I spent the Holidays visiting with family, and had a wonderful time. Although I took Joy and Peace with me, I didn't get much stitching done. Now I have to figure out which bag Joy and Peace landed in, I haven't seen it since I got back home.
My project for this year is Strawberry Lace, A Sewing Case, by Diane Clements. Along with the case there are accessories, a scissor fob, pincushion, and needlebook.
One focal point of the project is the Reticello square of strawberries on the front. After a stitching friend did all of the basting and prep work for the lace square, she decided she didn't want to tackle the project. So I inherited this kit. Though I see the benefits of basting, I hate basting and avoid it whenever possible. I was super excited so see that my friend had completed all of the basting before she passed the kit on, I started working on this project as my New Year's start. I couldn't make up my mind where to begin. I want to work a practice piece before starting the lace, the needlebook has some reversible cross stitch areas, that's not something I do very often either. So I moved on to the needle pages. The 4 sided stitch around both needle pages are now complete and the front of the scissor fob has been started. It's not looking like much now but it's a start.