Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shelley Tribbey Thanksgiving Angel

For the dress, I used the stitch recommended by the stitch guide but dropped it back to three strands of silk.  I stitched the tablecloth at the bottom.  Today I will fix her hair and then she is going to the finishers.  I hope she will be back in time for Thanksgiving of 2012.
New Dress

Melissa Shirley's Thanksgiving House
Speaking of Thanksgiving, Colleen constructed this 3-D model of the Thanksgiving House.  Isn't it wonderful?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shelley Tribbey Thanksgiving Angel

New Apron

New apron with pockets

Shadowy view of new apron
After stripping her of her apron and dress, I have begun to redress her.  The new apron is the cordurory stitch using three strands of floss.  For the pockets, I used four strands of floss for the satin stitch.  Looking at it here, I think I will change the slant on the left hand pocket.  Now she just needs a dress and a hairdo.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Shelley Tribbey Thanksgiving Angel

As you last saw her

As she is now

Close-up of the apron bodice
Remember this girl who had languished in the garage for seven years?  I could not match the dress or apron thread.  I stripped her.  I never really liked the apron and my stitching on the dress was horrible.  I am going to do a modified cordurory stitch on the apron with cotton floss.  I will do the dress the same but with more skill(I hope).

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tapestry Tent Nativity Stocking

Beautiful greenery around the shepherd and his flock.
Toe of the Nativity Stocking
This is stitched with three shades of green all loaded up on needles at the same time.  I think I kept the pattern going in the right direction!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tapestry Tent Nativity Stocking

Gift of the magi

 Still using Amy's stitch guide to complete the gift of the Blue Wiseman.  The aqua and gold braid looking stitch down the left side is the trim on the sleeve of the gown.  I wish I had a gown with gorgeous trim like that.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Swan Birthday Party

The Swans met yesterday to celebrate another Swan getting older and better.  Take a peek at what is going on in our world.  All the finishing here was done by Kim Hollifield.
Pillow by Gretchen

Pillow by Gretchen

Ornament by Donna

Ornament by Donna

In progress by Marguerite
This is going to be a little doll when finished.  You can see the head in the lower right corner.
Stand-up by Donna
Fantastic finishing by Kim Hollifield.
In progress by Gretchen

In progress by Lisa
Joseph in progress by Denise

Bunny House in progress by Lisa

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tapestry Tent Nativity Stocking

Gift from the Magi
Out of curiousity, I timed myself to complete this one section.  Four hours!  I was watching the Australian Open, but the match wasn't that exciting.  No wonder I never finish anything.  I am the slowest stitcher in the world.  Anyway, I love the way it turned out.  Canvas from The Needle Works and stitch guide from Amy Bunger.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tapestry Tent Nativity Stocking

Overview of area

Using Amy Bunger's stitch guide for this guy, I got his headdress and beard done.  I love the headdress, but must admit it took me three tries to get the mantle correct.  I have no idea why.  I should have powdered his nose, but other than a little shine, I think he is devastatingly handsome.

Head of Blue Wiseman

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tapestry Tent Nativity Stocking

Across the top

Green Wiseman

I started this stocking several hundred years ago and am not finished yet!  When Amy Bunger used to travel, I sat with her at The Needle Works to get stitch ideas for this lovely.  Years later, I still had not finished it and a complete guide became available from Amy's.  I bought that and still didn't finish it.  The time is now.  This one is for me, so I am going to get after it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Say Goodbye for now

Fuzzy overview on Sunday morning 

French knots instead of blue beads

 I gave up on the bead hunt and went with French knots using three strands of silk.  I like the way it turned out.
Details on the sleeve

 I worked on this girl almost all day yesterday.  All I had left to do was the black edging of her robe up by the collar.  The Kreinik got a knot in it and I was defeated.  I could not deal with the knot and the compensating.  I put her down and picked up my basketweave pillow.  I will finish her today and the next time you see her, she will be back from the finishers.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Progress on Painted Pony Queen of Hearts

Other side of underskirt

Possible background stitch 

Full view as of Friday afternoon

Edge across the bottom
I am never sure how to stitch these edges.  Here is a sad looking satin stitch.  I think I could do better.
Black bead in strap stitch

I didn't have a bead that matched the silk I used to basketweave the background of the underskirt.  I thought I would give black a try.  I like it.

