Saturday, May 21, 2011


I finished two canvases in the past two weeks. They are both Raymond Crawford's, both from clubs. The first is a Christmas ornament from a club Fireside was doing last year, called Vintage Ornaments. Aren't these sequins fun?

And the second is the 2nd canvas in my perpetual calendar club that I started this year, with A Stitch in Time. So far I am keeping up with this, having finished last month's project a full 72 hours before the this month's envelope arrived.

We had our class with Tony Minieri on Thursday at Stitch by Stitch for our African Teapot class. Although Tony said we don't have to finish what we learned this week before our next class in 3 weeks, I know that if I don't at least try, I will never finish this lovely project. It is really fun seeing the animals come to life on this hand drawn canvas.

I have a busy social calendar this weekend so there won't be much stitching done. Talk to you soon!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What I've Learned About 24 Count

It's small.

This is the first time I've worked a 24 count canvas. This is Tony Minieri's "African Teapot" that I am doing at Stitch by Stitch for the next few months. We had our first class about 3 weeks ago; our next class is next week.

The stitches themselves are not overwhelming; a Hungarian variant for the helmet, some ribbon stitching, outline & encroaching gobelin for the elephant. I can understand why people love working on this count canvas; the detail you can get is pretty amazing.

On the other hand, for a person who needs instant gratification, this count can be challenging.

Needless to say I am loving taking a Tony class, no matter what. And there's a giraffe on this canvas, so I love it. For me, it's a lesson in patience.

Now that my homework is done (Tony suggested finishing the elephant), I am jumping into the next canvas in my perpetual calendar series.

And I have something fun to tell you about that we are doing at Stitch by Stitch this summer, but you will have to stay tuned; I have to get to work!