Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Spring!

I don't have any stitching to show you, so here's Spring in Northern Nevada.  Pic taken through my studio window.  So many things in bloom!

Sorry about pic quality, cloudy, sun in bad spot, taken through the window with iPhone.

UPDATE:  Here's a better picture, taken in the afternoon from the same spot.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Purrfect Spring, March

I have stitched the March part of the Stitcherie challenge.  The kitty on the far right was painted kind of a pink or mauve.  Well, I don't know about you, but I've never seen a pink cat, even on my worst day!  Seemed odd since the other cats are all "real" colors.  Anyway, I made it a "ginger" cat instead, using 2 colors of Watercolours and a Diagonal Victorian Step stitch.  He looks much better in this color!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jim's Cookbook Addition

We decided that Jim's Cookbook needed a matching spine.  So I did that this week.  It went quickly, I think I only worked on it 2 days.

I'm still working on the other secret project and it is taking longer than I anticipated.  Of course.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jim's Cookbook

One secret revealed!  My husband is taking cooking classes and has started a notebook.  He is on his way home today from a week long business trip and I have spent the week stitching a slip-in cover for his cooking notebook:

This is cross stitch (yeah I know) on perforated paper.  The paper is a rust color.  I used an overdyed floss for the lettering and all the rest is regular floss.  All of the elements came from various books and online sources.  The only thing I actually designed, besides the layout, was the chef's hat!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Yes, I'm stitching!

Good morning!  Yes, I am stitching but I can't show you yet. I'm working on two secret projects. Both are gifts and I don't want the recipients to see!
One is a small project and I hope to have it finished by the end of next week. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Purrfect Spring

This is a painted canvas (OMG! ) called Purrfect Spring by Dee Ross.  I purchased the canvas several years ago from one of the destash sites.  It came with lots of threads too!

Last month I decided to use this canvas to participate in Stitcherie's 2015 Stitching Games.
For January, I did the green leaves at the top in #5 pearl cotton.  
For February, I stitched the brown kitty.  There wasn't any thread in the bag that came with that seemed right, so I used some Appleton tapestry wool from stash.  Awful stuff!  I would never use it for anything but animal fur - it is very coarse and inconsistent in thickness, and a bit hairy, but it did brush up nice which doesn't show in the photo.  That said, it is very old and newer Appleton may be better, I don't know.

Progress to date:

P.S.  Did you notice I finally got the new picture up for my header?!!  Now that I know how to do it, maybe I can change it with the seasons.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

American Beauty Rose, Progress 3

The only real needlepoint I've worked on for months, is my rose.  Well, it's Debbie Rowley's design, but my colors.  It is beginning to look like a rose!  This is a fun piece to work on.