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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

So I was at stitchy group this afternoon and we were reminiscing about stores that no longer exist. And someone was talking about about buying canvas in a department store when I shared these photos.

These are from today at my local Target.

One needlepoint kit. One embroidery kit. All under this handmade banner.

Just thought I'd share.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A Finish and A Problem

Last night at my Tuesday night group I finished a piece I started in February on my way to Hawaii.

It's a Melissa Shirley canvas of the Chinese Year of the Ox. It was a sale canvas I bought more for the colors than the subject matter. All basketweave and tent stitching mostly with Planet Earth silks. Love that stuff. Now to find the right fabric to make it into a pillow.

Below that is a photo of what some really rough canvas is doing to Neon Rays. This is a piece that I just set down on my canvas, picked it up, and set it back down.

Going to cover the canvas and try working this again. Sigh.