ABC Framed

I finally got this back from the framer’s. Supposed to be two weeks and was over 3 when I got it. Took it to UPS and sent it little Emmi! She’ll have it tomorrow.

Sorry about the little white thing under the Y. It’s hard to get a good photo of a piece with Masterpiece glass.

I love the pale lavender mat – nothing else seemed to work with all the colors (and it’s Mommie’s favorite color so I know she won’t mind at all!). Her room will be painted a light gray with white, pale pink, and pale green. Don’t know what pattern they’re using. I hope to see it next month when I go to visit for a week.

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Needlepoint Progress – January 2018

Happy dance! HAPPY DANCE!!! The first finish for the month was posted a little while ago. Alice Peterson’s ABC that is now at the framer’s.


The shouted happy dance is for the ASOW Tall Ship, which was finished this afternoon. Here is the bottom of the canvas:

The water was stitched with Bravo, using two plies, in a zigzag pattern.

I used up 1 card of Bravo, 7 skeins and 2 partial skeins of floss, 2 full and 4 partial skeins of old Needle Necessities thread. All of this was in my stash!

This was quite a challenge and took 6 months to finish. (I still have about 4 threads for rigging that need to be tightened.)  Here is the finale:

With two projects done this month, I’m now free to start two new projects. For downstairs, I am going to stitch the C A T by Cheryl Schaeffer. I’m still waiting for a couple threads, but I’ve start the background for the C using white Pepper Pot Silk in Nobuko stitch. The letters are about 8 inches tall,¬†which is smaller than most of my projects. I’ve only worked on it one evening so far.

Upstairs, the new larger canvas is the Teddy Bear Stocking by Barbara Fox for DH’s granddaughter. Again, only one hour of stitching so far. Marshmallow variegated Pepper Pot Silk was used for the floorboards, stitched in Beaty stitch.

When I need a change of pace upstairs, I can work on the Qum rug for a few days.

ABC by Alice Peterson – finale

I finished the last stitches on Saturday night (my first finish of 2018). I sent a photo to the soon-to-be-parents and they love it. Now to get it framed and sent to them. Baby due in 5 weeks.

This was stitched with #5 perle cotton on 18 ct. canvas. I needed to buy about 6 colors and all the rest were in my stash (including the 8 skeins of white).

Now to decide what to work on next – probably the needlepoint stocking for DH’s granddaughter. But not until the ASOW Tall Ship is completed by the end of the month. The stocking is too big to handle downstairs while I watch TV.

Baby Girl House Ornament by Painted Pony – Done!

When I picked up threads for the new rug last week, I also picked up another skein of Bubblegum (dark pink) Pepper Pot Silk. I had run out and I wanted to get this project completed. Here is side 4 – the front of the house with it’s pink trim and bannisters:

Then on to the last side:


I did the little lamb pull toy in tiny French knots – just plain white floss. The pacifier isn’t too easy to figure out, but I love the safety pins, even though we don’t use them anymore.

And here is the entire piece:

I really like all the little details – pull toys, baby bottle, rattle, etc. This piece has a lot of personality. I’m hoping to find the time to get it made into a house over the weekend. If I get that done, I’ll post it next week.

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Country Cabin Panel Framed

I’m trying to use what is in my stash and getting some finishing done. Today it was time for the Country Cabin Panel by Laura Perin.

I had a black shadow box that was long and narrow that I thought would work. I also had a foam board that I could mount the piece on that would make it more 3-dimensional. So I cut the foam board and wrapped the panel around it and laced it up. (I may take it apart to try to redo the corners a little better)

The shadow box had a heavy sticky strip along the top only – on the long side. I wasn’t sure that would hold up well with the weight of the foam board and the needlepoint. I went to Michael’s and bought a package of velcro and put a length of velcro along the bottom of the longer side. Then put everything together. I like how it looks.

It’s hard to get a good photo with the glass in place, but you get the idea. The background of the shadow box is like velvet (but I’m sure it’s just polyester). The needlepoint stands up about a half inch and has about a half inch of space around all sides.

Fancy Hat Snowman #1 by C.A. Huckaby

I’ve been working on this on and off for a while and decided Saturday that I should just get him finished. Here is Fancy Hat #1.

The beige is Soy Luster, the turquoise band is Neon Rays and all the Mosaic stitches on the hat are Kreinik braid. The white Daisy stitches and Mosaic stitches on the face are Petite Sparkle Rays, the cheeks in Satin stitch are regular Sparkle Rays, the nose is Diagonal Mosaic stitched with floss. The eyes and the mouth are large black beads (size 8, I think). I have larger black beads and maybe should have used the larger ones for the eyes but I don’t want to change them now. I’ll keep that in mind for the others.

I bought 3 of these, so I still have one that is all blues and one that is red and green. Those two will be stitched and put away for grandchildren. This one is MINE! LOL

I’ll have another piece finished and ready for hanging by the end of the week. And the wedding shower gift was mailed today so I’ll be able to show that to you next week. I’m slowly getting a few things done.

Ghiradelli Square by Peter Ashe – Finale

When I showed this to you at the end of May, I had a ton of sky to stitch, the clock tower, and the sign. I finished it all this morning. Here’s the top:

It took 4 skeins of floss to stitch all the Woven stitch. I estimate that I used about 10 full skeins of Vineyard Silk and Pepper Pot Silk to stitch the entire piece. The partial skeins that I still have will be used when I get around to stitching Lombard Street by Peter Ashe (not any time soon unfortunately).

Here is the entire piece:

This is 14″ square. It was started in February of 2014 and then put away after I had stitch the striped awning, the roof of the gazebo and the small light terra cotta building just above it. I pulled it out the beginning of March of this year and it is now completed.

For those who have not been to San Francisco, this is a “collage” of Ghiradelli Square. It’s a very large block of buildings, but they are all represented here. The look and feel are very San Francisco. The sign is actually done in white!