Friday, June 16, 2017

Stash Cats Two, Progress #5

 Big Cat is finished!  He looks pretty good, except for a couple spots on his tail that aren't smooth.  I'll fix those when I start the background. 
I am still a bit undecided about the background.  I could just leave it with the blank canvas - there's that green on green thing going on that looks ok.  But I'm really not a big fan of open canvas.  Right now I'm thinking of a small darning type diamond stitch.  Saw it on Facebook.  It'd still be pretty open, but maybe have a more "finished" look.  What do you think?

Friday, June 9, 2017

5-4-3-2-1... Progress #7

Made some real progress on this.  Section 4 is complete.  Section 5 is started and will go quickly!  Then I will redo the few ribbons I put in and add more.  I checked and I do have the colors I need (of ribbons).  Then the framing process.  I know how I want it to look, of course we don't yet know if that is possible!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Expanding 4-Way Bargello

Expanding 4-Way Bargello is now available on my website.
This is the first of Advanced Bargello Techniques that I will be offering over the next year or so.

Expanding 4-way includes regular 4-way, Combination 4-way and Four-Way 4-way.  One leads to the next.  36 pages of instruction teaches you to set up each technique and stitch it using the Bargello pattern of your choice.  There is a project for each technique to get you started.  This is lots of fun and challenge.

Please go to my website and check it out!  Bargello, page 2. www.lizartneedlepoint.com

P.S.  There's also a new pattern on the Free page - a little Poppy for Spring.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stash Cats Two, Progress #4

Stash Cats is moving right along!  Big cat is mostly done, just have to finish his tail.  This is much harder now.  So far I have only repeated one stitch (Mosaic, used twice), but it is getting hard to pick stitches.  Not only have I already used so many, but the spaces in the tail are pretty small.  I have not had to repeat any threads though! 

I have to say that as a stash buster, this is a failure.  Each stripe is not that big and so only uses small amounts of thread.  I don't keep real small amounts, so mostly it just takes a few strands out instead of actually using anything up!  Guess I need to do a LOT more stash buster pieces :-) !!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

5-4-3-2-1 Progress #6

It has been a little over a year since I last posted about this WIP!  But now I am working on it again.  There are 5 sections and I am now working on #4. This is somewhat tedious to work on (I say that a lot lately!) but is going faster now that I decided to try to do all of one color, then go on to the next, rather than work one square at a time!  It is ALL little 5x5 squares.  Sigh.  But I still like it and it will be spectacular when finished & framed!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seven Fractal, Progress #6

Finally, made it all the way across!  Eight pages finished, 8 to go, but the next 8 are smaller; this piece is a little more than half finished now.  (The center shows near the bottom.)  The bottom is similar to the top, so there is more of the yellow parts and they go quicker than the blue ones.  Still, I doubt it will get finished this year.

PS. I changed the header photo here on blog.  This is what I see out the breakfast nook window, the Spring/Summer version!  There is often a water skier on the lake. It's hard to get going in the morning and not just sit there and watch the birds and the skiers all day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stash Cats Two, Progress #3

Stash Cats is moving right along.  The big kitty is well on his way!  He is worked in wools and overdyes (Watercolours) which I have chosen in advance.  Stitches I pick as I go along.  I have discovered quite a few stitches that I don't like and will never use again!!  So far, I have not had to use any stitches twice.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stash Cats Two, Progress #2

Small kitty is done.  She is very sparkly!  Stitched in all Metallics except for 3 Neon Rays.  All from stash.
Got just a small beginning on big kitty.  Big Kitty will be done in Watercolours and wools.
This is a really fun stitch!  Choosing stitches and thread for each stripe as I go.  I have pulled all the colors, but decide the sequence of colors as I go. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

stitching but no pictures

Yes, I am stitching like crazy, but have no pics for you.
I'm working on several new designs, as well as my WIPs.
Hopefully, there will be a new Bargello by June and several new counted Needlepoint designs in July.
Pilot stitchers are working too!
I'll try to get a pic of something next week!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Framed!

Stash Cats Two
Two pieces framed!  The Marta Mask turned out just like I had envisioned. How often does that happen?!  The gray mat is actually silvery.  And I'm very pleased with Stash Cats, gorgeous frame.
Marta Mask

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TWO NEW DESIGNS

Spring Break
I have just added 2 new counted needlepoint designs to my website!
Spring Break is a pretty Spring-y design and a quick stitch.  Decorative stitches and overdyed thread make up this flexible design.  Glitter canvas or colored canvas equal no background to stitch! 
Approx. 5" square.  3 colorways.

