I'm absolutely one of those stitchers who stitches Christmas all year round. I don't have too many winter-themed pieces, however, so I've been starting to stock up on those. I want to remain festive after Christmas, but don't necessarily need to keep all my Christmas pieces out through February.
Although, I have been known to keep my Christmas tree up at work year-round...
I don't remember where I saw this graph, but I fell in love with it and had to have it. It's a Heartstring Samplery graph, and was modeled after traditional Blackwork embroidery. The stitched model is done in black with red hearts, but I chose to make it softer for winter, and used dark blue and a rosey color instead.
I stitched this on 40 count Pewter from Picture This Plus, which was perfection for this piece. The graph calls for WDW threads, but since I went with different colors, I decided to use NPI silks instead. Silks are glorious to work with (albeit expensive! so they're a treat), and these particular colors turned out fabulous on this fabric.
Some of these patterns have such intricate details, almost like lace, that it took much longer to stitch than I anticipated.
Worth all the work, however. I love this piece, and can't wait to have it framed.
I hope you guys have a great weekend, and are staying safe and warm!