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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Christmas Stocking

A Bargello Christmas Stocking has been in my plans for a long time.  I did design one many years ago, but was never happy with it.  I've been working on the design for this one for months, but just recently began to actually stitch it.  The  cuff came out nice, but once I started in the body of the stocking, I realized some drastic changes needed to be made.  So, I went ahead and stitched the heel & toe as I was pretty sure they'd be OK.  I'm still working on the chart for the rest of this, but I like it so far!  Tentative plan is to have it published by July.
(Stitch faster Liz!)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Finally Framed

 Finally got a couple of things framed.

My little blue bargello with the pin in the center has been framed with an easel back so it can sit on a table or shelf.  It turned out really pretty, however, lesson learned:  If planning a piece to be framed this way - make it a standard size.  This piece is an odd size and the custom framing was ridiculously expensive!

Linda, designed by Orna Willis, colors and threads changed by me.  The framing makes it look great!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Horse with hat

 I found this painted canvas (with stitch guide) nearly two years ago and intended to stitch it for a friend of mine who rides horses and makes her own hats!  Well, 2 years later, I'm actually working on it.
Horsie is actually finished (see photo on the right), and my friend has it now deciding on the fabric to finish it so that it will go on a purse.  Once she picks the fabric, we will decide on a background and I will stitch the background.

This is a Pajamas & Chocolate design.  The pic below is of the cover of the stitch guide.  I did not use the stitch guide at all!  I changed the horse to look like my friend's horse and adjusted the shape some, changed the bridle, moved the eye, changed the nose& mouth area, and changed the colors of the hat to be my friend's colors.  

We have now whited out the "feathers" and the reins.  The reins were in the wrong place for the new bridle and real feathers won't work on a purse!  I tried stitching the feather shapes and didn't like it.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

18th Century Sampler, Progress

This past weekend, I worked on the 18th Century Sampler again.  It's been awhile!
Sorry for the poor quality of the photo!  I just cant seem to get a decent pic of this thing.  It is all aqua and teal on aquamarina canvas.
I did not want to do a row of hemstitching, so instead I created a border using bugle beads.  It turned out pretty good.  
Next was the acorn border.  It was supposed to be done in aqua #3 pearl cotton, but I find that hard to use on 18 and I just didn't want to do so much of it!  So I used Silk & Ivory, in 2 shades.  It came out nice and was easy to stitch, although I wish I'd had a lighter "dark" shade!
There are supposed to be 2 more rows of boxes, 6 boxes to a row.  I have decided that I don't want to do that much more on this piece.  I was in love with it when I started, but now? Not so much!  So I will stitch a couple of borders top & bottom and call it good.