The Gingham Frog and the Calico Caterpillar are really fun designs.  So cute for a child's room!  The Frog and the background of the Caterpillar are stitched in Mosaic Gingham.  Approx. 5.5" squares.
Gingham Frog & Calico Caterpillar

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stash Cats Two, Progress #1

The body of the little cat, of Stash Cats Two, is done.  Now on to her tail!  This is such fun to work on.  I've also learned several stitches that are a waste of time with dark Kreinik braid - you just can't see any detail.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

18th Century Sampler FINISHED

Another finish!  I'm on  a roll!
Well, on this one I really just quit.  I wasn't enjoying this as much as I though I would and on 18-count it is so big it is very awkward to work on.  No fun at all.  So I put a border around it and called it finished.  I will soon have several pieces in this color and will try to figure out something to do that will include them all - I'm kinda thinking Table Runner?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Marta Mask, FINISHED

Those of you that have been visiting this blog for a lonnnng time, may remember the Marta Mask (a Leigh design).  The last time I posted about it was in 2014!!

Well it is finally finished!  I didn't work on it at all for at least a year, then only a few times last year.  It was the beads.  I don't really like to do beads, but this canvas demanded them.  Lots of them.  Sigh.

But it is finally finished and it looks pretty good, for a non-painted canvas person.

It isn't a great picture.  The camera just doesn't do well with beads and metallic threads.  Plus it is on black sparkle canvas.  Hopefully I can get a better picture once it is framed with black behind it!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stash Cats Two


When Patt & Lee began, their designs were available as counted thread charts.  I think now they only do painted and giclee printed canvases.  Anyway, I have had this chart for many years!  I am finally going to stitch it.

Jan of Stitchlady's Weblog fame, stitched this as a painted canvas several years ago and named it "Stash Cats".  The pattern just has a number.  So I'm calling it Stash Cats Two.

As you might guess, I've changed all the colors!  Like Jan, I will stitch the little cat in front with mostly metallics but I'm using "cat colors", all browns, grays, orange, etc.  The big cat will be the same sort of colors but in wools and overdyes. 

Here is my beginning.  It is a ton of fun!  I basted in the outlines and will stitch over that. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bag Ladies FINISHED

Bag Ladies is finished!  Happy dance!  I started this just a little over a year ago.  But, there were weeks & months when I didn't work on it at all.
I'm very pleased with this.  You can't see the fuzziness in the photo!  But the Center cat (KC) is very fuzzy, as is the white tail (upper right), and Ragdoll (Sweet Pea) at the upper left.
I used lots of angora and fuzzy stuff and brushed like crazy.
For the whiskers, I used an upholstery thread in a slightly off white (white was too stark and didn't look right).  I do have a stash of real whiskers, but they are too thick for these little guys! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seven Fractal, Progress #5

I have worked on this some lately.  I enjoy working on it, but it is large and a bit awkward.  I started this over a year ago, and thought it would take me a year.  Oops.
Well, two years maybe?  We'll see.  I think there are more "easy" areas coming up, which go faster.  When it changes color every stitch (like the blue areas), it is SLOW going.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bag Ladies, Progress #4

Making good progress with Bag Ladies.  KC (front & center) is a little more than half done and lookin' good!  The photo doesn't do it justice.  KC is quite fuzzy, and will be more so when I finish and really brush it up!
And the floor is done.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

18th Century Sampler, Progress #2

Lately I have worked on the 18th Century Sampler a bit. 
Since the last time you saw it I have stitched several borders, the one on the bottom is not quite finished.

I may decide that this is almost done.  I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.  I could add another row of squares.  Or I could just throw a border around it and be done.  That's what I'll probably do.

Then I'll have to decide how to finish it, and should it be horizontal or vertical?



Friday, January 27, 2017

Bag Ladies, Progress #3

I have been working on Bag Ladies again.  It's such a fun piece!
All but one of the cats is done and I have started on the floor.
The top left kitty represents my Sweet Pea, who died this summer.  She was such a pretty girl.
The last cat will represent my KC and will be the hardest!  I have to get the colors right.
The floor will just be straight rows of Slanted Gobelin over 2 with floss.
I decided not to try to do the tissue paper that is supposed to be sticking out of some of the bags, it just looked too odd.  Now I'm trying to decide if I should do the bag handles, or call them boxes instead!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Avery Bargello

I have been stitching, just haven't been very good about posting blog!
I just completed this project as a gift for a friend. I was able to use nothing but stash threads for this!
The A is stitched with black FyreWerks Soft Sheen in Reversed Scotch stitch. The background of the A carries on the Scotch using an overdyed floss.  I made a lot of counting errors and the A and its background took much longer than it should have!
The Bargello was then done in wool with gold FyreWerks accents.
All in all, I'm quite pleased with the finished piece and it was fun to do some Bargello again!.
Here it is in its tray:

Friday, January 6, 2017

NEW PATTERNS

I have just added THREE new patterns to my website!

Christmas Littles, 17 small patterns for needlepoint or cross stitch.












Twisted Metal, a very complex design with lots of sparkly threads.








Bloomin' Bargello, 3 designs from one Bargello pattern.












Please check them out on my website www.lizartneedlepoint.com
You just might need one (or more)!!