Saturday, December 15, 2012

Picked up some finishing

I just picked up some finishing today.  These two pieces had been in my finished but not "finished" box for quite some time when I finally took them in for framing.  After spending so much just to complete a piece, it just kills me to spend hundreds on framing, but I really don't need any more pillows and these were two big pieces.  So I just bit the bullet and did it.

This was my ANG Chapter challenge piece last year.  I finished it to complete the challenge but then it languished in the box under my bed.
Here's a close-up of the frame.  Love the faux worm holes.  By the way, it's laying on my dining room table.  Notice the trend here?
Here's the next piece, not an expensive canvas, but I loved it.

A green frame this time.  Stitched entirely with perle cotton.  Not my favorite thread to stitch with, but this was a 13 or 14 count canvas and I wanted good coverage.  Also, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it into a pillow or frame it when I started it so wanted a thread that would hold up.  I have a companion piece to this in a blue watering can, if I'm not mistaken, so I better find it in my stash and get busy on it while I can still get this same frame.

Oh and I finally set up a Facebook account, just so I could join the needlepoint group.  You'd think I didn't know how to turn on a computer, but I primarily use Word and Excel at work, so social media is not in my experience level.  I'm trying to enter the 21st century.

Just 5 working days til school is out and I will be off work for two weeks.  Woo Hoo.  Stitching projects, I can't wait to see you again!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Busy Beginning of School

Wow what a beginning of school.  I have found time to stitch but not so much time to blog.  DS is marching in the band this year, so many more practices, games, competitions.  And I have been helping hem and iron band uniform pants, as well as chaperoning away games.  But here is what I have been working on.

Blue Moon Santa is finished.
All of the background to my challenge piece is finished.


Here is a close-up of the cute little ears Ebbie taught me how to make.  Detached button hole stitch.
Next is a closeup of the center of the armadillo that I got to.

Next up is another Petei I am ready to start.  I also finished another Santa, a Kathy Schenkel, but can't show it yet as it is a present for some friends for Christmas.

DS after the band performed at Reliant Stadium.

DS, "Mom, don't be taking my picture!"  Got to love 'em.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Petei Blue Moon Santa

Started this canvas a little over a week ago. Here's where I'm at today. Stitch guide by Diana Bosworth at The French Knot.

I painted the background to hide the white from showing thru.
- Sandy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Blog Upgrades

Woo hoo!

I finally figured out how to show pictures of recent posts from blogs I follow on my blog on the side.  Much more useful for me and those of you who like to see what is new.

Hope you enjoy this new and improved version!

Jean Smith floral

Here's the overall piece with is 14" square.  Shown below are the individual sections.  Can't wait to start on this.

However, before I can start on this, I must finish my declared piece for our ANG guild which is the armadillo.  Since last you saw her, I painted out the background brown, since I didn't want any white specks showing through the background stitch.  I have been busy stitching the background, as I only bought 5 skeins of the Watercolors and I want to be sure that is enough, before I can't get the same dye lot.  Yesterday was our monthly Saturday stitch-in and I have almost finished the background now to the halfway point and I have 2 1/2 skeins left over and just a little over that.  So I think to be safe, I am returning to 3 Stitches Tuesday and buying 1 more skein of it.

Ebbie, of our guild, showed me yesterday at the stitch-in how to do a detached buttonhole stitch, and I have stitched around one of her ears and will do the other one today.  Ebbie just got back her Melissa Shirley small armadillo, which is just beautiful, and she used that stitch around the ears and it just makes the canvas come alive.  I wish I had gotten a picture of it.  Here is a close-up of the background, elongated cross stitch 4 x 1, with a straight stitch over the middle and the next stitch, drops down 2 threads.
Happy Stitching.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Melissa Shirley Trunk Show at Chaparral

I took yesterday off work and my friend, Barbara, and I drove down to Stitches in Time and Chaparral to shop.  We had a great time.  DS decided to come along when I told him we would be eating at the original Ninfa's on Navigation (just down from Minute Maid park).  He never turns down excellent Mexican food.

