Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More background

This week's progress shows a few more rows of hearts in place.  Silverfox has asked about the rows outside of the canvas area.  She asked if this is waste knots or part of the darning pattern.  What you are seeing is the beginning and ending pin stitches as well as my turning location.  I work the darning pattern across, go a few stitches beyond the row, come up in one row and go down next to it to turn the thread so it lays in channel in the direction I want to go.  Since darning is over and under, I want the thread to lay flat at the very edges as well.  These stitches outside the canvas design allow for my stitches across and back to lay flat.  I did a close up of the edges so you can also see the threads laying behind the canvas.  Hope this answers the question and if not, leave another comment and I will try and explain more.

By the way, check out Jane's blog....she is auditioning stitches for her background as well.  She has left her stitches in the side margins.  I pulled mine all out so you did not get to see them!  I only auditioned three stitches and two colors--using stash threads!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Petal six, second flower

I have finished petal six on flower two!  Only the one left on the flower and then the bud.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Me and My Peeps--Lavender!

I just finished writing the stitch guide for Me and My Peeps in Lavender by Machelle Somerville.  Lots of fun threads, metallic, and beads!  Guide is available only from me!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

More than half way!

Petal five is done and that mean I am more than half way around this flower.....three to go!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Week two!

So, this week I added more rows of hearts.  Darning patterns are great....unless you make a mistake!
I have put in quite a few rows, ripped a few rows, and put them back in.  Stitching through the words is a bit of a challenge I will admit!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Malicious Mummy!

Malicious Mummy is one of the 8 new canvases by Leigh Designs in the Derangements Series released at TNNA this past weekend.  The design is 6 x 10 on a wonderful smoky gray canvas.  Each piece has a different carnivorous plant!  I stitched and wrote the guide for this one.  Carolyn Taggart and Sharon Quick also stitched one from the series and you can see the finished pieces as well as all the other here:

Friday, September 16, 2016

Funky Pumpkins 079--UPDATED

I am finishing up a custom guide for Funky Pumpkins 079 today.  I stitched and wrote the guide for Funky Pumpkins 079B just a while ago, so I have added the last two pumpkins to the guide to include the last two!

UPDATE:    So, I also finished the guide for 079A.....all three in the series now have a guide!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Flower two, petal two

The second flower second petal is all stitched and beaded.  The bling on this is just what I wanted and it just sparkles in person!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A decision made.

It took a few different stitches and also thread choices, but we have a decision!  I auditioned several stitches in the bottom border, which I have now pulled out.  I also teetered between a white background and the pink.  The pink will soften the bright red too. The darning heart pattern is worked in pink perle to add a little irony to the saying!  I am counting through the wording as well.  This background make take a while!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Second Flower started

The back petal on flower two is finished.  I will work around the flower like I did on the first one.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Petal Eight

Petal eight is finished on the larger magnolia.  The center has to be worked too!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sense of Humor please!

This one requires a sense of humor!  It is red glittered on a white background. The canvas is from Bloomin' Stitches Needlework and can be ordered in the colors of your choice.  This is a gift
for someone who loves it!  I am thinking pillow for the finishing at this point.

The design area is about 5 x 5 with a penciled background area of 8 x 8 on 18 count.   Jane of Chilly Hollow is stitching a purple lettered on a glittered background.  We will be stitching these and posting about them on Wednesdays.  So I will frame this up and pull some more thread!

Here is the website:!bloomin-stitches-exclusive-canvases/c1hcs

Head over to Jane's blog to see the one she has!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Moving on

Petal 3 is in place!  I am going to continue working "around the clock" on the petals and do the center last.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Not really!  I finished all of the background! 
I really lightened the photo so you can see it is all there!