I am sorry for the delay in posting. I was busy beading the stained glass window in the nativity. I started at 8 a.m. and finished at 7p.m. on Sunday
Todays stitch is one I put together for a stocking I was writing a guide for this week. I started with a Trellis pattern that I found in one of Jean Taggerts books and then added compnants to it to fill it in. Because I wanted the stitch for Santa's gloves, I did not want it to be open but more filled in.
I added Eyelet Rays around the Pavillion and then a bead to tie down the intersections.
I increased the thread sizes also. Usually you use a size 8 for the foundation stitch but I wanted the Trellis to standout more so I am having her put the Trellis in uising size 12 Kreinik.I have given the threads that I gave her but by all means play with other threads to create the texture and look you want.
We also got the Kelly Clark Christmas Crazy Quilt in the store. Kelly has done it again with this adorable Christmas Pillow. The canvas and guide is $164.00.
We have kitted the threads two ways. You can get it fully kitted with all the threads you need for this canvas or those of you who did the Spring Crazy Quilt get a kit with the new threads that were called for in this Guide.
So my biggest news of all...The Holy Family is done....Hope you will join us for the series.
My goal for yesterday was to finish the October Angel and I had success. I woke up not feeling great, so I was a bit concerned but was able to pull it out. She turned out adorable, if I do say so myself. One more is left and she is on the bars, threads are chosen and stitches being selected.
Here are more pictures of the series
I have had a great time stitching the series but must admit the bands at the bottom have been the most challenging to come up with something differant for each one. Some have been easier than others.
I know what stitch I am going to share with you on Sunday so stay tuned.
I am off to work on the November Angel....wonder what I have planned for her.. Check back later and you will see...
with Tony in town. We have 21 students who show up in the morning bright eyed and eager to learn. When they leave in the afternoon they are dragging. If you have not had an oppotuneity to take BACK TO BASICS 1, find a place that is having him in to teach it or get the DVD's and do the exercises. They are so worth it. You can order them from us and they are $114.00
Eleonore finished Raja the Elephant
and we got "Blue Boy" back from the finisher.
Corliss finished the "Texas Boots with Bluebonnets" from Kelly Clark and iwll be teaching it in the store, Thursday October 12th from 6-8. Come join the fun.
April is finally finished...complete. Time to move on to May and I am off to a good start. She is planned all the way through and June is on the bars sitting up on the mantle speaking to me.
Every time I finish one I say it is my favorite but I really think April is my favorite of all so far.
One of the things I hate most is making bows because they just look so disheveled when done. On saturday one of my students came into Studio Time saying she had found a You Tube video on making bows with a fork. We pulled up the videos and I just wasn't patient enough to get the conversation to the action. I do better with written instructions so I found on the internet a PDF with step by step instructions. So much easier and it took me 1 try and my bow was perfect. Here is the link: Bow with a fork
It is finally here. Yesterday Jayna spent the morning packing up "Rebekkah", the first canvas in "The Elegant Thanksgiving" series and I shipped them. out. Those of you who signed up will be receiving them by UPS any day:
"there is just not enough time to do or stitch everything". I am busy working on the Angels for next year and February is coming along nicely. I am not usually and huge fan of beading because it can be so tedious, but I am loving her garland. You can sign up throught the website.
Halloween is definitely in the air around here. Michele Burger just got her Halloweenie Series back from the finisher and they are spectacular. She had them finished with a easel back and I really love it.
You can still get in on all the fun! If you want information, just give me a call.
Today I was in Michaels looking something and was so disappointed to see Christmas decor out. Please people. Can't they at least wait until after Halloween. I have the same complaint every year and it never changes, so I my as well stop whining. Rest assured, the outdoor lights and Christmas Music will not show up until after Thanksgiving at The Needle Works
Look how fun this is. If you love to play cards and want to make it a learning experience, pick up a deck of this wonderful deck of cards. Each card has a decorative stitch on it. This would make a great stocking stuffer.
I did make some time last week to go fishing. I headed to the Fall River Valley west of Tahoe in California for some catch and release Trout fishing. It was wonderful. Cool weather and a little rain.
The water was absolutely gin clear. I am thinking this would make a cool needlepoint piece.
How exciting! John from Rainbow Gallery has brought out another Silk Lame size. Petite Lame is going to be so versatile. He has started out with 26 basic colors that are just perfect. I will have to incorporate them into something I stitch this week. We have them in the store now, so you can order now. They are $3.15 a card and has 20 yards on a card.
Kelly has designed 2 Firecrackers for us in celebration of the ANG coming to Texas (San Antonio) next week. I stitched the Yellow Rose and Marsha Bustos was kind enough to stitch the Bluebonnets for us. I am ordering more to stitch and put in a collection because I think they turned out so cute. They will be available kitted next week in time for the seminar. The kits will be $42.00 plus threads. We used the same threads for both, so if you want to do both one of each will do except for the blue.
Eleonore has almost finished another fish
and this one is really\flashy.
I can't wait to see it on out reef that we are clipping the fish too. I have to go get a bigger reef for the rest but I think my idea is actually going to work.
O.K., now for one last Alaska picture I promise.....Sunset in Alaska (11p.m.)
Between Llano and Fredericksburg on Highway 16 there is a beautiful road called the Willow City Loop. It meanders through private ranches and it just amazing. The vistas and fields of wildflowers are amazing. Because of the rain and cold winter we had the Bluebonnets are particularly stunning. The white Poppies make the fields look they are covered in snow.