Sunday, March 19, 2017

18th Century Sampler FINISHED

Another finish!  I'm on  a roll!
Well, on this one I really just quit.  I wasn't enjoying this as much as I though I would and on 18-count it is so big it is very awkward to work on.  No fun at all.  So I put a border around it and called it finished.  I will soon have several pieces in this color and will try to figure out something to do that will include them all - I'm kinda thinking Table Runner?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Marta Mask, FINISHED

Those of you that have been visiting this blog for a lonnnng time, may remember the Marta Mask (a Leigh design).  The last time I posted about it was in 2014!!

Well it is finally finished!  I didn't work on it at all for at least a year, then only a few times last year.  It was the beads.  I don't really like to do beads, but this canvas demanded them.  Lots of them.  Sigh.

But it is finally finished and it looks pretty good, for a non-painted canvas person.

It isn't a great picture.  The camera just doesn't do well with beads and metallic threads.  Plus it is on black sparkle canvas.  Hopefully I can get a better picture once it is framed with black behind it!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stash Cats Two

When Patt & Lee began, their designs were available as counted thread charts.  I think now they only do painted and giclee printed canvases.  Anyway, I have had this chart for many years!  I am finally going to stitch it.

Jan of Stitchlady's Weblog fame, stitched this as a painted canvas several years ago and named it "Stash Cats".  The pattern just has a number.  So I'm calling it Stash Cats Two.

As you might guess, I've changed all the colors!  Like Jan, I will stitch the little cat in front with mostly metallics but I'm using "cat colors", all browns, grays, orange, etc.  The big cat will be the same sort of colors but in wools and overdyes. 

Here is my beginning.  It is a ton of fun!  I basted in the outlines and will stitch over that. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Bag Ladies is finished!  Happy dance!  I started this just a little over a year ago.  But, there were weeks & months when I didn't work on it at all.
I'm very pleased with this.  You can't see the fuzziness in the photo!  But the Center cat (KC) is very fuzzy, as is the white tail (upper right), and Ragdoll (Sweet Pea) at the upper left.
I used lots of angora and fuzzy stuff and brushed like crazy.
For the whiskers, I used an upholstery thread in a slightly off white (white was too stark and didn't look right).  I do have a stash of real whiskers, but they are too thick for these little guys! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seven Fractal, Progress #5

I have worked on this some lately.  I enjoy working on it, but it is large and a bit awkward.  I started this over a year ago, and thought it would take me a year.  Oops.
Well, two years maybe?  We'll see.  I think there are more "easy" areas coming up, which go faster.  When it changes color every stitch (like the blue areas), it is SLOW going.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bag Ladies, Progress #4

Making good progress with Bag Ladies.  KC (front & center) is a little more than half done and lookin' good!  The photo doesn't do it justice.  KC is quite fuzzy, and will be more so when I finish and really brush it up!
And the floor is done.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

18th Century Sampler, Progress #2

Lately I have worked on the 18th Century Sampler a bit. 
Since the last time you saw it I have stitched several borders, the one on the bottom is not quite finished.

I may decide that this is almost done.  I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.  I could add another row of squares.  Or I could just throw a border around it and be done.  That's what I'll probably do.

Then I'll have to decide how to finish it, and should it be horizontal or vertical?