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?
There are 2 kinds of finishes, would you agree? One type of finish is when you’ve stitched the last stitch, check for missing stitching and then take it off the bars.
Then the other finish is when it comes back from the finishers. The Meredith Collection finishers worked their magic on this! Through the finishing procedure, they sent me pictures of the leather swatches to select what I wanted. Two previous stitchers that had stitched this bag, one selected black and the other this color. So I went with this color. Every time I saw the black bag, I second guessed my choices. But I am thrilled with this color!
Last but not least, select your lining color and your monogram. And then wait!
There are 2 more stitchers at the shop working on this bag. Maybe seeing my finished bag will motivate their stitching! I do want to stitch another bag as the zen of pure basketweave is so relaxing!
Miss Meow loves their bed! It was a gift when they were little kitties from a dear friend. And yes they still both manage to squeeze themselves in here!
I was showing you the custom canvas that Patti Mann painted for me, but I wasn’t able to get the picture to load. This is my Mooch and he is quite the character with really big eyes!
I have always loved Patti Mann canvases, but had no idea that she was this amazing as an artists! Wow, I was definitely blown away. It’s really fabulous, especially when you look at the details in the pot that she captured.
I haven’t been stitching much these last few weeks on this and I had a birthday present to finish stitching and a few other things to take care of.
Along with our collection of canvases, of course is a collection of bags! A dear friend made this for me after she saw the sample and fabric in a shop in Seattle I believe. I absolutely love, love, love the bag and it is a very special gift that means a lot to me. Well Miss Meow jumped in the bag and it looks like that Mooch is whispering to her “move over, it’s my turn!” and I believe she obliged!
So I’ve been told that it’s been a really long time since I last blogged?! I’m thrilled that you’ve missed me and hopefully I still remember how to do this…or should I say hopefully they haven’t changed too much.
So far, so good! Let me start off with the loves of my life! Mooch and Miss Meow. I really did win the lottery when I rescued these 2 from the Humane Society. A few of their few favorite things are supurrvising my stitching as they are here or:
Bird watching or as I say viewing kitty tv! If you look in the upper right you will see a birdie. It sat there quite a while as did the cats. I don’t let these guys out on the balcony as I did their predecessors as Mooch runs around the house like a crazy one and I don’t want him running so hard that he will go over the balcony!
So what have I been doing lately besides working? I went to A Stitch in Time in San Marino for a class with the Embellishment Squad, which is Meredith Willett, Tony Minieri and Suzanne Howren. Meredith loves these lemon tarts that they make at the bakery across the street from the shop, so I had to bring some to her. She did share!
So this was my canvas that I worked on. A custom canvas of Mooch that was painted by Patti Mann. It was a picture that I’ve used on Facebook more than once and for some reason it won’t let me upload it! and everyone would say you need to put that on canvas. Patti volunteered and I said, well why not?! She did a fabulous job with it! Another time for that picture…I promise!
I was tweaking my beads and threads here. First I will tackle the border as I need that to have somewhere to anchor my background. Then I will work on Mooch and beading the pot. Beading you say am I crazy? Well yes I am!
Last but not least, I was lucky enough to get in on stitching a jockey silk for the Neighdlepoint project. Lexington, KY is being overrun with 400+ fiberglass horses and this one is special. It will be covered with these stitched jockey silks of the previous Kentucky Derby winners. Mine was Twenty Grand, the 1931 winner. To find out more, look the up on Facebook or Google it! I’m tempted to visit over the summer to see it in person!
I will try not to disappear this time…plus I need to figure out why it is rejecting some of my pictures! So for now I will say see you sooner than later.
Merry Christmas! And let’s try this again…worked on this a few hours ago and while trying to resize a picture, poof! It was all gone!
Mooch has been having his way with more than one package! They are, well especially Mooch is, so very entertaining as he is exceptionally mischievous. I finally opened this package as it was marked to Mooch and Miss Meow, but when finally opened, they could’ve cared less!
Another year has gone by and really much hasn’t changed has it? I opted not to fly to NY for Christmas this year, not necessarily because I was worried about catching anything, but more worried about flights being canceled and I would be stranded somewhere.
