Sunday, September 29, 2013


 I finished the basketweave part of the Dotted Swiss stitch on the robe.  Looking at this picture, it looks like it needs something between the green and brown at the bottom.  Hmmm...

 These two rows are stitched with stitches from Carolyn's book.  She has a section for stitches over 2, over 3, over 4, etc.  Very easy to check and find one to fit your area.  Both are done in stranded silk.

Carolyn's book

Friday, September 27, 2013

Changed the sleeve

My shepherd from my Heartstrings nativity is going through a little change.  His sleeve now matches the robe.

I lightened the stranded silk that I am using on the green part of the robe.  I added the cross stitches in Neon Rays on the sleeve.  I will use an even lighter shade of green basketweave the sleeve.   Getting closer to the finish line.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


This is the stitch for the sleeve that the guide calls for.  I don't like it.  I think the sleeve  should look like the coat.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A little tidying up

Headdress of the shepherd
There wasn't too much stitching here this weekend.  I finished the headdress and tucked all the ends in.
I added the gold trim on the sleeve.  The far left stripe is satin stitched with metallic ribbon.  The right gold stripe is one row herringbone in size 8 Kreinik.

Baby Jesus
Next in this set is Baby Jesus.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Slowly forward on the Shepherd

Friday afternoon was a perfect rainy day for stitching and napping.  I did finish the Shepherd's underskirt in between dozing off and watching World War Z.  Isn't that a scary movie?
Cordurory stitch in stranded cotton

 I had the window open to enjoy the weather.  Fatty went in and out several times.  Overwhelmed by her exertions, she took a three hour nap.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Dressing the shepherd

 I sometimes think that the Dotted Swiss stitch is a sort of copout stitch.  However, I think it works here on the green.  I stitched all the cross stitches using a Neon Ray in deep green.


Basketweaving around the cross stitches
 I started this but stopped because I thought the green stranded silk was too dark.  Maybe not now that I look at the picture.

After stopping the green, I started the face with DMC floss 950.  I think he needs 948 which I don't have around here.  Not the most satisfying stitching session.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Changing gears

Shepherd from Heartstrings Nativity

Red scarf
The stitch guide called for the entire red scarf to be stitched in Serendipity.  I changed the lighter portion to Divided Scotch which I really like.  On to the gown.

Monday, September 16, 2013

More on the Kelly Clark Creche

The braces are getting easier, but Husband has now hurt his back.  Midnight runs to the Rx and lots of nursemaiding.  Here's the stitching for the weekend:

Elongated continental in changing directions

In perspective
 I am stitching this using Amy Bunger's stitch guide.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What was I thinking????

Why did I think putting braces on 53yo teeth would be a breeze?  YUCK.  Needed something somewhat mindless so I pulled out my Kelly Clark nativity background with Amy Bunger stitch guide. The braces have reduced my clear thinking significantly but not enough to ever call an Amy Bunger stitch guide mindless.  However, this step stitch is fairly easy even as your tongue is torn to shreds by your braces.    Did this small area with an interesting thread combo of Sampler Thread and Lorikeet.  Looks good to me.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Christmas 2012

Still suffering from the braces.  These are all from the 2012 Swan Christmas party.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nothing to show for myself

I got braces yesterday.  OUCH.  53yo teeth do not want to be moved.  There was no stitching.  Some of my favorites:

Milanese done with green velvet and Neon Rays plus

Cindy Howland stars done in Flair

Four way stitch done with stranded silk, Kreinik, and Neon Rays

Wheat stitch in floss for the basket

Congratulations to Rafa Nadal for winning the US Open
This is a Kathy Schenkel that I stitched for my favorite tennis player.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Prince Charming by Petei

There wasn't much stitching here this weekend.  Sunday afternoon I pulled out Prince Charming.  I added his pant's edge with Kreinik.  I also stitched the blue trim on his vest with the same thread.


  I tried the four way mosaic in a golden floss for the background.  Too busy.  In the lower left is my cop out background stitch with two strands of silk.  Hmmm....

 I gave up on the background and went to beading the gold buttons.

6pm on Sunday evening

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thursday night

Row of hearts across the border

Tony Minieri's stitch guide called for beading the hearts.  I chose to do stitch them in Rhodes Heart with a metallic ribbon.  That is all that got done Thursday night.  I was watching the tennis way too intently.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

By Wednesday afternoon

Finished the beading on the shawl trim

Tried the satin stitch-YUCK
Went out to the dentist and other errands.  Came home to find Fatty right where I left her.

Started the hearts on the border across the bottom

At 6pm on Wednesday
This is the angel from my Quail Run nativity set.