Friday, August 4, 2017

Almost a Deal Breaker

Hi there,

You all know what a "deal breaker" is...especially in needlepoint.  Sometimes there comes along a part of the project that you just can't get past and then it hits you - is this what makes me put it in the closet?  That's the deal breaker.   For me it's the Jessica stitch - or in Amy's case the "Heart Crescent" on the 4th apple. Which is like a super advanced Jessica.  I actually did stop there but in my defense, it was in order to go to Memphis for the Cookbook class and then home for surgery and out to LA.  Well,  here I am back home again and I thought, well ....I've come this far....let me tackle it again.

The first one took 3 hours - YUK.  As I recall I broke a needle.





Then, when we were in the Griffith Park Observatory we saw the Tesla coil and maybe that helped







So here's the second one - way easier.  It's right underneath the first one.  So I guess the key is not to give up.  And not to look too close.






Here's Y which as you know is the last letter in JULY so I am near the finish line.  There are a lot of beads in Y, but I like beading 😊




And my daughter's bunny pillow arrived from Ruth and is sitting on her bed!



So that's the scoop!

See you soon,

Linda

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Better Get Cracking

Hi there,

I've been reading about all the Christmas deadlines and decided it was time to get SOMETHING done about Christmas.  So for the next week it all about getting on with it while surrounded by my
4th of July needlepoint.


This first one is a banner that was a Correspondence Class with ANG.  I was going to put it on a scroll frame but I had 10x10 stretcher bars so am working with that and so far it's good.  Most important lesson so far...COUNT TWICE,  STITCH ONCE!  Already messed that up because as I was basting the left side I was off one thread.  RE-DO!!




These last 2 are for my baby who has a little tree - awesome - the first one is self finishing.  Double awesome.




Got to sign off - my littlest baby is ready to be picked up from the groomer :-)

Linda

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Things I Learned in Memphis

Hi there,

I'm Back!  I had a great time last weekend in Memphis and met some great girls who I hope to see again some day.  I took the PickYour Poison class and my pick was the cookbook.  The biggest issue over 3 days was whether or not to put in the black lines between the cookbooks.  Poor Amy had to contend with that.  And yes I was one of the ones asking constantly.



It's a great Alice Peterson piece and the rumor is that there are 2 more - one with the classics and one of children's books.  Naturally, competition set in and there is a race between the Houston girls to  finish.  I think the pace is 2 cookbooks a month.  Right now I'm in the "clean up the threads from class" mode and so I'm working my way around the canvas.  In the lower left corner you can see where Amy taught me the twisted lazy daisy stitch - now I can finish Joseph!

The Blue Check Cookbook aka Fanny Farmer
There was a great deal of interest in figuring out the cookbooks, too :-)




There was also shopping- Amy tried to keep us in class but we kept drifting over to the shop where Jill showed off all the finished samples (tricky Jill) - very effective.  This is a singles club ornament.





And this is a corner of Scheherazade which is an old home study of Amy's that I had to have.  OMG the colors are beautiful.

I must say that I am super thankful to Amy for letting me take as many photos as possible of all the home studies that I have and have not finished.




 When I got home my beaded watermelon was ready for pickup




All in all it was a great get away and if I do my homework maybe I can go next year!

Linda

PS  You know you've arrived in Memphis when 90% of the planes on the runway are Fedex!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jam-Packed Memorial Day Weeekend

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a safe holiday.  One of my husband's pet peeves is when someone says "Happy" Memorial Day.  So every time we saw a sign or someone said that to us I had to cringe because I knew what was coming..."there's nothing HAPPY about it".  But we still had an awesome weekend.

Starting with Emily's dog show ribbons😊 which are now on my refrigerator.  A long time ago there were report cards up there!





When we got back on Tuesday I went back to work on Putrid Pumpkin.  I am off to Amy's next week for a cook up class so I want to take it and turn it in for finishing.




 Last night I did the tendrils and some of the ooze.





Those beads are worms.

So I hope to finish in the next 2 nights and put it in my suitcase for hand delivery!

Have a great week!!








Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lost My Mind...Briefly


And started a new project.  Worked on this all day yesterday while I was at the eye doctor.  Yes, you can even do this with your eyes dilated.  I love the background except for the compensating.  Can't wait to do the lamb and the flowers.





But I am back to the poison bottle now.

Phew,  that was a close one!