Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stitching and Flying

I flew to Europe working on a 13ct ornament. Nothing exciting. Just basketweave.

But then I started this Melissa Shirley bunny driving a carrot car. Too cute. I have everything I need in one gallon size plastic bag. Canvas mounted on bars. Appropriate magnet. A Walker bag with my threads. A Trish Vine fabric tray to contain my orts and threads and scissors. Just making it up as I go along. The only thing I don't have is my Bunka brush to fuzz up my bunny.

No problems at all flying international with my little scissors.

More progress coming as we cross the  Atlantic.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Last Night

We are about to go to our last dinner in Venice. Tomorrow we arise, have breakfast, and get on a boat to Marco Polo International.

It's been grand. And I mean grand. I've got a thousand photos on my large camera and three hundred more here on my phone. I have memories of games and hugs and kisses to last me until I see my little girls again.


Monday, April 03, 2017


We are fortunate to have two wonderful granddaughters and we are in the middle of our first visit with the littler bug. She's six months old and loves to smile. And jump. And roll. And the older bug hasn't forgotten us at all in the year and a half they've been gone. She's as brilliant as the sun.

Which brings us to Italy.

Where I've seen some interesting needlework in interesting places. But those photos aren't on my phone so we'll have to wait. Meanwhile enjoy the scenery.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bracelet with Bling

One more off to the finisher. This is an Ann Wheat bracelet with her stitch guide. I used my own threads and followed the stitches for the most part.

I originally intended to finish this myself until I saw a leather backed bracelet. Love that. So off it goes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Two ornaments back from the finisher. One is an ANG Chapter Project Book of a poinsettia on congress cloth that we first painted. Design by Joni Stephenson. I added the blue. It's all laid fillings so I learned a lot.

The other one is a painted design by Mile High Princess called Nasal Congestion. Stitches and threads are all mine.

And if the photo shows up, it's Pierre. A French snowman from the Princess and Me. Stitch slightly modified.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


How many years have I had this Shining Needle Society class piece? I think this was the first or second class I took. It's by Jane Ellen Bauzelweit.

I had fun proving to myself that I could do this. I added the hem stitching. It was meant to be an Altoids tin topper. I don't know what I'll do with it, but it's done.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Dancing for a Finish

Finally. Finally finished my turtle canvas by Julie Pischke. And yes, I still need to attach it to the bag.

On this one I looked. I bought it in March of 2011. Only 6 years to stitch. What an idiot I am.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Finally Framing

I have a feeling that I could look back on this blog to find out when I stitched this piece. I'm going to guess 2005 or 2006. I just framed it this year.

It's no secret around here that some of us needleworkers love our framers at Total Framing. I've slowly been digging into my finished, but unframed box. And bringing things to them for their transformation. If you're in the area of northern Virginia, go see them at either location, Fairfax or Chantilly. I've been really  happy with everything they've framed for me and my friends.

I believe this is a Bent Creek piece that originally said Long Winter. Which just seemed like a bad idea to me so I changed the words. I may have freely substituted threads and fabric. I honestly don't remember.

And I love this reclaimed wood frame. Sets it off perfectly.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Shop Girl Fun

Few things working in a needlepoint shop are more fun than helping someone pick out threads for a painted canvas.

Sometimes business is slow and you can devote all the time in the world. Other times you need to speed up the process.

I'm pretty confident of my color sense. Which helps when you're trying to do this quickly. But it's a real challenge when someone wants to perfectly match some colors. (Purples are notorious for not having enough to choose from especially if someone won't strand threads.)

You have to read your customer. Will they strand? Does it need to be flat, shiny, or fluffy? What are they willing to work with. Some people automatically reject certain threads they've had bad experiences with. I don't blame them. Tell me I need to use a rayon based thread and I have fits. But eventually I'll calm down and use it carefully.

So it's always good when new threads come in. This week I got to put up the new shades of Rainbow Gallery's Silk Lame. Pictured is the 18ct. But they also come in 13ct and Petite.

And here's the new colors of Glisten also from Rainbow Gallery, a merino wool with a shiny metallic. I'm looking forward to trying this. And I've got the perfect project to use it on.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tiki Love

I took this Raymond Crawford canvas to Camp with me. Because I wanted to fix his nose.

I had originally stitched it with an orange Vineyard silk in an overlapping kind of fishbone stitch. So I carefully removed that. Did a little padding with #5 pearl cotton and then satin stitched over it with Neon Rays. Way better.

Also filled in the sides a smidge with white to get a solid, unbroken line.

Now it will be off for finishing.