Sunday, October 22, 2017

Almost there

Making lots of progress on the moon!  I must admit, I am slower working on the black than the white!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The center

The center is filled in with a strand of silk and two strands of Accentuate.  The sparkle just does show up in the photos.  It is the same thread combo as the slanted stitches at the bottom.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Starting the moon

The moon is worked on black 24 count Congress.  I put the lips in first with tent stitched DMC floss.  The  eyelid and eyebrow are black silk outline stitches.  Then silk vertical stitches shape the open V.  Next 4 strands Japan silver is couched with Silk.  The three bottom bars are silk blended with a doubled strand of Accentuate.  It really shines in person!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lots more background

This is as far as I got when I ran out of the background thread.  I have ordered another spool and it will be here in a few days.  So, I am going to put the moon piece on the stretcher bars and work on it until I get the other thread.  There are embellishments that will get added to the piece as well but they cannot be placed until the background is finished.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Background two ways

Look closely.  I did a lot more of the top left to bottom right rows.  I have also done some of the bottom left to top right rows in the upper left hand corner.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The last ray

The last ray is finished.  I have started working the first part of the background stitch with Soie Perlee.  The entire background has a pattern.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

One full ray

I added the #4 Kreinik 002J first and it is hard to see.  Then I did all of the rest of pattern stitches to the end of the first ray.  It will have beads and be outlined later on.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More red

I got another couple of inches done on the red croakie.  Not very interesting to look at yet!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

I finished the last three of these.  This chart is actually called Miss June, but I turned them into Christmas ornaments instead.  The binding stitch is done on the edges.  I then made twisted cord for the hangers and the back is white felt on each of them.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

What the heck?

Hubby has a red Ford Mustang convertible.  He wears driving glasses and this is a croakie for those glasses.  I measured the store bought holder and am going to stitch him a new one as a surprise!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Starting to fil in

I made a lot of progress on the outline stitches.  Just a few more hours and the face will be filled in.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Almost half

The color changes are subtle but they are there.  What a bright orange face this will be!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Filling in the face

The face is all going to be filled in with outline stitch with two strands of Needlepoint Silk.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The finishing

I finally managed to mail the Holly Ornament to Marsye Wray and it came back in less than two weeks!  It has a white satin flat back finish with the white edging and a pale blue bow.  How cute!

Friday, September 15, 2017

The face

Day into Night instructions start with the sun design and the center of the face.  The eyes, nose and lips are tent stitch, the eyes and brows are outline stitch and then the whites of the eyes are tent.  The orange ray out from the top of the nose is outline stitch.  I will be filling the entire center of the face with outline stitches.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Cice' is by Leigh Designs.  She and her 7 sisters are part of the Witchy Women series introduced at the Dallas show.  Check out all of these at Leigh's website.   I stitched and wrote the stitch guide for this one.  Jane Woods, Carolyn Taggart, Sharon Quick and Susie Vallerie each also stitched one and have guides for them as well.  Each design is 8 x 14 on 18 count gold flecked canvas.  They are all truly amazing!

Here is the website:


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day Into Night

Day into Night is a counted canvas design by Judy Souliotis. This has been on the worktable for a while, waiting for me to get to it.  I have put it on the stretcher bars and laid out all the threads.
I bought this as a kit and I am not sure there are any more out there as Judy passed away a while back.  It is two canvas pieces, one white and one black and each is a 10 x 14 cut of  Congress cloth with the line drawn patterns on them.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


I added the green sequins and beads in the pink background.  Green beads are added to both of the green bands and down the center of the tree trunk.  I found cute letter beads so the name is on the piece.  The A is an upside down heart.  This one is ready for framing.

Monday, September 11, 2017

All the stitching

The stitching is all done.  I filled the hearts in the white bands with Neon Rays and then the centers are Fyre Werks.  I changed the heart band row by changing the spacing of the hearts.  The hearts are splendor and the red is Neon Rays.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017


I finished the row of hearts with Neon Rays, Fyre Werks and more Silk Mori.  The second green band is more Neon Rays.  I started the background in the large bottom area in T stitch with Silk Lame Braid Petite.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

On to the fun stuff

So, the swirls on the side and bottom ar done with Fyre Werks.  the top of the tree is Neon Rays and Splendor.  The diagonal rows are Neon Rays and Splendor.  Some are worked in basketweave and some are Diagonal Mosaic.  The green band is Neon Rays.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The red one

The red one is stitched!  I continued with the white pearl beads and buttons as that is what I had in the stash. Time to take the piece off the bars and start the edges.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Just background

I am working down the left side of Seasons of Love.  Lots of basket weave going on.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Much better!

