Finished the Santa last night and as I put the last bead in I realized I made a major mistake. I put the shopping bag too low. It should be up higher so that you see all the beautiful detail work on the bottom of his gown. Now what to do? I realize that no one will ever know but I do. My big dilemma is that in removing the bag I am afraid I will disturb some stitches and the velvet will have marks in it from being attached. After a lot of tears, I think I am going to leave it alone. Aside from my major mistake (which was my own fault because I was too busy multi-tasking and not paying attention to what I was doing), I absolutely love this piece. Amy did such a wonderful stitch guide for it. She asked me if I wanted WOW and I got it. The shopping bag (sore spot) was the thing I was most timid about but it was not difficult to do at all. Since I used velvet I had to fold the raw edges under and I used a small amount of glue to hold all four sides folded in. It really worked out great.
Amy's Cook-Up Classes are the absolute best. I have such a wonderful time when I go. First I get to see Amy and all my wonderful friends at the store. I have met some really wonderful stitchers in the classes. Everyone is extremely friendly and Amy just makes you feel right at home. The classes are fun and no pressure is put on you. Amy will accommodate you if you feel not challenged enough or over challenged. She has no problem working with you to get the right stitch. I cannot wait until November 2011 to go again. Hope I can wait that long.
If you can, please treat yourself to a Cook-Up Class. It is a truly wonderful experience that you will remember always and I am sure that once you go you will be going again.