So What am I Doing?

Just so you don’t think that I am goofing off! I am getting ready to head to Hotlanta to In Stitches to spend 3 glorious days teaching Meet Mr. Cat and….

Patches on October 10, 11 and 12. I love that city with it’s Southern Hospitality and it’s needlepoint, so what could be better than that?

In between my magazine work for the January/February 2015 issue, I am working on 3 of my own stitches guides for a class later this month and stitching Sparkles.

Here she is! Now the beaded snowflake border is a commitment of both time and beads. One of these days I will confess how many beads I used and how much time too! When I write the stitch guide I will include an alternative stitch suggestion or two, just in case you don’t want to devote that much time!

Pepperberry Designs usually designs a smaller ornament that color co-ordinates with the larger snowperson. We have found that there is enough threads from the larger one that you can stitch this too!

For now the only place you can get this canvas is Newport Needlepoint! If you stitched Patches, Sparkles would be that perfect companion piece. Call Peggy at Newport Needlepoint 949.650.8022 so you can get yours too…you don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Class with be Friday November 7th, with lunch and am sure a surprise with it. Join us in person or via snail mail!

AlleyCat was getting adventurous! Check out the snap trays…guess I better put some of that stuff away before I leave again.

and until next time…keep on stitching


Thinking Baseball!


yes I am! and just wait… wait… I’ll get there! Of course I had to get in a game at a different park if I could, and what could be better than Fenway?

My day in Boston sorta kinda started here. This is the finish line for the Boston Marathon that is run every year on Patriot’s Day (April 16th.) It is one of the elite marathons and of course we know the history of a few years ago. If someone hadn’t told me about where the finish line was, I would have never seen it. It was said that this historic marker is repainted fresh every year for the race. One of these years I would like to be there for the baseball game that the Red Sox play on that day. It is a day off from work too for those Bostonians!

As I came up stairs from the train, this was the first think that I saw. I would do lots of sightseeing around town…the historic sights, the Duck Boats, the Old South Church and so much more. Weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny blue skies with no need for a jacket! Never had time for Quincy Market and Fanuel Hall, disappointed to say. Next time for sure. Later in the day I would get back on this train inorder to get to Fenway.

Getting off the train, so I guess that I was headed in the right direction!

It was the Yankees and Derek Jeter’s last weekend…but sad to say that he did not play this night. I believe at this moment he walked across the field and everybody was going nuts. I have seen him play many times, but if I didn’t say that I was disappointed thar he wasn’t in the lineup, I wouldn’t be truthful.

It was great being in Fenway for my first time!

and until next time…keep on stitching


A Funny Thing Happened!


Karen, the brilliant artist of the Zecca line… you know the canvases with the amazing color lines stopped into Wellesley for a little visit, some stitching and some threads.

I was totally flattered since it was about a 2 hour drive for her. It was a beautiful day in the neighboorhood, and not very fallish weather at all!

Karen is stitching on her new piece that will be introduced at the Winter TNNA Market in January…this gorgeous flamingo. It will be part of a chair back, but there is no reason why you can’t hang it in your wall. The colors are amazing and so lifelike, that I was just waiting for it to walk right off the canvas! I joked with Karen that I see lots of long and short in your future, which is really the only way…but not too long as you don’t want it to snag.


Cindy, the owner of Wellesley sat down next to her and is stitching on a shop model. That is the life of a shop owner you know, stitching on models! In front of Cindy is the other canvas that we worked in on class by J&J Designs.

It was a wonderful day and all too soon it was over. It was time for some food and a little relaxation. Cindy commented that we were going to the The Cottage and I thought nothing of it since that could be a common enough name… but a funny thing did happen on the way to dinner.


We pulled up to the front of the restaurant and I looked at the sign which I recognized immediately and I started laughing!  and you wonder why? well my Cottage in La Jolla has a few sister restaurants and this was one of them. Go figure… of all the places that we could go and eat, but I finally did have my lobster roll.

The kids are waiting for a treat of a little taste of chicken.

and until next time…keep on stitching


A Little bit of Wellesley!

