Still working on Leo! But in the meantime, I've completed a really fun needlepoint fireman nutcracker painted canvas by Damarj with stitch guide by Susan Portra. The piece belongs to a guild friend. . . who had purchased the canvas because her little boy loved firemen. Word is the "little boy" is now in his mid-twenties. (Boy can I sympathize with that scenario.)
This was an enjoyable piece to stitch and I very much liked Susan Portra's stitch guide. Her stellar reputation is truly well earned. Here's a picture of the full piece and a close up of the torso.
And here's the stitch combo that I'm adding to my reference notebook. . . the nutcracker's hair. . .made by alternating two diagonal rows of french knots with two rows of basketweave. I never would have guessed that this combo would create this effect!