Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Shower Cat Progress

Kitty has  body, but still needs her paw and whiskers.

But I need to put this down for a bit to work some borders for a class.

She's so cute.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Purr, Purr

One day at work at the shop back in January, I had a really slow day. I mean really slow. I'd done everything I could do - backstocked, updated orders, cleaned. And then I did the one thing that can get dangerous in a needlepoint shop. 

I picked out a canvas and pulled threads. 

And it followed me home. After I paid for it, of course. 

I just kind of put this on the back burner and let my ideas for it simmer. 

 I have finally pulled it out of the pile o'stuff and started working on it. 

I've got a tiled shower wall made of Vineyard and Pepper Pot silk with water drops done in Water N Ice. 

I'm also changing up the color on the shower cap, 'cause it's pretty darn ugly as it is. 

This is a Patt and Lee design. It comes in multiple sizes and this one is 18 ct. 

Those simmering ideas have led me to paint out the white whiskers on the black. That was this morning. And I've been working on the face. Eyes are done. I really want to get the kitty body stitched because I've got a plan for the shower cap. And I don't even have to repaint it. 

If my kitty, Zoe, was ever going to be caught in the shower, she'd look exactly like this. LOL.

Friday, March 21, 2014

UFO Challenge

Last night was my ANG chapter meeting. It marked the end of our year long UFO Challenge.

We had some rules - details not important.

Let's just say I did finish 4 out of 6 pieces.
One was a shamrock heart that I finished last March. Two was my Fenwick canvas.
Three is Ruth Dilts' Mystic. Of course I changed the colors. And eventually changed a stitch,  too. I think my color changes sort of violate some of the original intentions of the piece, but it is still an attractive piece. What it comes down to is that I like it.

Four is my Pacific Coast Collage by Laura  J. Perin. I'll be toddling off to get this one framed soon. Loved living on the Central Coast. And my little otter will always bring a smile to my face and remind me of those happy days.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Penguin Goodness

A quick pillow for Miss Cuteness. Her mom likes penguins, so I made one for the baby's room.

Freaking 10 ct canvas. Never doing that again. Not a lot of thread choices.

But I like it.

Sunday, March 09, 2014


I feel like I've dropped off the edge of the blogging world. It's not my fault. The Feedly app and my phone don't get along and despite 3 updates in one week, I still can only read 3-4 feeds on my phone at a time. Then it just cycles through what I just read. Can't click links so I can't comment. And even the back button doesn't work. Frustrated. 

If I find the time while I'm working here on the computer today, I'll try googling my problem and see if anyone has any suggestions. I'm not holding my breath on feedback from Feedly. I've gone and given them one star on ratings. Maybe this time someone will notice. 

I returned from Florida just in time for another snowstorm. Snow day for me. DH worked from home. Spent some time shoveling free the cars. We can all agree from Georgia to Minnesota and Maine that this winter has gone on too long. 

For now I will just have to use my memory of warm sands and sunsets to cheer me up.

I did finish another piece one the plane ride home. And then one more right after that. One is off to the finishers. The other one is waiting for me to finish it. But I didn't take photos. And I take photos of everything. Don't know where my head is these days, but I fear it isn't attached properly. 

I have also been to Woodlawn and seen the Needlework Show. Had a lovely conversation with the woman who used to own Three Sisters in Woodbridge. I only got to that store once before it closed, but I felt like I was home. She's happily working on framing textiles at the JoAnn's in Woodbridge and if I didn't have a framer I like who is closer, I would certainly be driving down to see her. 

My comments on Woodlawn. I think they might wait until the end of the month when I do my volunteer time. Right now I've got some looming deadlines...

Which reminds me! I have not mentioned one word about my birthday present. I'm now the proud owner of 16" Big Sister loom from Mirrix. Finally warped it this week and my first bracelet is waiting to be cut off the warps. This is another thing that needs proper photos. Oh the tension. I'm in love with a loom. 


