Apron for the final nephew. Did not get any feedback about his preferences, but he has competed in the Highland Games for many years, wore a kilt to his high school graduation, and makes hand-tooled leather shields and Clan insignia. I always think of Celtic knots when I think of him. So this was my inspiration:
Okay, it's a little complicated. I decided to do only the central portions. In cross stitch.
|Cross Stitch: a sinking ship at this point|
This is as far as I got, before I determined that the progress was going too slowly, and I was torturing myself with the color changes trying to show the shadows and highlights in the knot. I could not bring myself to finish it.
Sweetie suggested I somehow cut out the cross portion, since that was complete. Maybe I could choose another medium for the Celtic knot portion? (Sharpie and fabric paint were both considered, briefly.)
Couching to the rescue! This took me a grand total of 1 hour. I used embroidery floss to couch down a length of rattail cording. Now to marry up the two pieces into some sort of cohesive look.
|Done is Beautiful (where have I heard that before?)|
Despite my waning enthusiasm for this design, I am satisfied with the result. Got it sewed onto the upper pocket of the final nephew's apron.
Just in time: less than 1 week to Christmas, and one of my trusty children will be delivering packages to all the cousins before the big day. (Yay, way to save on postage!)
Post-note: if you are scratching your head about the bright fabric on the lower pocket in the finished apron, you are not alone.
Sweetie told me it was out-of-place on this apron. I agree. And yet I kept it there. My rebellious streak, I guess. I'll have to find a better way to showcase that print in the future. For now, there it stays...