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