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July 28, 2017

imageJust a quick post to tell you I DO finish things. This small painted canvas was one of my sit and stitch projects.  No fancy stitches jus shear enjoyment.

Now back to my “have too” list.


Summer Challenge Update

July 20, 2017

A sleepless night resulted in some design ideas popping up….I’d rather be sleeping.

If you are paying close attention you will notice that I changed the direction of the Flying Crosses. This was a result of playing with my directional drawing. When I am doing a project like this I make several copies of the line drawing. One I  use to play with the directional look I want the whole project to have.  One I carefully write  the stitches, threads used and the # of strands for each stitch. Trying to put all of this on one drawing gets messy and sometimes hard to read when I return to a project. If I am working a project with many colors a third drawing will get colored penciled. This gives me a pretty good idea of the final look….and it is much better than starting to stitch and changing my mind about color placement.

Since this is monochromatic I just made a black and white copy of my proposed threads to check for enough contrast. The placement of values I did in my head. Once I decided that the focal point would be the center heart, I decided to work from light to dark.  The scattered Rhodes stitches will be surrounded by multi sized Smyna stitches in a light thread.

More soon.  Happy Stitching



Round Robin July Area

July 14, 2017

I am keeping up with the Round Robin project that my ANG Chapter is doing. As program chairman I have several multi month projects going. My goal this year is to get more people involved in our stitching projects. I have 8 members doing this project. They are passing the project each month. Since I could not join the group.  I am stitching all of the same project areas on the same schedule as my group.  I could only enroll 8 because we want the project done for our big reveal at our November meeting.

The green section is the July area. I used silk floss for the knit stitch and linen for the Upright crosses. When the knit stitch is reversed it creates a perfect area for a bead or as I did an upright cross.
As the girls pass the project the next person has to stay within the same color scheme. My color scheme is “Cotton Candy” basically pastels. I suggested each stitcher, who did their own first area, give their color scheme a name. That will make it easier for each stitcher to choose colors.  We are all working from our stash. Some people are passing threads with the canvas. The owner will get their project back in November.

I have several deadlines…..what next ⁉️⁉️⁉️

Summer Challenge Beginning

July 6, 2017


I decided to get a start on my Summer Challenge. In my last post I told you about the design for 2017 and the monochromatic color scheme to be used. I forgot to mention that there is a list of 12 stitches 11 to choose from and  the 12th stitch is the choice of the stitcher.  Not all stitches need to be used but they are the only ones to be considered. The object this summer is use many values of one color and use stitches that you may not be familiar with. I did not choose real off the wall stitches but for some who do mainly tent it may widen their future options.

Once I get started I can just sit and stitch until more thinking is required. 😄



Summer Challenge 2017

July 4, 2017

Now that the project for my grandson is in the mail I can go on to other WIPS. I have three painted canvases in process, a chapter project (small) that I have to have finished as a sample for our July meeting, I have my Round Robin project, which needs the July section stitched and I need to make progress on my ANG chapter Summer Challenge. I hope to have the Challenge finished before I go to Seminar the end of next month……. And I want to start something new ‼️‼️‼️
Let me explain our ANG chapter’s Summer Challenge. This is the third year that our chapter has been presented a small design with directions as to what is to be done to finish it by our November holiday potluck.  Everyone who has it completed or partially completed displays their project at the November meeting.


This year, as program chairman, I designed the Summer Challenge. There is always an object to the challenges. I drew the heart design. I call it the Heart of our Art. It is less than an 8″ X 8″ by a little. The project is not suppose to be a burden due to its size. The object this summer is to develope a monochromatic color scheme. Above are my first draw of threads and a copy of the Heart of our Art design.

The first year we reached into a brown paper bag and grabbed a Baggie of threads…no choice in colors. We were given a geometric design, approx 8″ X 8″, we were to use only the threads we got in our grab bag plus any embelishments we wanted. The object was to work outside our normal comfort zone. My colors were not out of my comfort zone and I was a little disappointed.

The second year, last summer, we were given a log cabin design, again approx 8″ X 8″. We were told we could use two colors and two stitches. Any values of our two colors and any variations of our two stitches.  We chose the colors and the stitches. My stitches were Van Dyke ( yellow) and Upright Cross (purple). Everyone had a red center as the hearth of the cabin.

Fantasy Fish Done !

July 1, 2017

I found a perfect frame at Target….now to get it in the mail to my grandson.

Fantasy Fish Done

June 27, 2017

The area between the body and the tail presented the most difficult compensation I have ever had. I had to frog stitch a lot. I finally figured it was the best I could do. Trying to line the stitches with no reference point….. I used a ruler to get on the same canvas line, I think 😀😀

Now I will get a frame and post one more time when it is ready to put in the mail to my grandson who just moved into his first apartment. He loves fish 🐠🐠🐠🐠