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Triangle Garden

July 14, 2018

Those of you who follow me regularly know that my ANG chapter has done a Summer Challenge for the past three years. As VP Programs I designed last years and this years challenge. Triangle Garden is this years challenge.

One of the prime reasons we do this is to stretch our members stitching abilities. It also helps members learn that they can do some designing.

Last year we worked a heart shape in a monochromatic colorway with stitch use restricted. This year I decided to focus more on designing. Some members frowned when I told them there was no set design area, just a 4″ X 6″ blank rectangle. They were provided with several triangles of different sizes. All the triangles I provided were on the true diagonal but members are not limited to my triangles. I told them triangles not on the diagonal would provide compensation challenges. It was up to them. The instructions were simple. Using a minimum of five triangles (no max) create a Garden with flower beds and walkways. The view was as if you were looking down from a hot air balloon. Any threads, stitches or embellishments could be used.

I dream these up…..write directions but I never stitch before everyone has instructions. I take my own challenge.

I have started: but I have ripped as much as I have stitched.

I really want to do a brick path. I am working with an overdye. Using a brick stitch over 4 as shown above. Next day decided the size was out of proportion, so I restitched over two. Enlarged photos show both. Today I think I do not like the overdye. It might be too dark. So it will probably come out.☹️

More soon 🌹🌹🌹

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Stitching VS Life

July 12, 2018

This has been one of those weeks when every day has writing on the calendar. My DH had two Doctor appointments that each required over 4 hours of driving round trip to Tucson. That pretty much uses up the day.

I work on Wednesdays and between Zumba three days a week and a doctor appointment in town today. Life is really trying to get in the way.

However in my quest to stitch some everyday I have a small painted canvas that sits in the living room by my recliner. Another $5 stash purchase. It feels good to stitch a little no matter how tired I am in the evenings. I am currently working tent on the background. No brain work needed. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

I try to keep something simple near my recliner. Something that does not require much thinking. Small painted canvases and tent stitch meet the requirements.

Does stitching play a relaxing part in your life ❓ I sure hope so. Next posting will reveal the Summer Challenge for this year..

Progress on Several Projects

July 5, 2018

On Tuesday I spent the day going through my studio. I try to do this once a year or so. I forget what I have or find things I have tucked away. I did some de-stashing and will donate some charts to my ANG guild. At the end of the day I realized that I had not stitched at all ☹️ But I had lots of fun. That makes 9 days of no stitching so far this year. Not too bad.

Patriotic Cat

He is all done except for the eyes. I have stitched them several times but not happy with the results. So he is propped up in my studio looking at me everyday.

I couched #16 braid for the outlines instead of the backstitch or stem that was called for. The metallic braid gives just a hint of sparkle and I feel the curves are smoother than I can get it with stitching..

Next is Magical Moose, painted canvas.

This is kitted with all River Silks. Both 4 mm and 7 mm. I have never done all needlepoint stitches using silk. It is on 18 ct canvas and I am stitching a little of several areas to get a feel for the silk.

Bargello Fun

Finally, my ANG CyberPointer’s chapter Is doing a bargello program this month and I have started on the borders. The project is Bargello Fun. The designer is Algie Higginbothem. I am working from stash. And it was purple DMC that provided me the required 5 values of one color. I am using a NeedleNecessities/Threadworx slightly overdye for my borders. The borders are all Smyrna stitches so it is going pretty smoothly. Counting is the challenge. I count often…….. I had a piece of lavender 18ct lavender canvas in my stash. The instructions call for white canvas and the colors were rose/pink. I know from my experience with bargello that when stitching vertically it is almost impossible for some of the canvas not to peek through, so I went with a colored canvas.

More soon. I hope everyone had a Wonderful 4th of July. Besides the fireworks I pray everyone remembered the veterans who made all this possible.

Patriotic Cat and Magical Moose

June 23, 2018

My goal is to have my PATRIOTIC CAT done by the 4th of July, I think I will make it. Today I worked on the outlining. It was suppose to be backstitched but I am couching #16 braid. I feel that I am getting a smoother line. The stars need to be done and I am still pondering about the eyes πŸ‘€. I will also be adding whiskers. Have you ever seen a cat without whiskers.

Am I the only one who starts looking ahead to a new project when you get close to a finish. I do have a few (πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹) WIPs but ………

Something different for me. In a recent stash sale at our guild I picked up a kitted painted canvas. Always fun to have all the threads and instructions. This time the threads are all 4mm and 7mm River Silks Ribbon. The canvas is by Blue Dogwood Designs for River Silks. The canvas is titled Magical Moose. The canvas is 12″ X 14″ and the design size is 9.75″ X 7.5″ . What do you think❓ Needlepoint stitches with ribbon.‼️

Just Something to Stitch πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊ

June 13, 2018

I have moved my Cat to the floor frame in my studio so I needed something for my recliner stitching in the living room. It was an easy choice as I keep a few small canvases kitted from my stash ready to travel with or just stitch. Here is my current choice. It is another stash sale canvas from my Tucson ANG chapter. It has a small hole near the top of the full canvas (I have cropped the photo) it will not interfere with putting this in or on a tote bag, which is what I hope to do……… so it was almost free 😍😍😍

I am working on the border. I am using #8 pearl cotton and a random straight stitch. Because the pearl cotton does not completely cover the canvas I am getting a wonderful wood looking border. I did a tent on both sides of the border before filling in. Used a impromptu corner fill in. I am liking the whole effect. The design size is approximately 3 1/2″ X 5 1/2″.

Worked 40 Years Ago

June 8, 2018

I was doing crewel embroidery in 1978 when I stitched this for my Dads Birthday. It hung in his house until 2009 when he passed away and it came back to me. He loved fishing and I really liked the way this rainbow trout came out.

On May 26 my grandson turned 25 and I passed this on to him. He loves fish. Has a huge aquarium and works for the State of AZ in Fish and Game. I know there is some of his great-grandfather’s blood in him. It was wonderful to have him really appreciate the gift. He says it will hang in his home forever wherever.

It is hard to believe I have been stitching for over 40 years……..

Metalforms Done … Almost

June 7, 2018

I feel like I have really thought outside the box on this one. I now have all the areas inside the border done.

The inside of the border is outlined with metallic braid and I am pretty sure I will repeat this on the outside edge of the border.

All those little spaces in the border are suppose to be filled with many small stitches in Flair……NOT happening. I personally think Flair is too bulky to put a dozen stitches in the squares. I will put on my thinking hat 🎩. Maybe something maybe nothing.

For now I am putting it aside and will work on my pile of WIPS…. I have a few πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