The other day I was asking Tim to give me some ideas for Christmas embroidery patterns. As always, he gave me 'I don't know' but I forced him to spit out Christmasy things... santa, reindeer, candy canes, kids in their beds dreaming about what they want for Christmas.. ahh! I ran to the bookshelves to find one of my childhood favorites, Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book. I loved this page when I was a kid. So I loved this idea! And I swear it was like the 5th thing he threw out there. I'm going to force him to brainstorm more often.
Here's my first dreaming-of-Christmas fellow. Remind you of anyone?
I was thinking of doing this as redwork but wasn't really feeling it. But I also didn't want to get a bunch of colors going because I'm thinking maybe 10 of these in the series (wouldn't that make a cute quilt!) and man that'd be a lot of work, it's so much easier to embroider all in one color. So now I'm thinking maybe all one color for each design? This guy's in navy.
It's hard to believe I'm thinking Christmas, especially since I'm in total denial that it's already Fall and the air conditioning is still on. But it's feeling pretty easy to be overrun by stress and uncertainty this past week and I'm really trying to focus on our own little reality here, like how Christmas is fast approaching and I'm going to try to make it as fun and awesome as possible for these kiddos.