I have done many cross stitch pictures since I was in university but this is the first one that has had beads on it. My husband, actually fiance at the time, bought me my first cross stitch kit. He and I lived in different cities, going to different universities, and I was getting stressed about school. Knowing how I liked to sew, he bought the kit at a craft store. A school friend bought herself a kit as well and soon we made a regular habit of stitching and tea after supper for 30 minutes each night. This kept both of us relatively sane, even during exams!
The kit for the snow people picture came with all the threads, the seed beads and two needles--one for cross stitching and one very long and skinny needle for attaching the beads to the finished picture. I put the beads in a small glass bowl so they would not get lost as I added each one to the picture. I had to pick them up with the end of the needle and the sloped sides of the bowl helped with this.
My friend, Pat, came over to knit one night this week so I worked on the beads while she was here. I got about half of the picture done that night.
I'm glad I decided to add the bead snowflakes...I was not sure last week if I would.
Here is the entire picture, all done.