On New Year's Eve, I made a resolution that I would stitch a minimum of one hour per day. For the most part, I've stuck to it. That is until mid August. That's when we started to remodel our house. Since then, my needlepoint has fallen to the wayside.
Our home has been graced with the architecture of the 1980's. In my opinion, the 80"s were a scary decade: fashion, hairstyles and yes architecture. For instance, the bathtub in the master bath is situated right in the middle of the room. This was done to accommodate a planter! Yep, you read that correctly, a planter so one could do some gardening as they relaxed in the tub. Hmmmm...makes me wonder who thought that one up....
Hopefully the bathroom will be completed soon and life will return back to normal. In the mean time, I decided to work a canvas from the Kelly Clark nativity series. This was part of a club that I signed up for through Amy's Golden Strand in Memphis, Tennessee. Each canvas comes with a fabulous stitch guide written by Amy Bunger. Amy's stitch guides are thoughtfully written and challenging. I always learn something new when using them.
Here is my progress on Joseph after working on him off and on this past week.
The bottom border and background are the same on all the canvases. Since I've already competed Jesus and Mary, this stitching has been easy. I took the time to count out the trellis design to make sure that Joseph is centered in the design. To help with the counting, I used a blue pen to continue the design on the canvas selvage. This is a quilter's pen which will disappear when you brush with cold water. I haven't had any problems with these pens, but I've heard from other stitchers that the blue lines can come back. To be safe, I only use these pens on the canvas salvage.
You might also notice, that Joseph's facial features have been painted out. Amy provides a detailed chart in each stitch guide that maps out the face. Sometimes the chart doesn't match up what has been painted on the canvas. At first, I thought I could stitch over the painted image, but the dark colors were showing through and creating weird shadows. For me, it was just easier to paint out the face with good quality acrylic paint.
Here is a closeup of the border. I just love the way it turned out.