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


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


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 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


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
You just might need one (or more)!!