Sunday, November 29, 2009

Double Up Progress Report #7

OK, back to Double Up. I have been slowly but surely trudging away at the background of the 4 triangles. Yesterday I finished them! They look great but were sure slow to stitch. Hopefully, now I can whiz (LOL) through the remaining sections.

Friday, November 27, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Progress #2

Finally, an update on 12 Days of Christmas! I have been working on it as you can see. If you remember, I started with the longest red row, then I worked out to the edge, finishing up there with the dark green in long stitches. Then I did the gold row and got a start on the next red row. It is coming along nicely. The photo is a tad blurry, but the colors look good.
Answer: Yes, I do plan to sell this pattern eventually.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We all have something to be thankful for, some of us have a lot to be thankful for. So enjoy this day, don't eat too much and try to get some stitching done!

I had hoped to have something to show you today, but didn't quite make it. I've been working on my 12 Days of Christmas bargello as well as on Double Up. Maybe I'll get enough stitching done today to post a picture tomorrow or Saturday.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Here is the third design I am offering for sale, and still in time for Christmas!

The Bargello Christmas Ornaments are Beginner level Bargello designs.
The pattern includes complete instructions and full-color charts.
The finished sizes for these ornaments on 18-count canvas are: Bell 3-7/8" x 3-7/8", Drum 3-1/8" x 3-3/8", Stocking 4-1/8" x 3-5/8".

This pattern is available as a .pdf download or printed & mailed.
Please email me for pricing and ordering information at

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Progress #1

Time goes by so quickly, I can't believe it has been a week since my last post. I have been working on a new bargello design, "12 Days of Christmas". The first row is complete all the way around, in bright red Neon Rays. It required very careful counting & double checking, as well as careful handling of that slippery thread!
I started the next 3 rows just to see how it would look. It's good, so I'll go back now & finish them. The greens are Silk & Ivory. The canvas is very dark green. The colors didn't come out very accurate & the Neon Rays is so shiny that it just looks blurry. I'll see if I can get a better picture next time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Double Up Progress Report #6

I've been working on Double Up, slowly but surely. I have finished all the Shrimpies (otherwise known as Crescents)and the Spratts Head & Waffle variations in the Triangles. So the Triangles are done except for the background T-Stitches. I'll work on that next. I find this piece difficult to work on at night because it is on Congress Cloth, and I don't always get a chance to stitch in the daytime! Once I get the Triangles done, it should go pretty fast.

Friday, November 6, 2009

White Orchid Progress #3

I've been working on the bargello background for the White Orchid. It is half finished. It goes fairly quickly once the pattern row is established. It is all Silk & Ivory. (The "spot" on the lower right isn't a spot, it is a little piece of sticky-backed suede that I use like a thimble.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SOTM Section 10

It is Stitch of the Month time again. I completed Section 10 relatively quickly, in just a couple of afternoons. The first layer was a bit tricky to compensate and required careful counting, but the other 3 layers were quick & easy. So now all we have left for December is the background. I may go in and add some outlining, I haven't decided yet.

Sorry I haven't been posting regularly! It has been very busy around here and that won't change till after the holidays. November is the month of company and then we will be going to Reno for Christmas.

I have been to several stitching events. On Halloween a small group of local stitchers went to the Springs Preserve and stitched in the restaurant most of the day. It was a pleasant day and we had a great lunch there. It is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant! Springs Preserve is a museum type place on the site of the original springs around which grew Las Vegas. If you come here for a visit, I recommend it. There are guided walks, displays, gardens, etc. And the gift shop is pretty good too!