This is It!

The very moment I saw this canvas, I knew that this was it! This was the one that I wanted to work on with The Embellishment Squad, a.k.a. Suzanne, Tony and Meredith at In Stitches in Atlanta.

I have taken many a class with them and I knew that this canvas would make them think a moment… Vicky selected this?

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love, love, love Zecca canvases! but I usually go for the Asian feel, big canvases that will take me a life time to finish.

So why did I select this? to make me step out of my box, to make me leave my comfort zone and learn as much as I can!

Well they most certainly obliged as Meredith started me out right away with Elizabethian Trellis Stitch for my bird wing. It will give a very dimensional wing, while the rest of the bird will be worked in diagonal ray stitches using a beautiful overdyed Gloriana thread.

Next up was Hungarian Beaded Chain Stitch and here I was practicing my technique. Of all times that I didn’t have my doodle cloth with me!

A woven stitch using Watercolours is creating the snail shell! It needs at least more than a few new rows to complete it. The dark blue base will be padded satin, while the body will be beaded. Speaking of beading, I started beading the letters and quickly realized that I will need to string the beads and couch into place to achieve the curves as it is painted.

So much more to tell you about the class and of course to show you some shots inside In Stitches!

On another note, I was so thrilled to be able to read the wonderful notes that everyone wrote back that was selected as a winner. I never win anything is what most of them wrote! along with a note of thanks to the cats and I. Most of them have been mailed already and the last few will go out today! Enjoy and again I thank you for being there each and every day!


Some things never change now do they AlleyCat?!

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?

6 thoughts on “This is It!

  1. Fun and enlightening to step out of that box and learn new things, huh? What is the item stitched with your initials? Too small to be a canvas weight and too thick to be a needle minder? Is it a pin cushion?? AlleyCat has that “I’m just minding my own business while minding yours” kind of look.

  2. Glad you had a great class and so much fun. Tony and Meredith must be really exciting together and keep you laughing. Love this canvas and your reminder to step out of our comfort zone. Alley Cat just wants attention after all you have been gone having fun without her.

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