This needlepoint piece that I made in the late 80’s/early 90’s has always been a favorite of mine, but I had not had it on display for the last few years since I had not in the mood for decorating for Christmas. I got it out this year and it’s been like rediscovering something new all over again while recollecting the fun I had in stitching it.
Some of you might recognize the design as being based on the counted cross-stitch design published in the Cricket booklet “Christmas in July”. I had purchased the booklet from Westie’s, a needlecraft shop long since closed in the New Orleans area. The design had been planned for stitching on 14-count white Aida cloth (and thus, no background stitching would have been needed). But I decided instead to transform the piece into needlepoint with a suggestion of monochromatic evergreen boughs in the background and the guiding star of Christ’s birth in the upper right (those areas are worked in various types of stitches so as to differentiate not only through subtle difference in white-on-white color but also in texture).
Almost all of the stitching was done with needlepoint wools I had on hand (mostly because so much of it had been gifted to me by a friend). I used either tapestry wool or stranded Persian wool as necessary to achieve the color and effect I wanted. The only thing I needed to purchase was the gold thread that highlights the 5 gold rings, the piper’s instruments and the drummer’s regalia.
By the way, I used to do a lot of cross-stitch, too. In fact, I made up the “Little French Geese” piece in this same booklet for one of my sister’s that year. Ahh … memories, memories …
Donna Druchunas has announced that she will donate 25% of her profits from pre-sales of the new book Successful Lace Knitting to the Musk Ox Farm in Alaska, which is having financial troubles. Pre-order your signed copy today and help a good cause! The book will be out in mid-May.
This book presents not only a beautiful collection of patterns but also a fascinating biography of Dorothy Reade, who was inspirational and very much influenced the start of my journey into lace knitting. The book contains contributions of patterns from myself (Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer), Annie Modesitt, Evelyn Clark and others, as well as Donna herself, of course.
More about the Musk Ox Farm
More about the pre-sales event to benefit the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, AK
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a great 2007 and hope your are, too. My schedule this year, and especially the next two months, is filled to the gills with exciting plans. Some is “work” and some is for treating myself (in keeping with taking the time the time to smell the roses).
One of the first exciting events is the winter Needlearts Market in San Diego, hosted by The National Needlearts Association (TNNA). I’ve got my calendar marked for January 13 – 15, 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center. The 2007 winter show is earlier in January than usual, so it’s had me juggling holiday activities alongside show prep.
Are you a needlearts or yarn retailer and planning to go to the TNNA show? I want to share something to save you time! I, along with other TNNA Designers and Teachers, know how busy you are. So we’ve set up a common site, TNNA Preview Promenade as a central point to give you a glimpse into the pre-show buzz.
Daily postings at Preview Promenade will show you what to expect before you get to the TNNA show. Doesn’t it sound good to be able to avoid unnecessary walking and wandering about that huge showroom floor? When you get to the show, you’ll already have a good idea of what you want to be sure to see.
On another note, have you made your new year’s resolution? If not, you have the rest of today and then I’ll share mine with you tomorrow. Until then …