I stitched some more after dinner.  I stitched a Rhodes heart with Neon Rays.  The wing stitch is an Alicia's lace variation.  The diamond is Kreinik #8 and the upright stitch is Treasure Braid.  
More done after dinner.  I stitched the crown with Kreinik #8 using cross stitches and a red bead for the jewel.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Learned something new today

I did not do any stitching today.  I had my eyes dilated for my annual exam.  I hate that.  I was going for a mani/pedi, but ended up at home with a sick kid.  What I did learn is that when you click on a picture on my blog, a larger, and sometimes clearer, image pops up.  I am going to check that on other blogs right now.
I hope I will have something to show on Saturday morning.  Please check back!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Painted Pony Queen of Hearts

I am finally happy with the side of the underskirt.  I used three strands of silk for the long stitches and Kreinik Size 8 for the cross stitches.  I guess this is a byzantine variation.
Side of underskirt

Full view on Wednesday afternoon 
 Notice anything new?  I changed the metallic thread on the whole canvas.  The hearts on the dress and the strap stitch in the underskirt.  They were two differents shades and neither one was right.  This is Kreinik 002V.  Also stitched the outline of the wings and the bar of the crown...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Late Wednesday post

I will post some progress on the Painted Pony Queen of Hearts in the morning.  How was your Valentine's Day?  You will all be glad to know that I received Seasons 1,2, and 3 of The Big Bang Theory.  It is the favorite show of the men who live here.  Don't feel too sorry for me.  I did receive a set of vintage Spode Blue Tower Salt and Pepper shakers.  It is a special edition that has decorative painting on the top.  I have been looking for a complete set for some time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Shelley Tribbey Valentine's Day Angel
I stitched this series of angels a long time ago for my daughter.  The stitch guide is by David McCaskill and the kits were sent out by Needlenook of La Jolla.  Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day filled with love.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Progress on Painted Pony Queen of Hearts

Red and white stripe
 This picture is very dark, but I think you can see where I used three strands of silk in the red and the white across the front of the dress below the collar.
Left side of the hem

Right side of the hem

I used three strands of silk to tent the white and blue stitches.  I used three strands of the red silk to satin stitch the hem of the skirt.  I used #12 Kreinik to create the border around the blue and white.

Hair and eyes
Lastly, I gave her a hairdo.  I satin stitched the hair following the painted canvas.  I used four strands of floss.  Not much time to work on her today, but got a few little odds and ends done in between chores.  I did get some beads and they were too white for the silk.  I am thinking about beading the hearts on her sleeve.  I think the Queen of Hearts would have that.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Little Progress on Painted Pony Queen of Hearts

Side of underskirt

 Hardly any progress at all on this tiny area.  I tried criss-cross hungarian and thought it looked too much like the diamond on the overcoat.  I tried byzantine with smrynas and thought the stitch too big for the area.  I tried the double stitch and thought it was too thick.  This is a  basic mosaic with variation.  The mosaic stitch is three strands of silk and the row of stitches in between is the Neon Rays I used on the rhodes hearts in the white area.  Still not sure I am satisfied.  I hope I have time to work on it today.

Full view as of Sunday morning
When I got home from dinner last night, I was too cold and tired to stitch.  I got in bed and started looking on the internet for charms for my Helowise canvas.  I found a wonderful website called Susan Clarke Originals(  What a broad selection of buttons and charms.  Before I knew it I had $100 worth of buttons and charms in my cart!  If you are looking for little embellishments, I recommend it.