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Patriotic Cat and Magical Moose

June 23, 2018

My goal is to have my PATRIOTIC CAT done by the 4th of July, I think I will make it. Today I worked on the outlining. It was suppose to be backstitched but I am couching #16 braid. I feel that I am getting a smoother line. The stars need to be done and I am still pondering about the eyes πŸ‘€. I will also be adding whiskers. Have you ever seen a cat without whiskers.

Am I the only one who starts looking ahead to a new project when you get close to a finish. I do have a few (πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹) WIPs but ………

Something different for me. In a recent stash sale at our guild I picked up a kitted painted canvas. Always fun to have all the threads and instructions. This time the threads are all 4mm and 7mm River Silks Ribbon. The canvas is by Blue Dogwood Designs for River Silks. The canvas is titled Magical Moose. The canvas is 12″ X 14″ and the design size is 9.75″ X 7.5″ . What do you think❓ Needlepoint stitches with ribbon.‼️

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Just Something to Stitch πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊ

June 13, 2018

I have moved my Cat to the floor frame in my studio so I needed something for my recliner stitching in the living room. It was an easy choice as I keep a few small canvases kitted from my stash ready to travel with or just stitch. Here is my current choice. It is another stash sale canvas from my Tucson ANG chapter. It has a small hole near the top of the full canvas (I have cropped the photo) it will not interfere with putting this in or on a tote bag, which is what I hope to do……… so it was almost free 😍😍😍

I am working on the border. I am using #8 pearl cotton and a random straight stitch. Because the pearl cotton does not completely cover the canvas I am getting a wonderful wood looking border. I did a tent on both sides of the border before filling in. Used a impromptu corner fill in. I am liking the whole effect. The design size is approximately 3 1/2″ X 5 1/2″.

Worked 40 Years Ago

June 8, 2018

I was doing crewel embroidery in 1978 when I stitched this for my Dads Birthday. It hung in his house until 2009 when he passed away and it came back to me. He loved fishing and I really liked the way this rainbow trout came out.

On May 26 my grandson turned 25 and I passed this on to him. He loves fish. Has a huge aquarium and works for the State of AZ in Fish and Game. I know there is some of his great-grandfather’s blood in him. It was wonderful to have him really appreciate the gift. He says it will hang in his home forever wherever.

It is hard to believe I have been stitching for over 40 years……..

Metalforms Done … Almost

June 7, 2018

I feel like I have really thought outside the box on this one. I now have all the areas inside the border done.

The inside of the border is outlined with metallic braid and I am pretty sure I will repeat this on the outside edge of the border.

All those little spaces in the border are suppose to be filled with many small stitches in Flair……NOT happening. I personally think Flair is too bulky to put a dozen stitches in the squares. I will put on my thinking hat 🎩. Maybe something maybe nothing.

For now I am putting it aside and will work on my pile of WIPS…. I have a few πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Metalforms Update

May 29, 2018

I have spent several hours on Metalforms . The Metalforms group is meeting at my house this Saturday. They are making a two hour drive to get here, the same drive I make twice a month for meetings in Tucson. I am getting close to the end so I am anxious to make the last few decisions.

I am working on the diagonal section towards the upper left. The upper left corner is a decision I have to make. I have started it but I am not happy with my choice. I think I need to balance the light colors more. I am thinking of using the Impressions from the long column on the right. I am afraid it is getting to busy with all my “sunset colors”. Maybe I need something light and solid instead of more overdye. Anyone have any thoughts?

After I get the last area done I need to work on the border. It needs to be outlined on the inside and all the empty middle sections need to be filled. I started in the lower right but don’t like it…..back to reverse work and the drawing board.

Patriotic Cat

May 27, 2018

I started a new sit and stitch project. This is on 13 ct. my first time on 13 ct.

I have Metalforms back on the stand in my studio. I worked on finishing some areas that I had started.

My Cat, designed by Patro is fun. I am just making up stitch patterns as I go. Threads are pearl cotton. That means no laying. He is on 11″ X 15″ stretcher bars. My goal is to have the stitching finished by 4th of July and have it made into a pillow by next Memorial Day..

I am about to complete another month with only one day of not stitching. It seems like there has been one day a month that I just don’t get any stitching done. Not too bad only 5 non-stitching days this year.

Tahiti Finished

May 21, 2018

Oh so soon…..this wonderful project is done. I think I would like to have this made into a pillow. Not sure who to contact. Not something I want to do.

I had so much fun with this I am sorry it is done.

Now I must get back to Metalforms……need my thinking cap 😏