In the past I have blogged about model stitching for my friend Beth. (If you missed those posts or would like to know exactly what model stitching is, you can read them here and here.)
The last project that I stitched for Beth was a pattern called Snow Zone. The inspiration for the design came from a hooked mat that Beth found at an antique mall. You can read Beth's blog post and see the antique hooked mat here.
Recently I received an envelope from Beth in the mail. Hmmmmmm.....what's this? Beth didn't tell me that she was sending me a package. Let's see what is inside...
Since Beth has the original antique hooked mat of the Snow Zone design, she sent me the piece that I had model stitched for her. Also enclosed was a "needle minder" with the cutest little pine cone design on it and the latest issue of Sampler and Needlework Quarterly magazine (which has a couple of patterns that I must put on my "to stitch" list).
What is a "needle minder"? The round disk is magnetized so you can place your needle on it. No more "where's my needle" panic attacks. Needle minders are one of those "why didn't *I* think of that" inventions!
At the beginning of the year I set a goal to stitch two Christmas ornaments each month. I started out right on track but fell behind last month. Last night I finished my sixth ornament. If I can stitch two more before the end of April, I'll be up-to-date on my goal once more......not sure if that will happen or not!
Without further ado, here is the design I just finished.
This is a Glory Bee Designs pattern from the 2010 Just Cross-Stitch annual ornament issue. I stitched the design on 32 count platinum linen. I love the simpleness of the design.