I have finished the right side with the white sunbursts and the pink background, down to the bottom.  I am leaving the pink swirls and green dots until I get all of the background done.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Miss June in silver

Miss June in silver in finished.  I did the heart in Neon Rays +202, I did the silver band in #8 Kreinik 001HL, the rays are both Kreinik and Neon Rays +, the large cross stitches between the pearls is Elegance 891 and added the pearl beads and the pearl star for the center of the heart.  Pondering the color for the next one!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Miss June in silver

I am changing this one to silver threads.  The white is very pretty, but very bridesy!  LOL

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I changed....

The white bursts around the green dots called for a pale pink Silk Lame Braid which I had started.  When I put the silk in next to them in the background they disappeared.  I ripped them all out and replaced the pink with a white and now they show up!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Seasons of Love

I have started Seasons of Love by Danji #CH220.  It is about 3.5 x 4.5 on 18 count.  I have stitched the two outer borders--one in Splendor and one in Neon Rays.  I am working on the sunburst designs with pink Petite Silk Lame braid.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Miss June

This is Miss June from Carolyn Mitchell's Christmas Ornaments II.  There are 3 designs in this chart and Miss April was the first one I did.  This one needs one more thing done and it will be finished!  I have decided to work all three of these again, but I am going to change colors on the next two.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Miss June

Miss June is another one of the ornaments in the chart pak by Carolyn Mitchell.  This one is all whites!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Miss April, finished

Instead of finishing this as one ornament, I turned it into three little ones.  I did the twisted cord and attached a piece of white felt to the back.  Dated them all and they are done.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Miss April, part six

All three pieces are ready for finishing.  I cut the canvas apart, the second shows the binding stitches done.  The third shows the edges folded back ready to stitch the flaps down.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More Glitz

I have finished another vintage bag by adding seed beads, cubes, round faceted beads, bugles, and button beads.  These are fun to do and this one also has a strap that slides inside like the other.  They can both be carried as a clutch or shoulder bag.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Miss April, part five

I have finished the last row on the design that has to be worked on the stretcher bars.  I need to cut them apart and start the binding stitch around each piece.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Angelika is framed!

I have Angelika back from the framer! Frame is a gold wood with some red highlights and the larger mat is actually black...Hard to get a good photo but you can get the idea. Canvas by Purple Palm. Stitch guide by me!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Miss April, part four

I only included two of the three trying to capture the correct color.  The Pebbly Perle Smyrna's are still too  yellow, but I corrected as best I could.  I finished all of the eyelet variations.  I added two rows of Continental in the overdyed Kreinik #8 and have started the next pattern of overdyed floss next to tht.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Miss April, part three

I have added the final eyelet stitch with the lavender Fyre Werks.  The next row is more Smyrna crosses in Pebbly Perle, which is a pale yellow, not the funky one that shows up.  Then I have started another eyelet variation in Splendor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I have finished the first vintage bag!  It is all black beads-seed, and three different sizes of bugle beads, some silver pearls, some silver buttons with pearl in the center, and silver beads.  There are some iridescent black ones in there too along with some black cubes.....

Here is the next one I want to add some sparklies to!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One organization job done!

I had been storing my Kreiniks in a DMC thread box drawer with dividers and they were multiplying at a rapid rate when I wasn't looking.  They no longer fit in the size categories I had been using.  First they were in order by size, then color number.  When un-watched, the drawer started to overflow!
Enough as I was having a hard time finding what I wanted and getting the drawer shut!

 First I bought this photo keeper at Michael's.  It is a 14.9 x 12 x 5 inch box that came with 16 boxes inside.  This time, I sorted by color!  I keep a master chart of the colors I have as well so I know without looking if I have the number.  But this way, if I want a green, I can see what I have on hand.

So I have a box for black and gray, blue, brown and copper, 3 boxes of gold-who knew?, green, lavender and purple, orange and yellow, pink and lilac, red, one box of silver up to size 12, one box of silver size 16 and up, white, facets, and one for glow in the dark, micro ice, grass and ombre.
The entire thing snaps shut and is so much easier for me to find and use what I want!