This was the picture that did me in last time, so I just left it as is! A wonderful cat piece in metal that I admired in one of our local shops and a few very dear people bought it for me!
and I lost part of the post again! It’s never acted up like this!
so I plan on wining and dining and stitching Christmas away with the cats about me. Here they are settled in as I finished up my Mistletoe Travel tag by Hedgehog. This is my 5th one and they’re addictive!
Merry Christmas to you! And I hope Santa is very good to you as he has been to me!
I’ve been putting in some marathon days lately finishing up my purse, an Adelaide style bag…well that’s what they call it! from the Meredith Collection. I think Mooch was telling me here that I was ignoring him too long and he wanted some pets!
I got home from the shop last Saturday and just stitched round the clock and finished early Sunday morning! Yes! Spent time looking for missed stitches, which luckily or unluckily there were none and getting the cat hair out.
Here are both sides with Planet Earth Fibers Pepper Pot and Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame Braid that I used to stitch it. A very enjoyable stitch and I fell in love all over again with basketweave! It is already off to the M’s Canvashouse for their fab finishing.
Now you can see why I need to worry about the cat hair. But I love them there and with the cooler weather, they’re great lap warmers!
It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Where does the time go? Well I’ve been working lots again, especially this month and I give thanks that the shop is busy as we try to get orders out as quickly as we can. Want to keep stitching in your hands!
The supply chain is still an issue, with some things better than others. But when I look at the walls and see what we really have to work with, we have lots to give thanks for.
While you’ve been busy stitching your 21 in 21, my finishes pale in comparison. Have you discovered these Hedgehog Travel Tags yet? They’re very addictive once you’ve started, trust me you just can’t stitch 1! I’ve finished 4, with the other one not pictured is the other version of San Diego. Finishing by Island House Needlepoint. I’ve got at least 4 or 5 waiting for me in my queue until I finish my purse. Purse you say?
This was me the other night when I was trying to finish the middle design with the yellow that I had and was sweating it because of dyelot issues. I did have enough, thank goodness! The canvas is by the Meredith Collection and is called an Adelaide bag and is 2 sided… so does that count as 2 finishes?
This is a Q Code by Victoria Whitson. You read it with your phone and it translates to test negative, think positive and is being finished into a frame weight by Island House Needlepoint. See there’s something else to give thanks for…testing negative.
So I’m counting my finishes, 1 cat ornament, perfume bottles, 4 travel tags, frame weight and 2 sides of my purse and I’m sure I’ll finish another travel tag or two before year end. So maybe 10 or 11? Not bad and I do give thanks that I am able to stitch just about every night.
and these two cats of mine make my life just about purrfect, with their antics, kisses, purring motor, demands for attention and so much more. See I really do have lots to be thankful for.
Do you remember where you were? Many of us of our generation know exactly where we were.
I had just come back from the ANG seminar which was held in Washington D.C. that year. Yes you read that correctly. I left on 9.10 and got home very late that night. Tuesday morning was a very early morning for us to be at work as that was my restaurant days and we would do inventory every Tuesday morning.
I wanted a quiet morning, no,TVs, no radio and drove to work, so I could soak in all my memories from seminar. So I didn’t have a clue what happened until I got to work and walked into the office. Being from NY and just leaving Washington D.C. kind of hit me hard.
Many of our seminar goers were going to vacation a bit in Washington D.C., but that didn’t happen. Many were stranded there, but at least they were safe.
As through the pandemic we’ve been stitching a lot, I knew that I stitched a lot then too. I’ve been watching and listening to all the tributes and remembrances today. And tonight is the Mets Yankees game.
Mooch was keeping me company while I was stitching the other day. He does love a good belly scratching more often than not and he rolled over so that I could oblige!
Are you traveling yet? Well you can do some wishful travel! Have you seen these travel Retro Tags by Hedgehog Needlepoint? They’re rather new and she is an up and coming needlepoint designer. They’ve really taken over the market by storm lately. I will admit that they’re addictive and then you start thinking about where you’ve been and where you’ve traveled! And maybe where you want to?
