Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why don't I have more Snowmen

Renaissance Snowman
I stitched this snowman from Renaissance a few years ago and I love him.  Why haven't I stitched more?  I wish I knew.  The stitch guide was from Renaissance with some tweaking from Lavonne Collins at A Good Point!.  Unfortunately, A Good Point!  closed a few years back.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Time for the beach

Shelley Tribbey's August Angel
I stitched this series of angels long ago.  The stitch guides were done by David McCaskill and the kits sent out by Needlenook of La Jolla.  Time for some fun in the sun.  Going to the beach, so all posts this week will be reposts.  See you back here again on Monday, August 6.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christmas and Ewe and Eye

Here is Friday afternoon and evening's output.  I continued the sweater stitch on the Kathy Shenkel tennis round I am stitching for my favorite tennis player.  It is the Oblong Crossed Stitch variation from
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Canvas Embroidery, Vol. 2.  I bought both volumes at The Needle Works and haven't looked back.  The best thing is the picture of the stitch next to the diagram.  This is actually diagrammed out as a horizontal stitch, but I turned the canvas and the diagram on their respective sides.


Finished the racquet

Fuzzy overview

Of course, I spent a little time messing around with my new canvas.  Tried a stitch from Stitch Landscapes for the water.  I like the stitch, but not sure it goes here.

In perspective
Have a Happy Stitching Weekend!

Friday, July 27, 2012


This came in the mail today.  It is as beautiful in person as the picture.  The design area is indeed only 9x11.  I saw that, read that, but was still pleasantly surprised by the size.  I may actually finish it in less than 2 years.


I shouldn't have, but I did.  I put it on stretcher bars and did the tree.  Should have worked on the Christmas ornaments, but didn't.  My bad.  

Added these late at night for bootsandbeads.blospot.com and anyone else who needs to see them.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Repost of the total process

 I have been asked to post the Painted Pony Queen of Hearts from beginning to end all in one place.  Here we go!

How she looked when she arrived

Gold stitches on the coat done in Kreinik #8 

You can't really see it in the picture, but the trim of the coat is the Long Arm Cross in Kreinik #8.

Other side

More of the coat
The body of the coat was stitched with stranded silk in basketweave.  I used a ribbon to make the long stitches that create the diamond pattern.
Overview with underskirt

Close-up of the underskirt

I stitched the background with Splendor in basketweave.  I did the Rhodes stitch on the hearts and the strap stitch where the gold is.


I stitched the red and white stripes in satin stitch wiwth stranded silk.  The maroon part is stranded silk and Neon Rays.  However, I did not like this.

Overview with dark red skirt in view

Close-up of bodice

I stitched the black part only of the collar.  I left the white paint showing through.  The sleeves were done in basketweave with stranded silk.

The black, blue, and white band along the bottom

Close-up of the band

Close-up of the bodice

Still don't like this

Took it out overview

Redo with gold

Other side
Satin stitched the ruffle with Kreinik 1/16th ribbon

Practice for the wings

Overview before starting wings

Satin stitch the edge of the wings

Added black beads inside the strap stitch 

Rhodes Heart and first layer of wing stitch  

Wing stitch finished

Crown with red bead

Blue French Knots for trim



I did add a dome around the crown for the finisher.  I put a T-stitching in there to make it easier to finish as an ornament.  

Back from the finishers

I loved her from the moment I saw her.  I really enjoyed stitching this one.  I hope you do, too!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kathy Schenkel Tennis Round

Fuzzy overview

Face and sleeve

Sweater vest stitch

First step of pants stitch-Vertical rows of scotch  

Leave one thread between vertical rows

Third step-Fill in channels of either side of skipped thread

Face and neckline of sweater

Tennis shoes and socks plus legs

How he looks at bedtime on Tuesday

I have put the roof aside in order to get all my ornaments done by September 1.  This one is for my favorite tennis player.  This round ornament has been difficult for me.  It is hard to imagine the end result.  I will keep plugging away.