I tried the roses with no extra colors and with yellow and blue flowers. I think I will stick with the red roses and other red flowers and will add some blue beading with the green and red beading.
I have done the background embroidery and used straight pins to hold the bulky flowers in place. I will not sew them on until I sew the vest together. I am pretty good at hiding the stitches and not going thru to the lining, so I don't worry about that.
I am holding down the ribbon with green seed beads and using a varigated green embroidery floss and my favorite stitch - the feather stitch to spread out beaded flowers and buds.I have a collection of embroidery hoops. Some of them my mother and grand mother used 80 years ago. They are the best, made with strong wood and brass screws. They may never fall apart, atleast in my life time. They weigh more than the newer cheap hoops that fall apart and the rivets fall out that hold the screws. They (the newer ones) are just chinese garbage. My older ones were made in England and the US back when people made things to last and were proud of their products. I guess I need to get off of my soap box and get back to work.
Tonight we went to church. We had our Christmas service and communion. It was done in candle light and was so pretty. It was just a simple service of carols and special music. John Tidwell played his guitar and sang some lovely carols. He has such a beautiful baritone voice and plays classical guitar style. He is a local disc jockey at 97.7 The Peach in Chilton county (our neighbor county). Chilton is renowned for their peach crops and rival Georgia in production. He did the music at our wedding last year and brought tears to my eyes when he sang "Annie's Song" by John Denver. That is such a beautiful love song. Anyway, he always provides beautiful music at our little church.
After the sevice we gathered in the kitchen and OD'ed on sweets and lots of out of this world food. We have one lady that has a catering business and she always brings such scrumptious food. All of the ladies are really good cooks and of course being Baptist we all try to out do each other in a friendly rivalry. As Don says: 'It makes for some fantastic food.' He never wants to miss a meal at church. I guess this is all for today. I am going to get up in the morning and finish the vest.
PS they are using that 4 letter 'cuss word' that starts with s and ends with a 'w' for Christmas day. That would really be something. I have only seen one White Christmas in my life and I had to fly 5000 miles to Alaska for it.
Merry Christmas to all and don't forget the real reason for the season. Our Lord and Savior's Birth.