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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……


June 2, 2020

I don’t think I have ever done a small painted canvas all in one week……but here it is. I do not know who the designer is. I went through my stash looking for a small project when I completed Naturalist Santa. This small Christmas heart jumped out at me. A few years ago I won a Christmas basket at one of our annual fund raiser. That has resulted in more Christmas options than I ever thought I would have.

This heart is only 4″ x 4″. I pulled thread from stash and the stitch choices are all mine. This Santa has a beard of small French knots. There are some beads on the left but they don’t show very well. The heart locket came with the canvas.

I have begun getting ready for a LARGE and very challenging project. It is a line drawn canvas. I will introduce you to it in my next post. This will require brain work and I know I will be asking for help. So be ready to go along with me on this challenge.

Santa is Finished

May 29, 2020

Santa is complete and ready for the framer. Another Christmas project to hang on my Holiday wall.

You probably noticed I stitched over the white stars that were painted on the canvas. I used some sequins with a bead center to decorate my tree. I used the photos I took before stitching the tree for the location.

My beard was a combination of Whisper and Santa’s Beard. I used random split stitches and a light brushing to make it a little fuzzy.

For the background I decided on a simple T-stitch. It was easy to compensate. I enjoyed a couple of easy stitching days. Mindless stitching is comforting.

Now on to something new…….

Santa Is Almost Finished

May 22, 2020

I have been moving right along with Santa. He has been so much fun to stitch. I am now down to his beard, the background and some tree decorations.

I don’t like the horizontal Hungarian Ground that is suggested in the stitch guide for the background. I think the full pattern is too large as the background has a lot of small area along the sides. I think something simple like alternating tent or t-stitch might be easier to execute.

I have several white fuzzy threads…not enough of one for the beard so I am going to mix it up with random long and short. Can you really stitch a bad beard ❓❓

A gold star and some sequins and beads will complete the tree. The next photo should be the final…..

Santa Progress

May 8, 2020

My Santa now has pants on. Part of a hat. Boots are in the making. The tree is growing. The cardinal is done in Flair, tent stitch. I am jumping around as my mood shifts. I’m doing what I feel like. And having a good time. Here is my progress.

Naturalist Santa

April 27, 2020

This is one of those projects that I am excited about. The stitch guide is simple. The thread kit has fibers that I have not used before and threads I have used but used in a different way. It draws me to my floor stand ‼️

He has his short on. This tied scotch stitch is done in Matte 18, red and green and Splendor for the tan. Matte 18 is a cotton thread that looks like flannel. I used 6 ply of the Splendor so the thickness would match the Matte 18.

The binoculars are done in Flair…yes Flair done in tent stitch. I have never used Flair in a tent stitch. I gave some thought to this before I began. I used a large #18 needle and made sure I pulled straight up and down to avoid snagging. Worked pretty well.

His hands are floss done in tent…a very relaxing session. Now to put some pants on Santa.

December Dazzle Finished‼️

April 22, 2020

Yesterday I finally put the final stitch on December Dazzle. After trying to find a color other than white for the border…. I failed. Nancy made a good choice and I followed. Here is the final picture.

Now onto another project. After deciding I wanted a project with not many decisions and going through my stash I made a decision. I went through my counted needlepoint charts and found several I love BUT they all required spending time going through my stash and finding threads……too much work for my mood.

Then I went to my drawer of painted canvases. I was pretty sure I had some that already had a thread kit. BINGO. I found a canvas with all the threads AND a stitch guide. Perfect. So on to another Christmas project for my holiday wall.

I have it on stretcher bars and ready to begin tonite after I get home from work. Yes, I am going to work. A chance to see and talk to a real person. I do some bookkeeping, one day a week, for a friend who works out of her home. One on one and plenty of social distancing.

It’s 10″ X 15″ and I am thinking it will be a lot of fun. There are threads that I have never used and some may not be available anymore. I got this project in a Christmas basket a couple years ago.

Almost there on DECEMBER DAZZLE

April 14, 2020

I pray all of you are staying safe in these challenging days. Those of you who live alone are in my prayers. I have found it difficult to be isolated for many days. I walk for fresh air and go to the grocery about every ten days. Even though my state of Arizona is not one of the most involved I want to see it stay that way. So I am obeying the Stay At Home order from our governor. Stitching is my salvation and I am really looking to a new project very soon.

It took me longer Than I thought to finish all the beading on December Dazzle. My patience was challenged. I would stitch for a while and rest. Now all the areas are done and I just have the border to do. While resting I picked up a small painted canvas because I didn’t want to stop stitching I just wanted to stop beading. I finished the ornament before I finished the beading.

Here is my Jody canvas all done.

Here is DECEMBER DAZZLE all done except for the border. It is suppose to be while but I am contemplating using a darker color. Hopefully the next picture you see will be the whole project finished.