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Red Bird Progress

September 22, 2020

This has been a slow stitching week. Just haven’t felt like stitching. Now I have picked up my needle again and I enjoying getting close to a finish.

I spent two days working on the hair. It is stitched with packed stem stitch. I think I kept the hair flow. I filled in the diamonds in the bottom border area. Now I am putting the metallic frame around the pavilion stitches of her coat.

My goal is to have Red Bird finished by the end of the month. Then I will go back to Tidal Textures.

“Red Bird” Update

September 12, 2020

I have made progress……slowly. I decided to compensate around the hair (because I didn’t want to try and reproduce the flow) which wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made.

I’m using a red Threadworx overdye and the pavilion stitch for the coat. Metallic red will eventually frame the pavilion stitch.

I’m anxious to start the hair but nervous about making the movement look real. It will be done using black wool in a packed stem stitch. I find that taking the first stitch is the hardest, once I get going I wonder why I worried so much about starting.

I did work on the pot. OMG black wool on black canvas…….. I was suppose to do long vertical stitches and then weave horizontal threads. I tried for two hours and used a lot of #@$&%#$#@ language. I decided to create a stitch that gave the same look. I did a long vertical stitch one thread at a time and then couched every other thread, another long vertical stitch and couched the opposite every other one. It wasn’t easy and you really can’t even see the effect 🤪 It just looks like a black pot ‼️ but it’s done.

The white collar is done in DMC Blanc and will eventually have two bead necklaces, one turquoise and one yellow.

More soon…..

“Red Bird”

September 4, 2020

When I headed to Washington state for 10 days with my daughter I took a small painted canvas by Tish called RED BIRD. However I did not get much stitching done. My daughter has a fairly new rescue Great Dane as a companion to Dexter her male Great Dane and Blue was a little too hyper for me to feel comfortable stitching in the living room. Got in some at night when I went to my room. My daughter and SIL have always had Great Danes, sometimes as many as three or four. They are gentle giants.

We took a girls road trip to Ocean Shores, WA for three days. The weather was so cool after my summer here in Arizona. We walked on the beach every day and ate great food. Just some tent stitching…..

After 10 days of wonderful 70’s temperatures I returned to the heat in Arizona late last Sunday night. My stitching mojo was in a lull. I have three projects going and just didn’t feel like stitching on any of them. That finally passed and I stitched on RED BIRD today. This canvas has a stitch guide. It is so old that the stitch guide is hand written. Canvases don’t go out of style but handwritten stitch guides are a thing of the past.

The design area is approximately 6″ X 5″. It requires little thinking so I think it will get more attention in the days to come.

More Tidal Textures

August 18, 2020

I had a couple of good ” brain” days. 😊 I have completed another large shell. I had more practice with the buttonhole stitch. I love the look but it sure is a challenge to start and stop.

I spent some time on the bargello water look and the foam cross stitch look in the lower right corner. Now I am trying to decide on what to do next. I think I need to do some more shells before I try to pull everything together with the background and then play with seaweeds and real shells …. I know about what I want but I can not see the full picture.

Painted Pony Small Stocking

August 12, 2020

Just dropping in to tell you that I have another COVID finish. This small stocking was a lot of fun to stitch. I was in the mood for easy stitching and I used tent/continental. I’m going to put it in a 5 X 7 frame for display during the holidays. It may even wind up on my Christmas wall.

Now back to my Tidal Textures. I have made some progress and will post that in a few days.

Happy Stitching 💚

Tidal Textures

August 6, 2020

The last time I posted on TIDAL TEXTURES was June 28th….now I am back to stitching on it.

I have completed the lower right shell. It was time consuming and a little frustrating. The tent stitched middle took lots of time. The outer edges done in buttonhole stitch were the frustrating part. Buttonhole is such a great stitch but for some reason my mind has trouble keeping track of where to begin each new thread….I finally got on a roll today and I kept at it until the shell was complete. I felt like I climbed a mountain. Now I can figure out some fun areas to stitch.

I’m Back

July 31, 2020

Hi there ‼️ I know some of you have noticed that I haven’t posted in forever 😩 I have been stitching on several projects. The one I want to share today is a start and finish that I did in the last month.

I reached a point on Tidal Textures where my brain was tired of decisions, I put it aside and have worked a little on it now and then. I have had a few minor medical issues to deal with, all is well.

Depression: Fenced in With a Road to Nowhere

This is an original design and I use the term lightly. This years Summer Challenge that my ANG chapter has each year is to stitch something you can’t touch. It could be a painted canvas, counted design or something original. Not less than a 5 inch square.

During this isolation I have had to deal with being alone, not talking to people for days and in general feeling down. I was thinking about the challenge and had a light bulb moment. Depression can not be touched.

I framed up an 11 inch square piece of canvas. Got my sketch pad out and sketched my road a few mountain lines and ground areas. I then put the road and a few other lines on my canvas. Next I went to my thread stash and pulled out dark colors of floss, some overdyed threads in dark hues, a couple of poison threads and the yellow for a ray of hope. My finished design is approximately 6″ X 6″.

Then I just began to stitch….areas, color changes and stitch choices were determined on a whim or perhaps when I ran out of thread in my needle. I really loved stitching on this. I did have to design a fence because I didn’t decide on the fence until I was well on my way with the rest of the stitching and my thread count wasn’t even for length and width. A detail some might not catch is that the road is one way…..do you know why?

I promise more postings soon. Stay well and enjoy your stitching.

Tidal Textures Update

June 28, 2020

After two weeks of slow stitching I have two shells completed. This project is on Congress cloth and my eyes can only stitch so much before needing a rest. The upper shell took most of a week. I couched the edges and then used a split stitch for the interior areas. Ended with buttonhole on the top area.

The lower shell is done in t-stitch and tent. I think it is interesting that the same number of ply in floss shows differently in different stitches.

I’m going to start another project on 18ct. Canvas. My ANG chapter has a summer challenge each year. Although we have not been able to meet since February Challenge instructions were emailed to all members. This year we are to stitch a project, no less than 5 inches square, the represents something you cannot touch. I think I have an idea and I’m heading to my sketch book to rough it out. Should have a reveal in my next post.

Tidal Textures

June 14, 2020

A slow start on Tidal Textures. I decided to start playing around with some areas that would eventually be background. I used a mixture of threads that went with the painted areas. Used some of my favorite small stitches. Scotch, mosaic, tent, bargello and Byzantine. The blue upper right is a mosaic variation that I made up as I stitched. Thread is Needle Necessity now Threadworx. Lower right is Byzantine in the same blue overdye.

The first feature I stitched was the sand dollar. It was an easy stitch choice(tent) since sand dollars are flat with easy detail. Three ply of DMC blanc floss and two ply of DMC 310…good old black. Tent stitch took me several hours. Nice zen stitching.

Now I am trying to use my creative juices for another shell feature. I’m so anxious to stitch but decisions aren’t coming ….. more soon.

A New Challenge: Tidal Textures

June 5, 2020

This is line drawn Congress cloth. A few areas have been painted mostly for sea and sand. This is a teaching piece that was designed by Joan Thomasson and taught at the Myrtle Beach ANG seminar I think in 2016. It is an an advanced/intermediate class with not many exact instructions. Lots of color and stitch choices to be made. Here is the canvas with threads before any stitching. Real shells will be incorporated along with stitched shells. The actual design is 11″ x 8.5″.

My favorite research book for this type of needlework is shown below. There are very good directions for several shells and a crab. You know my love for bargello and there are some great water wave stitch lines. Might even have to try a seahorse 😊 For now it is brain work……