Friday, August 19, 2016

New Orleans

I wish I was going to ANG Seminar in New Orleans. But I'm not. Some of my friends are and they'll have a spectacular time.

I am sending a few things to New Orleans though. One piece for exhibit which I'll show you when the exhibit opens. One ornament size challenge piece not for showing yet.

And also this ornament which is called Holiday Surprise. This was designed by a friend of mine for the Potomac ANG chapter for our holiday surprise meeting in December. And I started it in the red and green colorway. Then I took it Florida in January and it was out with the Christmas colors and in with Mardi Gras colors. Which meant it needed a fleur de lis.

Finally this month I got to beading my finish. It has purple ultrasuede on the back.

And it's headed to New Orleans with a dozen or so other versions along with the chart. Because our Guild sells the pattern as a fund raiser.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Interlocking Gobelin

Current canvas is a mini-stocking from Kathy Shenkel. This will be for our new granddaughter who is due to arrive in September. She'll be born in Italy which I both love and hate. I now know how my in-laws felt when both of our children were born in Germany. 

I've missed the cut-off for guaranteed Christmas ornament finishing, which is okay. I'm going to practice my own finishing on this one. Getting brave or stupid. Not sure which. I'm sure some swearing will be involved as always happens when I use a sewing machine. 

It's a small thing, so not going to get too fancy here. Just using a mosaic to create the wallpaper. And interlocking gobelin to stitch the giraffe. 
 Looking at this canvas both at the shop and at home, I thought the spots on the giraffe were white. Then I pulled this out in the car and realized I was wrong. They are painted an off-white. So I chose a Vineyard silk in a complimentary color and stitched them in basketweave. AND then last night started on the giraffe's body with some Thread Gatherer's Sheep Silk, a 50/50 wool/silk blend. Basketweave was okay. But interlocking gobelin is better. 

Now I think I need to pull out that Vineyard silk. Impressions or Burmilana will do to stitch the spots in interlocking gobelin, too. It will look better. I might even brush it.  Eventually I'll come back to turkey work on the mane and tail. 

Here's a diagram of interlocking gobelin, a great stitch for creating fur. 


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Following Orders

I don't always follow orders, but sometimes I do. Thus the photo.

Earlier in June I had my first opportunity to visit TNNA's market in Washington DC.
This is an open-only to the trade market, public not allowed. It's for retailers and wholesalers.

I attended wearing two hats - one as a shop employee and one as a product reviewer for Needlepointers magazine, the American Needlepoint Guild's magazine for members. I have a partner in the reviewing enterprise and she recently started working where I work so we road the Metro in together.

Not a huge show for needlepoint, I still walked my feet off. My favorite part was putting faces to names that I call at work. Plus seeing new canvases for the first time.

I apologize that I had absolutely no time to take photos other than my selfie.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Small Finish

Just got back from retreat and though I can't show my progress (top secret, etc.)
I did have a small finish I can share.

Mill Hill flamingo. I think I started this in 2011. Good to add it to the done pile.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Really Really

More than a month since I posted?

I think this means I posted something on the wrong blog.

No worries. All good.

I've been adventuring in bead embroidery. This is a design a friend did for our EGA chapter. Love it. Hers is a palomino, but I'm partial to bays.

May have become obsessed with this finish. Took 3 episodes of Rome and I think it's 9 o'clock and I missed supper.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Woo-hoo! Yesterday my belated birthday present arrived at the shop.

Thanks to my terrific boss and co-worker.

He'll partner with my Mr. Bones. It's by Labors of Love. There's a witch and a pumpkin man, too.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cube It

I thought I'd share with you my new favorite thing to bring to stitching retreats.

First photo shows it folded up. This one shows the inside.

And here we have the assembled product:  a Poppin Cube from the Container Store. My friend and I each brought on to our retreat in January. A place to put your things. Store your varied projects inside. Strong enough for others to sit on while visiting with you. You can put your feet on it. I used mine as a table beside me. 

Never leaving for retreats without this. 

Don't think I'll bring it to classes though as it takes a certain amount of room. 

Comes in eight different colors. You can see them here:  Poppin Cube  

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Words Worth

My two favorites:  words and textiles. Worth reading.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

National Stitch in Public Day

The first Saturday in February is National Stitch in Public Day. That's because February is National Embroidery Month.

I'm doing my part today while traveling.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Blizzard's Away

And the snow began to fall. Quietly. Steadily.

Got several inches already. As of now, it's a dry, fluffy snow. Please stay that way.

Started off my blizzard stitching with Radishes, a class piece from ANG seminar.

Oh, and if you're curious at all about what an impending, major snowstorm does to stitchers, you should work in a needlepoint shop the day before the storm. Wow. We were busy! Came home exhausted. If anyone runs out of thread before Tuesday, it's not my fault!