2013 is getting off to a great start. Here is a sneak peek at the pants I'm working on:
Check out that pocket caught into the front dart! I can't wait to get these finished and start wearing them!
I wasn't able to get as much done on my Christmas sampler as I would have liked, but I did enjoy a couple of nights of stitching during the holidays. I was able to add the band of candles:
The candles are satin stitched in #8 pearle cotton and the fir boughs and holly are stitched with one strand of silk. I will be adding candle flames in metallic gold, and there will be silk ribbon poinsettias added to the greenery as well. I usually wait until the end to add silk ribbon so I don't snag it while I'm stitching the rest of the sampler.
I was also able to work my way up a bit, too. The "lace" row is stitched in #8 pearl and still needs a few eyelets and beads added.
Right above the lace row, I have begun prepping for the band of drawn thread work:
I have removed the horizontal threads from the design area. I still need to remove some from the outer area and weave the remainder in to the sides. Then I will be ready to do the decorative hemstitching.
I'm still excited about this project, so I plan to continue working on it while the mojo lasts. What projects are you working on for the New Year?