Monday, August 31, 2015

Stitching columns

I have started stitching the columns of color!  So far some fuzzy and furry fibers!

Friday, August 28, 2015

All the background.

The gray background around the heart is done!  Time to move on
to another fun area!  This is an 8 inch square design on 18 count so it
is working up really fast!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meet Machelle Somerville

I met Machelle  Somerville a few years ago on my first visit to Peacock Alley Needlepoint in Ada, MI.

This week, I asked her a few questions while pulling threads for this canvas!

Machelle has been stitching since she was twelve.  Her grandmother taught her using potato bags.  They turned them inside out and she learned how to do stitches on the bag.  She doesn't remember what the fiber was but this lead her to doing cross stitch and then eventually into needlepoint.

She saw kits available in  stores but was not finding the designs she wanted for her own decorating style.  So she started painting her own canvas to stitch for herself.  About six years ago, she took some of her designs to Peacock Alley and they agreed to put some in the store.  When each one would sell, she would then paint another one.

Eventually she began working in the shop and became the manager.  One day she was placing an order with Fleur de Paris and agreed to send some photos of her work to them.  They liked her designs and they are now the distributors of Machelle's work!

Machelle has a Facebook page where you can see new designs:

or the full line at Fleur de Paris under the Ziba collection:

The local shop is Peacock Alley in Ada, Michigan.    Sandy has a Facebook page:

and a website:

The shop not only carries a large selection of canvas by many designers, fibers, books, magnets and fun gadgets but a very large selection of canvases by Machelle Somerville!

and now, I will go and put this design on  some stretcher bars!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Most of the second one

I have stitched most of the second glove....if you look real close you will notice that I did not do
her fingers yet.....saving that for later!  You will see why in a while!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A necklace and a glove

The necklace is all beaded and has some crystals as well.  The first glove is stitched!

Monday, August 17, 2015

More beading

I have beaded the circle part of the head dress with black, silver and gold beads....getting flashy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back from the finisher!

The snowman couple and Santa ornaments arrived back from the finisher!  They are backed with a white fabric patterned with a tiny silver thread.  Sorry, it just won't photo well.  Each has a twisted cord with green and white on the snowmen and red and white for Santa. Finishing by Leigh Schafer.,.thanks Leigh!  Fast turnaround and I love them!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015