Friday, April 27, 2012


Finally, my new Sunday Project.  It is Garden Walk by Linda Reinmiller.  I took this class at the ANG Seminar in Tucson 6 years ago!  I can't believe it was so long ago! 

I worked on it once or twice, but mostly it has been in the closet.  Now it is out & about!  This is an amazing project, very advanced, and Linda's written instructions are super!  Even though it has been 6 years, I can figure out what to do.
Before this year, I had completed the upper right corner square section and the section below it. 
A month or so ago I completed the copper/gold section.  It is really pretty with gold & copper metallic oval Jessicas.
This week I completed the green/blue/gold section.  I completely changed the colors & threads, using a Wildflowers overdye and a YLI Ribbon Floss with a metallic thread through it.  It turned out really well.  The final step was beads & my kitty, KC, helped with that!  I thought I was going to have to lock myself in a room before she finally settled down!  Too much "shiny" gets her all excited!
The section on the far left is only partly done as it will have some canvas threads withdrawn and I am "saving" that kind of hard stuff till the end. 

The 4 sections that appear to be started will probably be ripped out & restarted.  Mostly I have changed the colors from when I first began and/or I don't like the colors used initially.  The canvas is Dark blue (Leventine Blue?) and my colors are green, blue, rust & gold.  As usual, the photo doesn't show the colors quite right.  The canvas is darker & the metallics are, well, metallics!  I think Linda's original was on the dark green canvas & her colors were green, blue, pink & white.

Are we having fun yet?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Diamond in a Square is coming along nicely.  I'm trying to finish up the background (the square) before starting the fun Mad Miters diamond.  Of course I have run out of one color, which I have ordered but it won't get here for about a week.
But, I can go ahead & fill in the gold and purple diamonds while I'm waiting.
AND, just in case anybody has missed it :-), registration for the Mad Miters class is still open on the CyperPointers website.
(No, the class will not do Diamond in a Square, this is very much an experiment!)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marta Mask Progress #1

I've worked on the Marta Mask the last couple of days.  I finally redid the whipped backstitch around the white petals on the left, then worked the petals on the right more or less the same way.
I had already decided that I would us Criss Cross Hungarian for the face, but I spent a lot of time sorting threads. I finally got a selection of shades using floss & Silk N Colors.  I will fill the spaces with cross stitches, not beads.
(Her nose is not running, that is an away knot on her mouth that I haven't clipped off yet!)
This is very slow going for me.  I'm finding the painted canvas difficult to stitch sometimes where the paint is a little too heavy & has clogged the holes.  A couple of times I had to get a larger needle to open the holes.  It is nice though to be able to use finer threads than usual for 18-count canvas.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Busy Days

Sorry I haven't posted for so long!  I can't believe it has been 2 weeks!
I have been really busy with company - which was lots of fun as she is a stitcher-friend and we went to a one day retreat and did lots of shopping and stitching. 
Plus DH has a new job and is travelling, so there was packing to do and lots of phone calls. 
I am back to "work" now and should be back on track in a day or so with some photos to show you.  I finished my "secret" project, so have a little more time to devote to my other projects.
Among other things, I'm working on the Mask.  Pix soon....

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baroque Progress #5

Baroque is moving right along.  I finished the 4 corner squares last week.  The pattern calls for beads around the center Rhodes in each square, but I don't think I'd like that.  I think it would be too crowded.  Next up is borders around the whole thing.  Looks like that will take awhile!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

2012 SOTM April

The SOTM for April is called Tortoiseshell Filling.  It is blackwork over a laid grid.  I completed this section in a couple of hours, but I don't really care for it.  And the edges are getting really messy, so I'm pretty sure I'll be adding some sort of border or outline at the end of this project.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mad Miters, Again & Again

Registration is now open for Mad Miters.  Class does not begin until July, but you can register now and begin getting your materials together.  Go here to read all about it.  The picture to the right is a basic Mad Miters, similar to what we will stitch in the class.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Menagerie Blocks 5 & 6

ANG's Cyberpointers Chapter project, Menagerie, has two more blocks!  Block 5 is Box stitches.  I decided to just use a few and put them in one of my small (24x24 threads) blocks.  I used the Watercolours 001 for the Cushion Stitch border, with the Scotch stitches in my 3 shades of Splendor.  Then I did the center Alternating Scotch stitches in Neon Rays +.  I filled the rest with Cashmeres in the 001 Wildflowers.  I had to turn some of them sideways to make it all fit.

Block 6 is Diagonal patterns. I decided I needed to block this out on graph paper first & as soon as I started with the 2nd pattern, I saw that it wanted to be kind of a woven ribbons thing.  I used the same threads as for Block 5, except I switched the Neon Rays + to FyreWerks.  I did the background of this block with the Wildflowers in Nobuko stitch and I really like the way it turned out.  I had forgotten what a great background stitch Nobuko is! 

The picture below shows the whole thing so far.  After I finished Block 6 I realized that I will want to add some background to the Hilton Block, but I'll wait till later to do that.