Sunday, October 26, 2014

Catcalls

This Is A Contemporary Feminist's Take On Traditional Needlework - http://huff.to/1rHjvYl

I find it disturbing that this type of thing still happens to me. It obviously only needs the object to possess XX chromosomes. No need to be young and beautiful. Very powerful, what she has done with words here. Go, Duchess.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stitching Update

Photos of what is in my stitching bag right now.

From these you'd think I was only working on painted canvas. Not true. It's just what's here in the bag available for photography.

The two small ones are DC Designs from Amanda Lawford. I'm gonna have fun compensating around the cats and bats! Not. Oh, and the cats' eyes glow in the dark.

The sheep is going to be all French knots with two strands of Burmilana. Cute little face.

And finally I'm approaching the finish line on my brickcover. Love this still.

Long Time Gone

Apologies. I certainly didn't mean to not post for this long. I hope no one's been concerned. 

First, some baby pictures. Look who turned one year old! Gosh that was fast. 
 

She's adorable. And she knows it. 

Below are a few of our travel photos from the summer.

 
We visited Portland Head in July when I was feeling awful. I had a bout of food poisoning and it took me a month to recover. It's an iconic lighthouse - I've even stitched it. 
 
From the ocean to the mountains of West Virginia. Time to ride a train. 
 

Back to the ocean - almost. We took a lunch cruise in the Baltimore Harbor to see the Tall Ships and Blue Angels flying over Fort McHenry to commemorate the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. 
 


Trust me. I've been stitching. Haven't been finishing much. But I've been very productive. Is this what happens when you've got too many projects going at once? Stitching update soon. And a delayed celebration coming too...
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Anniversary Stitching

I started this needlepoint brick cover back in May to give to my hubby for our 30th anniversary. Well, that was Monday and it's not finished. Big surprise.

I made good progress for the first six weeks, then other things got in the way. It's a Canvasworks canvas and it's beautifully painted. I'm using Planet Earth silk and Silk n Ivory. My colors match pretty well, so well that it can be difficult to tell where my stitching ends😊

Below that is a little magic sign I did for the man, too. If you watch Modern Family, you might get where this came from in the season finale. It's a Kathy Shenkel piece. These little signs are quick and cute and there's quite a few of them.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Upcoming Projects

I've been acquiring new things lately. First up is the Shining Needle Society class St. basils from Stitch Play Designs. I've got my evertites and I'm ready to mount up as this class starts at the end of the month.

Next, I joined the San Diego ANG so I could ghost this ribbon class by Laura Taylor. I didn't show all the threads and this looks like so much fun. I can't wait to start.

And last - I have this Once in a Blue Moon canvas that I bought in June 2013 because I said this was going to be my granddaughter. Well, soon we'll be celebrating her first birthday. And finally got threads for it. I decided to keep to the Planet Earth threads - I've got 6 ply silks and Pepper Pot. In fact, I may basketweave this entire piece. It will be beautiful.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Imari Collage

Making slow progress on my Debbie Stiehler piece. The best part is that several (sometimes many) of us continue to meet after the class. Without this I wouldn't be making any progress at all.

Today I plunged my gold thread to the back of the piece. I used a tool recommended in a class by Toni Gerdes - a bridge cleaner. Dental tools and needlework meet up with great success. I think my or nue section looks mahvelous!

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Orange Challenge

Saturday was my EGA guild meeting. Had a wonderful Zentangle class with Catherine Jordan. I really enjoyed that and plan on further exploration.

This piece is my answer to my Orange Challenge. It's my second piece as my first hit a snag and is unfinished.

I drew my love letters with a #4 pencil leaving a circle space for my bead. Then kind of just started stitching. I didn't stop and count. Just stitched. Which explains what's going on in some of my corners.

I beaded my bead to attach it and that came out great.

Now let's have it made into a pillow.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm Singing in the Shower, Just Singing in the Shower

Finally came back to my kitty canvas from Patt and Lee Designs.

I got stuck on the shower curtain. I had started a Bargello pattern that just wasn't working.

I like what I've got going now. The light teal is over three threads and a bit further down I'll take the same thing to over four threads. That was a suggestion from a friend and it sounds like a very good idea.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th

I returned from my retreat with a case of food poisoning and it's been nearly two weeks and I am still not back to normal.

I have been making progress on a few projects and brought one with me to New Hampshire. Because I was falling behind on my stitching deadlines I was setting for myself, I have shown the project to its recipient so I can work on it in front of him.

This is a Canvasworks brick cover. I'm stitching with a combination of Silk and Ivory and Planet Earth Silk. Every stitch is a pleasure.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Retreat Finish

I finished this at retreat. But I came home sick and am finally catching up.

It's a Raymond Crawford Tiki cup. Not the best lighting for a photo this morning at 5:30, but you get the idea.

I may remove and restitch the nose. I'm not loving it.