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Two Projects At Once

January 18, 2020

I am stitching …stitching and enjoying it very much

Project one:

I have been asked to do a pilot for ANG. This is a design by Carol Algiers Higgenbotham that will become a Group Correspondence Course entitled Shaded Iris. The main focus of the project is shading by thread combining. The Iris uses four values of floss that are combined to make seven values. I have changed the color of the Iris from her design to use threads out of my stash.

Here is where I am now. This is very challenging as the stitches in some of the areas are large for the space. I do love the challenge. One of the areas is giving me fits so I have left it and gone on to other areas. I’ll get back to it…..

Project Two:

Yesterday I attended a workshop put on by my Tucson ANG chapter. Brenda Hart, a local designer and teacher volunteered to give the guild the line drawn canvas and stitch guide for a nominal fee. We had one of our members leading the workshop. Colors were suggested in the stitch guide but many of us picked colors from our stash. Me included. I am working with peach threads and copper metallics. The flower petals are using stitches that can be used as background stitches the the canvas is titled Brenda’s Flower Background Class. This is what I got done in class yesterday.

More on both projects soon.

2020 Is Here

January 11, 2020

It has been over a month since I posted. The holidays are always busy and this year December seemed to disappear and now it already the 11 of Jan (my favorite month😃)

I managed to get some stitching done. Nothing to brag about. I now have 10 original Christmas ornaments stitched and ready to go to the finisher.

Wanting to just stitch I started working on the background of a painted canvas by Shelly that I had completed a few months ago. I hope to have this finished as a stand up. The background is a simple mosaic stitch over three with a change of direction every row. I used a Wildflowers that I had in my stash. I like the pastel color variation that picks up some of the package/tree colors.

I have finished two small ribbon center projects for the ANG National Seminar which will be held in Tucson this August. These were 2 1/2 inch designs done on Congress cloth over one !! My eyes are getting too old for this. No pictures. These are designs that will be the centers for winning exhibit entries. Hope to get photos when the ribbons are put together.

I have agreed to do a pilot for ANG National which I have to complete by the end of March. It involves learning to shade. I think this will be very interesting. Shading has always been “iffy” for me. I am also enrolled next week in a class that uses one of Brenda Hart’s designs.

Both projects are line drawn designs on 18ct canvas. No more Congress cloth for a long while ‼️

I pray everyone had a good holiday season with family and friends. I will post info on the Brenda Hart design class next weekend.

Screech Owl

December 7, 2019

This past Tuesday and Wednesday I drove to Tucson for a class with Gary Clarke. I took this class because I wanted to experience stitching on organza. Sounded scary but it actually was ok. Gary is from Tasmania and was making his last trip to the USA before retiring. The first thing he did to make us comfortable was stretch the organza on a frame. You will note that the frame he used is different than the stretcher bars we use for needlepoint. The reason for this is that when the project is finished you do not take it off the frame. His method of having the work framed is totally different than what we are used to.

This is stitched with a #10 milliner needle. Very small ! It is thinner than a #10 beading needle. I feared all class that if I lost the needle I was in trouble. Threading the needle was a challenge but as class progressed I got better. One strand of silk and floss are the threads used.

One of the big differences with this type of work is the fact that sometimes the stitching is done so it is seen from the underside of the organza. This is done to add depth. It really can’t be seen in the photo but the effect is there.

Starting, stopping and traveling are a challenge. I don’t think I really have it perfected but my work looks ok to me 😃Here is what I got done in two days.

The design was put on the organza in reverse on the back. The tracing was very lite and made for another difference. I spent more stitching time for a two day class than ever before. Gary wanted as much of the white owl stitched on Tuesday to be ready for details on Wednesday. The small + you see is drawn on clear tape and used to line up the design in case more tracing need to be done.

Now to the framing…..I’m just amazed at what his model looked like.

The photo at the top of this post is how it looks finished. Gary was really into creating depth. The center portion of the original mat was used on the underneath as a background for the moon. The moon was given to us and is to be glued to the underneath. Is this making any sense❓

I enjoyed the class much more than I thought I would. I wish Gary the very best in his retirement. He is planning on designing and stitching for his own pleasure.

Sanibel Florida

December 1, 2019

I spent the last week on Sanibel Island, FL one of the most beautiful places I have ever vacationed in. I took my Christmas ornament bag but did not take a stitch. I just couldn’t give up walks on the beach and hours of bird watching to stitch. Enjoy some of my trip.

Shorebirds were everywhere. Check out the beach art.

This egret was about two feet from me.

More Fun Ornaments

November 19, 2019

I still haven’t gotten in the beading mood so I just stare at DECEMBER DAZZLE on my floor frame.

I am still having fun with Christmas ornaments. They won’t be finished for this years tree but next year will be awesome. The ornament with the trees is still a work in progress. I will be adding some decorations and a star to each tree. The other two are ready for finishing.

Today I was surprised to see my ornaments and blog mentioned in the Chilly Hollow blog post. Jane made reference to my October 4th post where I first told you about my ornaments. Thank you, Jane.

Next week I am heading to Florida for a week with my BFF. She has a time share and invited me to share for Thanksgiving. I will be carrying my ornament supplies with me. So easy to “fun stitch” while on a trip. I will try to post some photos of The Gulf as we are staying almost on the water. I see walks on the beach in my future.

I pray everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and spends time with family and friends.

Shelly Christmas Tree

November 4, 2019

I just set a record….this canvas is finished except for background and deciding on a shape. I hope to have this finished as a stand up and I am consulting with my finisher.

I chose the threads from my stash and selected stitches as I went along.

Now I get to choose something new OR am I ready for beading on DECEMBER DAZZLE….

December Dazzle Update

October 30, 2019

I just don’t know where my time goes. I know I spend a lot of time stitching but all of a sudden I look up and October is almost over.

December Dazzle is ready for all the beads. I haven’t been in a beading mood. Beads are fun but really take concentration I always love the results. Soon for the beads…

While looking at December Dazzle I couldn’t resist starting something new ‼️‼️ Went Into my “stash” and look what I have almost finished. The canvas is signed SHELLY. My own stitches, all simple. Threads are mostly floss and kreinik metallics.