Friday, June 28, 2019

A Surprise Jody House Design

I found this pattern languishing in the back of a file. It had apparently been there since approximately 1982.  Just what I needed:  A simple (wrong) little piece to relax (wrong again) with in front of the tv.  
This was meant to be worked entirely in floss.  Well we don't
do that these days much, so I gathered up a variety of threads, including floss, in my favorite colors and a piece of aqua canvas that was cut to a good size and settled down.
Well, let me warn you:  It isn't always easy to substitute just any old thread for floss!  
I used FyreWerks for the center and ripped it out over and over because it is so shiny I couldn't tell what I was doing!  And it went on from there.  I think I ripped more on this little 4" square Than on anything I've ever stitched!!
There was supposed to be another row of Double Leviathan all around, but I didn't want the extra size.
Anyway, it'll make a nice ornament.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


"Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object's history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The repairs are visible — yet somehow beautiful. Kintsugi means "golden joinery" in Japanese.May 7, 2015" from Wikipedia.

I recently learned how to do Kintsugi.  It is easy and fun and inspired me to create a needlepoint based on one of the pieces created by the teacher.

This was truly a free style piece, being worked way outside my box!  I quickly charted the heart/leaf shape, pulled out all my gold Kreiniks, and began stitching like a mad woman.  The legs I put in mostly as loose guides to make sections, but then decided to keep them and actually added a couple more. Since the legs were backstitched in varying lengths, I later "whipped" them to smooth them out a bit.  The white is all Medici wool which I found a bunch of in a drawer.  Stash begone!   Its about 5" square. The inspiration is pictured below. I'm happy with it and so was the teacher when I gifted it to her.