Prince Charming!

I promised you Prince Charming and here he is! a wonderful beaded piece that is done in the style of Japanese beading.

Now I’ve never done Japanese beading and that is why I am taking this class on July 12th and 13th. You should join us! The weather is usually absolutely beautiful then and being in San Diego…what could be better than that?

Okay so you ask what is Japanese beading? Your start with your foundation which instead of a canvas is a beautiful piece of designed fabric. Beads are added to the fabric using silk embroidery techniques…sounds like Greek to you? Now remember I haven’t done any of this Japanese beading either, but I can’t wait to learn all about it!

I am selecting the green colorway…how about you? Now the box comes along with your kit for easy finishing. This is a special class as it is the pilot for when MaryAlice teaches this at the EGA Seminar in Phoenix later this year. What is a pilot class? The teacher works out her timing of the class and well… you just need to be there in person. Continue to stitch on the piece, offer comments if there is a mistake in the directions, or if you don’t understand the way something is written and so much more!

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! My kids were good and snoozed close by me as I pretty much spent the day working between editing a couple of stitch guides, charting for the magazine and stitching. But with a baseball game on in the background most of the day, it didn’t really seem like working!

The weather here is supposed to be very hot again this week and the mercury will yet again touch the century mark…and Denver and Utah had snow yesterday? I think Mother Nature is soooooo confused!

AlleyCat was supurrvising my thread pursuit the other day. Such a good girl as she doesn’t touch…she just is curious!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing everybody a Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, gets waited on and is spoiled. For me I will stay home and stitch all day…even though my house needs some TLC. But remember the only place housework comes before needlepoint is in the dictionary!

Sylvester and AlleyCat wish you happy Mother’s Day too and we’ll see in you in a few days with Prince Charming! Peaked your interest? well guess I will see you Monday!

and until next time…keep on stitching


More from Market!

Beautiful downtown area in the heart of Indianapolis! Their football and basketball stadiums surround the area around the convention center. Old charming buildings, churches and so much more are part of the landscape…but not much time to investigate! For me all the happenings were inside, plus the weather was not that inviting to be outside. Remember I left sunny southern California where temperatures had just touched the century mark the day before.

This is the new product area for a little look see before you hit the show floor.

Onto Sample It! This is Beth with her Eat, Sleep, Stitch magnets, t-shirts, mugs and so much more. Beth is the epitomy of Southern charm and she always…did I say always? takes one of my classes!

Doug Kreinik as they debuted the newer colors in different sizes of 4, 12 and 16…

Am I missing anything?

Getting into the spirit of being in Indy 500 land… the big race is just a few weeks away.

The class schedule, so I know where my class is!

Threads, canvases, stitch guides, my doodle canvas for demonstrations, chocolate and so much more!

AlleyCat loves her little corner of the couch.

and until next time…keep on stitching


Start your Shopping!

Ladies and gentlemen…start your shopping! yes well we were in the land of the Indy 500 Racetrack.

A warming welcome for our group. My arrival was uneventful and I arrived with minutes to spare to make it to Sample It! Boy I am glad that I brought a warm jacket as I wasn’t in San Diego anymore.

Meredith and the gang from Elizabeth Turner Collection took a moment from their busy night to pose for a shot! Left to right Page, Beth, Meredith…my sistah! Donna Lynne and Jeanene the owner of In Stitches, Atlanta.

one of my purchases from Sample It! some more cards of Silken Straw. I believe that you will probably start seeing this in more shops.

The Gallereria where all the newest must haves are shown off!

The morning of the opening of the show…

Where we were officially opened by the infamous voice from the Indy 500 Racetrack where she says “Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping!”

A great show and I will have lots and lots to share with you… I am in the process of getting all the pictures from my phone to my Mac. My classes were great, loved seeing everybody as always, the new items are always exciting to see and the restaurants that we discovered were amazing. New ideas, new canvases and so much more!

Sylvester is not letting me wander far from his sight!

and until next time…keep on stitching


To Market, To Market I Go!

to buy a canvas or two! and maybe some threads or a thing or two… but I think that Sylvester has something else on his mind though.

If you are attending market and want to take a class or 2… please join us on Saturday morning as we Meet Mr.Cat by Pepperberry Designs.

It looks like I will be teaching this at Newport Needlepoint over the summer. Give Peggy a call if you want to join us in person or from far away! 949.650.8022 We need to get the canvases ordered.

or Sunday morning for

Raymond’s Halloween Train!

I plan on tweeting from market…even though I will probably need a refresher course. Anyway follow me @catangelis

and until next time…keep on stitching


Threads! Threads! Threads Everywhere!

I’ve made my list and checked it twice! and all threads are here and accounted for.

I usually make my thread kits when I get to market, but since I will arrive just in time for Sample It,  big girl drinks and some frivolity…I assembled them ahead of time. Just in case I might need just a little sleep when I arrive at market. The beads are bagged, the thread is ready for anxious stitchers and I will need to cut some thread lengths of a few colors. I also want to make myself a new doodle canvas, since mine is pretty full of practice stitching.

A big thank you to all of the generous vendors, making these classes at market possible!

Raymond Crawford

Rainbow Gallery


Fleur de Paris


River Silks

Colonial Needle

Sundance Beads

Pepperberry Designs

Amy’s Burmilana


Fleur de Paris



Rainbow Gallery

Colonial Needle

River Silks

Sundance Beads

I just need to finish my stitch guides, so you know where I will be for the next few days. I have been so busy that I haven’t even stitched for the last 3-4 nights. OMG! what is wrong with this picture? So I probably won’t see you till just before I leave, which is Friday morning at 0dark30.

