I actually worked on one of the angels today, and after a tiring day yesterday dumping out box after box of stash threads, chose what I wanted to use. So many decisions for a little 7" high figure, but I very rarely do anything like this, so it wasn't easy to get started.
I do have some splendid help by long distance (e-mail, of course), from Cape Cod, where Anne Stradal (The Cape Stitcher) is also stitching one - a more serious angel. I had hinted, whined, begged, and otherwise manipulated her into helping me with this project, so do go watch her progress! I actuallly think she's having fun with it.
I'm also showing here the next one I'll work on. It's drawn very lightly on the canvas, as I do those I don't want to paint. I'm just choosing colors as I go.
These angels aren't the "norm" we usually see, but I truly believe they aren't just a Christmas thing, as most needlepoint versions are. Those who "watch over thee and keep thee in all thy ways" are year-round, so should be comfortable and with personality. MIne is a kindred spirit who wears earrings! I haven't decided what kind just yet.
I've used, so far, just DMC cotton , both floss and pearl cotton, and Kreinik metallic 002V gold braid, #12. I also have included the Kreinik Blending Filament in the design elements - the Smyrna cross flowers in the hair and at the neckline.