Eight is Great!
I finished another WIP yesterday! This brings me up to 8 for the year - granted, some of them were small, but I am still celebrating each and every one. I started this one last year during my "Crosstitch Crazy 2015 Challenge" and only worked on it a few times, but that combined with a couple of sessions this year equals a finish!
I made one adaptation to the design - I added mini buttons to the snowman instead of doing the small straight stitches indicated on the chart. Check Minidolls.com if you are looking for tiny buttons - they have all sorts and colors.
I also had to get very creative when stitching the wreath. The straight stitches from the chart were difficult to reproduce on my fabric, but I laid down a basic framework to keep it circular in shape and then I went back and filled in with "needles." After adding the beads, I was quite pleased with the results.
If you are looking for the chart - it is one of 4 snowman designs by Carol Emmer that is included in the November/December 2013 issue of Just CrossStitch magazine. Check the Just CrossStitch site, eBay, or see the link below for sources on Amazon.com.
I can hardly wait to start the next snowman, but it will have to wait on a turn in the rotation.
After I finished the Birdhouse Snowman, I buckled down and did a WHOLE lot of "frogging" (aka unpicking of stitches). I have been test stitching the next SAL for Connie Gee's Designs and I decided I didn't like the color I had used for one section. Luckily it was one of the smaller sections, but it still took me several hours to frog. But I got it done and I am ready to re-stitch that section now in the color that I am happier with - YAY!
I am participating in a SWAT (stitching week-a-thon) with some of my friends this week. Next up in my rotation is Mother Maya by Tracy Horner of Ink Circles, so that is what I will be focusing on for the rest of the week (or until my attention span requires a change). I am using silk floss to stitch it. I guess I better break out my stitcher's lotion to help with my dry hands - don't want that silk catching on them!