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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Springtime ...

It may be happening in other parts of the world
.... but here in Florida we are already
hitting record temperatures ....
oh Yeah!
Thank goodness there was a trip North 
in the plans and I could enjoy that 
beautiful bit of season ...
which is my favorite!

This weeks blog features an older design
of mine ... but I still absolutely love it.
All that life springing forth took me back.
It's called ...
"A Portion of My Garden"©
[available to shops through Ruth Schmuff Designs]
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In the past I've thoroughly enjoyed gardening.
Anything I plant here has to make it on
it's own ... hence lots and lots of succulents!
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There is a lot going on in this piece.
I used beautiful silk ribbon, hand painted silks,
and some
crazy fuzzy stuff too.
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Many, many stitches
to add texture and depth.

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Mountains Majesty!
My granddaughter loves to ask you what
your favorite color is.  Her Mama told her before I
arrived ... "when you ask Mimi, she's going to tell you
she loves all colors".
So true, although the new green of spring
really touches my heart.

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Just WOW!

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My Little Flower Child ...
this one has my heart in a tighter grip
than she has on those dandelions!

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Lilacs seem to be a favorite of many.
It had been so long since I'd seen one
in person ... I didn't even realize
this was a different variety. 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

3rd birthdays...

... are a big deal!!
And ...
Mimi is on her way shortly!
It's all about unicorns this year ...
magical, but of course!
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I'm ready to hold court anytime now ...

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We've called her our 'Little Bird'
since before she was born.  Which may
have had some sway in my head when
painting my travel piece ;-)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cygnets...

Our quiet little town here in central Florida 
is known for it's beautiful lakes.
One features many many different types of swans.
AND ... they are presently having babies!
Beautiful little cygnets of soft fuzzy gray.

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Proud Papa to the right.
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Sweet new family.
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I actually drew this card art before moving here.
Now a canvas in my line that I would love to
find the time to stitch....
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I see that back wing in raised stem...
the front in stump work....
chipped purl for the sparkle in the water...
beads...couched silk....
oh for more time!
Canvas is available through
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Possibilities...

I'm teaching these 'Little Bits of String'
in Orlando.
The possibilities are endless!
Colors of thread, types of thread,
different colored canvas to stitch upon 
... and we can't forget beads!
I could go on forever ...

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Whipped up this combination the other day!
"Little Bit of String One"

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"Little Bit of String"
One, Two, & Three
Classes are on the second Saturday
and last Wednesday of each month.
Call for details
407 . 894 . 0444

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Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thinking spring ....

 Summer is already here in the South!
I miss spring showing up in tiny little flowers ...
such as Lily of the Valley & Violas! 
I miss all the bulbs too, like Daffodils!
Tulips & Iris ...
So here is a bit of spring time stitching for you,
because I'm missing the above so much!

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"Little Lamb"
Order through your local needle point shop
via Bedecked and Beadazzled.
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My kind of spring time flowers stretching up to the
warm spring time sunshine ...

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This piece is just full of flowers!
"Blossom"©
Painted canvas with stitch guide by moi!
Available through your LNS, click on the name for details.
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How does your garden grow ...



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Procrastination...

... is there an app for that??
I love what I do, love being at my desk 
drawing, creating, painting.
Then I love being in my stitching spot, 
playing with thread, 
and dreaming up ways to embellish my canvas.
Sometimes it's such a tiny spot that 
requires large amounts of
 thinking thinking thinking.

The pieces that fall together quickly 
are so cherished
and at the same time, 
I'm sad to see them finish
up so quickly.
Moving on ... always
Today, I'm in front of this contraption ...
the laptop.  I sometimes refer to this part as
detention ... obviously not my favorite part.
Although, once I get started, it's a blast.
Love seeing a stitch come to life on a graph.

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... so sometimes self imposed
detention is necessary ;-)
Just a sneak peek into the future,
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Just add color,
makes my heart pound!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Little Bits...

Sometimes a girl just has to play.
Revisiting the way I would play with string ...
I've come to the conclusion that I have an
oddly put together brain ...
no kidding, right?!?!

Of course, you benefit in the play of my cosmic brain.

Introducing my latest exercise
"Little Bits of String"

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Three in a row
or 
single on their own canvas.
Fun, quick, about 2.5"sq designs.
I'll be teaching these as pop up workshops for
The Black Sheep 
in Orlando.
Classes will be held on
the second Saturday of each month 
or
the last Wednesday.
Call 407 . 894 . 0444
or click the link for details.
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I stitched these in Soie Perlee
but you can use any fine single strand
thread of a similar size.
Your choice in colors and canvas!
They can become ornaments or bits of
contemporary art framed up with a wide mat.  


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bubbles....

 "Bubbles"
Finished and ready to debut this Saturday!
Class time at 
in Orlando!

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Nothing boring about this fish!
I had fun with this finale!
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Silk ribbon and sequins!!
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The pulled work is a blast,
no freaking out!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

there are days ...

"Bubbles"
a Kimberly design©
Class time is March 11
@ The Black Sheep Shop
This class is filling up quickly.
[Click on shop name for info]
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... there are days I question my sanity ...
but how cool the results of my crazy ideas!!
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Attaching sequins in
Reverse Basketweave.
Further evidence of my grip on sanity.

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Sequins are every where, like the stardust
I played with at Christmas
but these are full of static electricity!

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Had to show you how they're building ...
LOVE !

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The original
'Fish Under Glass"
I taught this design at TNNA
several years ago.  Maybe 2000.
This came completely charted.
Bubbles version is much smaller,
with a slight change in colorway
and is a hand painted canvas with
my stitch guide.

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Most mornings start with meditation
for me.  Usually by myself ...
guess he was needing a snuggle.
This is a favorite spot, I love my sunshine stripes.

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This design is also available in prints
or small greeting cards.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

wanting some magic...

Now available!
from
click above or give Anne a call at
407 . 894 . 0444
or email 
theblacksheepshop@hotmail.com

Canvas with stitch guide by yours truly!
Caps and Curls©
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I just knew this piece was going to be magical!
My canvas was full of fairy dust!
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Just enough shimmer!
I'd been given a spool of Micro Ice Chenille
sometime ago ... this was the perfect piece
for it to play on.
Thank you Kreinik Mfg.
for all the beautiful threads you provide
me to paint with!
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This is an older design of mine,
from my charted work days.
I don't even have a name for it.
Originally stitched all in one color/one thread.
Very lacy looking that way.
I'm spending this afternoon re charting
as I can't find the original file.
The above is worked completely in Soie Perlee!
Thank you to Access Commodities for another
favorite thread of mine!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

it's been a colorful week...

... if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook,
You've seen COLOR just about every day.
Think I missed one day but it was still a colorful week!

I've been stitching like crazy on Caps & Curls 
for the February 11th class at
[click on the shop name for details]

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Just a wee bit more to stitch
on this magical piece.
If you want to learn how to do
this kind of magic ...
come see me in Orlando
February 11th.
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'Bubbles'
is up next March 11th.
Sadly, this is the last of this series.
I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing how much technique
I could pack into each one of these
small five by five designs.
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Wait until you see what I'm going to do
with those vertical stripes?!?
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Oh yes ...
it's that time again.


All printed and ready to go.