Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More 2011 Swan ornaments

Gorgeous-Looks like a Faberge Egg 

Guess who this was for?

Cruise Ship for our big time cruiser
Here are some more of the ornaments given and received at the 2011 Swan Christmas Party.  I can hardly wait until next year.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lisa's ornaments through the years

These are the ornaments that Lisa has received from the Swan Christmas exchange.  See the one with the Swan motif?  You might also take note of the scissor fob.  Each of us received one of those all made by Kim!  Hope you enjoy it all.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Melissa Shirley's Bunny Boy by Lisa

Full front

Upper back

Beautiful face

Full view of the back

Details of the back 

Most beautiful bottom ever
Three of the Swans have stitched this fellow.  This is Lisa's interpretation.  He is even more stunning to see.  You have to look at the pictures many hours before you will see all the stunning details.  The finishing was done by Kim Hollifield.  Look and enjoy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lisa's Bunny Boy from Melissa Shirley

Bunny from Melissa Shirley 

This is only a preview of fantastic things to come.  Three of the Swans have stitched this handsome fellow.  This is Lisa's interpretation.  Isn't he a looker?  Over the weekend, we are going to try and get some more photos so you can see all of him.  He's one of those guys whose backside looks as good as his front.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse

Middle of canvas

  We have called it the Yellow Farmhouse ever since I bought it at The Needle Works.  Didn't Amy do the most fabulous job on the stitch guide?  I just love everything about this piece!  The stitch guide is available on Amy' s website(amybunger.com).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Swans are stitching and buying

Witch by Melissa Shirley

Crown by Michelle

Petei Santa

Clementine Hunter canvas

Back of bunny girl

Bunny Girl Hat back

Bird by Melissa Shirley

Nativity Scene by Shelley Tribbey
The Swans got together today at The Needle Works.  Colleen is home safe and sound from market.  Sounds like lots of wonderful things will be coming to the store soon.   The above canvases are ones we are working on except the Nativity Scene which was a purchase!  One of us is always buying something.   Got to keep it real!

Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse

Lower left hand corner
Hope you are still interested.  The best is yet to come.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse

Upper left hand corner

This is the upper left hand corner.  I know it is a little crooked, but that is the camera operator not the canvas.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse

Upper right hand corner

 More of this beautiful piece...This is Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse.  I bought the canvas at The Needle Works and sent it to Amy Bunger for my Cooking Up a Canvas class last March.  How much do you love the sky?  I love it with every fiber of my needlepoint being.  Keep checking the blog this week and all will be revealed.
P.S.  This stitch guide is available through amybunger.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tennis anyone?

Tennis round by Painted Pony
It was 39F this morning at 8am when I was watching my son play tennis.  The above round by Painted Pony was stitched for him, of course.  More my kind of tennis.  I chose the threads and stitches.  Off to get some stitching and laundry done before the next match.

Friday, January 20, 2012

sneak peek

Melissa Shirley's Cream Farmhouse
This is the lower right hand corner.  The stitch guide is by Amy Bunger of Amy's Golden Strand in Memphis.  Canvas from The Needle Works. More to come...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Village Scene by Ewe and Eye


The hills in back are done in a little stitch called Slash and Dash.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Swan Birthday Party

Set the table

Swan vase given to each of us by Evelyn 

Set up stitching table

Swan bell given to each of us by Gretchen-Ring in case of a finish

Each month we celebrate birthdays.  All is prepared and the Swans arrive....show and tell came first.

Stitching by Denise and finishing by Kim
Stitching by Denise and finishing by Kim  

Stitching by Denise and finishing by Kim

 The Swans have a delicious potluck lunch along with cake and presents.  Then we settle down to stitch.  Here is what some of us are working on.

Girl bunny front

Girl bunny back

Beautiful basketweave

Darling dachsund

& More Canvas
Party wraps up and we can't wait until next month!

Village Scene by Ewe and Eye

Stone Barn

I love the stone barn.  I am very satisfied with all the stitching except the yellow post inside the barn.  No matter which way I take the long stitch, painted canvas shows.  I think I will take it out and paint over the yellow on the canvas.  Colleen suggested the diagonal Victorian step for the roof.  I found the body of the barn stitch in that cute little green book called Stitch Landscape.  The rest is just satin stitching and continental or tent.  I'll keep working on it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Village Scene by Ewe and Eye

Left of the house

Right of the house
I chose this stitch and the thread for the grass around the house.  It is from that wonderful book, Stitch Landscape.  I love that book.  I have used it so much in the short time that I have had it.  I highly recommend it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Village Scene by Ewe and Eye

Village Scene Overview
Yellow house
I wish this wasn't so dark.  I really must get a better camera.  The house stitch is by Kimberly Smith of The Needle Works.  Front door and trees on the sides are by Stephanie.  You may notice dark shadows on either side of the front door.  There are railings there that we are going to stitch on top.  Colleen has a roof stitch, but I haven't tried it yet.