July 1, 2012

Angela~ Christmas in July with Palestrina


Yes, it's Christmas in July!  The Palestrina stitch just looked like pine tree branches to me so here we are.  I used 6 strands of  DMC cotton floss for the branches, a thick pearl thread for the trunk in backstitch with staggered rows and 2 strands floss for the pot and the lettering.
I added all kinds of glass beads for the decorations and a metal snowflake as the star.  
June 26, 1870 is when Christmas was legally declared to be a U.S. Federal holiday.  I wonder why they waited so long?

19 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Perfect! Are these stitches working out for you or what?

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

I have a Christmas Day birthday and have often wondered whether I should celebrate this in the summer. Great interpretation of Palestrina, she really is quite accommodating.

Debra Spincic said...

You could celebrate a ½ birthday in the summer!

ladyhawthorne said...

When I first saw the stitch I thought oh, great, what am I going to do with this one? But then after I checked Wikipedia for what happened that day, it all fell into place.

ladyhawthorne said...

My Nana's birthday was Dec 29 and we always made it special since as a child it got overlooked. With 10 children in the family it was hard to give them much of anything for Christmas much less birthdays that came 4 days later.

Debra Spincic said...

You are so clever that way! *wink*

Debra Spincic said...

My former mother-in-law's b'day was the 29th too. She always hated that her pink wrapped birthday present was under the Christmas tree. I don't know which she hated more-the pink wrapping or the date.(She would say, "Who has a baby during the depression?") Then, she eloped during Christmas holiday while in college. So she had Christmas, anniversary and birthday all in the same week. Way to go, eh?
Then, my former SIL was an accountant and boldly made the statement, "I'd never have kids during tax season!" Her 1st was born Apr 14th and 2 years later, her 2nd child was born Apr 14th. Another way to go!

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

I sometimes receive Christmas and birthday gifts rolled into one, and often have birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper. My parents used to make it a very special day.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love this! I imagine it is even more sparkly in person. The stitching is fantastic, the bow of the branches is pleasing, nice tree shape, but the beads take it up another notch yet. Your knots look so even no matter what the slant. I had issues with that but maybe I was doing too drastic a slant? This is my new favorite page you have stitched.

ladyhawthorne said...

I drew the lines out and traced them to the fabric and just winged the length of the 'arms' so it would look kind of natural. Actually it reminds me of the Victorian feather trees. The beading was a fun addition.

Judy S. said...

Interesting tidbit, Angela, and a great use of the Palestrina stitch. Love the stitching and the ornaments, a great idea! Nice work!

Cy said...

Now that's a fully laden tree alright. Love it. Has a very Victorian look to it. Here in NZ we celebrate Christmas in July because it's winter time here, and how we remember Christmas's should be. I've been here over 10 years now and I still cannot get used to the real Christmas in the summer heat of December.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Cy, I'll let you into a secret Sarah's coming to visit you for Christmas, don't let on as it's supposed to be a surprise.

Suztats said...

What a pretty tree! Those beady decorations must be a bit heavy....there's quite a swag on those branches!....lol
Wonderful depiction.

Debra Spincic said...

You should nip this idea for your blocks!

ladyhawthorne said...

It's mostly just like fall here in TX for Christmas. I got excited when we had snow on Christmas eve a few years back! In the 32 years I have lived here I have only seen snow about 4 times. Makes up for all the Michigan winters and the snow I had to shovel. I should be used to warmish Christmases but I'm not really.

Barbara C said...

What a perfect tree, and with so many colorful decorations. This was a very clever use of the stitch.

cq4fun said...

That looks fabulous! It makes me want to think about snowmen and making ornaments and having Christmas lights up!

Peacock said...

Wow! What an amazing christmas tree from Palestrina stitch! I love the bead "ornaments". That is a lot of bling!