Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stars For A New Millenium, Progress #11

We are 3/4 finished with Stars!  Only 3 more squares & the remaining border to do.  I wish we could finish by the end of the year but I don't think that's gonna happen!
Ava Gardner is a pretty square isn't she?  Tony tricked me though:  I was excited to be done with the Trebizond, only to be confronted with Patina for this square.  I hate rayon thread!  Looks pretty though.  Anyway, Ava is done & I also completed all of the little squares between the sashings. 

Be sure to check Jan's progress as well.  Such fun that these two are so different!  Below is my total piece to date:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Laura Perin's Mini Mystery Monday, Week 3

Here is my finished Laura Perin's Mystery!  I added an extra row all around so it will fit in the pre-finished gizmo I'm putting it in.  I'll have it mounted in a few days & show you the result.

Because I needed to add to the finished piece, I used the overdye for the first border and the dark green pearl cotton for the outer border.  I think it turned out pretty and it was a fun stitch!

I think Laura is doing another one starting this coming Monday.  What a great idea & I'm so happy she is doing this!  Just right for quicky Christmas gifts!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick Happy Turkey Day to you all. I wish you all good times, good food, good friends and a wonderful day.

I'll be back tomorrow to begin posting my latest progress reports!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kitty in a Stocking

Just to take a break from my usual stitching projects, I decided to stitch up this little painted canvas I had in stash.  I don't remember where I got it, but with the background I added, it is just 4-1/2" square.  I stitched the whole thing last week in about 3-4 sessions.

The kitty is Petite Very Velvet, V666 and V647.  The stocking is Mosaic stitch in red Neon Rays N20 with white cross stitches also in Neon Rays, N92.  The cuff of the stocking is in Arctic Rays, AR2 and AR8 and I really like the dimension it gives the whole piece, stitched just in long stitches. There's a little ornament in Kreinik gold & silver.  The "floor" is a large Brick stitch in Needle Necessities 128.  The background is a zig zag & alternates NN 1732 & 1121.

This makes a really cute little door hanger mounted in the Stitch A Gift thingy I already had.  The whole thing was done from stash!  Next time I have the iron out, I'll Stitch Witch the edges down!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

More Mad Miters

I had a lot of fun stitching these models which were actually stitched some time ago.  These are good examples of "simple" Mad Miters.   The information for this ANG CyberPointers Chapter workshop is listed now on their website along with other upcoming workshops. They are announcing workshops quite far ahead now so that you can plan your time & expenses! Registration for Mad Miters doesn't begin until April 2012.
I will have more models to show you later on!  There are so many possibilities that can be achieved with this technique!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twister Progress #16

The third quadrant of Twister is moving right along.  I completed the rest of the gray area and got 2 small sections of the red finished this past Sunday!  Two more Sunday's and I should have this quadrant done & will be on the home stretch.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stars For A New Millenium, Progress #10

Gregory Peck was a pretty easy stitch. The only real problem I had was making a mistake! And the bright turquoise is stitched in Trebizond & I don't care for that thread; however, this is the last place it is used, so I can forget about it! I like the way the center "star" turned out. After I finish the next square, Ava Gardener, I will fill in all the little squares in the sashing!
Be sure to check
Thread Medley for Jan's version.

Here is what the whole thing looks like now:


Monday, November 14, 2011

Laura Perin's Mini Mystery Monday, Week 2

Here is the results of Week 2's Monday Mystery.  this time we added another color of Pearl Cotton.  It stil only took a couple of hours to stitch.  Wonder what next week will bring?!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Laura Perin's Mini Mystery Monday

Thanks to Jane at Chilly Hollow, I learned that Laura Perin is doing a Mini Mystery Monday project on her blog.  I jumped right in, pulled threads & canvas from stash, & emailed some of my stitchy friends to join me!
Here is the result of Week One which only took about 2 hours, including finding center & starting wrong!  I love a mystery!
My canvas is gray, it kind of looks like sage green, but I'm pretty sure it is gray.  My Watercolour is #211 Cucumber, my #5 Pearls are 890 & 966 and my metallic ribbon is FyreWerks FT52.  See below for pic of materials.
I hope some of you will join in!

This has to be good luck!  I am posting at 11:11 AM on 11/11/11!!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Twister Progress #15

Finally, a full Sunday of Twister!  Now that all the basting is done, this quadrant should go quickly.  Not quickly enough though!  I figure 3-4 more Sundays to finish this quadrant!  Then there's a whole other quadrant to do!  I don't think I'll be able to finish by the end of the year.  Rats!
Anyway, I completed 3 gray sections last Sunday.  I messed up the middle section & had to rip out a bunch:  I had accidentally picked up the wrong color & it took awhile to notice.  I was NOT a happy camper!  It got all fixed, but I had to stay up "late" to finish the 3rd section. 

Here's what the whole thing looks like now:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Twisted Ribbons, Another New Bargello

Here is the next New Bargello.  It is presently called Twisted Ribbons, but if I can come up with another name, it will be changed.  The inspiration for this piece is a necklace that belongs to a friend of mine.  The necklace is twisted "chains" in different metallic colors.
Twisted Ribbons is all Metallics, except for the background which will be mostly Neon Rays and maybe a little overdyed floss.  The background, which I have barely begun, will be all cables like you see on the far right.  There are actually 5 different threads in the black section, but they don't really show up.  If I publish this design, I will simplify the black.  It is hard to get the metallic effect in a photograph (at least for me), but it is looking great & I'm pretty pleased with it so far.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scottsdale, A New Bargello

Recently, I have been bombarded with ideas for Bargello projects!  There are now 4 new designs in the works! 

This one is called Scottsdale, because the inspiration came from a picture of fabric in a magazine in a hotel room in Scottsdale!

This project is moving along quickly.  The corners will be squared off with black.  The oval shapes may get cabachon type beads.  So far, it is all Silk & Ivory on 18-count canvas.

Friday, November 4, 2011

SOTM 2011, November

This month's stitch, Reverse Sprats Head, gave me a little trouble.  I did one quarter, then attempted to do the other section of the same color.  Well, I counted wrong and it was off by one row & looked awful!  So I ripped the whole thing out and basted in the vertical & horizontal center lines.  I highly recommend doing that!  My next attempt just flew and it was accurate too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Free Design - Christmas Angel

Hi again!  I'm back from San Diego and ready to get to work.  As promised, I have published a new Free Design on my website.  Go to the Free Design page, and scroll down.  The new design, Christmas Angel, is just below the Small Things.  Click on her and you will get a .pdf file that you can save or print.  She is suitable for needlepoint or cross stitch, works up quickly and is really cute!

Thanks to all of you for making my Blog (3 years now!) and website successful and fun!

I'll be back in a couple of days with new stuff to show you!