I finally did it. I have owned this canvas for about 3-4 years...had a stitch guide written at Fancy Stitches for it...bought all the threads and then pretty much decided to do my own thing! The problem is...the SG was almost entirely basketweave. The threads they picked are gorgeous and I am using the thread selections...but I cannot bring myself to BW the entire thing. So I did diagonal ground over 3 for the sky. This is my first Liz canvas...her stuff is really intricately painted. Carolyn Hedge Baird inspired me to try stitches that aren't BW for her canvases. Conventional wisdom says BW...CHB says go crazy. So I am gonna go crazy!
This is a canvas that my daughter drew for me and I painted...it's my grandson't favorite book...Pizza Pat. The mice and his cousins...by the dozens steal Pat's pizza. Poor Pat! I am going to bead the pepperoni and use flair for the cheese (in the oven 800 degrees!).
I love Facebook. If you haven't joined, you need to get on over there and join Needlepoint Nation. This was a mystery canvas until I posted it for the over 5,000 members to help identify...and guess what? THE DeDe Ogden identified her own canvas. It's debut was in 1975 and she says due to the popularity she is bringing it back-refreshed! I absolutely love this canvas and I am having a great time stitching it.
The baby Jesus looks very peaceful in his manger...the animals are keeping watch...well, the sheep is sleeping...but I am certain she is aware of His presence. I love the cactus stitch...I got it out of the Stitch Landscape book by Little Shoppe...great book!
Joseph looks a bit oriental...but perhaps he is just sleeping standing up...so tired from his travels.