Sunday, May 17, 2015

Linda is Finished

Finally, Linda (by Orna Willis) is finished!  It needed a lot of beads, and I added to it by deciding to do a bead cluster in each of the outside Jessicas.  I also found (in my box of odd things) a crystal bead with an aurora borealis finish to one side - so I put that in the very center.  I like it!  It's very different from any of the colorways shown on the pattern.
Another one to go in the to be framed pile.

Here is a detail so you can better see the beads.  I'm not totally thrilled with the photo, but at least I tried!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New items on website

I have added several new Bargello  items to my website on the Bargello 2 page.  Please take a look!

First up is Bargello Techniques.  This is a 100+ page, spiral bound book.  It was a correspondence course for ANG, but is now available.  

Next is Tulip Tree, which some of you have been asking for.
This is a lovely little 4-way Bargello just right for Spring.  There are 3 colorways given.

Finally, there is Small Diamond, which is a very simple beginner project.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

American Beauty Rose, Finished

American Beauty Rose, my "white" one, is FINISHED.
I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  
Eventually I'll get it framed, but don't hold your breath till that happens LOL!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Two Small Mad Miters

 While sorting through my studio, which is still not organized from moving, I came across 2 small unfinished Mad Miters.  They were in different stages as I had used them as models for a class.  So I went ahead and finished them and now they can go in my Mad Miters Portfolio.  (Doesn't that sound official?!)  They are 5" squares, so if I ever need a quick gift, one could be popped into a box or made into a pin cushion.
It still puzzles me that I can't get 2 pictures to be next to each other!  And that I can't update my blog unless I use Chrome.  Oh well....

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Needlepoint Book

Like many stitchers this week, I just received my brand new The Needlepoint Book, by Jo Ippolito Christensen, the new edition.  I know, I swore I wouldn't buy the hardback version, but I caved.  I just couldn't stand it.  Had to have it!

This morning I looked it over and it is terrific.  I would still prefer a spiral bound copy, but this is definitely still "the bible".  The new information is great and so is the old info which I've forgotten and now I'm reading the whole thing.  We should all do this once in awhile!  

It's kind of like the manual for that new appliance or new car:  After you've used the product for a little while, go back and read the manual and find out all the stuff you missed!

Kudos, Jo, a fabulous job!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

I have worked on this piece once in awhile and finally have made enough progress to tell the difference!  It is tedious to stitch, but when I'm in the mood I enjoy it.  It is a challenge, that's for sure!
All those little squares are only 5x5 and the color changes every few stitches.  I look forward to those squares that are all one color!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

American Beauty Rose, Progress 4

I've been working on my White American Beauty Rose and I am on the home stretch!  I could finish it this week, depending....  I don't seem to get as much stitching time as I used to.  
I really like this piece and I think it is finally looking like a rose!