In coming up with designs, one thing often leads to another. Such as the starfish garland that I stitched two years ago (finished product is here 8/8/13). All of a sudden last week, I thought that a star garland in Christmas colors done in the same pattern-stitches would be fun to do. So I have started stitching and my stars are what I will be taking stitch this weekend to and fro and in Phoenix. But I also thought that Hearts would be great for Valentine's Day; Pumpkin shapes for Halloween...and my mind just swirls trying to come up with what shape would work for what holiday.
Here is the beginning of the Byzantine Scotch stitch. I didn't fill in the metallic yet because it makes it easier for you to see the pattern. Then it is a snap to go back and fill the Scotch stitches in.
One of my ongoing classes this winter season will be on Friday mornings when I will be teaching people to do either a star or a starfish, depending on what interests them.