Category Archives: Needlepoint

It’s back…

What’s back, you may ask.  Well, thank you for asking.  ‘Color Cubes’ by Laura Perin as interpreted by me is now framed.  I LOVE how it turned out. So with many thanks to Ms. Perin and my framer, Ms. Cindy, may I present  Color Cubes (most appropriately named, don’t you think?):

Color Cubes detail

Color Cubes detail

Color Cubes-detail

Color Cubes-detail

Laura Perin Color Cubes flat photo

Laura Perin Color Cubes flat photo

Laura Perin Color Cubes

Laura Perin Color Cubes

The colors are, as always, a bit washed out in the photos, but the piece was stitched in rich combination of navy, burgundy and dark green with a bit of gold and gold metallic thrown in for good measure. (I changed the overdye to one that was just a bit darker with burgundy in it rather than pinkish tones).  There are also beads, which create sparkle and textural interest.  I choose to double mat it with a light gold metallic inner mat and a navy suede outer mat. The mat cut was a challenge (or at least that’s what Cindy tells me :-), but it came out just the way I’d envisioned it. The frame is a simple silvery gold with small swirls for texture. What can I say?  I really, really love the combination.

This was a fun stitch and I would HIGHLY recommend any of Laura’s creations. They instructions are superb and her color sense is wonderful.

I am stitching a bit amidst a busy schedule and I will update you sometime soon on progress made on my current WIP’s. Right now, my mom is here for a month and we are catching up and having a wonderful visit. I just wish I could get her to pick up a needle. 🙂 (Hi mom!)

Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful, stitchy weekend.

Blessings,

Julie

It was not the…

…world’s best week here in the north country–at least for this particular northerner.  But it had it bright spots like a surprise visit from a dear friend, a good prognosis for another friend and even some stitching time.  It just goes to show that silver lining thing is NOT a myth! And if you’re in need of a silver lining or just a morning smile, take yourself to Liv ‘n Laf to read about the adventures of Ms. Gabby- a mischievous, somewhat naughty and very lucky kitty. This is a blog well worth reading on a daily basis, but today that smile was a special  treasure–thank you Gabby’s mommy for sharing!

Since I am heading for work shortly I will share what I’ve been working on this week. Remember that post a few weeks back about picking up some canvaswork again? Well, I dug in my closet (which bears remarkable similarities to Mr. McGee’s (Fibber) of some fame) and found another one of my Kimonos by Jinice. These come as a line drawn canvas.  Work starts by picking a colorway in Caron Watercolours then selecting all the other fibers based on that color.  The fibers are totally fun, a lot of Rainbow Gallery, some Medici Wool (shows this canvas is far from new), some ribbon floss and a couple of glitzy metallics.  This was one of my first classes in needlepoint and it has been in the closet lo these many intervening years. I decided it’s high time it got done. I do find myself pulling out already worked sections because my skills have improved, but I still love the colors and the stitching.  I have finished one of these kimonos which now graces my mom’s house, and have two others in the stash pile.  It’s a good thing I like them 🙂

Here is my progress through yesterday morning:

Full body

Full body

And a couple of detail shots:

Detail 1

Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 2

I think the part I enjoy the most about these pieces is watching the colors come together. The one that’s finished uses ‘Flame’ Watercolours and is done in reds. If anyone is interested in seeing a photo, I believe there is one on my webshots albums. I will also post one here next week when I am out east for T-Day!  I do  plan to take this canvas with me on vacation so stay tuned for updates.

I also got a lot done (3 movies and one football game’s worth) on my Colinette Meadow afghan. This last repeat is taking FOREVER, but I am soooo close! I will post a photo when I’m done. That way I have something to work towards.

Lastly, another segment of ‘Recommended Reading‘:  I was at the knitting shop last weekend with aforementioned visiting friend. She held me down on the floor and twisted my arm until I was forced to buy Nicky Epstein’s new book ‘Knitting on Top of the World’ This book is eye candy pure and simple, but the photos and instructions are so good, I might yet venture one of her master knitter patterns even though I can lay no claim to that lofty title. I also need to keep working on a ‘slightly’ altered body to wear some of her beautiful creations…either that or one of my nieces is going to be a VERY lucky young lady. The text is clear and informative, the photos are glorious and this is definitely one for any knitter’s library. I am really glad I was ‘forced’ into this purchase! 🙂

For me it is off to work, so in the words of the immortal Jim Reeves–‘may your troubles all be small ones and your fortune ten times ten, may the Good Lord bless and keep you, ’til we meet again! (Actually, he’s the one who recorded it, I”m not sure who wrote it, but the sentiment is beautiful.