AlleyCat that is your color!

and until next time…keep on stitching


What’s Wrong with this Picture?

and no one noticed it? not even me? My dear sweet Helga, who is a great support staff for me with my color choices and thread selections along with Susan…commented you missed a spoke! OMG, well that I did!

So it has now been fixed, but I need to take another picture. The threads are all here and accounted for, just waiting for my needles and if they don’t come in, I will just purchase some to give out. I need to bag some beads and give my stitch guides a final look see and I am good to go.

I usually assemble my thread kits when I get to the hotel room, but this year there isn’t as much spare time, so I will do them at home. And that suitcase goes on the plane with me, along with stitchguides and models. I take no chances!


My orchids are doing quite well! They absolutely love this window…

My stitching buddy laying down on the job.

and until next time…keep on stitching


Off to Teach!

off to teach today! A quick 90 mile drive up the coast to Newport Needlepoint. I can’t wait!

If you would love to have this and stitch it in the comfort of your home, give Peggy a call as she might have one or two left over. She really put a great kit together with a few wonderful surprises in it! 949.650.8022 A fun, fun, fun canvas to stitch.

MaryAnn Jones, can you email or message me please? Thanks!

so I need to make this short and sweet and speaking of sweet, here is my sweetheart, AlleyCat…

and until next time…keep on stitching


Celebrating Mother Earth!

Mooch and Earl and the gang get to together to help celebrate Earth Day.

Actually yesterday was the day…but really everyday should be earth day!

Apple stores were accepting any old Apple piece to be recycled for free and there are e-recycle events this weekend. A free cuppa was offered if you brought in your own cup and   special reuseable bags were given out in other stores.

I know that I am very concious of what needs to be recycled and what goes for the landfil.

Thinking of Earth Day brought my thoughts to this canvas by Maggie “Lavender and Poppies.” Canvas is on bars, some threads selected and even though I thought I would get some of this stitched before market…well not too sure about that!

AlleyCat was celebrating her own Earth Day as she was busy watching and talking to the birdies…silly girl!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Leigh’s Red Russian Santa!

Better know as Holly Hills Santa. I had the best intentions of getting allot more stitched on this than I did. Other pressing matters got into my way, like must need stitching and stitch guides for my classes at market…wow Mr. Cat is 5 full pages of a Word document and that’s before edits and stitches worked into it.

I was stitching with some dear friends the other day and they were a great support system as I tried this stitch and that stitch for Santa’s robe. Luckily we were in a shop and could easily purchase more threads. The red that I had originally selected was not correct, so I went alooking. I really needed this red, A Needlepoint Inc. in the Chinese Red Range 501, or Splendor S911 would also be a perfect color too. Needlepoint Inc. 505, also in the Chinese Red Range will be the darker color, but I am sure a Splendor number would work for that too.

I needed a small stitch, there isn’t much to the coat, especially on the left hand side. I wanted something that was not straight up and down or vertical for that matter, something that would work in the small areas, something that could easily compensate around the swirls. Something just purr~fect!

So I tried T-stitch, too open and then 4-way Continental and that was adding a center hole which I thought, wow Santa is going to get cold! I looked through the books and more books and then came across Dotted Swiss stitch. Which is basically a basketweave stitch with an added cross stitch every on every 4th stitch. I started my basketweave using 3 strands Needlepoint Inc. 501, but I think that if I had to do it again, I would have used 4. I will go back and add that cross stitch with Petite Silk Lamé Braid SP53. You can Google that stitch to find it charted. I am pretty sure I have it somewhere on my Mac, but where or where can it be?

Did you notice that on the right hand side of the Santa that I am basketweaving in the reverse direction? Can’t figure that out? well turn your canvas 1/4 turn as you see in the picture and stitch away! I will accent the swirls with French Knots using Kreinik 002HL in size 8 and the darker Needlepoint Inc. 505. The left hand side is basketweave worked in the normal orientation.

I will probably need to add in some of that darker thread to show the sleeves, but I will worry about that when I get to it.

See not much stitching area to Santa’s coat! I am thinking that the breast plate could be stitched in Or Nué and I will try and create my own pattern, rather than try to follow what’s painted.

After going through every single gold, the one that I have selected is Kreinik 002HL in size 8. Why that one you ask? well it worked best with the gold beads and after all I did put it to a vote! See, just another great reason for stitching with friends!

This is a galvanized gold bead 577PF and the PF stands for Permanent Finish. That is a process to the bead that keeps it from tarnishing. That’s not why I selected this bead, but it was the best color match for the Kreinik. Of course his crozier will be beaded and more as I have something special up my sleeve! I need to find just the right red bead too.

The base of the snow that Santa walks on was originally going to try Brian’s Step Stitch that I have seen on a few of the Santa’s…but now I want to be different than the rest. So with Water ‘N Ice WT1 I will come up with something else. I will create a special snowy background with the Kreinik 032 in size 8.

The fur will be Turkey work and I will use a punch needle. My sistah Meredith and I ordered this one and we like it, but now I can’t find mine!  A dear friend came to the rescue and found this one in Walmart for me. Now I am not saying not to support your LNS, but I am not sure how many shops carry punch needles.

The turkey work comes last and I am sure that I will need at least 1-2 more skeins Burmilana 3432. I would love it if I could get this on a cone so that it’s uncut, but not sure I would need that much.

I am sorry to say that it will probably be at least 3 weeks till I can get back to this. With market looming in the next 2 weeks, that will seriously cut into my stitching time!

AlleyCat was enjoying some sunshine yesterday!

and until next time…keep on stitching