Friday, March 16, 2018

Starting the crosses

All of the cross stitches are in place and I am now going over the Smynras with the + portion in Kreinik #8 093.  The pattern says to use the thread of your choice.  This one will complement the rest of the colors I have chosen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two more

The next two pattern rows are done!  I have started the next set which is going
to be a series of darning patterns.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I am adding the inside cross stitches that create the designs in the wings.

Monday, March 12, 2018

More beads

I am working on the face in the black beads.  This is going to take a while!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Filling in

I am adding the cross stitches in the wings.  Remember when all the cross stitches are in place, I will be going over the top of them to change them to Smyrna crosses.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Final border and beads

I have the gold border in place and have started beading the cut outs on the face.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The next bands

I have added two more bands.  One with the Threadworx floss and the bottom one is Soie Perlee Blanc.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Around the outside

I had started to fill in the right wing and decided it might be a good idea to go all the way around the left side first.  If the wings did not meet, I wanted to be able to find any mistakes before I was too far along!  I did find one mistake and had to redo a couple of stitches, but now I can fill it in!   Note to self:  count and double count!

Monday, March 5, 2018


The black background is finished!  Hope you can see it as it is all sparkly!

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I changed to white Congress cloth instead of tan that is called for.  I also switched to Threadworx floss in 1133 and Perle 81133.  The top two patterns are complete and I have started the third pattern.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Antique Thread Winder Sampler

I have also framed up Antique Thread winder Sampler by Loretta Spears.  I am changing colors on this one too so stay tuned.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Part of the wing.

I have started on Madam Butterfly.  The chart on the right shows I have worked around the outside outline, marking off each set of stitches as I go.  She recommends doing the cross stitch portion of the Smyrna cross stitch all the way around the entire chart and then coming back and doing the + over the top of the base stitches after they are all in place.  I am doing the cross stitch portion with the recommended #5 Perle Cotton.  This is some serious counting!

The chart called for black canvas but as you can see I chose to use gray instead.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Madam Butterfly

I have also put this piece on stretcher bars.  Madam Butterfly is a counted design by Jean Hilton.  I am going to work the design on a light blue canvas but keep the colors the same, at least that is the plan for now.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Whoo'ten background

I have started the background and am doing a complimentary pattern for the background for the set of pumpkins.  I did have to order some threads for my plans but I will get as much done as I can until the threads come in.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Framing Up

Whoo'ten is by Leigh Designs, #5116 from the Pun-kins series.  It is a 10 in square design on 14 count.  I am going to frame this up and see what threads are going to work for what I want to do with it.  I am going to write a stitch guide for this piece while I am stitching it!

Monday, February 26, 2018


Closeup of the vines, beads, and border design.

The finished piece.  This one goes in the pile to send to the finisher.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Progress on the stems!  Both of the bronze threads are shiny but don't show up so much.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


I stitched the vein on the leaf on the bottom right.  Next I added the tendrils on the right.
I started the stems at the top.  There are six threads in the stems!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

The bottom leaf

The stitch guide called for this leaf to be stitched in Burden Stitch.  I began the leaf, studied it, and removed all of that.  I also changed one of the colors.  It is called personalizing a stitch guide to your own tastes.  Sorry, Robin.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I did a close up of the eyes so you can see the shine.  They are done and I have started the cut out on the right.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The background is done

I have finished all of the background!  Hopefully you can see it!  I have started filling in the left eye.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Moving on

I finished step one over the entire canvas.  On the left side, I have started the row in between the curves to finish the pattern.  It is hard to see it, but it is there.  

Monday, February 12, 2018


The sunglass holder came back from Hilltop Finishing!  Ready to use in hubby's car.  He loves it!

I am getting over my cold so I will be back to regular stitching again.  Woohoo!

Thursday, February 8, 2018


I have started the background.  The right side is done and I am now compensating down the left side.  You can see the perle I am using to track the pattern on the left.  I find it easier to stitch through the other areas with something like perle so I don't lose the pattern rhythm.  I have put a piece of white fabric behind the canvas so you could see the design so far.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Down to the chin

Step one of the white is done down to the chin.  I need to add beads, but will do that later.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Starting in

The first step is to start on the background of the pumpkin!  Nice stitch choice by Robin King!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Day into Night, Framed

I picked up Day Into Night by Judy Souliotis from Cascade Framing this last week.  The frame is a silver and gold combination.  He was able to split the mats so there is gold and white on the sun and silver and black on the moon.  My sister received this at her birthday party yesterday so I could post it today!

Saturday, February 3, 2018


I have put Spookin' on bars!  Design is by Leigh Designs, #5100, and I am following a stitch guide by Robin King.  The 10" square design is on 14 count.  You can see all of the series of Punkins' here:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Counting Sheep is finished!

Sue Parsons of West Coast Finishing did a wonderful job of finishing the Counting Sheep design!  It is a door hanger.  The back is  green silk and the white and green twisted cord is accessorized by the green and black bows at the top!  Great gift for the expected great nephew!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


I finished all of the beading!  This one is done!  I am finishing up the stitch guide and it will be available shortly.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The beverages

I took a break from beading the letters to work the right side.  The bat and spider are done as are both the glasses with their beverages.  Love the 3 sizes of iridescent beads for the bubbles!  I had these in my stash for a project I won't be doing so I decided to use them here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Here and there

More beading is done in the blue.  Then I stitched the bat and the yellow liquid  the glass.

Monday, January 29, 2018


The letters are all going to be beaded!

Wild Poppies Tissue Box

Now that these have been released at TNNA, we can show you the Tissue Box covers by Leigh Designs.  This is Wild Poppies as the stitched canvas.

And here are the three on display.  They are available through your shop and here is the link to Leigh Designs page!  Stitch guide for Wild Poppies by me.  Carolyn Taggert and Sharon Quick have also written guides for the other two!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

All of the background

I finished the two step background!  It is hard to capture .the shine.  I took this outside to try and get more of it to show, but this is the best I could get

Saturday, January 27, 2018


The background is a two step stitch.  I have worked the first step about half way across the canvas.  I added more shine with the cross in between.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018