I’m a Cover Girl!

I have been lucky enough to have much of my stitching published in Needlepoint Now.. but this was the first time I am on the front cover! I am just a little bit over the moon about it. I am thrilled with the way the cover came out and as Elizabeth says “this is my best cover ever!” but I think that she/we say that with every new cover shot. But this one is…really!

The canvas came home with me right after the Winter Market in January and I started on it shortly there after. I begin with the simplest, easiest areas that I know what I select is right on the money!

After picking out some threads to begin with, I outlined the dog first in tent stitch..well that’s kinda easy, no? I went to the sand next, which I realize now that I never took any pictures of that area of stitching. Then the canvas took a few trips with me to Austin and then Atlanta as I tweaked some threads.

Stitching went rather seamlessly with little reverse stitches, except for the sky. I originally started out with 2 strands for the small swirl stitch, but realized that I didn’t like it…so I went to a single strand.

Can you see the swimming fish in the ocean? well Cindy (who is the distributor of Annie Lane canvases) requested some fish in the ocean…so I obliged!

I used Painters Thread Ric-Rac for the where the ocean met the sky. It was really very easy to applique that onto the canvas and gave me the look that I wanted!

Working on the bucket…

Buttons for the eyes and a starfish charm for the bucket finishes him off. A fun, fun, fun canvas to stitch, even though it is a D-O-G! You know isn’t that what needlepoint’s all about…having fun, enjoying what you are doing and loving the piece that you are stitching on? Life is way too short to stitch what you don’t like!

AlleyCat, its really not that cold out!

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?

12 thoughts on “I’m a Cover Girl!

  1. Congratulations on making the cover!! How thrilling!

    I love all the different stitches you used to create such a variety of texture.

    I host a weekly Stitchery Link Party for all things hand embroidered (including needlepoint) and I would love to have you come link up this post (or one of your other posts.) http://www.supermomnocape.com/2015/07/06/vintage-embroidery-monday-stitchery-link-party-13/ I do hope you’ll come join the fun!

  2. Hi Vicky!

    Congrats Cover Girl!!! How thrilled you must be! I’ve been meaning to write ever since I got the magazine in the mail. I love, love, love Amos & Agnes and your stitch choices. This is on my must have list! Is it appropriate to call it the purrrrrrfect beach bag even though it’s a D-O-G? 🙂

    San Diego is on my list of top places to retire to. I’ll have to get out there next year and definitely stop by the shop. Love what you did with the display.

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