Wednesday, April 30, 2014

There was no stitching last night

But there was lots of thinking about stitching.  I have been thinking about my friend, ES, and how we were working on this together.  I would really like to finish this!  

Hill stitches

Water stitch by Colleen Church

Barn stitching by me

Red house roof

Stream stitching

Watermill stitching

Distant houses


Upper left hand corner

Overview of the upper left

Overview of the middle

Red house and fence

Yellow house

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Good day stitching

Silver on the sleeves


Finished the background

Monday, April 28, 2014

Needlepoint Nation

Glinda's skirt is done
Needlepoint Nation descended on Austin last week and it was so fun.  I got to see old friends and make new ones.  Connie of Nashville fame helped me get the right thread to finish Glenda's skirt.  Thanks for the assist!  I hope that one day I will have the time to sit with everyone instead of dashing in and out.

Sleeve stitch
 Carolyn Baird suggested the four way mosaic for the dress.  I decided to use the larger version for the skirt and the smaller version for the arms in order to differentiate between the two areas.  I think it worked.

Wand arm

I hope I get to spend more time with Glinda tomorrow.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Snowflake Pear from Kelly Clark

This is the last one from the series at The French Knot.  I just had to change the stitches.  I got started on the bottom and promptly ran out of thread.

Overview at bedtime on Thursday
I found Kreinik size 8 #5555 and started the top.  Added a few beads to see how they look.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Awesome finishing post

Elizabeth's MCM egg finished at The Needle House, Houston, TX

Elizzy's Birds of a Feather Santa finished by Kim

Trim on the side

Kelly Clark Pear stitched by me and finished by Kim

Back of my pear

SMU mini banner stitched by me and finished by Kim

Back of my banner
HP for my high school-got off Etsy
Back of my round-finishing by Kim
What a feast for the eyes!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Orange flower disaster???

Before we get to the orange flower issue, I tried out some stitches for the Emerald City.  Not sure about any of them.

 I was stumped for a stitch for these flowers.  I want them to be cute but not take away anything from Glinda.

I sought the help of an expert.  If you do not have Amy's videos, you are missing out.  I stuck this one in the DVD player.

Byzantine stitch
One of her flower stitch suggestions was an irregular jacquard.  I thought that stitch was a little too long here but tried the Byzantine stitch.  I am still thinking about it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More time with Glinda

Funky flower
 I stitched the flower with layers of Flair for the yellow part.  I used stranded floss for the colonial knots that make up the center of the flower.
More leaves done
I am using stranded floss for the leaves and stems.  On to the orange flowers.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Glinda the Good Witch by Melissa Shirley

Stems and leaves
After all the Easter festivities were done I pulled out Glinda.  It was so good to stitch even if for a little while.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Nativity Stocking

I am suddenly in the mood to work on this stocking.  It's 8:15pm, the dishes from dinner are still out and I have company coming tomorrow.  Rats!  What's a stitcher to do?

Wiseman's headdress


Gift for the baby Jesus

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 While I was in Memphis someone called and ordered this after seeing it on my blog.   It's called The North Pole Village by Rebecca Wood.  Amy Bunger did the stitch guide many years ago.  You can see why someone would want it.  Amy's stitches and thread selections are wonderful.

Dim overview

Sky and candy cane

Tree in overdyed floss

Snow covered reindeer house

Santa's sleigh


Beaded letters

Memory thread for antlers(my idea)


Cordurory stitch behind the name(my idea)

Fantastic snow stitch from Amy