Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Here is our first lady sporting the world's most famous bangs. Does this look easy to achieve? Well, it's not! I have been working on my March angel and she has bangs too...Fortunately for the little angel when hers don't work out I can cut them out and start over.
In my first pass I used 6 strands of floss for the turkey work - which meant 12 with the loop and they stood STRAIGHT UP - not the look I wanted :(
So I cut the thread down to 4 strands and her bangs lay flatter- they may not be even but they're flatter.
At least Michelle Obama doesn't wear a headband- that's so Hillary...
Monday, February 18, 2013
Here's my first finish of the Kelly Clark Angels of the month. Can you guess which month?? These are so incredibly cute!!!
I learned two new techniques with this one canvas...
The first is Closed Raised Herringbone which is used on the pumpkin leaves.
The second is the Casalguidi stitch - can you say that 3 times fast? Casalguidi is an Italian embroidery stitch and is used here on the broom handle. She needs to swat that spider!
I have also started using the tutorials on Mary Corbet's site Needle n Thread which are super helpful especially when you are trying a stitch for the first time.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Here's my choice for Best in Show. I love a real dog! Although the Sporting Group may not be politically correct right now ....especially GUN dogs. But Emily is a gun dog through and through!
I recently broke my foot following that little gun dog around the backyard so I have had a lot of time to stitch and watch tv. And Emily is practicing extended downs. :) My latest finish is yet another cracker. This project is a BEAD FIX. If you like to bead these are for you!
Now that the bead fix is over I have moved on to the next Melissa Shirley 12 days of Christmas (#5).
I hope to finish 4 of these this year so that's through 8 Lords a Leaping!
Here's the first pass of the turkey work- do you see a heart under there?
Here's the cleaned up heart - still needs a little more TLC. I think I'll take it outside into the natural light!
Happy Valentines Day,
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I've been doing a lot of stitching in my backyard while I babysit (dogsit) Emily and try my best to dissuade her from digging to China. Here is my latest cracker which is simple enough to work on by the pool (yes I live in Florida and it is 75 here).
Here's a side view
Well, I don't bead outside but all the foundation work is so easy that it can be done out there and the light is perfect.
Now, the best outside project is a belt canvas. I had this especially painted for my husband so it's a one of a kind Everglades belt - NO PYTHONS ON THE BELT! Just our favorite turtle, ibis and a Florida Panther :)