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Home From Las Vegas

March 10, 2018

Fun and relaxing trips always go by so fast. I had a wonderful 5 days with my daughter. She went to continuing education classes for veterinary practice management and I stitched. Then we played.

Here is what I stitched. Using stash and simple instructions. I ran out of the gold for the small ornament but I knew I had more here at home.


Going on the Road

March 1, 2018

I have made progress on my Metalforms project. I am more than halfway around the 1st step of the border. I’m not one to work part of a border and start on the inside. I want the border done. I like to be able to use it as a measure that I am counting correctly. This is a counted needlepoint design.

This afternoon I spent a couple of hours getting a stitching bag ready to go on the road. I am flying to Las Vegas on Sunday for five days. I do not have a project that I really want to take……… alright ! Stop 🛑 laughing. I didn’t say I didn’t have a project to work on …. I said I didn’t have one I wanted to take and work on. Last Christmas I realized that I don’t have stitched ornaments to hang on my tree. All the years I was traveling in a motor home my tree was too small so I didn’t do ornaments. Now I want some so I have canvas, 8 X 8, taped ready for stretcher bars. Several pieces and a dozen or so small charts. A mixture of threads and I hope to just play in Vegas.

My daughter is a vet tech/office manager and is attending the Western Veterinary Conference. She will be taking her continuing education classes during the day and I will be stitching. I call that heaven. We can have some quality time in the evenings.

Mystery Geometric

February 23, 2018

Now I can post about a 2 part Mystery Geometric that I designed and presented to my Tucson ANG chapter. Being the VP, Programs I was having trouble at the end of last year filling my monthly program schedule for the first part of 2018 so I decided to design and present a two part geometric project. The chapter had not had a “Mystery” project and I thought it might generate interest.

I charted and presented Part 1 at the January meeting. Members were given a material list that consisted of a Watercolors and two solid floss colors from the watercolors along with a metallic. Canvas is 8″ square making the finished design area 4″ X 4″. Keeping it small was a key to getting members to participate. Here is the whole design.

Part 1 is the outer edges, leaving a blank square in the middle. I chose Christmas colors as I hope to have it finished into an ornament. Part 2 is the inner square.

Yesterday was our February meeting and I was thrilled when six members had finished Part 1 and were anxious to see Part 2. We passed around the canvases and the different colorways were great to see. Two members had even painted their canvas before stitching. After the March meeting I hope to have pictures of several completed projects.

Charting and writing directions gives me a great appreciation for national teachers who create such wonderful charts and instructions.


February 20, 2018

Another project started……. A few of my ANG guild members have formed a group to stitch the 5 part Metalforms project from the ANG magazines. BUT we are thinking outside the box. Does that surprise anyone? The original design is done in a monochromatic colorway. At least two of us are choosing colors not monochromatic. Also there are mostly metallic threads in the original. I am using a lot of matallic but not as much as the original thread supply list called for.

The group met yesterday at The West, our local needlepoint shop and spent a couple hours playing with threads.

I searched the end cut canvas bin and found a bright pink….. yes pink canvas. My colorway is to be based on desert sunset colors. If you have ever seen an Arizona sunset you will know that the colors are unbelievable.

Here is where I am starting from:

I just had to start on the border. I am using Frye Works Soft Sheen with a Flair filling. It took me a while to get the rhythm of the pattern. As suggested I am working the middle of a row and not starting with a corner. The blue border represents the sky……and here I go. This is a large project. The canvas is 16″ X 18″ making the design area approximately 14″ X 16″. I do not have permission to publish a copy of the complete design so if you do not have the magazines you will just have to watch the design evolve.

Finding A Finish

February 13, 2018

I am sure that I am not the only one who has several projects going at one time. I have several easy stitching projects going at one time…….and then I see another one I want to stitch and start it 😜😜. A few days ago I decided it was time to sort through my piles of stuff to see what I had forgotten about. At the bottom of my stitching bag I found this eyeglass case that was 99% complete. So while watching Olympic Curling 🥌 I finished it 🎉🎉🎉. Yes, I am one of the few who love to watch curling. My DH says it’s like watching grass grow…..consequently I spend time in my studio stitching.

The Stitch and Zip kit is all tent stitch. Fun to have one on hand to take on the road.

Heart 💜 of Our Art

February 10, 2018

You may remember this heart from the Summer Challenge that I designed for my ANG chapter last May. I just got it back from the framers and I am so happy with the finished product. My local framer, We Frame It in Sierra Vista, AZ is awesome. I am so fortunate to have such excellence in a small town.

I am going to enter this in the ANG exhibit at seminar this August. It is my original design and I am so pleased with the whole project.

More Progress

January 29, 2018

I am making progress on the Sundance design. It is very interesting. I am currently working on the trees. Directions call for working from the edges in….. making a more natural looking trunk. I would like to see the real location that was the inspiration for this piece. It is in Sedona, AZ

The reason that this is moving slowly is I am working on my Mystery Geometric design, part 2 for my ANG guild. I would love to publish it…but not until the second part is taught the end of February. Part 1 was a success and I hope my guild members come to the next meeting with part 1 complete. It is a small 4″ square. Easy size to complete.

So far I have kept my goal of stitching every day in 2018. My bookmark charity project helps me. I pick one up at night when watching TV. Lots going on, that’s why my postings aren’t as frequent.