Shower curtain: done.
Shower cap: done.
Bathtub: thank goodness it's done!
Off the bars and now let's go to the framers!
Today I found my Christmas Spirit in a strange place - the meat counter at Wegmans.
What a zoo. I could only laugh.
And made some other people smile and laugh, too.
Better to rejoice and be happy than be frazzled and vexed.
In the spirit of rejoicing, here are the latest two things I've had framed.
The orange love piece is an original creation. You can tell by its imperfections. It makes me smile every time I look at it. It's been hanging with Santa for a few days. Totally ruins the seasonal color scheme, but I don't care.
The blue piece was an ANG correspondence course, Ghordian Knot, by Rachel Atkinson that I did last year.
Photo doesn't begin to do it justice. It's stunning.
I love it when a plan works out! Needle felting the base for the shower cap allowed me to get the exact shape I wanted.
Then Lori at Waste Knot Needlepoint suggested ruching Sparkle Rays for the ruffle which was way easier and quicker than what I was planning.
Isn't it great?
Now to add whiskers and finish the tub.
Also had a small ornament finish which is what happens when you hang out at a car dealership and come home with a new car. I bought this in New Orleans - it's the Cathedral at night. I've already shipped it off to the finisher. Can't wait to see what she does.
While trying to impose some organization on my studio today, I've been encountering some interesting stuff.
These two in particular - a DMC long stitch canvas and a Royal Paris canvas.
The DMC piece is 25" tall. It has numbers for pearl cotton on the side. I'm wondering what else I could do with this. Any suggestions?
The other one is a Royal Paris canvas. It's 25" by 45". That's large.
I got both of these because if they didn't come home with me, they were going in the dumpster.
That's me. Rescuer of lost canvas.
Just put the last stitch in my brickcover that I stitched for our 30th anniversary.
Love it. All Silk n Ivory and Planet Earth Silk. Canvas by Canvasworks.
I started in May. Would have loved to have finished it in August in time for our anniversary, but hey, that's life.
Now to find our special brick and do the finishing.
This Is A Contemporary Feminist's Take On Traditional Needlework - http://huff.to/1rHjvYl
I find it disturbing that this type of thing still happens to me. It obviously only needs the object to possess XX chromosomes. No need to be young and beautiful. Very powerful, what she has done with words here. Go, Duchess.
Photos of what is in my stitching bag right now.
From these you'd think I was only working on painted canvas. Not true. It's just what's here in the bag available for photography.
The two small ones are DC Designs from Amanda Lawford. I'm gonna have fun compensating around the cats and bats! Not. Oh, and the cats' eyes glow in the dark.
The sheep is going to be all French knots with two strands of Burmilana. Cute little face.
And finally I'm approaching the finish line on my brickcover. Love this still.
I started this needlepoint brick cover back in May to give to my hubby for our 30th anniversary. Well, that was Monday and it's not finished. Big surprise.
I made good progress for the first six weeks, then other things got in the way. It's a Canvasworks canvas and it's beautifully painted. I'm using Planet Earth silk and Silk n Ivory. My colors match pretty well, so well that it can be difficult to tell where my stitching ends😊
Below that is a little magic sign I did for the man, too. If you watch Modern Family, you might get where this came from in the season finale. It's a Kathy Shenkel piece. These little signs are quick and cute and there's quite a few of them.
I've been acquiring new things lately. First up is the Shining Needle Society class St. basils from Stitch Play Designs. I've got my evertites and I'm ready to mount up as this class starts at the end of the month.
Next, I joined the San Diego ANG so I could ghost this ribbon class by Laura Taylor. I didn't show all the threads and this looks like so much fun. I can't wait to start.
And last - I have this Once in a Blue Moon canvas that I bought in June 2013 because I said this was going to be my granddaughter. Well, soon we'll be celebrating her first birthday. And finally got threads for it. I decided to keep to the Planet Earth threads - I've got 6 ply silks and Pepper Pot. In fact, I may basketweave this entire piece. It will be beautiful.
Making slow progress on my Debbie Stiehler piece. The best part is that several (sometimes many) of us continue to meet after the class. Without this I wouldn't be making any progress at all.
Today I plunged my gold thread to the back of the piece. I used a tool recommended in a class by Toni Gerdes - a bridge cleaner. Dental tools and needlework meet up with great success. I think my or nue section looks mahvelous!
Saturday was my EGA guild meeting. Had a wonderful Zentangle class with Catherine Jordan. I really enjoyed that and plan on further exploration.
This piece is my answer to my Orange Challenge. It's my second piece as my first hit a snag and is unfinished.
I drew my love letters with a #4 pencil leaving a circle space for my bead. Then kind of just started stitching. I didn't stop and count. Just stitched. Which explains what's going on in some of my corners.
I beaded my bead to attach it and that came out great.
Now let's have it made into a pillow.
Finally came back to my kitty canvas from Patt and Lee Designs.
I got stuck on the shower curtain. I had started a Bargello pattern that just wasn't working.
I like what I've got going now. The light teal is over three threads and a bit further down I'll take the same thing to over four threads. That was a suggestion from a friend and it sounds like a very good idea.
I returned from my retreat with a case of food poisoning and it's been nearly two weeks and I am still not back to normal.
I have been making progress on a few projects and brought one with me to New Hampshire. Because I was falling behind on my stitching deadlines I was setting for myself, I have shown the project to its recipient so I can work on it in front of him.
This is a Canvasworks brick cover. I'm stitching with a combination of Silk and Ivory and Planet Earth Silk. Every stitch is a pleasure.