Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Devil's in the Details

Hi everyone,

I've actually been doing quite a lot of stitching on various projects, just not blogging.  My friend Frances and I are the program chairs of our ANG chapter here in Miami and our chapter chose to do the ornament quartet from the Chapter Project Book.  If you are an ANG member be sure to utilize this source for programs.  Our chapter has needlepointers, cross stitchers and embroiderers so this is a good way to introduce the beginners to needlepoint.  The first project is this deceptively simple bargello snowflake.  Of course Frances finished all FOUR ornaments before I finished the first one!  I say deceptively simple because I was one thread off on the border and it wasn't apparent until I got to the other side and I had to rip it out.  So sticking to the count is the key in bargello!  The edge is finished in the "nun" stitch and although I SEARCHED for a reason for the name I couldn't find one.  Unless you need the patience of a nun to execute the stitch.  I left it unfinished so I can demonstrate it at the next meeting.

I've also been working on the stitching club which has a lot (A LOT) of moving parts!

Here's the purse of the first girl...

One of the advantages of taking a class is that someone will always come up with a great idea to make the project better.  Linda came up with the memory thread for the heart!  Sweet!!

And here are two ways to do hair...

Two strands of impressions twisted tight

and vertical bullions

Enjoy your stitching!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do You Tweet? We Do!

Hi everyone,

Here are the four calling birds!  I am not completely happy with the cording on the bottom but am leaving it in as I can always go back and re-do it.  I figure that I will not be done with this series until the end of next year so I may be a better "corder" by then.  The two strands of cotton floss stay together when you lay it flat, but when I tried to do the tight curve they started to pull apart.  Oh well, if you don't look at it under the magnifier lamp it's passable.

Here's a closer look at the top...

and the bottom....

Keep working on those unfinished projects!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Year in Review

Melissa Shirley Christmas Cracker
Happy New Year,

Like most of you I have been organizing my stash and making long range goals for my needlepoint stitching in 2013.  Wow, where did 2013 come from?  When I started managing money after business school, 2013 was considered a long term bond maturity and it is!

I looked back at what I accomplished in 2012 and thanks to my list (!) I completed one belt, 14 small projects and 2 big projects (the Mod Heart and Santa Parade).  I think that strategy works for me, so look for that again this year.  I would like to work on some of the series that I signed up for...some hard and some easy and try and finish 2 big projects.  I would like to complete the Stitching Club and Broom Parking as the BIG ones and try and make a dent in the Melissa Shirley 12 days of Christmas, the Kelly Clark angels of the month and my Amy Nativity set.  I can't wait to look back on this post mid-year!

Here are some of the projects that didn't make it to the 2012 finish line but will get done in January.

The four calling birds...just needs the cording

And the little October witch...just needs the background and her broom

I have a wide assortment of unfinished projects big and small so it will be fun!

Happy Stitching,