Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adding a rim

I finished the bowl and then did a row of tent stitch using three ply of Splendor to set off the edge and while I was at it, did all the horizontal and vertical lines in the pedestal as well.  Then I resumed working the lip of the rim in the Flemish Bond stitch.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Basin

I continued working the basin of the bath in the Flemish Bond stitch with the four strands of Splendor.  I almost completed the bottom section.  Notice the single row of canvas above and below the bowl and that the pattern will continue above before the snow starts and below before the pedestal.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bottom half

The bottom half is all brick stitched over to the bottom of the pair of leaves on the left and up to the top right corner one you can see.  I finished up the left side today and also went back to work on the bath bowl itself with the Flemish Bond stitch using four strands of Splendor. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Back to the bath

 It really is a picture of the lower half of the Brrr--rrr--ddd Bath by Charley Harper and I worked in the lower left section tonight.  I am doing Brick stitch over two with two strands of Splendor 1072 and laying the threads.  When I first cropped this picture, I thought....hhmmmmm headless fishies in a pool but really it is not!  I am such a smart aleck some times....forgive me!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The final three

I finished the last three hearts on the bottom left.  One is entirely beaded--in the corner, and the other two were done in Rhodes stitch--one in Gold Fyre Werks and the other in Neon Rays.  So, this one goes in the completed column.  It will go to one of my sisters and she is having it framed for her home.  I will make sure we get a picture after it is framed.

I took it outside to photo so you can catch the glints of all the glitz!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Believe it or not

Believe it or not really.....I spent all my stitching time today on these two hearts.  I was sure I could finish all five, but these are a lot more detailed than I anticipated.  I started the top  right one by doing the blue in Silk Lame Braid, followed by the Frosty rays in white and then added all of the Mill Hill Petite Beads.  Then on the lower left one, I did all the Kreinik Gold outline and center design.  Then the Silk Lame blue in the middle design followed by the white areas in Kreinik 12b efore finishing the blue bands and Rhodes heart in Christopher!  Imagine that was almost three hours!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Five to go

Working from the top down, I added more beads around the heart in the center of the top row to finish filling it in with the Magnificas.  I then used Kreinik to outline the large heart and filled in the center pattern with Frosty rays and the final blue beads to finish that one. Laid Flair and Fyre Werks fill in the one next to it.  A Neon Rays Rhodes heart filled in that one on the edge below it.  To the left of that one, I used Flair and Christopher to basketweave that design.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

7 more

I started on the big heart in the bottom row on the left.  I did a padded satin stitch heart using Flair and then did a Van dyke stitch using two shades of Fyre Werks for the vertical stripes.  The last one next to the center is done in Neon Rays Rhodes again.  Then on the right, I did four Rhodes.  The top is Fyre Werks gold, Two in Sparkle Rays and the bottom one is Frosty Rays.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Several more

I started out with the large gold and blue heart by adding Kreinik #12 gold and then laid in Sparkle Rays to complete that heart.  Moving down, I did Neon Rays Rhodes stitches in the next two hearts and then surrounded the left one with gold Mill Hill beads.  The three little gold hearts are yet another shade of gold Fyre Werks done in Rhodes also.  I filled in two blue hearts with Silk Lame braid, one large and one very small.  The last one finished is a Neon Rays heart surrounded by Magnificas in gold.

Christopher was in my stash and is a rayon/metallic fiber that they call braided and that braiding is done with what looks like silver blending filament with a size a tad smaller than Kreinik 12--thanks for asking!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Today, I concentrated on the hearts in the lower left quadrant.    The top most left one is a Rhodes heart stitched with Fyre Werks.  Then I worked the blue lines in the second row, large heart, with a single strand of Christopher.  I then did beading on the  next row left heart, small tiny white one, and then dropped down next to the blue Rhodes heart and alternating blue and white Mill Hill beads on the one and all blue on the little one.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Returning to

I hate to say normal because what is that really?  LOL  It has been a very busy week here with a shopping trip with one sister, watching the great niece who is three.....cute little blond that you see pictures of occasionally, then today celebrating Father's Day with the family.  Phew!  Tomorrow, I am going to stitch first and do the chores second!  Which project shall I work on first?  See you then!

BTW, I am getting lots of people stopping me and asking me about the Wild Woman handbag!  They all love her!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In the bag!

Wild Woman is in the bag!  I finished the earrings with the last of the beads, puts some black Kreinik between the beads, added the Swarovski hot fix crystals to her glasses and cut and placed her in the bag.  So easy to place in the Lee bag.  This one is Lee's nylon shopper bag (of course!) and she is ready for the world!  Yes, Margaret, she would be the one helping you across the counter, popping her chewing gum to boot!  This gal has attitude and thanks for watching her come to life!  Yes, Jane, I will get you a photo of me wandering around with her too!

Friday, June 10, 2011

There, it is HAIR!

Wild Woman now has her full head of hair!  All brushed, shaped and trimmed, right out of the beauty parlor!
I also used the Soie Chenille a Broder by Au ver a Soie and couched it in place, and pulling it through to the back and tracking it,  for the eyeglass holder (whatever that is called). I then moved on to start the earrings.  I did the top part of the earrings by stitching a seed bead in the center of the design and then attaching the leopard square sequins by Sundance with another seed bead on top, so they will stand away a bit.  I then attached a rectangular blue bead, a rectangular red bead,  a red round bead with three indentations and moved down to the two red bugle beads.  The red and blue beads are from the Bead Soup Starter packages I talked about in an earlier post.  I have a few more beads to finish off the earrings and I am also adding some Kreinik to the vertical lines between the beads yet

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Hair

All of the top and left side of her hair is stitched.  I hope you can see the second lighter color on the left.  I just have a few wisps of bangs and down the right side to stitch!  Isn't it mahvelous????

Monday, June 6, 2011


Here is the photo!  

Blogger will not let me upload photos right now but I will wait a bit and see if I can yet tonight.  If not, I will upload it tomorrow.

I started on the Hair!  I had planned on doing turkey work in the two colors for her hair but I also wanted to use the purple Fancy Fur.  Not a good idea....too much fiber to manage for me.  I did several test stitches and they just looked awful, so I switched up to encroaching Gobelins and it is better.  I have gingerly brushed some of it so you can see the effect but not too heavy yet as I still have lots of stitches to put in around what is there and don't want to cause myself a nightmare.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fully dressed

I finished the other side of the dress with the Painter's thread and did forget to mention yesterday that I did the Medieval Mosaic stitch using a laying tool to keep the ribbon and filament flat. 
We visited downtown Grand Rapids today for the Festival of the Arts.  Grand Rapids has been on the news a bit and there was is a youtube video done to American Pie.  We saw a lot of the places in the video today and of course, my favorite little people enjoyed the day with some shaved ice cream and wagon rides!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Doing the dress

I stitched the left side of Wild Woman's dress tonight.  I am doing the Medieval Mosaic stitch using Painter's Thread color 122 Marianne.  This is ribbon floss Shimmer which is overdyed and then has a stand of blending filament woven in.  Both the overdyed and shimmer are a great look for her!  I wanted some glitz but less of a pattern than the designer painted due to the other interest points in the piece.

p.s. got mine at Peacock Alley!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Don't call the window washer!

The windows are all in and I think the shine is just fine on them both.  Tomorrow I will start her dress.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frame and panes

I worked on the frame more today and just have a little bit of that left.  I also filled in several more panes.  I expect to finish the window tomorrow!  While stitching today, I have been working out the earrings in my mind....and chuckling a great deal!