I have finished the first of the Melissa Shirley Christmas Crackers. Talk about instant gratification! It probably took a total of 6 hours of stitching. With all the complicated projects that I have going on that require such THINKING, this was a relief! And a great way to support your LNS.
I did pick up a few tips during my 6 hours of stitching the cracker. I now love Elegance thread - this was the first time I used it - SO much better than Trebizond. The elegance "kept its twist" the whole way through and I didn't have to use short lengths.
The second thing I learned was to use a beading mat. It's a lot faster than trying to dig the beads out of the tacky bobs. Although the bobs are great for storing the beads so it's a trade off.
Tonight is our ANG meeting where we choose our big project to finish for 2012-2013. Will keep you posted!