Wellesley Needlepoint that is! A darling little shop in the heart of the quaint little town.

Reminds me of what La Jolla was like years ago with all of these wonderful shops.

Of course this is my favorite shop!

Cindy Mathews, owner of Wellesley and I were busy little bees on Saturday as we readied the canvases for class on Sunday. That’s good cause it kept me off the streets and my charge card in my wallet, but I did make just enough time for a visit to Wellesley Bookstore. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, as if the San Diego weather had followed me there!

Selecting just the perfect threads, beads, Kreinik and embellishments, while I was agonizing over the just right stitch combined with the amazing thread selection that was in the shop. Canvases by Annie Lane along with J&J Designs.

Moo Chef

Red Rooster

Danger Lurks

Finding Agnes

Cape Cod Houses by J & J Designs. There was one more J & J canvas, but I forgot to take a picture!

Class was wonderful and the stitchers were very enthusiastic! I gave them lots of ideas, several stitches personally charted for them, handfuls of threads, some direction and they just ran with it. Makes it very exciting for me to see the canvases come to life with stitches.

and meet Famous Amos! a real love…

We had a special guest come and stitch with us for the day and then a funny thing happened on the way to dinner… tell ya tomorrow!

and for now it is Saturday morning, so I am sure you can guess where I am headed? Plus I need a 14″ mini bar for my class at EGA seminar in a few short weeks. I probably have 10 pairs of 13″, but do I have a 14″? Go figure!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Back in Hot! Hot! Hot! California

I love to travel and exploring new places, new shops, new stitches and threads and of course meeting more stitchers!

I was kindly reminded towards the middle to the end of my stay that “it has been 6 days and counting!” and I knew exactly what she meant! Even though I did have my laptop with me, by the time the day was over and spent part of the evening coming up with stitch ideas and drawing them… well it just didn’t happen.

For today it is unpacking, a run to stock the refrigerator…not forgetting the ice cream and of course baseball… There are 4 games on today and I will be in heaven!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Oh no, not Again!

Leaving on a jet plane at 0dark30 tomorrow…

So what do you think? should I take Sylvester with me? hmmm…

Even though my laptop will be going with me and it travels in that bag that Sylvester is snoozing in, I’m not sure when I will be able to blog. It always depends on if I have the time and if I can get a connection.

and until next time…keep on stitching


Finished! Fini! Finito!

okay where has this summer gone to? I’ve blinked and now it seems like it’s all over.

The last week of the regular baseball season is upon us. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are a bit cooler in the mornings and evenings.

I’ve worked so hard this summer, I never even made it downtown for a baseball game, not one! and for you who know me, really know me, you know that that so not me, a former season ticket holder. So exactly what have I been doing, you wonder?

Stitching! Stitching and more stitching… as I sit here and count up all the canvases that I have stitched and finished for shop models, for designer models, for Needlepoint Now, to teach here and there, well I came up with a total of 22. Funny thing, look at todays date and they match!

So now its time to start getting ready for my month of travels. The needlepoint stuff gets packed first and then… What clothes to bring?

and my next stop after Wellesley and Enriched Stitch? In Stitches Atlanta where I will be teaching October 10, 11 and 12…

Meet Mr. Cat… and I will be bringing Mrs. Cat with me too!

and Patches

I will be bringing this new one with me too, so you can see how she is coming to life!

Someone was keeping me company last night!

and until next time… keep on stitching


What’s New Pussycat?

Sorry I couldn’t resist with the title today…somedays it comes to me right away and well somedays I really need to work at it and today was one of those really need to think.

More new colors of Silken Straw…or Silk Road Fibers Straw Silk. One of my new favorite threads!

I have stitched a beach house roof with it, a haystack, bristly brooms in a natural color and my latest I used Ocean Floor to give Mrs. Cat an aged looking broom that was full of soot!

The new colors are Ciao Bella, a grape wine color; Blue Lagoon, a great water color; Tarnished Brass, a gorgeous golden hue; Sterling, the first gray in the line and Olio d’Oliva, just like the first press of EVOO.

