Way back in the day, when they first started coming out and were really hard to get a hold of, I started collecting (and stitching!) the Holiday Fairies by Nora Corbett (for Hoffman Distributing). They were Limited Edition (I wonder if that's still true? I see a number of them for sale new?). These were kits that came with 32 Zweigart linen, Kreiniks, Crescent Colours threads, and any of the beads you would need. Initially they seemed to sell out really fast, but I had a local needlework shop (Judy's Stitchery in Harlingen) that ordered them for me, so I managed to snag them all pretty easily.
I tried to stitch them in order of the holidays to start, but burnt out after the third one.
The first one I completed was also #1 in the collection - the Christmas Elf Fairy. I do love the little Christmas tree that she was carrying. The only issue I had with it (and I had this issue with all of the kits) is that the Bella Rosa thread used for the skin was super pink. Because all of the kits came with full skeins of all needed colors, and I didn't need very much, I took the lightest of the skeins and tried to use that for all of the fairies.
I really also like the reds in the dress. It's just so freakin' sweet.
I finished this one on December 10, 2006, nearly 10 years ago!
Miss Valentine Fairy is probably my least favorite, but I'm not much of a pink person, and I"m not a huge fan of her ratty looking skirt. I do think it's cute how she's holding what I think of as a giant heart box of chocolates, but so much pink!
I finished her second on February 8, 2007
I love the Easter Fairy because of the adorable robin's egg blue actual egg she's holding. I think this one is probably the twee-est of the whole series.
She was finished on April 28, 2007
And of course, I actually have already blogged about the others in the series I most recently finished:
- Halloween Fairy, July 28, 2014
- Miss New Year Fairy, October 13, 2014
- Thanksgiving Fairy February 14, 2016
I haven't decided how I want to finish them yet. Because of their size, I think a simple frame would work, but flat folds would also work. I'm a little worried about flat folding these, though, because they were a bit costly and I do really like them. It'll eventually, maybe, end up as framing, but for now they live in a portfolio book, which I can leaf through to look at my finished and unframed pieces: