Friday, August 10, 2018

Ambrosia Honey

I started Ambrosia Honey last fall. This is an EGA Stitch-Along project.

Thanks to my bestie, I copied her idea to flip the ribbon from the right to the left. My own colorway. I pulled the original colors and decided to go a different way.

My Guild has been working on this project and we got to the bee section back in May. I started my bee using Glisten, a wool with a metallic from Rainbow Gallery.

After think about for 3 months while stitching other things  I've ripped my bee. Now I have to decide between a metallic, shiny bee and a fuzzy turkey work bee. Always making things harder for myself 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

What's Happening?

Many apologies for my time away. 

Here's an ornament I've sent to the finisher today. I believe this canvas is discontinued.

I took it to Italy last year and barely started it. Picked it up this year to bring to a friend's wake. She was a stitcher and I'm sure she was cheered by the sight of her friends stitching with her for one final time.

So thanks, JoAnn. It finally finished. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Finished the stitching on this Succulent Strawberry months ago. This was a class I took with Barbara Jackson back in 2011.

Finally did the finishing yesterday. Put weightiin to attempt to make it stay on the side on I want  but it shifted and that's a fail. Typical of me. 

I couldn't find the bone ring I bought for the top of this, but I can always add it later. Started to stitch the veins on the wool leaves, but didn't like it and decided to go plain.

Also finished my mini sock. Forgot to take a photo before I left it for finishing  But we'll see it again in a few months. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Palm Fronds

Palm fronds completed. I love how they turned out.

Giving up on the clouds and doing basketweave with DMC Blanc.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Mini Sock Redux

This little canvas has been a series of problems to figure out. I solved the building  then turned to Diamond Head. 

This is basketweave with DMC floss and an occasional stitch with a #8 Kreinik braid for a bit of shine. Turns out that I can stitch this kind of random. (Other kinds of random are uber difficult for me.)

Next I tried to solve my clouds  So far I've ripped out a straight milanese, little wavy, and plain basketweave.

So let's leave the clouds on go to the thing that has bothered me from the start - those palm leaves. Color is not right as painted as it's too blue. But I don't want to stray too far from what is painted.

Nailed it first try. Reverse chain stitch with Petite Frosty Rays. Yay! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Return to Samplers

So much of this year has been spent stitching on two canvas pieces. But I have finished a sampler which means I picked up another sampler.

Photos of my finish still to come. But here's what I have picked up. All I had stitched in 2011 was my joining band. It is a design by Pamela Darney called the Yellow Rose sampler.

I'm making this as a wedding sampler. Love the Picture This Plus linen. And of course Gloriana threads. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Last Finish of 2017

Neko Atsume cat, Miss Fortune. Done as a gift for my Virginia sister. I had the perfect frame for it. 

At my house we call these Happy Cats.  

Yes. I said I was updating my progress...

Mini Sock

Boy. New phone has led me to discover the source of my problems with the Blogger app. They haven't updated it in 2 years. And the solution is to access through your browser  Ugh.

Not a good answer. But I'm trying.

Before I start updating all my stitching for the past two months  here's a little mini sock from In Good Company. 

Started in January as mindless stitching at a retreat. Not in love with my water, but don't dislike it enough to redo! 

Mini socks can be finished flat or as an open stocking which is the perfect size for a gift card. 

This one is for us to remember a fabulous vacation staying at the Hilton Waikiki.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Mackintosh Kimono

Last week I got to runaway for two days of class with the talented Toni Gerdes. 

Now she was teaching three separate guilds all within driving distance. But the art deco Mackintosh Kimono spoke to me the most. I already have her Frank Lloyd Wright Kimono. And soon there will be a Klimt Kimono. 

I drove out to Harrisonburg to join the Shenandoah Valley ANG Chapter for this class. They meet in the Virginia Quilt Museum and occasionally we had quilt museum visitors wander around (and we were on our best behavior whenever we had guests.) Not that we ever weren't on our best behavior. But we do sometimes like to complain, in a nice way. Of course. 

Like when I opened my thread kit and realized that there were two spools of Accentuate in the same color. That's a lot of Accentuate. 

Toni started us right in on the one thing that none of us had experience with - the Wire Lace or Wonder Ribbon. What this stuff is from the Fusion Bead website:  WireLace® ribbon is an innovative product for making jewelry! Made of fine, woven brass, copper or aluminum wire and bonded with an enamel coating to create a variety of stunning colors. 

In bead stores, you'll find it as Wire Lace. In needlepoint stores, it might be repackaged as Wonder Ribbon or it might be Wire Lace. It comes in multiple sizes - 1mm, 3mm, 6mm, and 12mm. 

If you look in the column under the rose, the one with the double helix stem, that's Wonder Ribbon that we have stretched between two balloon sticks and then stitched down. With Accentuate of course. 

So we now have this sheer wire ribbon tacked down and can stitch over it. In fact, we can see through it to see our placement of the stem. Pretty darn cool. 

We got to work the various patterns of our roses. Our checkerboards. We stretched some Flair and worked jessicas over it for our rosebuds. We had some lively discussions of stitch names, learned our backgrounds stitches. In general, we had a great time and it was over far too soon. And how to outline everything.

There's a part of me that wants to zip right through this project, but something else is calling my name. In fact, I'm leaving the computer to go back upstairs and stitch some more on it. More on this soon!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Latest Acquisition

I need to just begin somewhere to catch up. So here's what a friend brought me. She found it in a quilt store.

I've never done sashiko.

This looks like fun!