Here it is, my completed mantle canvas. The original canvas' stitch guide had the mantle garland being stitched on, creating the mirror with stitches & ornamentation, and stitching a few mini stockings to be self finished and hung with care.
Since I have finished a few tiny ornaments by hand, I was not thrilled with this idea. So I dug into my research from a past obsession, dollhousing, which my DD & I were deeply involved in years ago. I decided to decorate my mantle with dollhouse miniatures.
As you can see from the photo, that is in fact a real mirror---see my hand reflected in the photo?! I attached the mirror, the mantle garland and the stockings with clear nylon thread. Off to the framers' this week!
Hope you enjoyed this adventure with me. I enjoyed working this canvas, and learned from the stitch guide as well as developed confidence to change things as I saw them.