Friday, February 21, 2014

Flying Down to...

I'm headed south today to meet my sister and visit my mom.

On the first leg of my trip I finished this little candy cane with Planet Earth wools. Fabulous thread to stitch with. Nice and smooth for a wool.

I started it at Dulles and finished before my plane landed in Atlanta.

Now I am suffering from a weather delay and have picked up a slightly larger piece -  one of Anne Stradal's lighthouse ornaments. I have two with me. But am wondering how my black thread didn't make it into my bag. If this delay goes on too long, I may make significant progress.

Challenge Update

So here are two of my UFO challenge pieces. They need to be finished in March. I've got a month. Easy, peasy.

I just need to attach beads to the purple one -  that's Ruth Dilts' Mystic.

And the other one is Laura Perrin's Pacific Coast Collage. I've got some corners to stitch, some background to basket weave, and some beads to attach.

I've got two more pieces that I gave up on. I'll owe $10 to the Guild for those.

Three out of five - I'm good with that.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I have been deficient on the taking of photos. Again.

Two weeks ago I spent a huge part of my day refinishing a piece to enter in the Woodlawn Needlework Show. It was my guild challenge piece from 2012 and because I am a procrastinator, I didn't do proper finishing in 2012.

Basically I had pinned it to foam core and pinned ribbon around the edge. Trust me, that was a lot of pins to remove. My ultimate goal was a flat fold stand up. I located my finishing supplies and my instructions and then was nearly stymied by not having any orange fabric in my fabric stash.

Then I remembered my supplies for this year's challenge, which is the color orange. I had the perfect piece. But alas I am bad at following directions and by the time my husband got home, I had made an irreversible error. My only hope now was a patch job. Which I managed to do. By the time I finished I was pretty darn pleases with my work. But it would have been way easier to not make a mistake to begin with.

All this effort and I forgot to take a picture. Sigh.

I also finished a needlepoint piece that's gone off for finishing into a pillow. No photo there either.

Meanwhile I'm plugging away at two UFOs. Trying to finish 3 out of 5 in a UFO challenge.

Anyone see a challenge theme going on here in my needlework life? Apparently that's what I need to get motivated :-D

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Yeah! Got my Fenway canvas back from the finisher yesterday. She went with her instincts and used this wonderful old-fashioned red ticking fabric. I love it.

Now I can make a third flag for the 2013 championship. Smiles all around here!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Color, Color, Everywhere

 That's right. Color makes me happy. But it also causes me torment when I can't find the color I see in my mind. Especially at work. When you pull threads for someone who is about to embark on needlepoint canvas, you wish desperately for more colors than you have. Which is funny when you work in a shop with lots of full lines of thread. It seems like there is always a color that you want that you don't have. 

These days I'm in love with Pepper Pot silks. But they need to make more colors. Specifically I'd like purples. They don't have enough purples. 

Some people are fine with a color that is similar to what is painted on the canvs. But other people want the thread to match the paint perfectly. It's just not going to happen all the time. Those darn people with the paint have a unlimited number of colors to work with. Which we don't have in the thread world. Still it's a fun game to play. I'm learning.

 Huh. Last year this is where I stopped stitching on my Kimono in February. The last weekend in January this year, I added to more areas - 56 stitched, 74 to go. I'm making this piece my major push for this year. Needs to finished in December. I'll try to post an update once a month on this. Nag me if you would like to. Because this needs to get finished.

 Just some pink photos. 'Cause I love pink. Almost as much as purple. I wish I lived closer to this little one. 

And yes, my acquisitions continue to pile up. I've got my hands on a Northern Lights Santa. And I've got most of the threads and plenty of the beads. Now to go study Jane of Chilly Hollow's blog about stitching this piece. I'm going to use her ideas as my starting point and use some of my own. Yes, there aren't enough hours in my days. He's all blue and white and silvery. Pretty much reflects my heritage in old country. You would need a beard and robe like that to keep warm walking around in the deep, dark night.