Friday, May 7, 2021

Mother's Day Memories

 Shirtwaist dresses, necklaces, permed hair, high heels, and shopping bags out the ying-yang.  That was my mother to a tee.  My mother was known for going to the mall to buy a pair of stockings and emerging three hours later with--believe it or not--one pair of stockings.  She hated to return anything, so what she didn't want was added to my closet.  She was known to borrow a dress from me and hike it up with a belt to allow for the fact that I was four inches taller than she was.

So what goes around, comes around.  Just this past week, I learned that my oldest granddaughter, just three, has inherited the "Shopping Gene."  Until recently that honor belonged to her father, the only one who could go shopping with my mother and, after four hours of cruising the mall, ask if there were any other places she'd like to go.  Did he know he'd be receiving his comeuppance someday when he chose my mother's name as part of his daughter's?

Happy Mother's Day, Ma--I'll always love you to pieces!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Bottoms up!

 I started stitching this stocking using scroll bars, moving up and down as threads became available.  I skipped over areas that would get French knots eventually and finally made my way to the bottom of the stocking.  As it appears here, the canvas has been transferred to stretcher bars so I could reach the toe of the stocking.

The bed skirt was worked in an encroaching Gobelin stitch with three values of rose Impressions and trimmed with white DMC #8 pearl cotton.  The letter to Santa was stitched in basketweave and tent stitches with DMC floss;  more floss in basketweave created the fitted bottom sheet.

The rug was also stitched in basketweave with various shades of Impressions, with the exception of the "Old Gold" Sheep's Silk .

At the foot of the bed is a painted chest, worked in encroaching Gobelin stitch and slanted Gobelin stitch with DMC #5 pearl cotton.  I like using pearl cotton to simulate wood and wooden objects--the twist in the thread looks to me like wood grain.  More pearl cotton in an encroaching Gobelin stitch with the canvas turned 90 degrees formed the hardwood floor.  It combined several shades of brown DMC pearl cotton and Weeks Dye Works #5 pearl "Molasses."

The edging of the comforter was created in an encroaching Gobelin stitch with Vineyard Silk Classic using three values of lavender.  The body of the comforter was worked in Nobuko stitch with Vineyard Silk Classic "Illusions."  With the canvas turned upside down, I worked my way to where it was stapled to the stretcher bars.  Time to move the canvas on the stretcher bars once again so I can reach the middle of the stocking!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Lost Year


Hard to believe my last post was in October of 2019.  That's the kind of interruption a pandemic can cause, I guess.  I've stitched a lot of canvases since the little Rebecca Wood unicorn, but nothing of a personal nature that I could show here.  I did start another canvas a month after the unicorn was finished.  Believe it or not, I'm still working on it!  A stocking designed by Liz, it's destined for the little sister of the almost three-year-old who received the unicorn ornament.  I missed the "first Christmas" deadline because of difficulties in getting supplies, but hopefully will have it ready for Christmas 2021.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Getting ahead of myself

This isn't the first time I've kept stitching and stitching without stopping to take a progress, and it probably won't be my last, either.  The little unicorn ornament is ready for the finisher!

The white was worked in encroaching Gobelin with two strands of Burmilana 3601 accented with gray shading and tent-stitched black eye.  I changed the green in its mane to pink with Vineyard Silk Classic Peppermint Pink.  The lavender portions of the mane are Vineyard Silk Classic Haze.  Both silk threads are shaded with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid.  The unicorn's horn was stitched in Kreinik #12 braid 002 and the sky was dotted with Kreinik #12 braid 001.

 Green Impressions in a satin stitch formed the sprig of holly and French knots of DMC cotton floss provided the berries.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Not much going on....

...but you have to start somewhere!  The background has been stitched in basketweave with four strands of DMC cotton floss.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Next up....

Besides being a symbol of good luck, the unicorn has a special significance in our family.  It seems you can find a Halloween costume of almost anything for fairly little people!  And subsequently the unicorn provided the theme for Baby Unicorn's first birthday party.  So what better canvas could there be for me to stitch for a Christmas tree?!

This is a design by Rebecca Wood, one of my favorite NP people.  It's four inches wide, so should stitch up fairly quickly.

Monday, September 16, 2019

And we have a finish!

The London travel round was a fun little project.  Other than the Silk Lame Braid for 18 ct. used in the background, the rest of the stitching was done with DMC floss.  Budget-friendly and stash-busting all in one!

I changed out the gold with which Big Ben was painted for more stone-like colors.  I would expect a British company like Kirk & Bradley to be proud of such an icon, but one thing Big Ben isn't is metallic gold!  After googling the telephone booth, I changed it a little, too, but otherwise kept to the original design as painted.