The Christmas Trees are freebies from Alexandria and the gifts are my own design, I needed a break from trees.
Thank you, dear followers, for the kind comments on the tree from my previous post. The interior decoration is a type of embroidery called Wessex stitchery. I bought a book (I love books) about it a couple years ago called Wessex Stitchery by Gay Eaton just out of curiosity. It is such a fun thing (at least the way I do it) because you just kind of make things up as you go along -- no cumbersome pattern to hold while I'm stitching. I don't do many of the more complicated designs (at least not yet) because I have so much fun with the simpler stuff.
The Embroiders' Guild has a beautiful example of this type of stitching. Nordic Needle has a nice tutorial of a few stitches in case you just want to try it. Notes from under the Mountain also has a lovely example of it.
I use it to make borders:
Or to add a decorative line:
And now I'm filling in objects. It's a fun, easy technique -- I highly recommend giving it a try.