Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lots going on.

Sorry, I forgot to post this yesterday!  It is the time of year to shovel snow, wrap packages and all the usual Christmas preparations!  I finished the left side by doing tent stitches in Silk Lame for the snowflakes.  Then the background is more Silk Lame Braid in Diagonal Cashmere stitches.  The top third of the tree is worked in Kreinik for the white stripes.  The gold and purple stripes are Cashmere in more Silk Lame Braid and the dark tent stitches are Impressions.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Seasons of Winter

This is  Danji design Ch-219 called Seasons of Winter, tree #1.  It is designed in blues but I am changing the colors to purples!  The two outer bands are done and I have started the basketweave in the top right corner.  Notice the big difference in color I made!  

I did Seasons of Love a while ago and this will be a gift too!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The sun is finished!

The sun is done!  I outlined the rays, finished the beaded lines and added all the sequins with beads.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Adding Bling

I have outlined the sun points with Kreinik and added rows of alternating seed and bugle beads.  Getting ready to outline the face circle.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you and your families and friends have a joyous day!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Half way

The background is more than half done!  I am almost done with the second spool of thread and will be starting on the third one today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Back at it!

I am working on the background again.  The entire left to right darning pattern is finished.  I have also don more on the right to left working from the top left corner down.  This really shines a lot more in person.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


I finished the croakie for the glasses.  Ready to send to the finisher!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Growing, growing!

I got some time to stitch and added more to the croakie.  It is now 18 inches across the bottom!
See the magnet at the top right?  That is how much more there is to do on this!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Moving along

It now measures 16" across the bottom.  I need to move the canvas down the frame so I can stitch some more.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Okay, so the Mustang is in place and the band measures 14" across the bottom.  Now, 8 more inches to go to finish the stitching!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Ginger Lights!

Ginger Snowman!

These are two of the new series "Gingerbreads" by Leigh Designs that were released yesterday!  Canvases and guides for all 8 designs are available now. These are the two that I stitched! See all of them at:

They are all so cute!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

And the moon

The moon is stitched.  It gets more embellishing later on, but now to start this background!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More letters

What an unusual word--nope, almost all of Mustang!  And, we are at 12 inches across the bottom.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Starting with the M

I have started the word across the Croakie and am at 9 inches across the bottom.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

About one third

How boring--I mean the photo!  Doesn't look like much but it is 7.5" across now.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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