Friday, April 29, 2016

Red, White & Blue

Announcing a new design - Red, White & Blue.  

The pattern for this counted needlepoint design is now available on my website, on the Counted Needlepoint page, right after the Gardener's Alphabet.  I hope you'll check it out!

This is an Advanced Beginner design as it does use some decorative stitches.  However, the background can be left unstitched!  The model was stitched with pearl cotton on pale blue canvas.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing to report.

Sorry to say I have nothing to report. I've been down with the flu and haven't even been able to do much stitching. Please bear with me till I am functioning properly again!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Blue Bargello with Pin

This small bargello had been kitted up for years.  I bought the pin at least 6 years ago!  This is one of the "easy" pieces I started to have ready after cataract surgery.  Well, as it turned out that really wasn't necessary.
Anyway, last week I finished it.  The canvas is called Vintage French Blue, I think, and makes a fine background. Unfortunately, it turned out to be about 5-1/2" square - NOT a standard size.  
I'd like to frame it in a somewhat ornate pewter-ish frame.  I doubt if I can find a ready made one to fit, so it'll go in the bag for the new framer I'm going to try.  Actually, he is a framer I used to use when he worked for a chain and who has gone into business for himself.  Good luck there!

Friday, March 18, 2016

5-4-3-2-1, Progress #5

I haven't worked on this for a really, really long time!  Last weekend I got it out and stitched on it and realized I had accomplished quite a bit since the last time I showed it here.
This was intended to be a silk gauze project, but I am doing it on black 18-count canvas.  I changed all the threads, but tried to keep the colors as close as possible.  It is tedious to work on, but I think it will be really exceptional when finished.

By the way, my cataract surgery went very well.  Much better than last time.  In only a week, I am able to work on this project!

This is what it is supposed to look like:

Monday, March 14, 2016

18th Century Sampler, Progress #3

The last time I worked on this, I completed the row of circular motifs. Many had pulled eyelets, but I didn't pull them very much or very consistently.  I filled in the holes with beads!  Looks much better.  Next up will be a row of cut work, but I will be changing that as I don't want to do cut work.  Stay tuned!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bag Ladies is started!  First I basted in the outlines of all of the bags.  The bags will be stitched with overdyes and some metallic and/or shiny threads for accent.  I have 2 bags done already.  They go pretty fast once the basting is done.

I am having cataract surgery next week and I'm hoping to work on this "easy" project while my eye adjusts!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Seven Fractal, Progress #3

I made quite a bit of progress on the fractal last month.  Not as much as I'd hoped, but acceptable.  I had hoped to complete another page, but didn't quite make it.  This project is very tedious to stitch, especially the blue parts.  There are 4 shades of blue!