Friday, July 14, 2017

George and Martha's Farm

Today I am off to The Needle Works for a class with Tony Mineri.   This is my favorite class format.  The canvas is sent to Tony.  He works his magic creating a stitch guide.  I arrive at The Needle Works.  My canvas, stitch guide and threads are all in one place.  I stitch and Tony is around for consulting, teaching new techniques and making us all laugh.  I will post my progress.

Patty Paints is the designer

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Momento Ornaments

I stitched this cute Painted Pony mini-angel for my son to commemorate the arrival of his own dog.  I love the little bones I found at Carolyn Baird's shop inside Chaparral in Houston, TX.

Another Swan stitched this Kathy Schenkel ornament to commemorate a child's trip to Australia.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Milestone Ornaments

I like to stitch ornaments that have meaning.  This round one I found on Etsy.  One of my high school classmates paints them.  It's our high school colors and initials.  I bought one and stitched it for my sister.


Year of graduation

This one was done for my SMU Mustang.  Pony up!

I stitched this one for niece.  I can't remember who the designer is.

OOPS!   Forgot to have the date added

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hearts Afire

There has been no stitching here since the Fourth.  Oldies but goodies for your viewing pleasure.

Melissa Shirley Heart with stitches by me
Melissa Shirley Heart with stitches by me
Painted Pony Chi O Heart with stitches by me

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Back to The White Farm

I finally had some time to stitch!  At Amy's suggestion I stitched the dark olive bushes by basketweaving with two strands of WDW in the color Onyx.  I am stitching the lighter area using one strand of Bella Lusso in skipped tent stitch.  I will go back over the light areas with some silk ribbon to create the leaves.  

Close up

Left side overview

Friday, June 30, 2017

There Was No Stitching Yesterday...

Yale Heart from Painted Pony

So here are some oldies for review.  I stitched this for my neighbor who has a kid at Yale.  I took it to a Rent Amy Day and I love how it turned out.  The background behind the lettering is Serendipity using Neon Rays for one direction and a wool thread for the opposite direction stitch.  The effect is lovely.  Go Bulldogs!

Doctor from Rogue Needlepoint
I bought this Doctor canvas at Amy's Golden Strand in Memphis.  I selected most of the stitches.  The  cleverest idea came from Carolyn Baird at Chaparral.  She came up with the idea of the green subway tiles that are often seen on walls of hospitals as the background stitch.   They were everywhere in the hospital where we trained.   I love it. 

The finished project


There are lots of Aggies in our SWAN group.   Isn't this a cute ornament?  I can't remember who stitched it but it wasn't me.  

Aggie Snowman from Carol Dupree

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Back to The White Farm

I went to The Needle Works yesterday for the Wednesday SWAN get together.  Super fun as usual.  I finished the foundation for the barn.  

Barn Foundation
Green for background

While I was there,  I found this green for the background of the trees to the left of the barn.  Amy's recommendation is to stitch it all over using one strand in the skipped tent stitch.  

Roof thread

I also found this perfect color for the roof but I do want to incorporate the black in there somehow.  I will be thinking on that.   I am going to do my chores as quickly as possible so I can get stitching!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Whimsey and Grace Eggs

I am back from beaching it.  I took my eggs to basketweave when I was not riding the waves.  I am basketweaving with two strands of Bella Lusso.  It is my favorite wool.  To me it's like Medici but a little finer.  


Friday, June 16, 2017

White Farm So Far

At the request of a viewer,  I have put all the progress on the White Farm in one post.  I am really enjoying this piece.  More to come soon!

Barn foundation in Smyrna crosses and Tent stitches

House wall in Alternating Smyrna crosses using three strands of overdyed floss

Staggered Leviathan for the stonewall in the foreground

Front yard stitch

Dirt in horizontal elongated continental using two strands of overdyed floss

Tent stitching edges with two strands of cotton floss

Fly stitches for the evergreen trees

Overview of stitched bushes

Starting the sky stitch

Sky stitch finished

Front yard stitch

Front yard stitch completed

Sky finished

Foreground stitch

Yellow leaves in Lazy Daisy stitch with two strands of floss

Packed outline stitch for the tree using one strand Soy Luster

Plaited Gobelin stitch for grass in middle yard

Tree in Packed Outline with leaves in Lazy Daisy using two strands of Juniper by WDW

Overview of left side of canvas
Pond stitched in Horizontal Victorian Step using two strands of overdyed silk

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why Didn't I Buy These?

 Two beautiful canvases that I didn't buy when visiting Chaparral in Houston, Texas.  What was I thinking?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Giving It Away

I bought Glinda the Good Witch quite some time ago.  This is from the Wild Women series by Melissa Shirley.  I got a good start on her but realized I would never finish her.  I gave her to one of my fellow SWANs who is going to finish it for her darling granddaughter.