Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stitching Club

It's been a while since I've posted anything.

Here's what I'm working on now.  The most fun piece I've done in a long time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Patterns of the Orient - FINI!

This is the most challenging piece I have ever attempted.  Some of it was fun, some of it was hard, some of it...well you don't want to hear the language that came out of my mouth.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Patterns of the Orient - Getting There

This morning I finished stitching the gold gingko leaves in the last major stitching area of Patterns of the Orient. 

I still have to apply the Grecian twist, wire bullion, purl perl and tidy up a few things, but the worst/best is over.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lily of the Valley

This is is such a pretty piece! The photo doesn't do it justice.

It's done in a Watercolours of greens and pinks, pink Ribbon Floss Shimmer, a pink Metallic Ribbon Floss, several Perle Cottons and pearl beads.  I love these floral collage designs from Laura J. Perin because they have small areas with fun stitches, just enough sparkle to make them pretty, and an easy to do background. 

The lily of the valley is the flower for May and has many traditions associated with it.   According to Wikipedia, in the "language of flowers", the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rhodes Heart

It's almost Valentine's Day and the perfect time to show you one of my favorite stitches: the Rhodes Heart. In truth, there are many versions of this, but here's the simplest one.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Caroline's Stocking - DONE!

It took about twice as long as I had planned, but the stitching on Caroline's stocking is finally done!  Yeah!

It took lots of different fibers: Silk and Ivory, Vineyard Silk, Splendor, Silk Lame', Kreinik metallics, Neon Rays +, Flair, Frosty Rays, Appleton crewel wool, Paternayan wool, Fancy Fur, Santa's Beard and Suit, overdyed floss, cotton floss, Watercolours and a few others.

I spent a lot of time on the faces, the eyes were particularly challenging.  Santa's beard is a simple packed outline.  His coat is a staircase variation.  My favorite is the dotted Swiss on the lavender dress.  Santa's bag is something called Virginia's stitch.  The cradle and angel's dress are burden stitches.  When doing the big lavender gift box, I misread the stitch diagram for offset Scotch and ended up with something I like--I just don't know what it is.  The only frequently used stitch that wasn't fun was the "frog" stitch.