Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beginning the Overskirt

Perfect stitch

I could not figure out what to do for the overskirt.  I was thumbing through my copy of Jane Zimmerman's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Canvas Embroidery Volume One when I found this perfect stitch on page 137.  I am using Kreinik ribbon for the red and Accentuate for the gold.  I love it.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dressing the Queen of Hearts 2.0

Found the perfect shade of Splendor for the stripes


Monday, March 23, 2015

Hippity Hoppity

Now for the blue bunny

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ready for some serious Easter stitching

Penny when she really was a puppy

We have been spring breaking it in sunny cool Northern California.  I am home now and ready for some Easter egg stitching just as soon as I get Penny the Puppy back from the kennel.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I love embellishing canvases with doodads.  I getting better and braver with it thanks to Carolyn Baird, teacher extraordinaire, and Elizabeth H, enabler extraordinaire.  

Cutest charms and buttons at Chaparral

Melissa Shirley Armadillo at Chaparral
I love all the flowers, beads, and trims on here.  So cheerful!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Shelly Tribby March Angel
I stitched this many years ago with a guide from David McCaskill.  It was a monthly series from Needlenook of La Jolla.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Which one gets which one?

Cute ribbons
I got these cute ribbons at The Ribbonry in Chaparral.  Can't decide which to put on who??  Both canvases are by Heartstrings.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hail to the Queen!

Queen of Hearts by Melissa Shirley

Neon Rays for the pink stripes

I had the best day on Saturday.  I went to Houston and had studio time with Carolyn Baird at Chaparral.  I bought ribbons and doodads from her store within the store, The Ribbonry.  So much fun.  This was followed by watching my favorite tennis player win his first match of the school season.  The rainy Sunday was spent starting on the Queen of Hearts.  The perfect shade of Neon Rays(21) for the pink stripes.  Hope you had a great weekend too!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Snow Day in Austin?!

Snow Day in Austin?!
 School is canceled today although we have no snow.  Maybe it's icy out there.  Stitching time!
I am in the mood to build a house.  All houses below are from Squiggee.  Make the cutest three dimensional ornaments.


The White House

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Belated Valentine's Gift to me from me

Queen of Hearts by Melissa Shirley

I have wanted this for so long.  ABC Stitch Therapy had a big sale so I ordered this lady and her guide.  I love her!  I can't wait to share her with Carolyn Baird this weekend at studio time.  I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patchwork Santa

Patchwork Santa

I stitched Patchwork Santa many years ago.  The stitch guide was created by Carole Lake through The Needle Works in Austin, Texas.  He is still one of my favorites.  There is a Mrs. Claus as well.  If I'm not mistaken they are both still available.  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Madame Camel redressed

Completed first layer with Burmilana

Second layer is three strands of overdyed cotton for the two long stitches
 I like the open nubby look of the wool without the second layer better.

Carefully picked out all the cotton on the right side