Monday, October 10, 2016

Old meets New

Hi there,

Our chapter is gathering old canvases for a stash sale and I came across this one which I decided not to give away, but to basketweave in hand.  My problem was...what thread???  It's 12 count which might have been popular back in the 80s when I bought it.  I want to keep it in basketweave so it will be used and loved by kids.  If not my own kids,  I plan to give it to a Ronald McDonald House.

I was in Chapel Hill and drove over to Raleigh to check out and look what they suggested- absolutely perfect.  It's wool, but you would never know it to work with it.  So smooth and great coverage.  This piece is faded but the Planet Earth Wool is bringing it back to life.

Wonder what ever happened to Deux Amis?  I  had quite a few of their canvases in my stash.

So happy :-)


Monday, September 5, 2016

Autumn Squirrel

Here's my Labor Day weekend progress.  The Pumpkin Parade isn't mobile so the squirrel went with us for a few days.  I'd say he's about half way done.  Once I finish I can go back to the Parade - right now glued to tennis :-) Hard to stitch when I'm watching my iPad instead of my canvas.

Love the tail.  It's one strand of Burmilana and then one strand of Wisper on top.  Not together in the needle - 2 layers.  Easy and perfect.  Plus,  I love how the split stitch down the nose works.

See you later in the week :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Serena works and I work

I absolutely cannot stand to watch or listen to one more word of politics.  And I only watch the weather once a day!  So I have barricaded myself in my room and am watching the US Open on my iPad.

Here is the beginning of the pumpkin basket.  See how nice and straight the spokes are?

Here they are after weaving - a little droopy because even though I TRIED not to pull down on the weaving thread it's hard.  Because as you slide the weaving threads together it just wants to do that.  She's just  got to be careful not to drop the pumpkins out of the basket! BECAUSE I AM NOT MAKING HER ANOTHER BASKET!

And here are the wirelace leaves.  They were a lot easier than the bats.  Two more stems to go.  None of mine look alike :-/  Bullions are not my thing.  I think Serena beat her opponent in the same time it took me to do 3.

Here's hoping my friends are having fun at Seminar!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weather Fatigue

Yesterday we were scared indoors by what looked like a big lazy daisy stitch on the weather map.

Thankfully nothing happened in the weather department.  School was NOT cancelled for Emily and I got some work in on witch #5.  I did the hair and the hat, and today am going to work on the yellow hair bow and the pumpkin basket. Sooner or later I have to do the bullion stems on those pumpkins :/)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spoiled Pooch

Yes, the little princess now has her own Christmas ornament

and just in case it goes missing....

OK back to fall :-)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Calling Fall!

I am desperately trying to place a call to Fall!!  While I love red, white and blue.... and pink and green ...I am ready to turn back to brown, rust and gold.  I plan to finish the Halloween Parade and just dug up...

Vintage 2011!  I got this from Bestitched in a flurry of "got to have it" and of course never finished it.

Good thing it's small :-)

Have a great week,