My back has been slowly healing and to that end I have not really done an awful lot of stitching. I keep trying to, but it just ends up hurting and then I need to take some pills and rest, it's quite frustrating but I know this will not be forever.
I have managed to finish a cross stitch piece I started about two years ago. I love the sentiment on it and also the bees, actually I find all of it pretty cute. It is a Primitive Hare design from 2016 and I will get it framed and hang it in my house.
|Working on this piece|
|Finished, I love it. It's actually stitched in a Navy thread which is difficult to see in this photo.|
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I have seen Larissa Holland's Twelve Days of Christmas Decorations floating around and finally when some friends showed me theirs they had just finished I could no longer resist. A friend and I gathered our supplies ready to start in 2020. Tentatively I said I would like to stitch at least one a month and try and get as many as possible stitched before Christmas 2020. About two weeks ago I started the first one and since then I have worked on them every day for a little bit. I only have a few more pieces to stitch and then they will ready to assemble. I'll be assembling them after lockdown ends here as I need some of the finishing materials to make them up. I can't get these as the shops are closed, I've tried the internet but alas shipping is either too expensive or not available to here at present so I will have to be patient. I am excited though by Larissa's latest prototype - Ebeneezer Scrooge. I plan on getting to him as soon as he is released and trying to stay up to date with future releases. These have been lovely little pieces I can stitch in hand on the couch while trying to heal.
The patterns are from Larissa's Etsy shop here and I love that they are instant downloads!
|No. 3 all stitching complete, now I get to try removing the stabilizer by soaking it off - this is a new technique for me.|
|Soaking off the Stabilizer - this stuff makes it so much easier to do!|
|No.s 1 - 6, I am still stitching No.6. These are ready for assembly.|
|No.s 7 - 12, I am still working on No.9. The rest of these are completely stitched waiting for assembly.|
|Santa & Mrs Claus ready for their heads and to be made up.|
I have a couple of other Christmas themed pieces I hope to work on as soon as I have Larissa's Christmas Decorations stitched up to date.
The first to finish are The Twelve Berries of Christmas by Erica Michaels stitching. I have three more berries to stitch and then I need to make these up. I love, love, love the colours and pictures on these gorgeous berries.
|All of the patterns|
I also collect and stitch Just Nan's Christmas Mice. I have all of the Christmas ones that have been released. I have finished two properly, have two to stitch and all the rest need their little accompaniments added to them to be finished. Now that I think about it I think I may have to stitch all of their whiskers on too. I have everything needed to finish the mice and the berries, I just need to get it done!
|My Stitched Mice and the nest two to patterns to stitch.|
My back is healing slowly, I am allowed to work on not wearing my brace now which is a bit scary, but I can't wait to be back to a more normal life and able to do everything I could. Lockdown in New Zealand changes again on Monday for us, we drop from Level 4 to Level 3, which doesn't impact my family greatly. Hopefully things will continue on this trajectory and life is back to more normal in May, getting to Level 2 or Level 1 would be amazing.
I hope you are all safe and well,