I completed thirteen projects this year (all cross-stitch): two ornaments, four cards, six bookmarks, and one random thing (started by my nephew).
This is Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon from patternsonline.com. I bought this when they had a sale on dragons; I have too many big projects going and wanted something I could finish relatively quickly. I used 14-count black Aida, which is not the best fabric for this since it has quarter stitches. It called for Kreinik #4 very fine braid, which I’d never used before; I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with. I didn’t do the couching on the sun’s rays; I wasn’t thinking about it needing to be done as I went along until after I’d done most of it.
I started Teresa Wentzler’s Sun Dragon; Patternsonline had a dragon sale, and I wanted something that I could finish relatively quickly. It calls for Kreinik #4 very fine braid; I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with compared to blending filament or DMC’s light effects. There’s one stitch that looks a little out of place in the picture that looks fine in real life (it’s one of the gold braid stitches):
The colors used were:
DMC 604 (md cranberry) with DMC 602 (lt cranberry) backstitch
Artiste satin floss HL307 (sweet mocha) with DMC 801 (dk coffee brown) backstitch
Artiste satin floss HL308 (breezy) with DMC 931 (md antique blue) backstitch
I had to use my phone camera this month; the camera was borrowed from my sister and my nephew is about old enough for a real camera, so I gave it back to her. I worked mostly on Teresa Wentzler’s free Knotwork Bookmark; I’ve had nothing but problems with it, but I’m determined to finish what I started:
I’m still working on the Bokhara pillow from Tapestry and Beadwork: Canvaswork Projects for the Home by Julia Hickman; my goal was to finish everything but the blue background/pink flower areas, and I succeeded. I’m not looking forward to the blue backgrounds, though; they are more complicated than the other areas.