Saturday, April 8, 2017

Kelly Clark's Welcome Friends Sampler

I stitched the red stripe using a stitch from Carolyn Baird's book Merry Easter Eggs.  Love it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Petei's Elizabethan Santa

This cutie was stitched by DF using a stitch guide from The French Knot in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


For anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time you know that I spent most of 2015 fighting to get the short-term rental industry's mini-hotels out of residential zones.  These are properties that are used solely for providing commercial lodging.  No one lives there.  They create a nuisance in the area and add nothing to the community.  We won here in ATX.  Well, the Texas Legislature is poised to overturn the laws of all cities in Texas protecting us from this invasion.  If you live anywhere in Texas and don't want a hotel next door, you had better get on the stick to call your senator and house rep.  

What I wish I was going to stitch on instead of heading to Kinko's to make packets for our state lege:

Owl Angel from Painted Pony

Donkey from Heartstrings Nativity

Friday, March 3, 2017

Kelly Clark's Welcome Home Sampler

Last weekend one of the SWANs took us to the loveliest place in the Texas Hill Country.   It's a beautiful place called Boot Ranch.  Gorgeous scenery with lots of visiting, eating and stitching.  There was touring and walking as well.  I took this cutie and did a little stitching. I stitched the gray area at the bottom using two strands of cotton floss using the open continental stitch.

Stitching the gray area 
Close up


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Darling 3-D Easter House

A couple of the SWANs have stitched this cutie.  I think it is by Susan Roberts.

After stitching
Front door



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

3D French Castle from Squiggee

My fellow SWAN, DF, and I bought this same canvas months if not years ago.  She has stitched it so beautifully.  I can't wait to do mine!



Monday, February 20, 2017

Kelly Clark Welcome Friends Sampler

I tried this new stitch on the left hand hill.  I think it's a cute stitch but I don't think it works quite right here.  I frogged it.

I restitched it using the same Mountain Stitch #35 from the Landscape Stitch book.  I stitched the light green hill in Nobuko.  I am not pleased with the way it looks.  I feel another frogging coming on. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday WIP

I can't show you this Sunday's WIP since it is my Secret Swan ornament.  It's almost finished!  Here are just a few of my other WIP's.  I am so bad about buying a canvas and starting before finishing the others!

Shelly Tribbey
Ewe and Eye
Painted Pony

Painted Pony

Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark
Painted Pony
Kelly Clark
Painted Pony for Diane Ulmer Pedersen
Painted Pony

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kelly Clark Welcome Friends Sampler Post #3

I stitched the left side green hill in Mountain Stitch #30 from the Landscape Stitch book.  It's a really cute stitch but looks more like shrubbery to me.  

Close up

Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Welcome Friends Sampler by Kelly Clark

I found the perfect stitch for this little hill.  Mountain stitch #35 from the Stitch Landscape book.  I used two strands of cotton floss.  So happy with it!

Close up


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kelly Clark Welcome Friends Sampler

I got this adorable canvas for Christmas.  I can't believe I held off for as long as I did to start stitching on it.  I started with reverse scotch at the bottom using three strands of cotton floss.  The blue is my new shade of blue.  It's DMC 924.  

Close up

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I think there might be as many hearts as there are pears!  Love and Kisses!

Melissa Shirley

Melissa Shirley

Painted Pony

Associated Talents


Monday, February 13, 2017

Turquoise Halloween Witch from Painted Pony

She is done!


Fuzzy pic of hat detail
I stitched the brim using vertical straight stitches following the paint.  I used Flair and went over the area twice.  I struggled with the painted buckle.  I finally decided to stitch over it.  To keep the band from being a big band of color I added the sequin and bead detail.  I am not 100% over the moon about it but I am happy for now.  I might look around Joann's or The Needle Works to see if there is anything more interesting to put there.

Wing detail

Bodice detail 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kitty Witch Angel from Painted Pony

I want the entire collection of Halloween Angels from Painted Pony!  Right now I have to be content to have the Kitty Witch Angel and the Turquoise Halloween Angel.  I will feature Miss Turquoise in my next post.

 I satin stitched her hat using Black Flair.  I went upright on the brim and diagonally on the body of the hat.  A little light tent stitching for under the brim.  I used four strands of cotton floss for the hair.  I used four strands of pink silk for the pink in her cheeks.

 I satin stitched the wings following the paint.  The diagonal direction is to the right on the right wind and vice versa on the left wing.  I used my new favorite wing stitch.  You may remember it from my Owl Angel.  I will cover the green dots with beads.