Friday, October 2, 2015

Gardener's Alphabet

Back in the 80s I used to do charting for Needlepoint News.  One of the big projects I did was Jim Williams' Gardener's Alphabet Rug.  All 26 letters, each with a flower starting with that letter.  Each was a square of a rug.

Recently, I got in touch with Williams and he gave me permission to redo the charts on the computer, color coded to DMC (instead of Paternayan), for 18-count, and to offer the designs for sale on my website.  Each letter will be a separate pattern.  (I'm not doing it as a rug.)  This is counted, so it is suitable for cross stitch as well as needlepoint.

Well, this turned out to be quite a big job, but it is nearly finished.  I have an army of stitchers piloting for me and I hope to have all of the letters ready and up on my website by the end of October.  When they are ready, I'll announce it here on blog.

This H is one that I did on 20-count canvas with DMC floss and a few stitches of Kreinik.

Friday, September 25, 2015

2012 Mystery Retreat FINISHED!

Finally, the 2012 Mystery Retreat piece is finished.  I added a cabachon to the center and surrounded it with a large Jessica in Kreinik braid.  Then I just did some random stitches to fill in the areas on the sides of the cabachon.  It turned out pretty good.
Then I finished the bottom section.  Once I got the parts that use tulle and the memory thread, I wasn't happy with the amount of open space.  It seemed there was much more in that section which made it out of balance.  So I added some odd squares of Skip Tent in a shade just slightly darker than the canvas.  I think it helped.
I don't know when I'll get around to framing it, but I'll show you when I do!

Friday, September 18, 2015

18th Century Sampler, Progress #1

Here we go, into the sampler unknown!  
I received the instruction book and couldn't wait to get started!  The book is terrific, with great diagrams and photos of everything.  It will be a wonderful resource to have.
I have completed 2 squares in the center section.  The one on the right was supposed to have some pulled work, but I don't like to do pulled work.  So I just stitched the little squares without pulling, and then put a bead in each one.  I like it!
Here's another view of that square.  That detail photo is more accurate for color.  It is aquamarina canvas and DMC 959.

Friday, September 11, 2015

2012 Mystery Retreat Progress #6

The major WIP I've been working on is from the 2012 Mystery Retreat.  I know, but it's not the oldest one by a long shot!

I have now completed the top section, and left and right sections.  The center section is done except for the very center, where I was not successful with the stitches used in the pattern.  I have to go back and do something there.  I found a cabachon to go there that is the right color, but it is oval and I don't know if I can make it work.

The bottom section is nearly done.  There are a couple more steps to do that involve using tulle.  That's next on my list and I hope I can do it right!  Or at least close.....  LOL

Friday, September 4, 2015

I am doing SJ Design's 18th Century Sampler, an online class.  This is a real departure for me.  I don't do projects like this!  But from the moment I saw it, I was obsessed with it. Go figure!  I finally just decided to do it.

I have completed all the prework I intend to do, which is the middle row of boxes. It is a reach on this large piece, but I manage!  Some are using Congress Cloth but I'm using 18-count, so it's big (21x22 frame!).  Only a few of us are using color I think.  It is all one color, uses 3 sizes of pearl cotton.   Most folks are using white or ecru.  Looking forward to filling in the boxes.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lahaina Breezes

I have started a new project:  Laura Perin's Lahaina Breezes.  

I don't usually stitch Laura Perin's designs in the sequence that she suggests, and this one is no exception.  

Typically, it is fun to stitch and not too demanding.  I'm working the dividing lines as I go, instead of all at once.  Less counting!

I had most of the required threads in stash and only changed one or two.  It is still basically Perin's colors.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Marbled Circle Finished

Good, the Marbled Circle is finished.  It was kinda fun to stitch, although I got bored with it at the end.  Partly because I just find painted canvases tedious to stitch.  Anyway, I don't know what I'll do with it.  It needs to be blocked, but I'll just file it in the finished file for now.