You may see this thread out there with 2 different labels…but rest assured it is still the same! I am on auto-ship from The Needlepointer as new colors come out, they show up in my mail box.

How about some new colors of Pepper Pot Silk? Cinnamon and Sriracha. They might look wonderful in the tile floor of this canvas:

Moo Chef by Annie Lane. This is one of the Annie Lane canvases that we will be working on in my next classes at Wellesley and Enriched Stitch. Stay tuned!

Now you see how the magnet looks just like the canvas, Danger Lurks by Annie Lane. This reminds me of a cat of mine that has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge… well he thought my big beautiful asparagus fern was a great nap spot!

It never ceases to amaze me… AlleyCat will be sound asleep for hours, did I say hours? and just let me decide it’s time for a little ice cream, and guess who shows up? and she meows till she gets a taste!

and until next time…keep on stitching


It Was a Purr~fect Kinda Day!

My work day started very early yesterday. Yes I know it’s a long commute to work and a tough drive, but really I do wind up working awhole lotta more hours than you would think.

I am a very early riser and I am sure if you caught a glimpse of me on the computer at 5am or so, you would think that I am out of mind! well yes I am, but I am not one to waste time. If I wake up, I get up…well most times.

AlleyCat decided that she was going to lend a helping paw yesterday! She was a good girl as she slept most of the morning on the chair next to me as I worked on the stitch guide for Meet Mrs. Cat.

There is much more stitched than what you see here! Actually she is almost finished excpet for her fur and the witch’s hat…but since its the same as Mr. Cat, I could write the guide now and get back to stitching later.

Note the magnet! made to match the canvas. I love it when the magnet goes with the canvas and now the designers are having them made from the artwork of the canvas. Well actually the magnet is of Mr. Cat, but work with me here!

Well today is Saturday and I am sure you can guess where I am headed. Breakfast at The Cottage and some serious thread shopping and a little retail therapy. Then home to add the final touches to the stitch guide for Mrs. Cat and send it off to Pepperberry Designs. And I need to write one more, but this is a short one and is mostly written, I just need to change a few things since my original idea of what I wanted to do, didn’t look just purrfect. This almost completes my to-do list for the weekend. Then I can stitch away the rest of the weekend, which is the last thing that I needed to do…to make progress on the new snowman piece from Pepperberry Designs.

and until next time…keep on stitching


So What’s New?

A new book! by Lynda Richardson of Dream House Ventures that was introduced at the Dallas Market…and quickly sold out! A great new addition to the world of needlepoint books and ooh so different than what is already in your library.

The book is made up of these wonderful life stories… and there are more. You will also find some blank pages where you could pen your own.

What a great gift to one of your stitching friends, where you could use one of these pages to write your own thoughts to that BFF.

The stitches are created for backgrounds, big and not so big by assembling tent stitches in very creative patterns.

A new thread by Vineyard Silk…a strandable Merino wool that likens itself to Medici. It comes in the same colors as does the Vineyard Merino. I have not used it yet, but always  thinking where I could!

New colors in Silk Lamé Braid by Rainbow Gallery. Thank you Sally! They did have other new thread colors, in other lines. some new oranges and so much more. Ask your LNS the next time you are thread shopping.

You know these magents are like potato chips! you just can’t get enough and I sure came home with a BIG handful of ‘em. Annie Lane is miniaturizing her canvases on these so that you can match your magnets to your canvas! This one is Danger Lurks and reminds me of one of my cats many years ago that thought my big beautiful asparagus fern was a great nap spot.

Very exciting news! a new website that is being launched that will assemble all in one spot all of those needlepoint events Check it out! It will be great way to find out where your favorite teacher is headed or what retreat will you be going to next? I know that my stitching calendar for 2015 is quickly filling already.

I have 4 projects that are on the must do list this weekend, some stitching and some stitch guides… and one I finished up this morning already! Yes I have been working for a few hours and now its time to go and clean the kitchen, have breakfast and see what those feline kids are up to.

This is so AlleyCat! and until next time…keep on stitching