Thank you for your compliments and comments on my Christmas collection. Although, not everything is as fancy as the stocking you saw yesterday, it's wonderful to be able to share my work with you. It took years to stitch the many pieces of this collection, many years of fun, comradery, and dedication. My skills grew with every class I took, every class I taught, with experimentation and time. It now seems like "the good ol' days".
Teaching needlepoint is one of my favorite jobs and my students have become very accomplished. They would do just fine without me, but we enjoy our symbiotic relationship and the beautiful needlework we create together.
This little ornament is the needlepoint that started my whole fascination with Santa faces. The way it's finished is called a "kissing ball", as it could hang in lieu of mistletoe. The best thing about this little guy is the fabric, braid, and ribbons which are more interesting than the stitches, or even the design. The color, and stitches, of his face and beard do not add dimension or interest. He was the reason I started to pick my stitches and threads more carefully.