Have a wonderful and stitch-filled day!

Blessings,

Julie

Santa Fe Square Framed…

…and a long time with no post.  Fall is busy, but I also was felled by an attack of the early flu. I am much better this week. 🙂 And I got my flu shot!!!!!

One thing I did rouse myself for on Friday last was to run up to my framers and pick up my Santa Fe Square by Gay Ann Rogers.  I will stitch this piece again one day…it was so much fun and this one is destined to be a gift for my in-laws.

Please allow me to present the finished product:

Santa Fe Square

Santa Fe Square

Santa Fe Square Detail

Santa Fe Square Detail

I requested that the needlework be framed to image and I love the way it turned out.  With the coppery distressed frame it looks to me almost like an ‘old-city’ tile.  I love it.

I plan to write more later, as I took some photos of the JE piece I’m working on as well as my hardanger piece. I need to set…um…October goals and update my library listing.  I am…as usual…a bit behind.  But I still feel blessed to have the time and leisure for this wonderful avocation of needlework.

Hope everyone is finding time to spend in stitches.

Blessings,

Julie

Warning! Enabling alert…

…warning! Run fast, run very fast. Or…if you’re a needlepoint enthusiast with a hankering for cute designs and bright color…stick around. You’ll be glad you did.

Those of you who live in Minneapolis and who are going to the Needlework Guild of Minnesota’s annual retreat in August, know our theme for the retreat is ‘Mermaids’. What a perfect idea, especially in my little world. Why? Because I am huge fan of women in fish clothing. I know it’s a little strange. And I can’t even tell you exactly why I like this particular manifestation of mythology so much. It’s something about the shimmery, iridescent scales, long hair crowned with a flowering seaweed ring (um…does seaweed flower?), strategically placed shells (or not :-). So yes, I confess, I’m fifty years old and I like mermaids. When I got through my heart surgery I even bought myself Jim Shore’s beautiful cast resin mermaid….

Uh-oh…I sense myself bouncing down another bunny trail. Focus, Julie, focus.

Okay, back to the topic at hand. Mermaids. So there I was the other day, unsuspecting, securely on the wagon, innocently perusing new needlework blogs and what do I happen on but this:

Yep…you guessed it, I’m a goner. The wagon is no more than a cloud of dust on the distant horizon. But can you see my vision? A fine scissor case for retreat…people ohhhing and ahhing over my shoulder, thousands of dollars being offered as I auction off my antideluvian (well…sorta), somewhat Atlantian bling…formation of a ‘Save the Mermaid’ foundation…perhaps even a push to rebuild Atlantis…ahhh, the beauty of it all.

And the best news is, this gorgeous piece (and attendant fantasies) can be yours, too! This is a painted canvas called Neptune’s Daughter by Happy Heart Designs. It (she) is only one of many canvases available from this gifted designer. So please, if you like what you’re seeing, enjoy looking at this wonderful site full of color and fun. (there is another mermaid design, too! Talk about an embarrassment of riches.)

Tish (the designer and owner) is very helpful and I sense she has the heart of a true stitching sister…passionate about her art and a great enabler to boot! She also has a blog that’s fun and great reading. It is called Stitching Hands and Happy Hearts and you can find it bookmarked on my sidebar.

( I will say I am not affiliated in any way with Happy Heart Designs, nor did anyone pay me vast amounts of legal tender to write this entry. I just really like Tish’s work and her wonderful service!)

So, enjoy! I have a feeling that a few of you might be running right beside me as we try to catch up to that ‘ole wagon. Don’t worry, we’ll hop right back on…at least until the next time :-).

Blessings,

Julie

C’est Finis!

…or something like that. It just sounds so much better than I’m done!!!! But, I’M DONE with Santa Fe Square by Gay Ann Rogers!!!!!! I worked on it from June 5th through the 23rd, so it was fairly quick stitch. I started it several years ago at class but I only had about forty stitches in the thing and then left it to languish. Well…it languisheth no more. 🙂 I had hoped to have it done on Sunday but I guess I bounced down too many bunny trails.

