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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I'm just here......

Next up:  I'm just here 4 the Boos is by Raymond Crawford.  I purchased this one from Louise's Needleworks.  It is a 5 x 9 design on 18 count.

I have pulled the threads and beads.  Time to frame it up!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

And it is a finish.

I  used Parisian stitch and Silk Lame Braid 18 in 22 and 110.  Then I outlined the diamonds with Kreinik #8, 002 in tent stitches.  I filled them in with RD Sprinkles 27 and Ultra Sprinkles 03.

The brim is worked with the same Silk Lame colors and the Ultra Sprinkles 03.

The spider has Wisper W99 doubled for his legs using straight stitches.  His body is Fuzzy Stuff 02 in horizontal Gobelin stitches.  I added Mill Hill petite gold beads, 557 for his eyes.

Both of these are ready to send to the finisher!

Monday, January 22, 2018

From the top down

I am going to stitch from the top down.  The star is stitched with Renaissance Designs UltraSprinles 03 using long French knots from the center out.  The next section is stitched in Basketweave.  I used RD Sprinkles, 27, 31 and Silk Lame Braid 18 in. 22 and 110.  I added Mill Hill Petite beads in 10557.

The black area is stitched in Brick over two with Silk Lame 18 color 01.  The beads are Mill Hill 3043.

The turquoise area is upright Gobelin stitches in Silk Lame Braid 18, 140.

The next black area is all Basketweave using Silk Lame Braid 01, 140 and RD Sprinkle 31.  I added Mill Hill Petite beads 10557.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The outside edge

I stitched the outside edge of the background in basketweave using Silk Lame Braid 18, 155 and 162.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tall Witch Hat

This is Tall Witch Hat by A Collection of Designs, #483.  This will be a companion to the shoe!

Friday, January 19, 2018

The last bits

The orange star in the center.  I tent stitched the blue line  with Silk Lame Braid 140.  The orange area is Parisian stitched with RD Sprinkles 05.  The blue star on the right has orange tent stitches for the lines in RD Sprinkles 05.  Then I filled in with basketweave using Silk Lame Braid 18 in 14 and 140.  I forgot to describe the red tip of the shoe.  The green lines tent stitches in Silk Lame Braid 18, color 146.  Ray stitches fill the red areas using RD UltraSprinkles 03.

I added glow in the dark Freakin Orange and Green on the shoe leather and heel of the shoe.  I added Freakin Orange to the top of star.

This one is done! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The fun stuff!

The red star is stitched with in the small star stitch.  The first layer is Renaissance Designs Pure and Simple 14.  The top layer is RD (Renaissance Designs)  Ultra Sprinkles 03.  The band of Scotch stitches are RD  Sprinkles 05 and Silk Lame Braid 140.  The moon is Silk Lame Braid 140 and RD Ultra Sprinkles 05 all in basketweave.  The Purple Star is  RD UltraSprinkles 07 and is the Freeform Straight Star from Painted Canvas Embellishments book by StitchPlay designs.  The purple star under the band is Lazy Kalem stitch for the purple Silk Lame Braid 22 and 110.  The red lines are basketweave with RD UltraSprinkles 03.  The band on the shoe is all basketweave with Silk Lame Braid 140 and RD UltraSprinkles 03.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shoe Leather

The leather on the shoe is stitched in Brick stitch over two with Silk Lame Braid 18 in 01.  The sole and heel are stitched with the same thread but all in basketweave.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

And the cookie is done

I finished all of the basketweave background with the Silk Lame Braid 18 in color 94. On to the fun stuff!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Starting in

I am going to work the "cookie" part of the background.  I am doing ten and basketweave stitches,  The dark outside rows are Silk Lame Braid 162,  The next row around the outline is Silk Lame Braid 155.  The lightest color for the rest of the background is Silk Lame Braid 94.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

More Framing

Seasons of Love 

Seasons of Winter

Both are framed in a brushed outer and shiny inner bordered frame.  I added Organza on each canvas to match the threads at the top and bottom.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Witch Shoe

Time to pull another canvas out of the stash.  This is Witch shoe by A Collection of Designs.  Time to pull out some shiny stuff!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

And the beads are organized.

I just finished organizing the beads.  They were previously sorted in 3 drawers by color.  I bought a large photo and craft keeper at Michaels and started sorting and condensing.  I was surprised by the number of partial duplicates I had.  Each case has one or sometimes two colors in it.

The tubes are in the bottom like Sundance and others I have purchased over time, and the Mill HIll containers lie on top.  

This worked well except for the gold ones.  I have lots of those so the Mill Hill and Sundance are in the case.  The tubes went back into one of the drawers.  Works for me!  I have been wanting to do this for some time, and now like the Kreinik, it is much easier to grab a color box to get exactly what I am looking for!

Back to the stitching table!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

And done!

I finished all of the Angora stitching.  If you are stitching this by following the blog, the fur takes two cards of the Angora.  I added smaller bells to the sheep on the left and right and a little bit bigger one for the center sheep.  Then I carefully brushed them with the Bunka brush. This one is ready to send to the finisher!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Starting Sheep

First I stitched the gold bell areas in tent/basketweave using Kreinik#8 in 002.  Then I outlined the bodies and heads following the yellow painted area in tent using Fuzzy Stuff 22.  The ears and feet are upright Gobelin stitches in Alpaca 18 64.  

I then started the bodies.  They are Angora 01 in horizontal Gobelin over four threads.  The heads are horizontal Gobelin over two in the same Angora 01.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

More grass and ....

I am working my way down the lawn!  All of the letters and foot prints are stitched in place so I am working around them as I head down the canvas.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Working on the grass

The grass is worked in Threadworx Floss 1049 in Brick Stitch over two.  The footprints and letters are done in Entice 01 in tent stitches, with the occasional cross stitch so that that fill in properly.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Letters, Numbers

I am continuing the background stitching and am adding the letters and numbers in Entice 01.  I am filling those with tent stitches as I work down the canvas.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Borders and Background

I have finished the borders and then started the background.  The background is worked with 3 strands of Splendor 860 in Bargello Line Pattern #2 from Stitches for Effects.  I am using the laying tool to maximize sheen.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Outside border

I have tent stitched the outside row with 3 strands of Cosmo floss, color 120.  Next I am working Rhodes squares next to the tent row using #8 Kreinik in 191 for the yellow and 9194 for the green.

Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous 2018!