So I am continuing to work on the Wales Santa by Mill Hill.
I like to begin at the top and work my way down. I will wait to add the beads and the beard until all the other stitches are complete. I am using a small wood hoop for doing this. Because of the size and because this is Aida, I am not fixing the edges. If I were using linen I would probably run a zigzag stitch around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying.
I am trying out a ball tip needle on this rather then the needle in the kit. I do like the needles they give with the kit, I just heard about these needles and wanted to give them a try. It seems to be working well. It helps with placing the needle right in the hole.