Monday, August 14, 2017

More on the Halloween Kitty


On Sunday I finished the kitty's tail.  I used the criss-cross hungarian stitch.  I used four strands of black floss for the long stitches and three strands of gray floss for the cross stitches.   He's coming along.  




Close up

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Halloween Kitty by Melissa Shirley

I pulled out this Kitty on Friday night.  Reverse scotch is one of my favorite stitches so I was naturally drawn to this canvas.  I used four strands of cotton floss on all the 5x5 squares.  I started the criss-cross hungarian stitch for the tail.  I have to add an extra gray cross stitch every so often to make it work.  Pretty cute!

Halloween Kitty by Melissa Shirley


Friday, August 4, 2017

Farming at Martha and George's



I am making some progress on Martha and George.  I finished the dark olive hill in the Donohue stitch. 
Olive hill
I started on the right side of the hill in the Diane's Coat stitch.  I am using three strands of silk. 
Gold hill



I finished the beach in Cobblestone using four strands of cotton.


I finished Martha's very elegant skirt in the Brighton stitch.
Brighton stitch

I am still thinking about stitching over the whale as Tony suggested.  I might keep him up front.

To cover or not to cover...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bad News, Very Bad News

Someone is stealing Painted Pony Designs and converting them to cross stitch charts.  You can see them on Pinterest.  It looks like it is someone in Russia.  They are also creating angels and blatantly copying Debbie's style.  If you happen to see one of these on Pinterest, please don't repin it.  I commented on everyone that I saw that this is stealing.  So disturbing.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

I Finally Have the Time!


I finally have the time to report on my Tony Minieri class at The Needle Works.  It was wonderful.  I got to meet one of my stitching idols, Patricia Sone.  Sweet and cute as she can be.  I reconnected with a friend I  had made in an Amy class years ago.  Hello again to Debbie!  I made new friends and of course had fun with all the Austin regulars.  

My canvas is called Martha and George from Patty Paints.  The stitch guide that Tony wrote is great fun.  

Overview
 The stitch for the sand is Cobblestone using four strands of cotton.  The stitch for the olive green hill is called the Donohue stitch.  This is four strands of silk.  I love them both.

Lower left corner
 Martha's dress is the Brighton stitch using four strands of silk for the scotch stitches and size 8 Kreinik for the accent stitch.  Very elegant!

Martha's skirt
 New to me is the Diane's Coat stitch for the gold hill.  I am stitching over the brown marks and will come back to stitch them on top.

Gold hill
 Also new to me is the Flowing Water stitch for the ocean.  Tony recommended a size 8 Kreinik but it was too shiny for me.  I switched to two strands of Weeks Dye Works called Deep Sea.  Perfect color and perfect name.

Flowing Water stitch
The class included lunch everyday which were all delicious.  I really want to go back!  Stitching and posting will be sporadic for the next few weeks.  I am moving to an apartment for a remodel and the Texas Legislature is trying to kill us.   I hope it all settles down by late August.   Thanks for following.

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.

Front

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
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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