Every summer Needle Nicely issues a limited edition Christmas ornament kit. The cylindrical ornament by Ruth Schmuff that I stitched several weeks ago gave me this year's idea. I had Trubey design a cylindrical snowflake ornament. Since many of my customers don't like exposed canvas, I'm stitching the background in basketweave using a medium green Medici yarn from the shop's stash. While I sold most of the small skeins of medici on ebay, I kept the hanks. I like the khaki medici for belt backgrounds and I still have some of that tucked away for customers.
Trubey painted the snowflakes in a pale lavendar that I could cover with whatever color I wanted. I decided to use the new Kreinik holographic metallic 002L.
One thing I've noticed about the gold holographic--it ravels quite a bit. I wait until about an inch and a half have unraveled and then I tie a knot in the loose strands. A tight knot barely pops when you pull it through the canvas. That keeps it from raveling (unraveling--makes me think of George Carlin's flammable/inflammable bit). You could also use clear nail polish or Fray-check.
This has provided a nice change of pace. As you can see, I've been stitching it "in my hand". That makes it go much faster, but also causes it to be slightly askew.
I hope Michael's or Joanne's has a good coupon in tomorrow's paper--I need to buy 50 tassels for these kits and one tassel for Ruth's ornament. I forgot all about them when the last coupons came out (Duh!).
Edit: Had to come back to correct the spelling of Ruth Schmuff's last name. Glad I caught it.