Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Fur is Finished!

I had one goal in my stitching this week and that was to finish the fur on Santa's coat on my Christmas  Parade canvas. Thanks to some early Ryder Cup golf on television on Saturday morning, I settled down for some concentrated Turkey Work. In no time at all, I put in the last loop! Of course, I had stitched all week to get to that place on Saturday where I could put in that last loop!

Out came my favorite pair of Friskars embroidery scissors which seem so well suited for the cutting step of Turkey Work.

The cutting and trimming of the Turkey Work is a necessarily time consuming process. The fur created by the Turkey Work is very (!) dense and it becomes more difficult to cut as you get closer to the canvas surface. You don't want any cuts that go to deep. I moved the canvas to the dining room table so that I could move the canvas around to check how the cutting was going from all sides. After about an hour of careful cutting, this was the result -

Amy suggested french knots along the edges of the candy cane walking stick and around the head and neck of the goose. Otherwise, the fur would overwhelm both areas. Great idea! Now that the fur has been completed, I really see the finish line in sight with this fun project!

Mehitabel received some attention this week, too. I worked on several of the background sections as you can see.

She's the perfect project to stitch when my cat decides she needs to sleep in my lap in the evenings. The Creepy Characters are easy projects to pick up and stitch on for a few minutes at a time.

I signed up for two needlepoint clubs this week! I can look forward to the Faberge eggs from The Needle House and Melissa Shirley's Golden Crackers club from Fireside Stitchery. I'll have a nice selection of small projects to stitch over the next year. Can't wait to get started on them!

That's it on the stitching front for me this week. Hope you have a great week ahead!


  1. Hi, Melinda - this looks fabulous! I can't wait to watch you stitch the eggs - they have been so much fun to work on. You'll really enjoy them!


  2. Hi Melinda,

    Everything looks beautiful. It is always so much fun to read your blog and follow your stitching through the week. The crackers have been very tempting but, I have resisted to this point. I am going to look forward to you stitching them and live vicariously through you.

  3. Hi Melinda,
    Your turkey work is fantastic. It really makes Santa stand out. Love your little witch. She is going to be so cute.
    Have a fun week stitching.

  4. I used Turkeywork for a horse's mane and it turned out great! Your Santa is fabulous!!!! Now THAT'S a lot of Turkeywork! I learn so much from the blog posts. I've always been a "chicken" needlepointer but am becoming braver through you and FB needlepoint friends! Looking forward to your interpretations of the Crackers

  5. Great job on the turkey week. I can't wait to see the finished project!

  6. Turkey week!? That is short for great job on the turkey work this week. But you knew what I meant, right?