I'll be joining a new RR beginning February 1st. The theme is Fool's Gold, which means we'll be using lots of gold-like embellishments. There is a type of embroidery called gold work that uses real gold threads and bead-like pieces. They're understandably expensive, and not something most of us were willing to invest in without being very serious about continuing with it. We're looking for the types of braid and gimp trims that are prevalent at Christmas time (and hopefully on sale after). Gerry K is the momma for this one and has offered to send anyone who signed up a sampling of her gold-like stash.
I'd known this RR was coming up since last fall, and have been giving it a lot of thought. I just couldn't settle on a theme or fabrics for my blocks (this will be a do-your-own-block RR, so I needed to make six 6" blocks). Finally I settled on using a Christmas theme, and doing 3 angel blocks in creams and whites, and 3 old time Santa blocks in fancy blacks. I've asked the stitchers in my group to throw in a little of the colors in the silkies with their fool's gold work. I should have these home by late summer and can hopefully plan to have them assembled as gifts for Christmas. You know what they say about the best laid plans...but that's just mice and men, isn't it? Probably doesn't apply to crazy women.
I had an extra Santa from the set of silkies, so I pieced a block for myself to play with while the others are making their rounds. I excused this Santa from the first three-some as he looks a little crabby, like he's admonishing a naughty kid with a frown and a good old-fashioned finger shaking. But I liked the colors in it (they're much brighter than the computer would have you believe), so I'll work on it myself. Just hope I do a good job. I'd hate to get on his naughty list.