Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stops and Starts

I thought I'd post a picture of the latest Prairie Schooler "12 Days of Christmas" Santa I finished last week. It's the "seven swans a singing" square and I thoroughly enjoyed stitching the swans in this one:



I think it's going to be the last one I work on for a while. Time for the Santas to go back in the Christmas vault, while I pull out a few half-started new designs for 2012...

The first one I'm focusing on is something I'm calling ACE OF DIAMONDS, because it's got lots of diamond motifs thruout the piece. And it's worked in what I consider my "January colors" -- icy blues, teals, and purples (I'm using Watercolours 192 - "Elderberry Wine"  - one of my favs, because it's so incredibly deep and rich and has such a good spectrum of colors to play with)...



There is a lot of icy blue and purple metallic in this piece, but the scanned image just doesn't pick it up. Sigh. Believe me, this is a sparkly, spangly piece with plenty of fun zig zag rows and all sorts of diamonds to whip up....

After working thruout the holiday season on lots of basketweave stitching, it's pleasant to return to some satisfying geometric work again.  So tonight I'm going to be very cozy in my evening stitching station, watching tv and getting back into the groove of my January blues stitchin' mood! ...

And oh yeah, so long, all you santas... I'll be seeing you again next winter!

8 comments:

Jan said...

Isn't it 7 swans a swimming? Love the new design. OK, who am I kidding -- I love all your designs!

geeky Heather said...

"swans a singing"...hee hee. ;)

LOVE the colors in Ace of Diamonds. They are "ace" indeed!!

BFromM said...

The new design is very yummy! I'm putting it on my list of things that I have to have!

sally said...

I can't wait to see the Ace of Diamonds when it is finished. It looks like a winner to me!

Annie said...

The colors from Ace of Diamonds are just wonderful. My hand are itching to stitch it. :)

Karen said...

The Santa is gorgeous - I just finished on, too, a few days ago, and have put the next one on hold for a bit :)

LOVE the colors in Ace - next time I see Elderberry Wine on sale, I'm buying several :) Which'll ship to my house on Elderberry Lane, as it just so happens :)

Laurita Hall said...

Lovely Design!!!

hugs,
Laurita

Mangogirl said...

Lovely stitching :D