Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Shan asked about my tree skirt. It's a Dimensions kit called Here Comes Santa which was apparently discontinued about three seconds after I fell in love with it in a catalog. It looks just like the cards and decorations and coloring books I remember from childhood. I dithered about it for a year, because, you know, I had never actually cross stitched anything and this was kind of a big project. But once I decided I wanted it, I discovered it was no longer available.
I found a kit on eBay and was very happy until I noticed that the finished skirt is 45" in diameter. We get big trees, and a 45" skirt is just too small. It does seem to be the standard size for kits, though. I'd much rather have a 72" diameter tree skirt, and after thinking about it I realized that I could use three kits to make a scalloped design around the tree -- appliqued onto a larger skirt or maybe pieced into one, I don't really know yet.
So I cross stitched a pillow case to make sure I could stand to do this, and then I called Dimensions and managed to order a second thread kit -- I told them I was going to put two designs on one skirt. I didn't trust my ability to explain the scallop thing, but I've done the math and it will really work.
Of course, this might be just another of my Really Enormous (Never-Finished) Projects. And the whole thing rests on me finding another kit somewhere.
So far I've done about half of one repetition. Last fall I pulled it out, intending to finish it up and put it under the tree somehow. But it seems like my eyes have deteriorated quite a bit since I started the project a few years back; since I've just switched to bifocals (!!) it doesn't seem impossible. Before I can work on this I need better lighting for my stitching station, and maybe some sort of up-light to help with the dark fabric. I'd really like to work on it this summer, when I won't feel pressured to get it done Right Away. We'll be having Christmas at our house next year, so it seems like a good year to have at least the first scallop done.
Ah, the optimism of spring!