Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A few stitches!!

I allowed myself about two hours of free time this evening to a, play with our neighbors' ADORABLE 1-year-old daughter (who said "Mikey," my stepdad's name, for the first time today!), and b, do a little bit of work on Art's Christmas stocking!

And no, I have no plans to have this stocking done by Christmas. I started it in, oh, March perhaps? I first made myself one of a delightful little Santa, and then started working on Art's teddy bear stocking.

Yes, the man gets teddy bears. He has a soft side, you know. He loves a chihuahua named Peanut.

As you can see, this is not a design-from-scratch kind of needlepoint. I like to sew, but I'm not crazy. At least not when it comes to needlepointing.

Anyway, here's a close up of the work in progress. You can also see my wooden dowel rods that keep the mesh tight. I can't believe I've ever needlepointed without one of these things. The bottom bear is finished, the rest are not.

Aren't they adorable? And sort of masculine? Especially the one with the big red bow in her hair.

Here's a close up of what I'm actually doing. The difference between needlepoint and cross stitch is that needlepoint uses lots of strands of thread (usually 6) and goes from one corner to the next, whereas cross stitch uses usually only one or two strands and makes an "x."

I bet you've always wondered that. I'm happy I could be here to enrich your lives with sewing vocab.

Here's a closeup of the finished bear's face. You can really see just how many colors go into one project. I'm counting 11, anybody else? :)

Needlepoint is extremely tedious work, so if you aren't into that, you probably won't like it. But me, I enjoy tedious tasks. Always have. My closet is organized by color and my bookshelves are in order by height. That's just who I am.

Happy Tuesday everyone! :)