The Holidays are Here!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was certainly fantastic.  The relaxing time spent at home also allowed time to finish my latest creation.  I needlepointed Raymond Crawford’s beautiful Poinsettia canvas.  I then finished it into a pillow with icy green dupioni silk and fun ball fringe.

Here are a few close-ups.  The background is done with a simple continental stitch in two strands of white Mandarin Express (Rainbow Gallery’s Bamboo thread).  The stitch creates a wonderful tactile difference to the padded satin stitch of the Pima Cotton petals.

And of course, a little bling was necessary for the flower centers.  The french knots are topped with Swarovski crystal beads.

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