!
Remember, keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~