I love the little wool candle mats, mug rugs, and table toppers that are so popular these days. Despite all the cross stitch I do, I don't do hand applique which has kept me from making any of the little wool kits that I have accumulated.
Recently I was visiting with a friend at her office and she had a cute little wool snowman on her desk and she pointed out how she just used a straight stitch around the edges...not the blanket stitch shown in the pattern. She said that the difference was not apparent...which I had to agree with.
So, that gave me the encouragement I needed to give it a try.
While it's a little late for the season, I pulled out this little kit for an Easter candle mat.
Aren't they the cutest little guys? Their beaks are a little large but they were such a tiny little piece to hold and stitch that I'm not sure I could have worked with anything smaller.
Of course, the over all fuzzy effect lends itself to a simple straight stitch so it was a good piece to start with.
Even the name is cute...Little Stitchies by Bareroots.
I immediately pulled out another wool kit. It's for a table topper so is larger and requires a light weight cardboard template that has stalled the project. I will poke around for an old tattered file folder at work.