Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Angel from Shelly Tribbey
Everyone have a great Thanksgiving.  I will be taking a blog break this week.  See you back here next Monday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

More background

Donkey from Heartstrings Nativity set

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How about stitching only small Painted Pony angels?

I love these angels.  I can usually get one stitched over a weekend if left to myself.   Looking forward to buying some more soon!

Ho Ho Ho mini angel

Chi O mini angel

SMU mini angel
My favorite collar stitch for mini angels

Finished product
Texas Tech mini angel stitched by me for the Red Raiders next door

LSU mini angel stitched by me for the Tigers on the other side

I'm sensing a theme here.   Happy Thursday to you all!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Settled on a background stitch

Donkey of Hearstrings Nativity
I settled on the T-Stitch using Petite Silk Lame.  Not much getting done but this little bit last night.

Monday, November 18, 2013

My donkey's behind

Remember I started the donkey at The Needle Works on Wednesday?  Did some more stitching on the donkey's behind.  I also stitched the star using Cindy Howland's star diagram.   I also tried a laid filling stitch for the background.  Love the stitch but not sure it's the one for this group.

My donkey's behind


Star close-up

Fatty did nothing here all weekend
 I am trying to come up with a background stitch for all these Heartstrings Nativity pieces.

Cute but not sure

Option 3 is the T-stitch using Petite Silk Lame

T-Stitch using larger Silk Lame-TOO THICK

Shows difference between small and large Silk Lame
I think the T-stitch in Petite Silk Lame is the winner.  Have a great Monday!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Go Scotties!

HP Round Ornament
I finished the round designed by my high school classmate for our HPHS.  Quick stitch and fun.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Whoever has the most Petei Santas wins

Stitched by G
Paul Bunyan Santa by G
Stitched by G

Plum Pudding Santa stitched by G

Golfing Santa stitched by G

Tall Santa stitched by G

Making a list Santa stitched by G

Stitched by G

Texas Santa stitched by G

Stitched by G
Scottish Santa stitched by me

Russian Santa stitched by me
Flying Santa stitched by G for R

Scottish Santa by D
And the winner is G!  All these Petei Santas were stitched using guides by Diana Bosworth from The French Knot in Fort Worth, Texas.  Happy Saturday to you!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Painted Pony Big Angels

 I heard about a stitcher that stitches only large Painted Pony angels.  Would that get boring?  Not with this variety.

Guides by Carolyn Baird

San Antonio River Walk stitched by M
Winter Village stitched by me using Diana Bosworth stitch guide

Nativity angel stitched by me with guide from Diana Bosworth
Need to Needlepoint stitched by me
Texas Hill Country stitched by M with guide from Carolyn Baird
Queen of Hearts stitched by me
Just a few of the wide variety offered by Painted Pony.  Can't wait to do my next one!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Very little production for a lot of effort

I went to The Needle Works today to meet the Swans.  I bumbled around for awhile putting canvases on stretcher bars.  When I was ready to stitch, I realized that I had left the threads and stitch guides at home.  I wandered around the store looking for something to buy.  After lunch, I decided to buy some Burmilana and start the encroaching gobelin on this donkey's behind.

Donkey from Heartstrings nativity
HP ornament
I spent a little time with this cutie but gave up early to get in bed to be warm.  Hope tomorrow is more productive!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I think there may be an inverse relationship to projects completed and weight lost.  Remember in 2013 it was going to be 13 completed canvases and 13 lbs. lost?  I have 12 projects finished and 1.5lbs lost.
Oh dear.
Projects Completed
Love Heart from Melissa Shirley

Chi O Heart from Painted Pony

Watermelon ornament from Jody
It is finished
XOXO Heart from Melissa Shirley

Green Magi from Heartstrings

Joseph from Heartstrings
Red Magi from Heartstrings

Patchwork Carrot from Heartstrings

Mini angel from Painted Pony
Dr.  from Rogue Needlepoint
And for those who are counting, there is one missing.  It's for the Swan Christmas party exchange so must stay secret for now.