Christmas Mystery I
Author: Martina Weber (Châtelaine Designs)
With a gift certificate and group membership as Christmas gifts from two wonderful friends, I started this mystery in January, 2004. I doubt I will keep up with it month by month (I usually don't have enough stitching time), but it is definitely in my rotation and I can't wait to see the finished product!! So far I have only kept up so well because I left my job in January! :) This is stitched on Kiwi Illusions Taupo (from Country Stitch)...with a beautifully packed kit from Kathy at European Cross Stitch.
So far I have made only a few modifications. I did the over-one portion as tent stitches with two plies of silk. I lightened the background 1/2 stitches around Mary and baby Jesus by two shades because I thought it looked too streaky otherwise. And I have rotated the beads 90 degrees on the sides so they would fit better...and by 45 and 90 degrees in the crystals so that they "radiate" the same way the spokes of the crystals do. In part 7, I changed the holly berries to be Rhodes stitches, and added backstitched veins to the holly leaves, because the silk color used for the veins was nearly identical to that used for the leaves proper.