Monday, December 10, 2018

Bargello Mask

I have been stitching quite a lot, but can't show you 2 of the finished pieces until after Christmas!

This piece, my Bargello Mask, has been a WIP for many years.  I think I started it before I started this blog!  It was inspired by pictures of Balinese masks in a catalog.
The center square is all basketweave in floss and the Bargello is done in Orchidee wool tapestry yarn (which has been discontinued for a long time).  

It was a WIP forever because my original plan was to surround the center square with beads.  Bugle beads were my first choice, but they were too irregular in size to play nice!  Next I tried several rows of seed beads, but they were just not laying perfect enough to suit me.  
So it lay in the drawer.  

Now I am on a mission to complete these ancient WIPs.  I pulled this out, tried a few other bugle beads, but none of them were right.  They were even, but not long enough.  So, I decided to just satin stitch it with FyreWerks Soft Sheen, laid over a crocheted-type metallic for padding.  Voila!  DONE!  I'm happy and another WIP bites the dust.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

S for Sunflower

I keep forgetting to post!!  I am stitching, I promise.

I stitched up this Letter S from the Gardener's Alphabet (see website, Counted page) for a good neighbor.  It fit, just barely, into an acrylic trivet that I already had.  Instant finish.  Love those!!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Seven Fractal - FINISHED!

Seven Fractal by Brown Moon Designs is finally finished!  This project has been in the works, off & on, for nearly 3 years. It was very tedious to work on.  I love it though!

Now I have to figure out what to do with it!!  Maybe a pillow?  

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Free Design

Today I added this little Holly design to my website on the FREE page!  I designed and stitched this years ago.  Unfortunately I no longer have the stitched piece or a picture of it.  It is suitable for counted needlepoint or cross stitch.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


This is something I've wanted to do for years!  It is one of my favorite quotes.  

Last year I got the design done and I finally started stitching it this past spring.  The lettering is all tent stitches in Kreinik.  The dragon and background is all Criss Cross Hungarian  The dragon is Watercolours, the background is 2 strands of Threadworx overdyed floss.  The border is FyreWerx and Neon Rays Plus.  The pic is kind of dark at the top, but the border is a dark gray with green and purple in the corners.

The background is really tedious!  Compensating in and around the lettering is a real challenge!  I never have trouble compensating, but this has been a nightmare!  I didn't want to fill in around the letters with tent stitches because I felt that would set off the letters too much.  Close to finishing background though now and then the border. Then the open spaces in the dragon stitches will get beads. I'm happy with the result, even though I must admit to calling it some nasty names from time to time!!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Holiday Wreath, Finished

Holiday Wreath by Laura Perin has been almost finished for many months.  I learned that I absolutely cannot make a package bow with ribbon type needlepoint thread!  All I could get was a mess.  So I gave  up and decided to just use charms.  Of course, then I had to find the charms!  And I wanted gold ones, not silver - mostly you find silver.  Anyway, I finally finished it last weekend!

Now I'm going to be forced to get a picture of the piece I've  been working on!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Magic Castle , Finished

The stitching of Magic Castle was finished several months ago, but the finishing was barely begun when I got sick.  I really, really wanted this to be done and given to a good friend.

So I convinced another good friend, who is also an expert seamstress, to take on the job.  I had all the materials and the fabric was cut.  She gathered it all up with the help of my husband and brought it all to me in the hospital for instruction. 

I was still in rehab when it was done and was able to present it to its intended recipient.  It turned out great!  Everyone was proud and pleased!!

Yes, I am doing well and stitching a fair amount.  I just keep forgetting to take a picture and post!