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Wright Kimono Update

May 1, 2016

I have been home a week…….such a busy week. This project is hard to stay away from. I managed to get a little stitching done until yesterday when I stitched nearly all day 🎉🎉🎉

I am learning and trying new things in this project. I attached two small mirror tiles in class.  Tricky but I managed on the first try. Probably would be neater with practice.

The most interesting use of Flair…. The long green stripes are Flair that is stitched on top of the canvas. Secured with tent stitches on each side and two tent stitches creating cross stitches in the center. Toni did Criss stitches on the outer edges also. Do not think I will do that. The amount of work for an effect that is barely visible…….

Home from Las Cruces, NM

April 25, 2016

It was a fast trip to Las Cruces. Left home Friday morning, had a wonderful class with Tini Gerdes on Saturday and Sunday and  a very windy drive home today. 560 miles round trip and worth every mile.

The Wright Kimono was the Toni’s class. There were a dozen students and the organizers did a wonderful job. The project instructions were awesome. More details soon. 

Here is where I am after class:


April 21, 2016

After another 6-7 hours of stitching I am almost there…almost….almost. I have some Neon Rays crescent stitches and them beads. 

My center motif is all wrong! I am trying to decide if it is a design change or if I need to frog-stitch it out.  It is suppose to be a walneto stitch but somewhere along the way the over these threads and under others got misread. It was late and I was tired. I should have quit and tried again the next day.

I am getting organized for my road trip to Las Cruces tomorrow. I have good recorded books, a cooler, suitcase and a big stitching bag. Getting excited.


Mystique Finish Line In Sight

April 19, 2016

After four hours of stitching my neck is killing me and I have to take a break. The arthritis I in my upper spine is getting the better of me as I try to finish Mystique before Friday morning when I head for Las Cruces. I have beading to do, a very tricky walneto and some tulip stitches left to complete. I hope to get more done this evening.


Baroque Framed

April 16, 2016

I was so pleased when I picked Baroque, my Jean Hilton project, up from my framer on Wednesday. As usual photo does not do justice but it is awesome. Thanks to We Frame It here in Sierra Vista. And Robert has a great eye for mats and frame stock.  

Working on Mystique……..trying to get it finished before next Friday 

More Mystique

April 8, 2016


Have you ever looked at a set of instructions with the stitching path marked and wondered “Why?”. If you look at the background stitched in the center area it appears to be some type of tent.  The instructions said to fill each quadrant of the center square with 4 way continental….. Arrows indicated the path to be followed and I just scratched my head. I have done 4 way continental before but not as described. The directions seemed to make the path more difficult than necessary.   I got out several of my stitch books and could not find one showing the path as described in my directions. Carolyn Mitchell must have had a reason for the path….  I went back to my instructions and read them several more times and finally the light bub went on. She wanted a open lace effect in those areas Probably because more will go on top of the background stitching. I learn something nearly every day I pick up a needle. Below is a photo of the path I used to stitch. All four stitches going into the center hole and moving in a diagonal row. No threads cover the holes when the path is followed…..who knew. You can see the lacy look in the areas already completed. The photo is not as focused as I would like but getting close ups with mu iPad is a challenge.


Mystique Moves Forward

April 3, 2016

My weeks continue to be way too busy 😜. I am working real hard on making stitching time. I have a goal of completing Mystique before I head to Las Cruces, NM for a class with Tini Gerdes on the 23rd and 24th of April. Here is where I am today as I head to my studio to stitch.



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