Sunday, June 3, 2012

A June Christmas Tree

Earlier this week I wasn't even sure I would have any Christmas Parade progress to show you. It was a crazy, stressful week at work that didn't leave me with much energy - physical or mental - for stitching in the evenings. But, Thursday evening I decided to get to work on the Parade and chose the Christmas tree to stitch this weekend. Amy selected a Chevron and Point Stitch for the tree. It was a little tricky getting it right especially since I started the pattern at the top of the tree - the smallest area in which to establish a pattern (I told you I didn't have a lot of mental energy for stitching this week!). I kept making mistakes so after removing the upper stitching twice, I switched to establishing the pattern in the lower, larger part of the tree and worked my way back up to the top. The tree is stitched in Splendor and Gloriana Silk which has some beautiful shading in it.

The next step for the tree is to add the star at the top, the snowy branches using Soft Sensations, and lots of red beads which will really give a festive look to the tree. The snowman's scarf was added as well as the little sprig of holly on his hat. Red beads will be added to the holly sprig.

I'm not sure where my stitching will take me next on the Parade - maybe Santa's coat, the snow on the tree, or the snowman's wagon. Stay tuned....

I am enjoying watching the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the BBC this morning. It's a shame the weather isn't better. It looks like a very cool, rainy, windy June day to be out on the Thames. I'm sure it is an amazing spectacle to see and hear in person. Love the pageantry of all of this!

Well, I'm hoping for a better week ahead than this past one. A little less stress and a lot more stitching  would be welcome! Hope you have a great week as well!


  1. Hi Melinda,
    Absolutely beautiful!!! Love this piece. You are doing a wonderful job.

  2. Hi Melinda,

    The snowman and tree and just too precious. They give you a very warm feeling. Now that I am home and done traveling for a month, I too need to get some serious stitching done. Have a great week, wish I could help you pack those boxes!


  3. I hope this is a better week. I can't wait to see some progress on the parade.