Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Today is the one year anniversary of my website.
Thanks to all of you who have helped to make it a success.
To celebrate, I have added a new Free Design, called "Small Things". 
This is a collection of tiny designs, just for fun.
Follow the link above to my website & go to the Free Design page. 
Click on the image & you can download the pdf file for this small sheet. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Retreat Project

I have been asked to design the Free needlepoint project again for this year's Spring Retreat here in Las Vegas.  I wanted something nice & "Springy" so I resurrected this design that I did for Needlepoint Now several years ago.  This time I decided on ecru glitter canvas, 2 colors of floss plus an overdyed floss.  This is the center part.  There will be more of the borders & flowers.  I think it is going to be quite pretty!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Twister, Progress #4

Back to work on Twister, my Sunday Project!  I have worked on it the last 2 Sundays and completed all the gray sections, one red section & the next 3 sections are outlined.  I might be able to complete this quadrant next week.  I'm thinking that if I can really work on it just about every Sunday, I might, maybe, be able to finish it this year! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nenah's Cats

I just got these 3 canvas from Nenah's Designs.  They are every bit as gorgeous as I thought they would be!  I LOVE THEM!!!  I don't know when I'll get around to stitching them, but they are gorgeous.  It will be hard to wait till I have the time!
Sorry about the positioning of the pix! I couldn't get them where I wanted them!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Prickly Pears

Prickly Pears is a design that I did many years ago and decided to update.  Some of the threads I used in the original are no longer available, and there are lots of new threads that are more interesting than what we used to have.  The cactus are worked in several different Mosaic stitches, in overdyed threads.  The background is, of course, Bargello.  The Bargello uses several different textured threads.  This is another pattern that will eventually be offered on my website.  I'll be at this computer day & night!!!  Sorry, the photo quality is not the best;  it was just a quick scan.  I'll be sure to get a good photo for the pattern cover!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tuscan Midnight, Progress #2

Here is a Progress Photo of Tuscan Midnight.  It is almost to the point of working the corners.  I just love working entirely in Watercolors!  This project is such fun to work on, but I don't know when I'll get back to it.  I have so many "have to" projects right now! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

White Noise

Here is my first finish for 2011.  White Noise is a new Bargello design that I have been working on since summer.  The pattern will be available on my website in a month or so (I still have to finish the charts & instructions).  There are three distinct pattern areas and the piece is worked all in shades of white, with some silver.  There are 10 different threads used.   It is not a difficult design, although there is a lot of compensation. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Again

Those darn birthdays just keep coming don't they?!  I had another one a few days ago
and look what I got:  The Marta Mask painted canvas by Leigh Designs!  I have lusted
after this canvas for several years and DH got it for me.  What a sweetie, huh?  A good
friend is going to get the threads for me, once we figure out what I need. 
I don't know when I'll be able to start stitching this, but it will be fun when I do.  Lots of
metallics, shiny threads & beads!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Log Cabin Sampler FINISHED

Here I am finally.  It has been a busy time for the last month or so, but we are home in Las Vegas again and hopefully I'll be able to get caught up and back to "normal". 

I'll start off with Ro Pace's Log Cabin Sampler.  Some months ago, I finally finished the overlay canvas border and just before Christmas I finally got it ready for the framer.  The overlay is raised above the main part of the needlepoint.  It is tricky to do, but certainly does look nice now that it is finished & framed.  Go to my previous post for all the posts on this piece.

This was my first Ro Pace design, which was offered as a Cyberworkhshop through ANG.  I had not met Ro when I started this piece!  Now she has become a wonderful stitchy friend and I have quite a collection of pieces I have done of her designs!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tuscan Midnight

Happy New Year!  On this Holiday "vacation" I also started Tuscan Midnight by Kathy Rees, Needle Delights Originals.  I purchased this pattern as a complete kit online from Scarlet Thread.  There are nine colorways available which you can see on It's A Stitchy Thing blog.  DH chose the "Bright" colorway, which is way outside my usual stitching comfort zone!  I have only changed one color:  There was a purple/blue and I changed it to more of a purple/fuschia.  This is a really fun project and I am enjoying the stitching.  As usual, Needle Delights designs are challenging and work up beautifully.  Here is my progress so far: