It's been a while since I started working on this project -a Christmas tablecloth, 50x50 inch size -and at times, I was wondering if I was ever going to get the darned thing done!
It really isn't that difficult to embroider this piece -that is until you get to the places where it requires using gold filament thread -like in the center of each flower plus to outline the flowers and the "ribbon" effect along each side of the piece too. Trust me when I tell you this that working with gold filament thread is a royal -and I do mean -a royal, pain in the dupa for sure!
But anyway, as I promised, here are the pictures I took tonight of the finished piece. It only took me about 7-8 weeks to get this puppy done. Thnakfully, it looks pretty decent in the photographs unless you are really looking to find my erros and then, what else can I say except "Sorry about those things!
This is a view of the center flowers and the two "Jul Bok" Candlestick holders I have. The Jul Bok (Christmas Goat) has some kind of traditional meaning in Sweden but to be honest, I don't know the story behind that symbol. However, these candlestick holders were made by my friend Kate's husband and she gave me one for my birthday present back in October and I purchased the second one at our church bazaar. (I also have an order in to Jim -Kate's husband - for him to make me two more of these beautiful candlestick holders! Don't you just love them though?)
Here's little bit of a closeup of the four center flowers on the tablecloth.
Here's a bigger close-up of the four center flowers.
This is a closeup of the outside corner flower -one on each corner.
These are the flowers that adorn each outside edge of the cloth. There is one group like this in the center of each side part of the cloth and this also shows a little bit of the ribbon effect that accompanies these little bouquets.
And here we are -back to a view -again -of the center flowers and the two Jul Bok candlestick holders.
A close-up of the Jul Bok Candlestick holder shown on the tablecloth and with the tree in the backdrop.
And finally -here's Maya and Kurtis -wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas or as those of us with Swedish ancestry would say "God Jul!"