Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bag Ladies, Progress #2

Quite a bit has been done on Bag Ladies since I last posted about it.  There are still several cats to do, and a floor.  It is fun to work on, but figuring out the threads for each cat is time consuming!  
You can see some funny pale yellow "stuff" above the dark brown kitty on the far left.  It is supposed to be tissue paper, but it looks funny to me.  I used Flair in a random stitch, but it isn't right.  There's also supposed to be tissue by the kitty that is just below the white tail.  Any ideas?  I may just fill those areas in with the bag color & stitch.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Framing

Two more pieces back from the framer.  
Walking the Water's Edge has been finished for about a year, but now it is framed and will be hung in our loft where there are other "beachy" things.  The frame is actually about the color in the pic at the lower left.  Very simple. but I like it.

Vegas Nights is one of the patterns that is available on my website.  It's been finished for years, but we have a red & black wall in our current house, so I pulled it out to be framed.  The silver really sets it off.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Seven Fractal, Progress #4

Finally!  I'm all the way across the top of this huge, demanding project!  With the bit more on the left side, that puts it almost 1/3 done.  I had hoped to do this in one year, but I don't think that's going to happen!
Of course, it's not my only project LOL!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Gardener's Alphabet "T"

A friend commissioned me to stitch a couple of the Gardener's Alphabet letters.  The first one, T, is complete.  Now, here's a story:
The top picture to the left is what it looked like finished.  I had used the colors specified in the pattern for the foliage.  The light gray-green stems just looked too light to me, AFTER everything else was stitched.  Ripping that out was going to be a nightmare!  

So I experimented.  I stitched some of that thread on a scrap of the same canvas and tried PAINTING it, with pens.  OMG it worked!  I tried an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie and a Copic marker. Both worked, but the Sharpie seemed to give more even coverage.  Neither bled onto the stitch next to it!

So, I went ahead and painted the offending stitches. Voila! 
The 2nd pic shows the result.  I'm so jazzed!

Now, I'm quite sure it isn't color fast, but I don't care.  This piece doesn't need to be blocked and it will be encased in a plastic trivet.

The pic to the right is just a sharper photo.  And the color is a little more accurate.  It is on aquamarina canvas.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Back from the Finishers!

 Finally!  I shipped these off to be finished and they have been returned.  It's like Christmas!!
The little clutch turned out really nice.  This was a Stitch & Zip and so the zipper went all the way around.  Now it is finished so it only opens on one side, and lined nicely as well.  
The brown/purple piece is a magnet!  What a great idea, which I would never have though of. The 2 little ornaments are just so cute and the pumpkin one has a little spider charm that doesn't show in photo.  Then there's the bookmark which is really nice.  
But the Star of this Show is the stand up.  It is 2 sided, with a piece of needlepoint on each side!  How cool is that?!  Below is the other side:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Horse with Hat FINISHED

Horse with Hat is finished.  At least my part.  The recipient will get it today and eventually it will go on a purse.  We decided the oval would work the best and I'm pleased with the Criss Cross Hungarian background.  Used an overdyed floss and Kreinik #4 silver.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Christmas Stocking, Finished

I changed the design several times as I went along, but it is finished!  Actually a pretty quick stitch if you aren't designing as you go. I started this May 14 and didn't even work on it every day, in fact I went over a week without working on it at all!
I am finally pleased with the design and still hope to have it up on my website early July.
This model is stitched in Silk & Ivory, and the gold FyreWerks.  The finished size is approx. 7-1/2"w x 12-1/4h.