After the past few weeks with little Charlie, it’s hard to imagine our life without him. It’s so nice to come home after a day at the office, and be greeted by a friendly wagging tail and lots of puppy kisses! Not to mention, he is the best company to have on my days working from home. He likes to come and curl up right next to me when I stitch and answer emails. Needless to say, he’s definitely stolen our hearts!
Of course, it goes without saying, that Charlie needs his own Christmas ornament this year! So, I’ve been stitching away on this adorable Pepperberry Black Lab Santa canvas. Isn’t it the cutest? Just perfect for Charlie! Diane, who is the designer for Pepperberry, and a dog lover herself, has several different breeds of dog on ornaments just like these ones. There’s a Yellow Lab, a German Shepherd, a Golden Retriever, and a Cavalier King Charles– to name just a few!
Here’s a mini stitch guide for what I did on Charlie’s Christmas Ornament!
Bella Lusso Italian Wool #002, 003, 200, 201
Kreinik #8 Braid #005, 010HL, 032, #215C
Threadworx Overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid #710032
Rainbow Gallery Petite Very Velvet #V632
Sundance Size #14 Beads #284
The Collection Crystal Braid Beading Thread
The background is stitched in Skip Tent using Threadworx Overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid #710032 (If you haven’t used this thread before, you have to try it! It gives such a cool effect!)
His face is stitched in Basketweave using Bella Lusso #002, 003, 200, 201.
His body is stitched in Encroaching Gobelin 3 over 1 using Bella Lusso #002.
The red on the Santa hat is stitched in a combination of Horizontal and Vertical Single Brick Stitch using Petite Very Velvet #V632, to delineate where the hat “folded” and the end hung off his head.
The fuzzy portion of the Santa hat is stitched in Alternating French Knots and Basketweave in Bella Lusso #003. This is such an easy technique that I really prefer in most cases to doing nothing but continuous French Knots. Simply stitch one row of Basketweave, followed by another diagonal row of French Knots. Continue stitching the subsequent rows by alternating in this way. It really gives a lot of definition to your French Knots, and makes them stand out on the canvas.
Stitch the pompom on the end of his hat in Jump Through The Loop Turkey Work using Bella Lusso #003. Here’s a video for that too!
Tent Stitch his eyes and nose using Kreinik #8 Braid #005, 010HL, 032 and 215C.
Bead the snowflakes using Sundance Size #14 Beads #284 and Crystal Braid Beading Thread.