Friday, February 27, 2009
Fireside's New Web Site
Here's the link:
Oh, what am I working on? Still the ribbon initial canvas....just about done with the border. ---sigh----
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Homework Is Done
Tomorrow we will be doing the ribbon flowers and leaves on the initial. I completed the background, which is a darning pattern done over six under six, the outline of the initial, which is a stem stitch, and the border, which I changed to a Rhodes stitch in all four corners and the fern stitch in between. The ribbon work will really bring this piece to life. Will post a picture of the completed piece.
I am almost done with infant for my home study Nativity with Amy Bunger. Should have it done by the weekend. Then I have to do the first ornament in the All that Glitters club. This should really be fun to do. The beads and crystals are just amazing. I will post pictures of all my completed pieces.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Stitch is Finished
I am so happy with the finishing. I cannot believe how great it came out. It is on a pink box that opens and I can store my sewing supplies in it. The feet of the box are the four spools of antique thread that my friend, Kathy gave to me. Ruth added the spools of thread on top of the box along with scissors, a needle threader and a pretty yellow pin cushion.
I have never been disappointed with anything I have sent to Ruth but I must say she really outdid herself this time.
I am so happy. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My Latest Project
As Denise informed you, I am taking the class and she is working from the stitch guide. We have changed the border already. We will be doing a rhodes stitch for the corners and fern stitch in between the rhodes. We found the stitch for this in Amy's Chapter on Borders in Amys's Cookbook for Stitchers. If I had the time, I would also change the background but time is of the essence. The background is a darning pattern, and it is a very quick stitch. Tomorrow, I will post a picture of the ribbon initial canvas.
My first All That Glitters Club canvas arrived. It is totally amazing. The threads, stitches and beads used are just mind blowing. I cannot wait to get started on this one. I will call Nancy of Needle House to ask permission to post pictures of my work before I post anything. I am hope to get started on the project next week.
As you can see, I am a little over my head but I am on time with the Nativity and will have my homework done for the ribbon initial before the next class.
A quick project to interrupt the Ribbon Initial Project
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Our Most Recent Excellent Adventure
Our new favorite destination is Rittenhouse Needlepoint, situate on Chestnut Street in Center City in Philly. It is a lovely store, bright and sunny and well lit. There are tables to sit for instruction, comfy couches and chairs to sit amd stitch, and as store owners Steven & Russell say, have some coffee and conversation. This is the link to their web site: http://stores.rittenhouseneedlepoint.net/StoreFront.bok. Their web site is evolving, and in addition to all of the many, many talented needlepoint designers, they have access to a local artist who paints many of the pretty canvases seen in their store (apparently in a flash, according to Russell!).
The store only opened a few months ago, and has many unique canvases and lovely threads. They are open lots and lots of hours, and have all kinds of neat things going on almost every night after the store is closed. Once a month they even have a non-needlepoint related lecture where you can listen & sit & stitch! What a fun idea!
I purchased a lovely canvas brick cover that has an image of (what has to be) my kitten Mia; I didn't know she did modeling! Linda & I acquired some tools we were always thought about, including a tray for our System 4 Needlepoint stands. As we were getting ready to go, Steven told us about a new silk & wool thread that works beautifully on 13 gauge canvas without pilling. I need to explore that further. A few other things snuck their way into the Rittenhouse bag as well......;)
UPDATE: That thread is Planet Earth silk.
After shopping, we went down to the Italian District where some of Ashley's friends joined us for lunch. We took Ashley back to school, and on our ride back to NY, Linda & I planned our next trip down to visit this new fun location--and my daughter!
Ok....off to work on the initial canvas. D
PS: The mantle is done, I am waiting for some embellishments to arrive to add before I show you the completed project. Patience.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Two Sophisticated Socks Done
Monday, February 2, 2009
Feel Like I've Built a House
Hopefully, you can see that there are quite a few stitches here intended to simulate an architectural effect. I spent a lot of time researching what I was trying to achieve. First of all, we don't have a fireplace in our home, which worked to both my advantage and disadvantage. The advantage was, I had no idea what my real fireplace might look like, and just how much detail there might be. On the other hand, I could be putting in way more detail than ever could exist in real life. What I was trying to demonstrate was a beautiful, carved wooden mantle, with lots of detailed woodworking. Some of the stitches I used here were the Quick Stitch (from my Stitches for Effect books, Robertson & Howren), various gobelin variations (made up on my own), elongated tent & reverse elongated tent (from 176 Stitches to Unlock Creativity, Snyder & Hardin), and Triangular Rhodes & Rectangular Rhodes, again from the Stitches for Effect series, Roberston & Howren). There is also a cashmere variation for the floor; my inspiration was Amy's Cookbook for Stitchers. I spent time looking through all my books, and my old Needlepoint Now Magazines, searching for ideas that would work. I hope it all works. Certainly, should I ever GET a fireplace, I have plenty of thoughts about the woodwork!
I have now started on the inside of the fireplace, where the fire is. Here, I find myself going back to the stitch guide. Now that I have (hopefully) conquered my cold (with the help of a lot of sleep this past weekend and modern medicine), I think I will be done with this canvas soon, so you can see the completed work.