Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Dancing for a Finish

Finally. Finally finished my turtle canvas by Julie Pischke. And yes, I still need to attach it to the bag.

On this one I looked. I bought it in March of 2011. Only 6 years to stitch. What an idiot I am.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Finally Framing

I have a feeling that I could look back on this blog to find out when I stitched this piece. I'm going to guess 2005 or 2006. I just framed it this year.

It's no secret around here that some of us needleworkers love our framers at Total Framing. I've slowly been digging into my finished, but unframed box. And bringing things to them for their transformation. If you're in the area of northern Virginia, go see them at either location, Fairfax or Chantilly. I've been really  happy with everything they've framed for me and my friends.

I believe this is a Bent Creek piece that originally said Long Winter. Which just seemed like a bad idea to me so I changed the words. I may have freely substituted threads and fabric. I honestly don't remember.

And I love this reclaimed wood frame. Sets it off perfectly.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Shop Girl Fun

Few things working in a needlepoint shop are more fun than helping someone pick out threads for a painted canvas.

Sometimes business is slow and you can devote all the time in the world. Other times you need to speed up the process.

I'm pretty confident of my color sense. Which helps when you're trying to do this quickly. But it's a real challenge when someone wants to perfectly match some colors. (Purples are notorious for not having enough to choose from especially if someone won't strand threads.)

You have to read your customer. Will they strand? Does it need to be flat, shiny, or fluffy? What are they willing to work with. Some people automatically reject certain threads they've had bad experiences with. I don't blame them. Tell me I need to use a rayon based thread and I have fits. But eventually I'll calm down and use it carefully.

So it's always good when new threads come in. This week I got to put up the new shades of Rainbow Gallery's Silk Lame. Pictured is the 18ct. But they also come in 13ct and Petite.

And here's the new colors of Glisten also from Rainbow Gallery, a merino wool with a shiny metallic. I'm looking forward to trying this. And I've got the perfect project to use it on.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tiki Love

I took this Raymond Crawford canvas to Camp with me. Because I wanted to fix his nose.

I had originally stitched it with an orange Vineyard silk in an overlapping kind of fishbone stitch. So I carefully removed that. Did a little padding with #5 pearl cotton and then satin stitched over it with Neon Rays. Way better.

Also filled in the sides a smidge with white to get a solid, unbroken line.

Now it will be off for finishing.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Slow But Here

Here's a photo of a Camp start and finish. Only took about two hours. It's a pendant designed for the EGA seminar in Asheville in 2017.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Camp Wannastitch

Once a year 170 or so stitchers descend on Ocean City for a four day weekend.

This is the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Embroiderers' Guild of America retreat.

We arrive with a circle of friends that grows every year. We laugh, we talk, we eat, we stitch from the wee hours of the morning until the wee hours of the next morning. (Not everyone, of course) We walk on the beach, we go shopping. We share things new and old. We ring a bell for our Camp finishes and get showered with applause and cheers. We get asked for advice and we ask for advice. We have so much fun we want to stay longer!

My photos are of one Judy giving another Judy a quilt she won from the raffle at the Woodlawn Needlework Show. And a sunset because beach!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

Not too much stitching today. I settled on making progress with the boring sky on this Cooper Oaks version of the Warren Kimble winter season.

Yes. I do have all four seasons. Not a priority. Just stitching now and then. But if I finish this one, I'll feel motivated to keep going and get them framed.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

This Just Won't Do

What? I haven't posted in a month?

So very wrong of me.

Easy to say I will do better in 2017.

Easy to improve on 2016 in terms of numbers.

What's wrong? Too much time sitting. Not enough time doing.

I am still stitching. Need more sharing. Need more moving. Need more motivation.

Here's a shot of Market Square in Portsmouth, NH, one very cold December night. And here's to more communication in the new year!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Time to Think about Woodlawn

It's that time to contemplate what to enter into the Woodlawn Needlework Show.

Of course, some of us already know what to submit.

This year I'll have two pieces - one original multi stitch canvas and one adaptation multi stitch canvas.

The show is in March, so it's not too late to think about submitting in 2017.

For info,  go here

If this link doesn't work, Google Woodlawn Needlework Show for details of deadlines and the form for submission.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Imari Collage

Here's something I haven't shared here in a while. I work on this one afternoon every two months on average.

It is Debbie Stiehler's Imari Collage.

I think it's incredibly beautiful when I look at what I've already stitched. The slow progress is me working on it at chapter workshop stitch ins which happen almost once a month.