When last we spoke I was working on corners. Four of them. Upon finishing my last waffle stitch, it was time to fill in the rectangle between each corner. Once finished, these rectangles looked like this:

And like this:

And now the entire piece finished and ready for the framer:

I really enjoyed working on Santa Fe Square…the different stitches, the colors, the variety of threads. As was mentioned in a previous post this is a gift, but I plan to stitch this piece again this year in a different colorway for me.

Now it’s on to A Quilter’s Garden by Emie Bishop. My goal for this month is to finish the kloster block outline.

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,

Julie

Four squares…

….squared twice then halved. No…that’s not it. One square, squared twice…? Nope, that’s not it either. Oh well, math was never my strongest subject. What is this all about you may, legitimately I might add, be asking yourself? It’s about my progress on Santa Fe Square by Gay Ann Rogers.

Yes I’ve started on the middle section. More specifically I am working on the corner squares. Logically enough, there are four of them. I have finished two. These little gems are pretty time consuming, starting with a border of padded Gobelin, followed by a border of cross over two using six strands of floss. That means the thread has to be plied and every stitch has to be laid. But I love the look–almost braided. Then yet another border of cross over one and finally…the pinnacle…a waffle stitch using 3 different threads and requiring 52 passes of the needle to complete. This is why I only have two done. But I have to tell you, these corners are SO cool. Talk about TEXTURE!

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here are a couple photos of my progress through yesterday.

close up one

close up two

Overall progress through 6/17

See? Cool!

I am having a wonderful time with this. So wonderful, in fact, I plan to stitch it again in a different colorway for our home. The incarnation I’m working on right now is destined to be a gift. And I’m pretty certain I want one of my own. I’m thinking jewel tones for the next one. Deep blues and greens…hints of red and gold. What do you think?

It’s something to mull over anyway, since this project is drawing to a close. I have two corners left to do, then the middle panels on each side, then I will be done. I am hoping to finish the corners today and the rest of it by the end of the weekend. I even have the frame picked out. 🙂

For those of you who have the chance to stitch one of Gay Ann’s Designs…the instructions and the diagrams are great!

Well…I am off to work after which I plan to go for a walk. Then…I intend to engage in some serious needle-play. I hope everyone has a great day and finds time for some peaceful stitches.

By the way, this is my 100th post. Thanks so much for continuing to share my world, each of you is a gift!

Blessings,

Julie

Good morning, let’s try again…

…to post the the outer borders from Santa Fe Square.

Santa Fe Square Outer Borders-close up

This is as good a close up as I could get with my little camera. The colors are a tad washed out, but you can see the marvelous array of texture and hue. I did change the color on the border just inside the satin stitch that frames the piece. Gay Ann called for doing a padded gobelin stitch in the same neutral pearl (perle) cotton, but I wanted something that would tie all the colors used together, so I did it in the overdye which will also be used in the midsection of the square (Watercolours-Fiesta). I really like how it came out.

Here is my overall progress:

Santa Fe Square, progress through 6/15/08

As you can see, I started (barely) on the middle section. I will concentrate next on the four corner squares. If I can remain focused, I hope to have a finish by month end.

Well…I’m off to work shortly. Hope you have a grand day!

Blessings,

Julie

The Santa Fe Outer Borders…

…are done. All I’m going to do tonight before bed is post my progress photos from the weekend. But the textures are cool, no? It is on to filling in the middle motifs this week.

Well…actually, I’m not…going to post photos, that is. WordPress isn’t cooperating tonight. So, I will post photos tomorrow.

I shared some wonderful time with stitching sisters today. A small group of us got together, stitched for much of the afternoon, then went out for dinner. It was very nice and these ladies are the best! (Read that…none of you who were here are slimy scumbags or whatever it was I said this afternoon. For the record. I WAS REFERRING TO CRUELLA’S HENCHMEN!)

Everyone who was here and who is a part of the 2008 Sisterhood Challenge is making progress on their planned stitching for the year. I have now created a page (found in the sidebar) where everyone’s goals are listed. This should be helpful since most of us have forgotten what we’d decided to do. 🙂

I hope everyone had a wonderful day that included friendship, family and stitches.

Blessings,

Julie