Monday, March 31, 2014


I am adding the red lines of the plaid and have all of the horizontal done and am working on the verticals from right to left.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

All across the top

All of the green silk is worked across the top along with the three extra rows for finishing!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Half way

I am calling it over half way across this section and I made it to the second candle!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


About 1/3 of the way across the top of the green which is about 3 inches long

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Starting the plaid

I have started the green part of the plaid and am working the first step in basketweave.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Across the top

The cuff is stitched and all the outside rows are done!  On to the plaid..............

Monday, March 24, 2014

Working from the top

This design area is 10.5 at the top of the cuff, 13 across the heel to the toe, and 23 inches long overall.  It is on 13 count.  I have started at the top and will work down the canvas, working in the well to make it easier.  I am adding the three additional rows for the finisher as I go.  I am using Vineyard Silks unless otherwise specified.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Next on the frame will be the Highland Stag Stocking.  It is one of the series by Leigh Designs that are the eight designs in the candle series stockings.  The entire grouping can be seen here:

Highland stags are commonly known as Red deer or Cervus elaphus due to the red-brown coats.  They are Britain's largest land mammal. Although native to Britain, it is also found in southern Scandinavia, Turkey and as far as China and Mongolia. It has been introduced to Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.  The natural habitat of the red deer is the forest, but many great forests of Britain were felled over the centuries, so they were forced to live on exposed moorland, moving into wooded plantations during severe winter weather.
The deer are browsers by nature, pulling  leaves from oak, birch and rowan trees. They will also eat twigs, ivy and lichen from trees, especially during the winter. In open habitats, the deer become mainly grazers, cropping grass and browsing from small shrubs such as heather. 

This stag is ready to light up the holidays with the candles on his antlers, so it is time to get this started.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mariposa is finished!

I stitched the body, head and antennae.  I also added in a couple of extra beads.  This one is done and ready for framing!

Friday, March 21, 2014

4th and

The fourth and inner most layer of beads is done!  I also added crystals at the top, side and bottom.  Then, last I added a clear dangling crystal!  Next up is the body!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two more done!

I finished all of the second layer in the wing.  I also had more time today and got the third layer in finished as well!  Starting on the innermost layer next!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Different kinds of beads

I have finished the first outer layer of beading on both sides.  I started the second layer in.  I am adding seed beads in dark blue and lime green, sapphire and lime green cubes and turquoise and green bugle beads.  I work the layer on each side so I am placing the beads in the exact spot on each wing.  It is a little slower but I like that I can get them exact and only have to handle the placement sheets once.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

All the stitches!

Okay, so now all the stitching is done.  I added more stitches at the top and bottom and in the center of the Crescents in the middle of the wings.  I have also started adding the beads!  Woohoo!  The outermost layer on both sides has green beads so far in the center stitches.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Crescent and repeat.....along the outside borders!  Two different colors of Kreiniks, but it is a lot of them!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Both outside edges of the wings are going to be Crescent filled!  Both sets of top, bottom and side indents are done and I am working the right wing down from the top.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

More on 4

I finished the rest of the Diamond Jessicas in all four quandrants.  Next, the elongated Crescents in the bottom/top of each quadrant and filling those with star Rhodes.  Purple Fleur-de-Crescents surroung the elongated Crescents.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

About half way

I finished the Double Crosses with Kreinik and then moved on to the Jessicas.  Next were back to back Sprats Heads.  More twining Crescents were next and I have started the Diamond Jessicas and have the top ones done...need to do the lower ones next.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Layer 4

I started Layer 4 with a Diagonal Star Jessica, then added a Diagonal Rhodes on each side of it.  Next in the center of those are Plaited Rays.  Last I have started the double crosses.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The third layer

The third layer is can see the stand through the canvas as I forgot to put the paper behind it~
sorry bout that!

Monday, March 3, 2014

More on three

A series of Rounded Rhodes and some Crescents in all four quadrants.  I have one of the Crescents done that will be in all four quandrants....this layer will be done shortly.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More fancy stitches

Each of the four quadrants now have a Sheaf stitch, some Jessicas and a Crescent Star grouping in the corner.