by pennifold 4d ago

Hi Cuties, I’ve finished the majority of this, now just need backing and then to keep it away for Christmas. Thanks for your continued support. Love Chris


by toogie edited 1d ago

Gorgeous! Your work is flawless! He looks so realistic and dimensional. I absolutely LOVE his belt and buckle, all of it really. My this is a masterpiece to treasure. The border of your rug made me think it was part of your project-lol-What an accomplishment! Did you burn your machine up? I hope not! Oh, I forgot I wanted to inquire of the overall finished size.

pennifold by pennifold 1d ago

Hi Toogie, thanks for your lovely comments. I actually have to take my machine in for a service after all those stitches. The overall size is 34" x 26". Amy has got first dibs on this she said! Love Chris

toogie by toogie 14m ago

I really can't blame Amy but I hope she doesn't get it soon. You need to enjoy it.

by airyfairy 2d ago

Spectacular Chris. I really admire you for thinking about Christmas already.

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pennifold by pennifold 2d ago

Hi Sarah, thanks so much and you know me, I start first thing in January, love Chris

by castor 2d ago

Absolutely stunning This will become a Heirloom for sure love and hugs for you

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pennifold by pennifold 2d ago

Thanks so much Ursula, how are you going? Haven't seen you on here for a while, love Chris

by gerryvb 3d ago

it's one word: BEAUTIFUL !!!

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Hello my friend and thank you for your comment. Love Chris

by pennyhal2 3d ago

Well, Chris, you knocked the ball out of the part with this fabulous work of art! I thought that from the other pictures, that each of the individual squares would have a black frame. Now that you have it together, I see where I was wrong. I can't see if the pine cones were stitched or a part of the fabric, but the stitching around them really gives them life. I never thought about the cost of the thread until I read what you said below. How will you hang it?

pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

HI Penny, thanks for those lovely comments. With regard to the pine cones they are all threads. The fabric I used to stitch on is a really dark junior navy and I think that's why they stand out so well. I have a HO HO HO metal hanger I got from Sweetpea and will hang it on that. Not sure where to hang it, but it won't be up until Advent 28th November this year. Love Chris

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 2d ago

THanks for the extra info! I look forward to seeing it when you hang it up!

by dailylaundry 3d ago

Oh my, you met your challenge and it turned out stunning! After this huge project, you deserve a new embroidery machine and a big box of embroidery thread!!! Hugs, Laura

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks Laura, I think it needs a break, but there's always something brewing in my mind for the next project. I don't think I'll be getting a new machine until Trev retires. I've only had the Husqvarna for 2 years. I think if anything, I'd get another Husqvarna, not another Brother., With regard to threads, I've got hundreds and will never in my lifetime use them all. I think I'll gift some of them to my Sewing Guild, I go there every first and second Thursday of the month. Love Chris

by brendalea 3d ago

Your Santa turned out beautiful!! Going to look pretty on your wall this year. Happy Stitching :-)

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks Brenda, I do hop so, now I've just to find a place to put him up. Love Chris

by sonjapotgieter 3d ago

Just LOVE this Project of Yours!!!Stunning...Looks Beautiful!!

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks so much Sonja, I agree with you!! Love Chris

by sdrise 3d ago

Oh Chris What a beautiful job you have done on Santa... He is stunning!!!Suzanne

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks Suzanne, he is going to be a stunning addition to my quilt hangings etc. Love Chris

by lilylady 3d ago

Beautiful Chris, love him!

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Why thank you Miss Lily, love Chris

by marianb 3d ago

Fabulous work Chris, I was wondering how you did what looked like borders until I enlarged it and saw it was our rug 😊

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Ha ha Marian, I would never put a pattern with another pattern. I love my Greek key rug and often put my designs on it for photos. Love Chris

by stock 4d ago

it is beautiful , are you going to frame it?.. wendy

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Hi Wendy, I'm still in two minds about it. Amy said she didn't want it framed, so I'm going to keep it as a hanging. Love Chris

by sewtired 4d ago

That is so awesome. You totally rocked this design!

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks so much, I am greatly impressed myself! Love Chris

by bevnorris 4d ago

The hanging looks fabulous Chris! Perhaps this theme will be your next inspiration for this year's Christmas lunch?! Congratulations! Bev.

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks Bev, now that's a thought! I'll have to ponder on that suggestion. Love Chris

by shirley124 4d ago

Oh Wow! It's looking good. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks Shirley, he's a beauty for sure. Love Chris

by worthy 4d ago

Congratulations a job well done. You have to be so relieved and proud of yourself. Beautiful.

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thank you worthy, I am proud of this one. Love Chris

by 02kar Moderator 4d ago

I enlarged it to see the detail in the design and Wow! You should be proud of yourself creating this beautiful piece. It is truly impressive.

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks so much Karen, I appreciate your comments. Love Chris

by dday 4d ago

Very nice job, I love this one also.

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pennifold by pennifold 3d ago

Thanks, it was all because of your first design you did. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Chris

by lmmattern 4d ago

Did you buy there thread kit or you chose your own.

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pennifold by pennifold 4d ago

Hi there, no I didn't as it would have cost too much to have it sent to Australia. I looked up the Isacord thread numbers and where I could buy it from in Australia and a company called Ebonycraft got it for me. Whilst I was in Tasmania on holidays they rang me to say there were 3 threads they couldn't supply and I substituted them with my Robison Anton and Metro threads. The thread kit from America is $155.00 and so for me in Aus it would cost me nearly $200.00 with the exchange. I got the 30 reels for $140.00 (Aus), plus the design cost me nearly $65.00 (Aus). Love Chris

by asterixsew Moderator 4d ago

Well Chris you have just created a family heirloom. I admire your patience and perseverance on this great piece of work. What is its finished size and I presume its quite heavy. Looks good with the background you have it on

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pennifold by pennifold 4d ago

Thanks Caroline. That's what my friends are saying, how come you have so much patience? I must admit I did 3 of the tiles 2 and 3 times over! There are about 750,000 stitches in this hanging.
The finished size is 34 inches long by 26 inches wide. I've got a HO HO HO hanger I got from Sweetpea which arrived on Friday morning last week that I will hang it on. It's actually not that heavy as there is no wadding in the tiles, I only used iron on interfacing and then cut away stabiliser medium weight. Love Chris

by robertahilde 4d ago

My very best congratulation for such spectacular result.
Hugs Roberta

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pennifold by pennifold 4d ago

Thanks so much Roberta, I'm absolutely thrilled with the outcome. Love Chris

by dragonflyer 4d ago

Well done, Chris....a labor of love to be sure!

pennifold by pennifold 4d ago

Hi Kim, it certainly was. Love Chris

pennifold by pennifold 4d ago

I'm going to redo the bottom centre seam where the tree branch is out by a fraction, it will annoy me! Love Chris

sharonleekesner by sharonleekesner 3d ago

I see what you mean (after I enlarged it many times), and I ran into this problem when I was doing a tile scene. After many tries I finally ended up matching where they joined at top and bottom, sometimes I even basted these with needle and thread, then I gently pulled and adjusted in between and then sewed my seam. I had good results. Your Santa is a beautiful heirloom, I think I must make him.