Sunday, October 22, 2023

Christmas Holly Stitch-a-Long, part 6

Hi everyone! We got in late late last night from vacation so I'm a little late putting together this post. But as I often say, it's still Sunday in my time zone. 

We were away for eleven out of the last 21 days, and I didn't bring my holly cross stitch with me -- I just brought small things I could do on the plane, in dimly-lit hotel rooms, and such. But I did a little work before I left. Well, very little work...  

Here's where I was last time: 

And here's where I am now: 

Just some filling in of the top center leaf, but that's it. Lots more to do ... for Christmas 2024. :) 

Right before we went out of town I had the chance to hear Kaffe Fassett speak. I love his books, his designs, so it was fun to hear him... even if I fear he's the sort of person now that everyone says "yes" to all the time, so no one offers him feedback, edits, etc. But he talked for about an hour and then they had a very organized meet + autograph system. I showed him and his husband Brandon Mably the Frog needlepoint -- as soon as I pulled it out of my bag, Brandon said, "Oooh, you've stitched the frog!" As Kaffe signed my book, Brandon asked about the background stitch, which made Kaffe look over and say, "Nice... gives it more texture". And then I was hustled along. 

Now it's time for me to hustle over and check out all the amazing projects my fellow stitchers are working on. Check them out for yourself! Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, KathyMargaret, Heidi, JackieMegan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, Cathie, LindaHelenCindy, and Mary Margaret.


  1. I can see your progress. I always find small things to work on when traveling though I hate to leave my larger projects behind. How wonderful to meet a designer whose work you admire.

  2. All progress is good progress - how exciting to meet such a well known designer.

  3. I'm so pleased you got to meet KF :-) I've got one of his knitting books from the 70's. The holly is looking good!

  4. Thanks for sharing the Meeting! You were so looking forward to it. The Holly is so pretty.

  5. Welcome home. A little bitty progress is good sometimes especially when the reason is you've gone and done something wonderful. Thanks for sharing the meeting and wow - those quilts in the backdrop! - Sharon

  6. So glad you got to meet Kaffe Fassett ! The frog was definitely a beautiful piece to show and I'm glad you got a chance to do a little bit on the holly

  7. Wow! What an acknowledgement from Kaffe. You did good! Hoooray!