I think I've mentioned that I really love Positano, a lovely village on the Amalfi coast. I've enjoyed this Sharon G canvas, which very vividly evokes images of this pretty place. I started this canvas last June, when Linda & I went to Amy's. Amy wrote a fabulous stitch guide, and I was challenged by her creativity. There was one technique which I did not follow; Amy wrote the guide with Sorbello knots on the potted tree. I struggled with these, and did master the technique but was not happy with the look. I'm sure I missed something. In any event I did the tree in french & colonial knots, & I think it looks lovely. The flowers on the tree are a cup stitch, another new technique. I can see why Linda loves those Home Study projects, as Amy challenges you but does not overwhelm you.
Our LNS, Stitch by Stitch has a Tapestry Tent trunk show going on, so I added to my stash this past weekend. I got a pretty pansy canvas that I intend to use as an insert to my Italian leather Lee handbag. I also got a tiger belt that I want to do as a strap for another handbag. And I am working on collars for Cara & Mia. These are my basketweave projects.
But I intend to stick to my plan to stitch up some Christmas canvases. I had signed up for a Raymond Crawford monthly club last year and did not even one in 2010. I have completed one canvas so far and want to get as many of these done as I can before this Christmas finishing cut off; the snow is barely melted here & I am already thinking of Christmas cut off dates---what is WRONG with me?!!