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WINTER SNOWMAN

January 18, 2022

While I am waiting for my feathers to arrive for Dumbo I wanted something small to do. This snowman is from the current issue of Needlepoint Now. It is designed to be an ornament but I plan to do a background and have it framed for my holiday wall. I don’t like finishing…..but with the costs of finishing going up I need to try, someday.

I used threads from my stash, added some Kreinik and a Silk Lame’ Braid. Most of it is done in #5 pearl. I did use #8 pearl for one stitch that I felt the #8 was to thick.

Designed by Kam Wenzloff for Needlepoint Now

I am so excited to attend a real class with a real teacher this Thursday and Friday with my Tucson ANG chapter. It is a Kurdy Biggs pilot and will be full of Jean Hilton stitches. I’m anxious to meet Kurdy her designs are so intricate. It has been over two years since I have been able to take a real class. ‼️‼️‼️

Progress And A Finish

January 14, 2022

Dumbo is 99% done. I really wanted a real feather ! I had no idea where to find a really small feather. I asked Needlepoint Nation and got a suggestion I would never have thought of……fly fishing supplies. Some fishermen tie their own flys and use small feathers. I love Needlepoint Nation, they always have great suggestions.

Just waiting for a feather
Alice Peterson Canvas

On to a finish. While I was pondering where to get a small feather I wanted to stitch. I didn’t want to start anything too big so I decided to do one of my “design as I stitch” ornaments. I love doing these because a scrap of canvas and some coordinating threads becomes something. This took the better part of one football game and was just fun.

Original Design

DUMBO

January 8, 2022

I began this painted canvas about the 10th of December. I wanted to get it started as I was planning to take it as a travel project when I went to my daughters for Christmas.

I have a daughter-in-law who collects Dumbo memorabilia and when I saw this canvas online I knew I had to stitch it for her. I don’t think she follows my blog so I am posting it here.

DUMBO a Alice Peterson Canvas

I have used #5 pearl tent for the actual design. This isn’t a real large canvas and tent seemed to be the best choice. It is also an easy stitch to do while traveling and visiting.

I am now working on the background which is a simple T-stitch done in #8 pearl. I wanted it to help the design stand out. I hope to have it finished in a few days.

This has been a calming project..no big decisions. I realize that sometimes I just want to stitch and not think.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL more soon.

Back on Track

December 30, 2021

I know I have t written anything in a while. I hit a stitching block and just forgot about my blog.

I finished and had framed this Quilted Cat. It was a Christmas gift for a dear cat lady who is my BFF

A Flamingo Neon Design

I also had some fun with this painted heart. Don’t know the designer. These two took over two months.

My Own Stitch Choice

I am going to get back on track in the new year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Polar (Bear’s) Claw

October 12, 2021
Design by Jonathan Brown

This little 5”x5” project is designed by Jonathan Brown and is published in the Jan/Feb issue of Needle Pointers magazine. A portion of this design was our Tucson ANG Chapter’s summer challenge.

To back up a bit…at our May ANG meeting our program chairman had “ugly” threads in a brown paper bag, those doing the summer challenge had to blindly draw a baggy with an unknown thread and use it to stitch part of Jonathan’s design. Ugly could have been the color or the type of thread. My ugly thread turned out to be something like Marlette, a rayon thread made up of a dozen plys. The color was fine but the thread …….

I had to stitch the second largest square as the summer challenge. I used several different amounts of this AWEFUL thread and spent a whole afternoon trying to finish the square. The thread was slippery, acted like it had static and kept coming out of my needle.

When I got the square done I decided to do the whole project. It has turned out to be fun when I used my threads of choice. I did use the AWEFUL thread for the smallest square just so it would not be only in one place in the design.

Current progress.

Back from the Framers

October 4, 2021

Just wanted to share the finished wedding gift for my granddaughter. I’m pleased, as usual, by what my framer does. I’m heading to SC for the wedding the end of next week. So excited to give her this in person.

Sherwood Garden Redesigned

Now here is another finish that will be off to the framer soon. This little guy was so much fun to stitch. It is a Neon Flamingo design. I changed the background shape and stitch.

Quilted Cat

Quilted Cat

September 13, 2021

This Neon Flamingo Design by Patricia Timpanaro entitled Quilted Cat is such fun.

Working from stash, as usual, I chose a Needle Necessities (now Threadworx) with pearl #5, Kreinik #8 and 1/16th ribbon to match the colors of the overdye. There are three color groups plus the overdye. I am liking the way my colors are coming together.

This is one of those little squares projects that is addicting. The squares are 12 threads by 12 threads. No matter how long one takes or how many layers there are…… I am always ready for the next one.

After a week here is where I am

Quilted Cat

Sherwood Garden Done

September 2, 2021

My deadline was the end of August. Almost made it. I completed my granddaughter’s wedding gift this morning as I attached the two golden rings. Today I will take it to my framer. Yeah ‼️‼️‼️

Now I can begin thinking what’s next. Should I work on a WIP or begin something new ?

Sherwood Garden Redesigned.

Sherwood Garden and Misc

August 21, 2021

I have a large basket sitting by my stitching chair. It is where I throw things when I try to get organized. Today I decided to sort it out and put things away before I started stitching. Six hours later I am exhausted and haven’t taken a stitch.

One bag of left over threads lead to another and another in my studio…..that lead to sorting WIPs. Deciding what I was never going to finish and making sure I had kitted threads matched to projects. Then I was looking for a certain counted chart and that led to sorting charts that I would never do.

Playing with all things stitching has made me feel good about where things are. I have a stack of charts that I am taking to my ANG meeting next week. They will be free to anyone who wants then and the rest are going away.

I have a stack of painted canvases that I will never do. I am sending them for destashing. I am sure I could stitch to 2100 and not run out of projects. It is amazing what I have gathered over the past 20-30 years. It is time to thin things out.

If you ever wondered where all your tacks, stretcher bars, needle threaders and magnets have gone……just go through your stash.

Now to Sherwood Garden. I need to get on the ball. The wedding is mid-October. No time to waste. It needs to be finished and framed. Here is where I am now. Tomorrow I am going to stitch !!!

Sherwood Garden Update

July 30, 2021
Sherwood Garden Redesign

I’ve been making slow progress on my wedding redesign. The cause has been the lettering. I have spent hours with graph paper and used a lot of eraser in trying to get the placement and design. When I ran it by my daughter-in-law she pointed out I had the date wrong. Duh😢 I was composing from memory….the date is actually 10-17-21. Thank goodness it was caught. I just haven’t done the frog stitch on it yet.

In the past few days I have stitched the two small rectangles. They are in the original design. I just moved them a few threads. They are done with two Kreinik metallics. I am trying to figure out the two small squares. I have added these squares for balance.

The one Rhodes heart is done with two strands of silk. I was going for a lacy look….now I am studying it and deciding if I like it.

The lettering is only basted in. I have taken a close up for placement reference and plan to stitch it after I do the background. I will use at least 2 or 3 strands of silk in the color shown.

The small over two thread border is a pleasant long arm cross in a slightly overdyed Threadworx floss. I am using 3 strands and to keep from a noticeable repeat I cut several lengths and then randomly select 3 from each group. I was very glad the corner turn was charted. I really like Kathy Rees’s charts.