I finished working on this Santa piece and started the background. As you can tell from the pencil marks, there were many starts and stops. After finally settling on a background that follows the outline of the Santa and not a complete square, I didn't want to take out what I had already completed.
This is a picture of the piece as-turned-in. The finisher will have to be a miracle worker to make it come out right. Biting my nails on this one, but I have faith in her talents.
This is the piece I needlepointed for my grandma in it's final resting place without the plastic wrap.