I admit it - this year I seem to have fallen into a complete heap when it comes to theme or any form of stitching discipline. And I'm enjoying what I pick up!
I've been working in dribs & drabs (if I can push myself away from fb and words with friends - I find myself in a chair with needle & thread - imagine that!!) and the piece that has currently captured my attention is VS - Jingle Bells Xmas Tree Farm. Until I picked it up at the very end of March, I had only stitched most of the very top scene.
I remember quite a dither I had about replacing all the speciality floss with DMC or nearest affordable variations - and the help I received from members of the 123 message board. Well I'm NOT using all the silks and speciality floss - I'm using what I can afford and some local over-dyed and I'm still very happy with my own results. I don't have any perle floss in white, so I'm staying with B5200 and occasionally adding extra sparkle with Kreinik sparkly stuff. I've decided to add all the beads at the last point, because I don't like catching beads in my hoop and dragging the fabric.
I thought I'd better post a progress pic, because the way I've been stitching this past few weeks, who knows what will be the next stitch that catches my eye.
Happy Stitching everybody!