Magical Monday #2, Star, Snowman Spare Part, & Elf Pencil May 07 2019

Hey, welcome back Stitchers! The Magic continues... 

We are still on Page 2 of The Magic Gingerbread StoryBook Stocking. 

I'm sure that you've noticed the "Spare Parts" on the canvas and I'm often asked, what's the deal with those "Spare Parts", so here goes...they are just little designs that I add to the unused portion of canvas that can be stitched, finished and added to the design in some fashion. The two "Spare Parts" on this canvas will be used as whimsical hangers on the stocking. More on "Spare Parts" later!

Oh, before I forget, two important things to remember:

1. Always separate fibers that have multiple strands. Hold each strand up, letting it relax and unwind before combining the proper number of strands. 

2. Always use a Laying Tool to keep your strands straight and even. If you don't have one, get one!  Once you get used to using it and seeing the results, you'll be glad you did. 

Okay...Let's get stitching...and we'll begin with the sweet little star tree topper. 

Scattered Tent Stitches. First, using 1 Strand of Kreinik Metallic #24 Braid, color: #022J Gold, I placed a few scattered Tent Stitches, then filled in with Kreinik Metallic #12 Braid, Color: #4005 Silver.

Note: After stitching the background, I'll return to the Star and add a few sparkly rays and a hint of an outline. 



Moving on to The Snowman's Hat. 

I have no idea what this stitch is called, but I will add a diagram of it, in the meantime, I stitched it with 1 Strand of Kreinik Metallic Tapestry #12 Braid, Color: #3533. It's a gorgeous mix of lavender and blue. We'll be venturing back to this hat later to add little glass beads in the center of each "square". (Just a heads up!)


The Elf Peppermint Pencil. 

All Long Stitches...

We'll begin at the top red section of the peppermint stick pencil. Using 2 strands of red DNC Pearl Cotton place long vertical stitches as a padding. Then, using 2 strands of Kreinik Metallic #12 Braid, Color: #003 Red, stitch long horizontal diagonal stitches on top of the padding. See Photo

Next, stitch long vertical stitches with DNC white Pearl Cotton in the white section, covered with 2 strands of Kreinik Metallic #12 Braid, Color: #9032, a sparkly white iridescent. Continue this pattern to the bottom of the pencil. 


The Tip of the Pencil

Split Stitch, with Weeks Dye Works, #5 Pearl Cotton, Color: #3500 Sand. Use Medium length split stitches to fill in the area, stitching rows up from the bottom. For the pencil tip, I used 6 Strands of Weeks Dye Works, Cotton Floss, Color: #1298 Gunmetal. Beginning at the point I filled in with long straight stitches, finishing up with one extra last stitch at the center point. Be sure to use your Laying Tool throughout for beautiful stitches! 

As always, contact me if you have questions. 

Everyone is welcome to join us, just hop on over to my website and order "The Magic Gingerbread House" StoryBook Stocking. It's based on the Book of the same title, written by award winning author, P.M. Franks. A signed hardbound book is included with each canvas set, so when the needlepoint project is complete, children can follow along as the book is read to them, and then, because it's also a stocking, it can be hung with care to await the arrival of Santa!. This most certainly will become a treasured family heirloom.

Also included is a cloth designer storage bag to keep your StoryBook Stocking free from dust, etc. between seasons. 

Available only on my website, order yours today!

From My Little Corner of The World,