Fini! Finito! Finished!


Fini! Finito! Finished! no matter how you say it, it is music to my ears. Now for all of you who wanted to see what was this cardinal attatched to…here it is.

I really have been stitching up a storm these days even though you probably think that I have been just saying that! This is 1 of 5 pieces that are on deadline, 2 are now finished and the other 3 are pretty darn close.

My idea for this snowman, Topper by Pepperberry Designs was to create a scarf that looked like it was big and bulky and really keeping this guy warm. I searched across the country for just the right wool and in just the right color…seriously! From all the shops on the West Coast to In Stitches in Atlanta to The Needleworks in Austin to back to this hank of wool. Nothing, nothing at all came even close to this.

I stalled and thought and thought and rethought the idea that I must be out of my mind to use this wool… Meredith would tell me “think out of the box sistah” and not until I was with a large group of stitchers and I took a vote among them. Would you or wouldn’t you want to use this? Be honest now.

The answers were a resounding yes! yes! yes! and why not kit the stitchguide with that yarn?! What a great idea and I am sure glad that I took to heart the advice of my sister stitchers. I went back to A Stitch in Time in San Marino where I first bought the wool and Alison helped my figure out how much I would need per snowman. I bought all the wool that they had in this color and trust me, both Pepperberry and myself will be sooooooooo happy if I were to go through all of it!

I often take pictures of my stitching as I am going along to make sure that I like how things are progressing.

I am sure glad I listened as I am thrilled with the way his scarf looks! Went quickly as all of it stays on the surface as it is all couched into place, well until you get to the fringe.

Of course the appropiate magent is necessary thanks to The Elizabeth Turner Collection Big Buddies Magnets.

I am teaching this at The TNNA Summer Market in Columbus next month with lots of techniques packed into a 2 hour class from setting and designing your own diagonal plaid, tips and tricks for beading, darning patterns and what not to do when stitching one. I am  ordering threads and writing the stitch guide as we speak!

Hope you can join me in class which will be on Saturday morning May 30th. If you are not part of the trade or not attending the show, not to worry as the stitch guide will be available after June 1rst!

Those ears belong to AlleyCat as she always sleeps on my lap while I am stitching!

and until next time…keep on stitching


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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?

4 thoughts on “Fini! Finito! Finished!

  1. I love how the cardinal’s head tilts down just a bit, like it’s saying hi to Topper, and Topper’s face is angled a bit up to say hi back. I notice that the yarn is variegated. Does that mean almost every scarf will look a little different? That is so cool! I knit and like that company’s yarn. But I’ve never used any knitting yarn for stitching projects. Couching preserves the yarn quite a bit, since this particular one looks loosely spun. Alley Cat looks like Batman. My cat sleeps in the “nest” created by my daughter’s crossed legs while she is knitting. I wouldn’t be able to maintain that position without cramping!

  2. This snowman is adorable. I love the scarf. I gather from your blog that we can buy the canvas with the yarn after June and you won’t be teaching it somewhere here?

    • yes Diane…I need to teach it at market first, so after June 1rst! I am not sure if Peggy will have me do it at Newport Needlepoint right now. Thanks for asking!

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