Another Finish and an Almost!

Where has the time gone to? It seems like it was just the 4th of July the other day and here it is almost 3 weeks later! I will blame it on the fact that I have been stitching up a storm these days, kind of like I used to. I make a great effort to stitch at least a few hours every night.

The canvas is by Thorn Alexander and I loved how she designed this of Veuve Clicquot, one of my favorite celebratory favorites. There is a fascinating book out there on the life of Madame Clicquot which I read many years ago. Maybe I need to read it again! We have sold about 5 additional canvases since people have seen it stitched!

Susan Portra selected the threads and stitches for me. I did need to change a few things as either the threads did not cooperate with the decided stitch, or the canvas count didn’t agree or I just liked this better. I totally respect what these amazing teachers come up with, but you need to like the end result! It is your canvas and you need to be happy with it! And I am over the hill happy with this!

I took this to my framers New Creations in San Marino and of course the frame that we selected has been discontinued, but we came up with a plan B just in case! I love the creativity of Nancy and Andrea and even though we have a framer across the street from the Needle Nook of La Jolla, I would feel like a traitor if I didn’t head up their way.

This is my almost finished! which I really tried so that I could bring it along to the framers at the same time…but it wasn’t meant to be. This is an older design by Chottie Alderson that I have always wanted to stitch! I was able to find this partially stitched and available for sale on Facebook Needlepoint Stash Exchange, so I grabbed it. I need to finish the pink cat, even though I’m not happy with that one…thinking about taking it out and redoing it, but that stitch was so challenging it just may stay as is! I just need to add the whiskers, outline the ears and the green kitty needs a little tassel that it ican swat!

It’s going to be awhile before I check in again as there are some busy times ahead for me! Headed to Cooperstown next weekend to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the induction ceremony for Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres. My jeans, hat and baseball T-shirt’s are out, I need some better sunscreen and I’m ready to go.

Then Brenda Hart comes to the shop and a few days after she leaves it’s ANG seminar and then there’s more after that too.

I think AlleyCat is all packed and ready to go with me!


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About Vicky

Needlepoint, morning noon and evening! what could be better than this? I work on the computer in the daylight hours editing stitch guides and drawing stitches that you will see in the next Needlepoint Now for your stitching pleasure! In between this, there is time for taking pictures of my stitching adventures, Facebook and writing stitch guides for canvas that I am stitching for Needle Deeva, Maggie, Ruth Schmuff and others. Mostly needlepoint you ask? well we will talk about my cats Sylvester and AlleyCat, better known as "the brat". Of course I can't forget Felix who was the love of my life for over 14 years. He broke my heart as he departed for the Rainbow Bridge last year. Oh did I mention baseball?

8 thoughts on “Another Finish and an Almost!

  1. The kitty canvas is so cute! I agree that I’m in awe of the Needlepoint talent out there (including you!), but ultimately, a stitcher needs to make the canvas her own. Have tons of baseball fun at Cooperstown. One of these days I’ll make that trip, but for my fave team

    • The kitty canvas is a fun stitch and thank you for the stitching compliments! You will get to Cooperstown when the time is right for you. I’m sure that this will be the last San Diego Padre in my lifetime getting in!

  2. I’m envious that you are going to Cooperstown! I’m from Detroit – maybe you can please grab a picture of Alan Trammel and Jack Morris and post it for me?! I’m with you – stitching and baseball go so well together. Have a wonderful time!

    • I will try and get those pictures! Second time for me as I went for Tony Gwynn, which was the largest crowd to that point. I plan on having way too much fun! Thanks.

  3. Your work is beautiful as always! How I envy you going to Cooperstown!! I wish I could hide in your suitcase but instead will be watching at home with friends, probably doing some stitching, eating snacks, and eagerly waiting to hear OUR guest of honor! Have a great time and stay hydrated too. Erika

  4. The cat canvas was in Needlepoint Now, many moons ago. One of my stitching friends was clearing out some magazines and came across this pattern. She tore it out and sent it to me as she was sure it was one I’d want to stitch. She’s right. I have most of the things ready. Now if we didn’t have so many graduations, babies, friend who need things, I’d get my stitching done. Have a wonderful trip!

    • Yes it was I had mine stashed away for years as I’ve always wanted to stitch it! Thanks so much and hopefully you get to start yours soon.

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