First up, the second of the JCS Strawberry Scissor Fob ornaments, the flower. I stitched this on Lakeside Linens 28 count Buttercream with Carrie's Creations Sassy.
Next, I resurrected a needlepoint class piece: Making Waves ... from July 2015. When last seen, I'd worked only two and a half rows of satin stitch. See this link. I am much further along and the color gradation from white to palest blue to darkest blue is becoming evident. The bulk of the piece is done in the satin stitch, giving me the chance to use my lovely laying tool. Later there will be some basket weave, some eyelets and some bullion knots.
And then, because I would like a few quick finishes, I pulled out Ink Circles Celtic Halloween ornaments and completed the Celtic Cross and the Spider. I am using some scraps of Lakeside Linens 28 count Luna and some partial cards of Catherine Jordan and of Carrie's Creations over dyed cotton floss for these little beauties.
These are fun stitches. Even the designer's notes are amusingly macabre, as befits Halloween, explaining that the spider's legs look like a cat had played with the hapless arachnid [though no actual spiders were harmed in my project]. There are also suggestions for making boldly unrealistic color choices as in key lime spiders. I went with the slightly more conservative Purple Pansy blend of medium purple and raspberry from Carrie's Creations.
I started the Polipus, aka octopus in Scot's Gaelic. For this one I am using Needle Necessities 194, a color way of violet, blue-violet and pale sage.
And a short shout out to Rita re the recent giveaway: I sent an e-mail but have yet to receive your mailing address.