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Bouncing Around

June 20, 2017

I continue to go from one project to another depending on what mood I am in. I have at least three painted canvas projects that are almost done.  One of these days I will finsh all of them.

I side-steppped all those painted canvases and am almost done with a line drawn project that I want for a gift in a couple of weeks. Fantasy Fish is a design by Finger Step Designs dated 2002.  It was in the stash that I recieved from my stitching buddy who recently passed away.


I changed the color. Originally it was nearly all grey and white.  Although it is hard to see I used some metallic and some petite beads.  I am thinking about the background.  The chart calls for tent…..NOT. I would like to give the effect of water ripples.

Just for Fun

June 14, 2017

As I readied myself for my trip to Texas two weeks ago I wanted something fun and requiring no “mind stress”. I rummaged through my drawer of painted canvases….. How soon we forget just what we have 😜. This is what I decided on:

Pearl cotton, scotch stitch and contenental were just what I needed on my trip. Now I have four canvases in progress…my addiction is getting worse. I am having fun and that is what matters.

Expanding 4-Way Bargello

June 11, 2017

At last I can share the pilot Bargello project that I did for Liz Morrow. I have done pilots for her before and also some of her charts. As most of you know I love Bargello. It is fun and fast. I have a drawer full of completed projects. I have even done some original Bargello designing, including 4-Way.  So when I say this was a challenge……..

Here is my completed pilot. This advanced project has no chart to follow. The instructions give some idea as to selecting your Bargello line and your colors. There is a basic beginning if you want to follow Liz’s design…..but no “put your needle here chart” 😍 I had to put my thinking cap on more than once.

You can see more of her designs on her website


I also did the Two 4-Way shown on the project cover. I used wild colors not usually in my pallet.

Stuff Stuff and More Stuff

June 8, 2017

For two days I have been unpacking boxes of needlepoint stash. My stitching buddy, Winogene Ivens passed away at 90 plus years. Her son shipped me her stash. OMG…I can’t believe how much she had. I received 7 large boxes and a 4′ tube.a lot of tears flowed and a lot of good times were remembered. The photo is after 2 boxes. 

I will distribute her stash to many people. The local elementary school will get wool and large count canvas for their arts and crafts program. One of my friends will get some of the Hardanger. I don’t do that technique. My BFF will get her knitting supplies. I don’t knit. My ANG chapter will get a share for fund raising. 

This has been an exhausting experience. I need to stitch ….. so I can chill out. 

On another topic: Liz Morrow has given me permission to post on the Bargello pilot I just finished. That will be my next post. 

On To New Projects

May 29, 2017

You may think that I have been goofing off…not so. I was on a deadline to finish a Bargello pilot for Liz Morrow and I made it. The end of May was my deadline and I finished with time to spare. I still can not share the whole project with you but I can give you a peak. Here is the center part in of a very complicated 4 Way X 4 project.

After spending the day cleaning up my studio… Somehow things get out of sorts when I only stitch and just pile “stuff” everywhere. One of the projects that I am in charge of with my ANG chapter is a Round Robin. There are eight stitchers who are stitching one area each month and passing the canvas on to the next stitcher. I had such a good response to the project that there was no room for me !!! I had to limit it to eight as we wanted the big reveal at the November holiday potluck meeting.  I am stitching the design myself. I am keeping to the schedule so I can determine if it works, My color scheme is “Cotton Candy” as I am using pastels, which are colors I do not usually use. Here is April and May…..

I also spent some time doing black on black for the background of my tassels…ugh! I do not know how long it will take me to get the background.  

On this Memorial Day…..Remember the soldiers who gave their lives so that we can have the freedom to stitch.

Tassels by Lee

May 16, 2017

While I am spending time thinking of the Bargello pilot I am working on……..

These Tassels have been around for a while. I have been stitching and thinking on this one also. I am still pretty new to selecting stitches for a painted canvas.  I just try to picture an effect I would like to see….and go for it. Now I am stuck, big time.  Black stitching on black canvas ??? It is not easy. Does anyone have an idea for a background stitch? Help, please. Maybe something open and easy to compensate. Asking for a miracle, I know. 😀


May 8, 2017

I am currently working on another Bargello pilot…no photos yet. This one is a real challenge. I stitch awhile and then sit back and think. I am designing as I stitch so thinking is required.

While I am thinking I have been using scraps of canvas (never throw away canvas) to create bookmarks. They will be donated to literacy programs. I design these as I stitch but it is much easier. Usually begin with left over Watercolors, choose some floss from the watercolor scheme and begin stitching. Using stitches that cover front and back, like scotch, cashmere and slanted goblin make it easy to begin, end and hide threads that travel so the back is fairly neat. 

As you can see, there is no fancy finishing. I cut the sides and ravel the bottom. Sometimes I cut all four sides. These are not going to be preserved for 100 years 😄 they are going to be given ut and hopefully used.