Frances at Stitches in Time had this Melissa Shirley canvas marked at a good price and I have been looking for a Nativity backdrop for some time, so I snatched it up.
I also bought some threads for a Jean Smith floral which I will show you tomorrow.  Then we went to Chaparral (800-572-7743-website doesn't show the trunk sale but I am sure they would be glad to ship to you) where a Melissa Shirley trunk show was in progress (15% off), and I got these two canvases, a quail and pelican (I think).
Afterwards we went to Ninfa's, had a fabulous lunch (I had grilled redfish tacos-Weight Watchers friendly), DS had pork tamales which were huge, and Barbara had a mixed plate.  Had to skip their fabulous margaritas since I was driving and it was about 30 minutes back north.  Then DS had band practice from 3:00-6:00.
All in all, a great way to spend a day off, before school starts.
Wishing you a great one too.

Cut Glass Dishes Finished

Finished this lovely Laura Perin piece several days ago. 

Love the way it turned out.  Think I'll look for a golden brown frame for this.

Hope you can see the little square beads I stitched into each of the four squares.  I was going to put them in the outer squares too, but in the end decided to use the Kreinik again in the corner golden and dark blue/green squares.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scouts Back From Finisher

Here are my two scouts - really one DS at two different points of his life - immortalized in needlepoint. His hair is just about 1/2 inch long all over so he looked at the boy scout and said it looked like he had an Afro. He is so conservative!

Luv ya, little padawan!

- Sandy

Challenge Piece

Well, I decided on the wild and crazy armadillo for my challenge piece. After all, I am in Texas. But "she" is a girly girl with all her flowers and swirls so her body is stitched in Watercolors Sunglow, a soft pastel mix of yellow, peach, and green.

I started with her head this weekend. Here is a closeup of her face and eye. I've skipped over the swirls for now since I sill need to make a photocopy of her.

- Sandy

Monday, August 6, 2012

Progress on Cut Glass Dishes


Close up on one corner. I have changed up the solid dark gold border to include a chevron stripe including a little bling.

I found this Kreinik 3250 in my stash and thought it would look perfect with my color scheme.
- Sandy

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Another Laura Perin

I had started this design several months back and decided to return to it this last week.

It's built around Watercolors "Kelp". But I have used WC "Green Tea" along with DMC perle #5 420, 3045, 3046, 501, 502, 504 and a little bit of Crescent Colors perle "Queen Bee".
Here's where I am:

- Sandy

Monday, July 30, 2012

More progress at Stitch-in

This is from about 4 hours of stitching on Saturday.  Here's a close up.

Laura Perin's Fleur-de-Lis.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stitch-In today

This is where I am starting today on Laura Perin's Fleur-de-Lis at our ANG guild stitch-in. We shall see how far I get.
- Sandy

Friday, July 27, 2012

Boy Scout finished

Finally finished the boy scout to go with the cub scout finished several months ago.

The needlepoint guild I'm a member of is challenging us to finish a bigger piece that has been languishing before September 2013.  I have identified four to choose from:

1. A Rishfeld painted canvas, Rose Paisley 2 (changing the colors up)

2. A Terry Dryden piece (totaling changing the fibers), have stitched the center stripe only
3.  A large painted canvas of an armadillo (haven't even begun)

4.  An Erhman piece, Tuscan Landscape (even though it is 10 ct, it is 22.5 x 16.5), have stitched maybe a third of it.
I'm going to have to decide what I'm going to declare soon.  Your input is most certainly welcomed.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ristra Santa Finished

Last night I finished all the peppers. I really like the way they turned out. Diane Bosworth's stitch guide was great. Available at The French Knot shop in Fort Worth.

Here he is in all his glory.
- Sandy

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Got brave enough after dinner last night to try a few bullions for the peppers, using The French Knot stitch guide picture for proper placement. I have never stitched bullion knots before, and they were surprisingly easy. Hope to finish tonight, then this Santa will be ready for a finisher.
- Sandy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quilt finished

Such a peaceful looking back.

I finally got the binding sewn on this quilt. Kind of modern looking fabrics but I love the greens and blues. I sort of made it up as I went along.
- Sandy