It's called "HOLIDAY WREATH", and guess what? It's a big ol' wreath made up of lots of sparkly wrapped packages.... and it looks like this:
It's a nice large design, 11" x 11" on 18 ct canvas (I used the eggshell with gold flecks, so the background is all sparkly and festive). I had soooooo much fun stitching each of the packages - they're all done with simple stitches - and then getting them wrapped with whatever kinds of easy stitchy ribbons I could think of. Here's a close-up of some of the packages:
I've used just two #5 pearl cottons: a Christmas red and a Christmas green, mixed with a handful of metallic ribbon threads for the packages and the ribbons. And that big red bow?
It's done in long stitches, using the very yummy Very Velvet threads. (I've added just a few padding stitches under the bow areas, so that's what's making it look puckery on the scanned image, but in reality the bow is Very Rich looking and will "poof up" a bit when it's finally framed!)
After I stitched all the packages, I went ahead and added lots of irregularly stitched evergreen boughs peeking out behind the packages. And there's a bit of tent stitching between the packages using the same variegated green ThreadworX Overdyed #5 pearl cotton. I've added a sprinkling of round gold beads on some of the packages.... but you know, I'm thinking that a few fun buttons or embellishments (like tiny candy canes, bells, stars, snowflakes or gingerbread men) might be very appropriate to add to the packages - that's something you might like to do on YOUR wreath!! All in all, it's a very fun and festive piece to stitch....
So, if you want to stitch up a new holiday piece that will surely become a family favorite, please visit my website: Laura J. Perin Designs for all the ordering information.