Liz Westlake and I have a Christmas gift for you stitchers out there. Yes, a twenty month long Christmas gift that we're kicking off right now. What?! You heard right. A twenty month long Christmas freebies collection...Where have you heard that before? Maybe it's why I asked Liz to collaborate on this with me...So I would stay on track and not turn a year and a half project into a decade long marathon.
So, here's the skinny...I'm designing twenty-five little animals decked out in Holiday garb to celebrate the countdown to Christmas. I'll release one or more on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from March, 2014 to October, 2015. You can stitch them any way you'd like...As an Advent calendar or as ornaments or on towels, stockings, pillows, etc...They will all measure 43 x 52 stitches and have the same candy cane border.
Locate them here: http://www.brookesbookspublishing.com/CrossStitchFreebies2.html on my Cross Stitch Freebies 2 page. The first block is Miss Katie Kitty...Look for Peter Polar Bear on April 8, 2014 and so on...at the same location. You'll need a free Adobe Reader to download the charts.
I've designed them with DMC floss on 28 count Babbling Brook Jobelan from Wichelt Imports. But if you'd like to make them extra special, I'd highly recommend using Liz Westlake's Dragonflylotus handspun silk threads that she created especially for these little guys. They are positively yummy. She stitched her models two ways with her Petite and Regular weight threads on 40 and 32 count Forest Haven linen from Silkweavers.
Please check out her exclusive thread packs here: http://www.handspunthread.com/search?q=Brooke%27s+Books
Liz will also be running the SAL's associated with this collection. You can join in the fun on:
Liz's blog: bit.ly/1fURJaJ
Twitter: Use #animaladventsal https://twitter.com/search?q=%23animaladventsal&src=hash
And, of course, my blog here...Plenty of places to hang out with kindred stitchers on your Advent Animals Stitch-A-Long journey. I hope we hear from you because I know you'll come up with amazing ways to display and celebrate with this collection.
I'm having a BLAST drawing and desiging these...From our hearts to yours...Liz and I wish you a wonderful Christmas stitchy good time!
Brooke ; )