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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rose Bliss & Lucky Gecko

I last told you about this piece here on May 12, 2018. As you see I made some progress and finished it last night. I am on a roll!!

I give you Rose Bliss designed and taught by Kay Cline for the September 30, 2006 meeting of the Carolinas ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). It is on 12"x 12" sage green 18 count mono canvas. If I recall correctly there was a blue version as well as the green. It uses Impressions, Mandarin Bamboo Floss, DMC floss and pearl cotton and some Kreinik braids. Lots of fun stitches and layering.

I seem to have unconsciously and now consciously picked up older Works in Progress (WIPs) which are more like UFOs (UnFinished Objects) to work on lately. So next on my stitching frame is Lucky Gecko by Debbie Stiehler. It is a biggie on 15" x 17" sandstone congress cloth. All I have left is some background stitches on the upper right area and lower left area, beads on the Gecko (including eyes) and Concho metal disks for the corners. So, I am about done!!! It uses overdyed french wool, pearl cotton, cotton floss, rainbow linen and ribbon. I am not sure when I took this class, but I know I was in North Carolina and it is copyrighted 2003 and I was living in Raleigh then, so it is possible this is when I started it. I have since learned to be better about dating stuff - silly me thought I would just finish everything when I took the class!!!! 

That is about all for now!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jubilation Diamond Box 1

I purchased this kit at a club stash sale in Colorado a few years back since it was in "MY" colors. I finally got around to finishing the stitching and the finish finishing attaching it to the box top. A double whammy!!

It is called Jubilation Diamond Box 1 designed by Denise Harrington Pratt and she also made the box.

Besides the box and finishing materials for the top, the kit had a variegated floss, two solids and a fine metallic and 28 count linen. But all the colors are referred to as color A, B C or D, so I can't tell you the colors except for the cording which used a full skein of DMC 3779.

The finished size is roughly 4"x4". This is the top with cording made by me as well as the stitching. The sides are a little fuzzy because I did this on my scanner. I can't seem to find the photos I JUST took and saved to the computer. GRRR.

This is the side view. Taken with my camera, so what did I do with the other photo?? I may need more coffee or is it too early for wine? It only called for one piece of cording, but I must have misread the instruction because I ended up with a gap, but I had a skein of this color on hand and made a second row of cording. I think it looks fine!

And lastly she puts a label on the bottom of the box since each box is hand made by her and it has a place for the stitcher to add their information. I added the words "and finished by" after the words stitched after I scanned it, so it does not show up here.

It was fun to stitch and the finishing was not too hard either with the good instructions!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Stamped Tablecloth

I have been working on this tablecloth off and on for quite a while. It reminds me of my grandmother since she made us stamped pillow cases. She was a wonderful embroiderer and I am lucky to still have some of her work. She also sewed us cloths and made quilts, again I am lucky to have examples of it all.

It does bring me to a dilemma...I have no kids, so who to give it all to? Plus millennials do not really care about this stuff so much and I am not sure if my nieces would be interested in stuff made by someone they never met. I will ask them of course, but doubt they would be interested.

At any rate, God willing I have time to figure it out.

I am down to the last corner and I changed the flowers from pink to peach since peach is my favorite color.

It is a kit from Bucilla and the fabric is pretty thin, so I plan to sew a backing fabric on it and place it over my mom's sewing machine. It will keep the sewing machine (a 1940 something White in a wooden cabinet) clean until I can find someone to refinish it, and remind me of my mom and grandma at the same time!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Back to Stitching

I have been busy with paper crafting and my blog dedicated to it - along with a puppy who chews on just about everything!

For the past year I have pretty much only stitched during Club meetings, but started to do some small hand stitched items (bowling towels for our team and friends) with success = puppy dog ignored it. I made 8 total using various colored towels. This is the last one and this bowler left us before I could give him the towel, so I guess I will be doing the frog stitch on it.

So I decided to be brave and work on a needlepoint project on the frame. Dog has ignored that and let me stitch but she does like to lay down by my side and I must be careful where I put things down. I do put the entire project in a drawer when I am done - do not trust the dog THAT much!!!

This is Rose Bliss a project designed in 2006 by Kay Cline for the last Carolina ANG Chapter seminar.
My stitching buddy!

But I am making some progress stitching at home now and hopefully will be posting a bit more often with some progress.

I did purchase a new light for my work area that also has magnification. It is working well and I can put it off to the side to get enough light if I do not need the magnification. So far it does not cast a glare on the TV. It has a nice goose neck making if very adjustable and it swivels on the stand and the actual light/magnification head can be twisted too. It is a brightech Light View Floor lamp. I got it on Amazon and it has a 5 year warranty.

That about covers it for now!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine's Day Stitching

I have a table where I put out seasonal stitching and sometimes cards. I am woefully behind for Valentine's Day.

Must get to work on my display!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christmas Stitching Reveal Plus Some Cards Too!

Now that all stitched Christmas gifts have been sent and opened, I can share them with you!

I made three of Kathy Schenkel's Roll-ups without a stitch guide! So all stitch and thread choices were mine. I also did the finishing. I have one more to do for myself.

The top Dodger has the number 15 in front and initials E + A on the back. This went to my niece Emily and her hubby Adam who were married in the year 2015.

 (Ignore the stray green thread I just noticed in the photo above, it is not attached and since the ornament has been sent I cannot retake the photo). OOPS!!

 This Dodger went to my brother who I think may bleed Dodger Blue and his wife.

The Kings player has the number 16 in front and initials L + N on the back. This went to my niece Laura and her hubby Nick who were married in the year 2016.

This snowman tipping his hat went to my sister in law who likes snowmen. I finished it myself and it is sitting on the fabric I used for the backing. It is from the 2017 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments Issue (page 15). It was designed by Patti Connor of SamSarah Design Studio and  is called Hats Off to the Holidays! I used the DMC alternative colors.

I also made some fun cards:

That about covers it for now, but see my fun made by me stamp I had made by in the card above??

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Smalls SAL 2017

I signed up for a fun Stitch A Long (SAL) hosted by Heather at  Stitching Lotus and I finally have something small to post!

It is a fortune cookie ornament about 5 inches across.

It was a project from my local ANG chapter. We stitched on a 5" diameter circle using one skein of watercolours and the Byzantine Stitch. I kept one 18 inch length of three strands of the water colors for the cord/finishing and used the rest to stitch the circle and used up just about all the skein!

It was fun to make!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Shell Game Framed!

This is Shell Game designed by Dakota Rogers and stitched by me. 
It was one of the ANG Chapter Projects.

It was started in 2006 and finished in March 2015 (as blogged about here). I finally got it framed. I liked the job Nick's Frame Shop did on the boot and they did a FANTASTIC job on this too. Even the sides of the shadow box are matted and the glass is Art Glass again and you can't see it.

It is even better looking in person, but that seems to be how it goes with photos.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cards and More Cards

Here are a few of the cards I have made the past few months for various occasions.

 This one I made for my mother in law when she retired after 49 years of being a Church Organist!

A welcome to the neighborhood card:

That is about all for now, but I am working on Halloween right now!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Echo Canyon Framed

As I reported here in November of 2012, I completed my seminar class, Echo Canyon designed and taught by Jeanette Rees in Santa FE, NM.

Well I wanted the mat to be shaped like the stitching and never found a place until now! Nick's Frame Shop in Phoenix. They did a great job I think! Sadly, he is getting ready to retire, so I will need to find another shop. He used what he calls Red Label Art Glass and you can't tell it has glass on it - LOVE IT.

I took them seven cuts to get it looking this way and he gave me the cut outs (below). Number 8 is the charm!

Have a GREAT day!!!