You got a glimpse of one of my Christmas projects earlier in the month, when I posed a shot of some needlepoint I was working on. Here is the finished piece, a luggage tag, for my step-daughter.
There was a second project as well, for my daughter-in-law, finished just in the nick of time. This photo, taken in my Florida condo, just before wrapping the gift, does not do it justice. Forgive the little bits of fluff as well, I didn't notice that until after the gifts were wrapped, too late to take more photographs. The photo doesn't capture the shimmery colors of the bit of metallic thread either, which is not just gold but golden-colors, and it frames the flower perfectly and the bit of sparkle suits the gold leather frame for this small mirror.
Just to give you a little perspective, both pieces of needlepoint are 3 inches in diameter, and are done on 18 count canvas. The threads on the luggage tag are silk and silk and ivory, a wool silk blend, with cotton used for the veining in the leaves. The pansy is a mix of fibers, silk, cotton, and some silk and ivory as well, mostly in the background. The glittery thread is actually a machine embroidery thread, but alas I don't have the materials with me (and I am not yet home), so I can't provide the details.
Both projects seem to have been well received, and I am grateful as they were both spur-of-the-moment inspirations, and I am mostly happy with how they came out. Making them proved to be a joy and an inspiration as well, and now I need to find more small projects.