Well it is officially winter here. Driving home last Thursday night was unbelievable, a veritable snow storm! If it is sunny and warm where you live, send a few warm rays my way 😀
The snow falling brought to mind a canvas that I started January 2012. This canvas was a Kelly Clark Gingerbread house by Di Paolo. The house sitting on a hill brought to mind a Swiss Chalet with people skiing past it. I envisioned gingerbread people slalom skiing down this hill, so the Ski Slope stitch came to be.
To stitch the snow I used one strand of Fuzzy Stuff for the long stitches and one strand of Bouclé for the short stitches. I felt the Bouclé gave a hard packed snow effect! Can’t you just feel the snow crunching under your feet 🙂 I really do love this stitch, enjoy! Remember to stitch this like a horizontal darning pattern. The pattern continues to repeat and of course can be used in many other ways…..a grass field.
Karen Hallman over on Stitcherie has set up another Challenge for the month of December, “Nut Crackers 2014”. Like the Stitching Games there will be clues and of course prizes. If you are interested click here, http://stitcherie.ning.com/forum/topics/nut-crackers-2014-registration?groupUrl=s&groupId=3810047%3AGroup%3A108722&id=3810047%3ATopic%3A145297&page=2#comments, you must register your canvas as specified in the rules by November 30th. Good luck to all of the “Nut Crackers 2014” participants. I thought I may join in, but I did not finish the last challenge this year. If by a miracle I complete the canvas I am currently stitching then I may enter the games. Stay tuned and I will let you know by the end of the month!
I have to reveal this custom canvas that I had commissioned for Nixie.
Diane Dirks is a wonderful artist and captured Nixie’s expression perfectly! Ruth Schmuff distributes Diane Dirks and was instrumental in my “Nixie” being painted. There are many artists that can capture pet portraits, but I love what Diane did. If you want to see her work click here, http://www.dirksdesigns.com/ddc/dkd/design/des_pets.htm
My furry children have been getting frisky, Angus demanded a walk today in the bitter cold, yes with the wind chill it was “0” Fahrenheit, the coldest day in history since 1880!! What a boy!
Stimpy and Noe have been eyeing the birds very closely from the window by the sink. Stimpy was even talking to them yesterday morning.
Well folks that’s all for today, enjoy the stitch and stay warm! This is truly stitching weather 😎