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.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sunrise in Syria

Linda and Donna enjoying that first cup of coffee at 6 in the morning. Sun is rising, birds are singing. It's a beautiful day.

First finishes of the weekend - both wool. Jane has a turtle. Donna has a cardinal.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Today is all about packing. And unpacking. And repacking. Because I can't make up my mind what to bring on retreat. 

Tomorrow we leave for 5 days, 4 nights in the hills unbothered by modern electronics which gives us more time to stitch. This is a guild retreat and there are 19 of us going.

I made a list last week. I've crossed it out and started over a million times. Usually I don't have this much trouble. Maybe in the back of my mind I think I'm forgetting something? 

I now my packing is heavy on the canvas and light on linen projects. That's just where I am right now. I've got a couple of obligation pieces with deadlines for gift giving. I've got some fun stuff. I've got some serious stuff that requires concentration. Just trying to get the right balance. I'd bring it all, but that might require a moving truck!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Big and the Little

Damn the apologies for not posting. Let's just get right to things.

Starting with progress and a small finish. 

 It seems to me as I look back I always have big and little projects going at the same time. Maybe it's the contrast. Or maybe it's just my habit of having small, portable things to tote around with me. I always have a purse project. You never know when you can fit in 10 or 50 or 100 stitches. And little bits of progress add up to finishes. Eventually. 

 So here is my Bunny Project. Of course, I named it because I can. This is after the second embellishment class. I'm feeling fairly confident that I have the skills to stitch this well. Of course

 Ha. I've frogged that top corner of background twice. Once for color issues. The second time because the thread I was using was making the lilies recede. Ah, backgrounds and me - we just don't get along. It takes me forever to land on the correct things. I've been given guidance on this area and we'll see what happens when I get back to it. 

 My hibiscus. This I love. I rejected the burden stitch and oblique burden stitch as being too straight. The petals needed more movement. And I hit on this. It's a zigzag cashmere. Starts with a Watercolours, then a Planet Earth silk, and ends with just a hint of shine provided by Shimmer Floss. The middle will get its own special treatment eventually.

 I started to split stitch my bunny. Original plan called for Alpaca, but to me these bunnies need to be smooth, not fuzzy. So I'm using Pepper Pot and a chenille needle. I'm happy with this. 

 And then we have a piece back from the finisher. I stitched this back at the end of February when I went to Florida. It's the Portland Head lighthouse from ABS Designs. When I started stitching it, I had to google image the lighthouse and find a photo from this direction as 90% of all photos of this are from the other side. LOL (Sorry it looks crooked - that's just the photo. It's not crooked.) I'm so happy that Anne has a ton of these lighthouse ornament canvases as I'm planning on having a large collection.