Sunday, April 16, 2023

Christmas Holly Stitch-a-Long, part 1

Hi everyone! Last time I had just gathered all the pieces to start on a project that I tore out of a stitching magazine in December 2000. I had already acquired the fabric and organized the floss, so I was raring to go.

And now, after three productive weeks, I'm here: 

Weirdly, I'm not so keen on the colors so far... I will say that the fabric in real life is more midnight and less royal, but this set of leaves feels... washed out? Flat? The pattern doesn't call for backstitching so I'm a little worried. But there is a LOT of stitching left to go, so maybe I'm jumping to conclusions.

I realized that I said last time that I wanted to make up the pillow from the cornflowers project; however I wasn't able to get a better look at her new couch to make sure I got a backing fabric that looked right. So that's a project for this next stretch.

And speaking of projects, don't forget to check out the amazing projects my fellow stitchers are working on -- I love seeing what they're working on! Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJCathie, LindaHelenConnieCindy, and Mary Margaret.


  1. Sometimes when I'm up close to a project for a long time I feel the same way as you about colours etc. However, I think there's lots of depth in your leaves and when the other leaves are done in different shades I'm sure it'll all come together. It's lovely!

  2. I agree with Avis, I think when all the colors are in, it will work really well. It’s going to be a beauty!

  3. I think once all of the parts have been stitched, especially the darker leaves, these particular leaves won't look as washed out. You've done a lot of stitching. I think it is pretty.

  4. I think it'll look great as you continue. It looks nice and shaded already! You've done loads