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Celtic Christmas
designed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum
published as Lavender and Lace
framed by Dan Melvin


I don't know exactly what called to me to start this piece while I was already working on Fantasy Triptych, but I ended up starting this in 1997 and finishing it in January of 1999. I originally thought to hang it only at Christmas, but after all the hard work, I decided to hang it year round in the dining room. The piece is stitched on the recommended 28ct dusty green linen that I personally hated until I saw how beautiful those reds looked against it. This was my first conversion of skin tones to over one. I did not even rechart the face and hands, I just converted as I went. It took forever and I was so nervous about the outcome, but I am quite happy with the result. This was the first piece that I took to Dan Melvin of Matte Ink for framing. He was recommended by my local stitching shop, The Stitchin' Post. I told him that I wanted the matte cut around the dress. He did a fabulous job following the scallops along the bottom. It exceeded my expectations.