Friday, April 17, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

So I was at stitchy group this afternoon and we were reminiscing about stores that no longer exist. And someone was talking about about buying canvas in a department store when I shared these photos.

These are from today at my local Target.

One needlepoint kit. One embroidery kit. All under this handmade banner.

Just thought I'd share.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A Finish and A Problem

Last night at my Tuesday night group I finished a piece I started in February on my way to Hawaii.

It's a Melissa Shirley canvas of the Chinese Year of the Ox. It was a sale canvas I bought more for the colors than the subject matter. All basketweave and tent stitching mostly with Planet Earth silks. Love that stuff. Now to find the right fabric to make it into a pillow.

Below that is a photo of what some really rough canvas is doing to Neon Rays. This is a piece that I just set down on my canvas, picked it up, and set it back down.

Going to cover the canvas and try working this again. Sigh.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tropical Punch Started

My ANG chapter is doing Debbee's Designs Tropical Punch. I love the colors and am stitching this as designed without any changes in threads. Some of my friends have changed things and those are looking spectacular.

Color in this photo is a bit washed out.

Off to a good start. Let's see if I can keep up.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hand & Lock winner

Interesting read. Lovely to see one so young and relatively new to embroidery win.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Textile Museum

The Textile Museum has reopened at its new home at George Washington University.

Go visit!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Sheepish Finish

One more ornament finish. Got this done last night while waiting for my roommate to get done with her meeting.

We're at the Mid-Atlantic EGA regional meeting. I had a meeting yesterday at 3, grabbed a quick dinner, then my roommate had a meeting at 7.

This morning I'm in a beading class, then we have a lunchtime lecture followed by another meeting.

This is just the cutest ornament that I couldn't resist at work. Outlined the sheep with Planet Earth wool and then filled in with French knots in two strands of Burmilana. Canvas is available from Amanda Lawford.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Desired Finish

This is number four of five ornament kits I purchased a few years ago in New Orleans at Garden District Needlework.

It was kitted with DMC floss and I made a few substitutions. Mostly with Pepper Pot silk. But my last green, the French knots and green around the pink flowers, is Baroque silk. I won't use that again on 18ct canvas. You have to use two of three strands and it wants to knot. I think I'd love it as is on 13ct.

Anyway. Love my little streetcar. Will eventually be turned into an flat ornament.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sampler Guild Saturday

I love my meetings with the Loudoun Sampler Guild. It's the favorite meeting that I have every month. Today we're talking about photographing our needlework. Good info.

Plus some stitching time. I pulled out my Cindy Valentine piece from the July  2011 Needlepoint Now. It, by coincidence, is called Tropical Punch, which is the same name as the Debbee's Designs piece as I'm about to start with my ANG chapter.

Very cheerful for a gloomy day.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Don't Hate Me

Don't hate me because I'm in Hawaii.

It's gorgeous. The swimming at Waikiki is fabulous. The food is fantastic.

And it's not cold or snowing.

I may have added to the local economy. Stopped today at Fiddlesticks Too and then Needlepoint Etc. Lovely places with friendly people. Mahalo! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Airplane Stitching

Got up uber early today to shovel a path from the door to where a taxi would be.

Vacation time!

Here's my airplane stitching. I'd be further along, but I used a wrong color for the background. Ripped it and restitched it.

It's a Melissa Shirley Chinese New Year oxen. I just kind of fell for the colors and it was in a sale pile.