I started working on the one on the left first…and then a customer came in with the one on the right and I wondered just why are they different? I took this picture and sent them off to the designer to ask her the same question. Two different painters. Well I really liked the one on the right better, so I was on a quest to find it (as she was out!) which I did at Labors of Love in Atlanta and quickly ordered!
So what makes up a Retro Travel Tag? Research and a lot of thought! The brown and the brown spots signify a giraffe from the San Diego Zoo and the green grass that you would find at the zoo. The pink? well it’s just some color and could signify the stripes that are painted on the runways.
The letters and numbers on the bottom are not necessarily in the same order or in the order that they are. WD as is 40 is WD40 that was invented in 1953, so that’s why the 53. DRS is for Dr. Seuss and Theodore Geisel who are/were from San Diego.
I am almost finished with this one and will finish up the other San Diego one. I will have them finished with Island House Needlepoint, who does a center grommet and with a ribbon and then you can hang on your holiday tree!
I didn’t stitch these, just an idea of what they look like. Next in the queue is Tokyo and Edinburgh!
Time to stitch with my supurrvisors!
p.s. I’ve heard/seen where people are changing the numbers to a significant flight number to them. great idea!
Well I really did finish! Absolutely thrilled too! I followed Susan’s stitch guide to the letter, except… I had to adjust the bottle top of #2 from the left as the way it was painted, I had no choice! Also on the background, she gave us an option of stitching the chevrons all the way down, or adding some hearts. My choice was the chevrons all the way down.
This was Mooch who was absolutely not moving from that position so I could take a picture. Well why not make him part of the picture?
Well now it’s really finished! I needed to add the “atomizer” which was a tiny twisted cord with a little tassel. I quickly shipped it to New Creations saying my prayers all night long. I could’ve driven it up there today, but it would mean 5-6 hours in the car and $50 in gas, so I decided to ship. I am thrilled to say that it got there very safe and sound!
Mooch in his own little way told me that no iPad, pay attention to me! Which I obliged. Trust me these guys get lots of attention!
This is next up in my queue. Have you seen these travel tags from Hedgehog Needlepoint? Very addictive and I ordered a whole bunch more for the shop the other day. They all have meanings… the browns ( which I thought was military camouflage) is actually the browns of the giraffe along with the green grass of the San Diego Zoo.
WD is for WD-40 which was invented here in San Diego is 1953. DRS is a salute to Dr. Seuss and Theodore Geisel. The pink stripes are the lines that were painted on the runways…pink, why pink? Well why not? I have the smaller letters and numbers beaded and I think to bead SAN will be an overdue with the beads, so I will work that in Kreinik or Silk Lame Braid. Luckily I have lots of black Kreinik in my stash!
I’ve heard that some stitchers have changed that bottom lettering to something special to them…what a great idea!
I’ve seen them finished with leather and also done with a grommet and a ribbon though it. You could add them to your travel tree.
Mooch has made himself right at home. He really does hang out with me most of the time. I love him being on my lap, but it makes it challenging to complete the stitch with him there. Not because he attacks the thread, which he does sometime, but because there’s no room for my hand!
So this is what I am working on and I am really on the home stretch! Canvas by Lani, stitch guide by Susan Portra which she is calling Scents of a Woman. Susan had quite a hand in this beautiful rendition of this great design, with lots of beads and Swarovski crystals. I took this picture a few days ago,
This is my shot that I took last night after my marathon few days of stitching. I am working on the 2nd bottle from the left right now. I needed to stray from the original instructions on the bottle top because of the way it was painted. Please forgive me Susan! I just need to finish the center of the top with the addition of some Swarovski.
The background is finished and then all I have left is to embellish the 2 bottles on the right with their appropriate beads and crystals! Then I’m finished! I’ve already selected the mat with New Creations Picture Framing and we picked more than 1 frame. They need to check what’s available as the needlepoint industry is not the only one that has been turned upside down because of covid.
The kids took turns being the Prince/Princess and the Pea. I took my quilts that my sister makes for me to the laundromat to wash them. My washer in the house is too small to accommodate them. It’s not that they were warm, they were just there!
A sea of poppies from the South of France from my trip a few years ago in remembrance of the service men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom.