Friday, February 12, 2010

A Few Good (Gingerbread) Men







Here are the latest completions at the Ward household.....the Santa Gingerbread man, which I did, and the Winter Wonderland Gingerbread man, which was completed by my daughter. She started hers a few weeks ago; I started mine more recently, but we finished pretty much simultaneously. Ashley selected all the stitches on her own; except for the turkey work (the pom pom on the hat), she did it all herself. I selected my stitches too, but of course researched and researched, surrounding myself with many volumes. I think both methods worked; her gingerbread man is as cute as mine, I think.

We both have a few projects going on. She's a lot less obsessive than I, so she actually can go weeks without stitching. I get a little cranky after a day or so of not stitching. Although, I must admit, ever since I got my nook, I have spent a bit less time stitching, & a lot more time reading. Have I mentioned that I love my nook? Linda's had a Kindle since they came out, & in fact has the latest generation. It was at our holiday dinner that her husband challenged me with "I can't believe you don't have one of these" that I became more interested. The look that my husband shared with Jennifer & my daughter when that comment was made was priceless. And my Stitching Sister is a top notch enabler. That single remark launched an obsessive internet research into e-readers, with the nook being the winner.

Wait. Isn't this a needlepoint blog? Oh, yes. I am waiting for our LNS to get the needlepoint nook & kindle covers so I can needlepoint a cover for my nook cover. Don't ask.


I am still working away on my Ponza sunset canvas; my progess is also posted here. The sky is done, as is the sun. Sharon G has given me some great ideas for the rocks, & now I want to do some research on the shrubbery, for the threads & stitches. I like to have ideas to toss out to Sharon in our online class, & get her feedback. Since this photo, I've started on the border, which I am doing the same way as the border in my last Ponza canvas, which had a stitch guide designed by Tony Minieri. I told him I was going to carry the border forward on all 4 Ponza canvases. I will be starting another Ponza canvas with Tony in March. And I plan on starting the last Ponza canvas with Sharon in the later spring, probably May. My plan is that all 4 Ponza canvases will be done by year end.


Oh, & there will be some surprises too...can't tell you everything at once!


Have a good weekend! Denise






4 comments:

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Your Ponza canvas sky and sun look great but of course it is hard to judge how they will look at the end. Will the heavier stitches be at the bottom with the rocks? Can't wait to see how these all turn out. They are going to be a magnificent set.

The gingerbread men are darling, another quick and fun pair for Christmas!

Enjoy the Nook. Just don't forget to stitch.

Denise & Linda said...

As I type I am surrounded by my needlepoint books, researching water & rocks. Sharon suggests a couple of different stitches for the rocks, for different textures, and yes, they will be much heavier--no lite stitching there! Denise

Sheena said...

Love the sky!! It makes me want to go online and order the canvas :) I can't wait to see your progress on the ocean and patio. Great job, I also have a kindle, and it does take a bit of time from stitching, though just a little.
Sheena

Carolyn McNeil said...

The gingerbread men are great! I don't have a kindle - I have a book store. Unfortunately, stitchin' doesn't make me any money, so I sell books...Fortunately, I like to read...
Happy Stitchin'...
Carolyn
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