Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Idea for 2012

I have managed to do a tiny bit of stash acquisition. And I believe it's only proper to share my new goodies here. Be forewarned:  I might have a singular problem. Or maybe it's multiple problems.

Stitching on Stars led me to think that there might be some threads that I will need more of, especially considering that I've only stitched 1/3 of the squares. JL Walsh stopped being able to dye the silk and wool blend that is necessary for this piece and I had placed several possible substitutes in with my threads. I ended up choosing to use Gumnut's Poppies - one in blues and one is pinks. This, too, is a silk/wool blend, but it's much thicker than you can ply the JL Walsh. So I headed off to see if I could find some more. 

First stop:  Waste Knot in Arlington. No Gumnuts here. But they do have the Raymond Crawford Owl canvases for sale individually now. And two of them came home with me. 

The one I want the most was already gone. I think that I have identified the five of these that I want the most. But for now, this is a good start.

I left Waste Knot and headed to Needlewoman East, still searching for my Gumnuts. Not there either. Which narrowed things down to In Stitches or the Stitching Post. 

But at Needlewoman East, I bought two more canvases. They are little bitty and thrill me to pieces. Way back in the dark ages, when DH and I were just becoming a couple. we were in a production of Winnie-the-Pooh. He was Owl and I was Kanga. So you can see why I fell head over heels for these two:

 Sorry. Silly computer insists on turning these sideways. This is the first time I've seen Kanga. I'm used to seeing Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger. The other ones you see much less of. These will be brilliant ornaments to add to our tree. Happy! Happy!

On Super Bowl Sunday, i decided to give In Stitches a shot. Of course, it didn't hurt that they were having a sale. And don't you know, this is where I bought the Gumnuts. Hallelujah! Success. 

But of course, another canvas piece followed me home:

 Hey. It was on sale. This is a Raymond Crawford piece and even with the stitch guide this cost me a whopping $15! I love the citrus brights and am looking forward to kitting this one.

Now, back to my bright idea for 2012. I'm considering having it be the year of hand-painted canvas. I've got too many. And they seem to languish in pile of projects. I've got most of the year to contemplate this plan and see if it's a wise one.


The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Excellent purchases! Next time, ask your local Threadaholic (that would be me) where to buy a certain thread locally. I usually only buy threads when I shop and I generally know exactly what everyone local stocks.

Of course then you wouldn't have had the fun of hitting all the local places and finding those fabulous canvases!

I take back my suggestion.

Jane, waving from cold CH

Kelly said...

A year of painted canvas sounds great! Plus, I love watching how people stitch HP canvases. I am not that great at picking stitches for an area. However, sometimes the feel of linen is so comforting. Canvas can be a little more intense for me to think about or even hard on my hands. You may want to include some small projects on fabric in your year of canvas.

Anna van Schurman said...

2011 is only six weeks old and you're already making plans for next year? Hahaha.

Front Range Stitcher said...

Sounds like a perfectly planned year to me! I am a huge painted canvas fan even though I like charted designs too, I can't help myself when it comes to the painted designs. The owlies are a great score! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I think that's a great idea! I have been digging in my painted canvas stash too. I think you have to buy a canvas because you love it and let it talk to you for a period of time. It will talk to you if you listen...stitches and thread suggestions will jump right off the canvas. If you take a picture of the canvas you can write these suggestions on the picture and even audition a stitch. Good luck, I can hardly wait for 2011, maybe you should do a trial run :-)

RuthB said...

Oooo cool stash. I'm in complete envy of your Raymond Crawford You're going to have so much fun!