Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Always with the Stashing

Well. My name is Bad Girl.

And I have a problem.

I ran into the Patti Mann trunk show at work.

So bad. But I'm still smiling.

The spaceship one! Oh my.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Due to some karmic good timing, my husband is out of town while I'm tackling two big projects.

One is some major charting for someone. I've been learning tons about my graphing programs. And finally have gotten to the point where I rarely consult the manuals. That's where I spent most of today emerging from the office at 4:15 just in time to shower before heading off to a dinner meeting for my EGA chapter.

Then I came home to tackle the physical job. We have a stash sale on Saturday at our meeting and I've been given the stash of a friend who was a major collector. It's been occupying a section of our office for a while so it's good to see it leaving. But this meant I had to haul it all up the stairs. I'm exhausted.

This brings up that issue that we talk about from time to time - what will become of our stuff when we are no longer here? And didn't I just buy a stack of needlework books at the used bookstore? Ha!

I've got enough projects to stitch for several lifetimes. But I can't resist buying more canvases at work.

I've even been contemplating swapping my studio for the larger guest room.

Hello. I'm a stasholic.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Pillow Fight

So I've been kinda sick since going on retreat. Came home with bronchitis and I haven't picked up my needle in over a week.

But I did drag my half dead self into work today and found this pillow back from the finisher.

It's a Jean Smith canvas that I bought purposely to play with silk ribbon.

I love it.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bride of Frankie

I bought one canvas in May from the Labors of Love trunk show at the shop.

It's the Bride of Frankie.

I'm on retreat this weekend and after I finished my obligation stitching, I started it. Her face is Impressions and pearl cotton with a tiny bit of silvery white Petite Silk Lame in her eyes.

Her dress is pearl cotton and Silk Lame 18 ct.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pillow Finish

Year of the Ox canvas from Melissa Shirley Designs.

I found this in a bargain bin in January, pulled threads and took it to Hawaii with me. I'm in love with these colors - that's why I bought it. Took me a while to find the correct color velvet for finishing (which I didn't do myself.)

Basketweave on 13ct is so relaxing...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Finished - Two Ornaments

Here are photos of some finishing I got back last month.

A Streetcar Named Desire came from the Garden District Needleworks a few years ago. I have one more New Orleans themed ornament left to stitch. This is 4 of 5.

The sheep is by Derek Clark and is available through Amanda Lawford designs. I think this is too cute. I'm in love with his designs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Needlepoint Book

Just thought I'd share my little bit of fun in Jo's new edition of The Needlepoint Book.

My frame weight, which I designed for a bargello class for my EGA Guild, is on page 18.

Thought I'd show it to you in color.

Jo is a lovely person who lives and works in northern Virginia which is how I came to meet her at a shop. Then she needed people to review photos of projects for possible inclusion in her book and I did my part helping out with that. It was all fun, for me anyway.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Halloween Treat Progress

All the boxes are done except for the ones where the buttons belong.

I located my collection of buttons yesterday that I had amassed as possibilities for this piece and I'm not happy with them.

I have two options - continue the search for buttons I like or make fabric ones.

Or wait. Third option. Add beads.

I've always been a big admirer of Plan C.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Halloween Treat

We did this project in my ANG Chapter. I don't remember exactly when - 1-2 years ago.

I finally decided to pick it back up.

Last weekend I finished the bargello block and the block in the upper left.

This week I finished the ghost. And I'm halfway through the top right block today - not in this photo.

I need to locate all the buttons I collected as possibilities for the piece. There somewhere upstairs...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day Tripper

Took the Metro to D.C. to visit the DAR for a Tuesday Talk on samplers.

The current exhibition is on early Maryland and Virginia quilts. Pictures are from the exhibit. The cherry tree is just a bonus from my walk home.