So, as I was saying, I did a lot of work on the Christmas stocking. I also did a lot of work on my upside-down koi project. You may remember this one. I started stitching the canvas upside down and only later discovered that it makes a whole lot more sense right side up. Not too bright -- what can I say?
Anyhow, this has been a fun project for me. I am using lots and lots of yummy threads. Metallic braid, Vineyard Silk, Planet Earth, Silk &Ivory, Appleton Crewel -- all in shades of green and aqua. It's really been fun. I just love the colors. I am doing this -- brace yourself -- in my hand (i.e., no frame, no scroll bars) and you know what? I kind of like it. It is so nice and portable and it has that whole tactile thing going for it. Of course every now and then I get a twinge of guilt when I see my beautiful threads getting all scrunched up but you know what? It's needlepoint, not planetary physics (is there such a thing as planetary physics?)
I am doing this project in all basketweave too. It's really all about the colors which are just luscious. I am thinking about making an alteration to the canvas though. There is a little spot that is painted yellow-orange and I am not sure why. It could be some mud that the fish have disturbed or it could be a leaf or branch or something. I've covered the area with my hand and I think that the canvas is more effective without the distraction of the yellow-orange, "What is it?" bit. If I do stitch over that area it would leave the koi as the only non-turquoise/aqua bit which is as it should be I think. So, we'll see. I don't have to decide right now. Especially since we've just gone back to work and it is not looking as if I am going to have a whole lot of stitching time in the near future.