Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sweet Saturday!

Super sweet shop, super sweet students!
Fabulous day teaching!
They were pretty excited to dive into a new project!
Must have been a technical question,
as I look pretty serious.
I think they all have an idea how my brain works on
canvas at this point.
We made a huge amount of progress on my
Paisley Biscornu
© design!
Woven Squares, Couching, String Art, French Knots and ...
some crazy cut Turkey Work with plied silk!
We meet again in one month to 'finish' this little gem.
Yay! His collars were back from the finisher.
He has no idea how cute he is!
Fini! and next in the class line up for
The Black Sheep
[see details on their website]
I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this design, 
it's just fun & happy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

to the dogs...

It's National Dog Day!
Granddog General gets top billing ... well,
sort of.  Her amazing cuteness at the other end of the
leash tops him by a long stretch. She did such a great
job walking him, even while she was swinging she kept 
hold of his leash.
Hat - check, water bottle - check,
cute flip flops - check, leash - check
major attitude - double check!
Swings with her best bud!
What a good ole boy he is.
Of course, have to include Chance on this special day.
He's my constant!
His new collars are ready from the finisher,
can't wait to see them.
I've posted my progress on this new little bit.
Here you see silk wrapped pearl purl
below the gold leather.
From Access Commodities
Above, the stamens are worked with
Gimp! I love Gimp!
From Tentakulum.
Both are couched onto the surface,
both easily add so much
dimension and texture.
I've packed a lot of technique into this 5" square design.
I couldn't leave the ends of the stamens just plain ...
so ... of course, I filled them with cut Turkey Work!
This is the first of a series of nine designs that I'm 
creating to help push stitchers out of their comfort zone.
They're small treasures packed full of fun!
Operative word here is small,
not overwhelming.

Offered as workshops through 
The Black Sheep
in Orlando, Florida

Each piece will be offered over a two month span. 
'Movement'© will begin the second Saturday of
October and finish the second Saturday of November.
Watch for more details.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Camels and flowers ...

Recently my stitchy friend Sara Leigh posted the beginnings 
of her work on my Camel Flowers painted canvas design.  
I'd told her the story of how they came to be 
and she suggested I share the story with 'more' of you.

So, once upon a time my sweet friend Kim Hollifield 
had two camels from Petei Designs that she 
wanted dressed up a little bit more with 'saddles'.  
She asked if I'd paint them and of course, I did! 

I enjoyed doing something different and helping her out. 
Kim is an awesome finisher of stand up needlepoint designs 
as well as ornaments and stockings. 
Over the years she's finished many pieces for me. 
Some were rather odd requests, I remember a small crazy purse 
but we won't visit that today.

Above are the two painted saddles. 
Now, as I painted these, I saw flower possibilities. 
Yes, my mind works in mysterious ways.

Look how awesome they are as saddles 
for these two nativity pieces.
Kim stitched and finished beautifully. 
Love the added bullion cord and tassels too!
Click here to visit her Facebook business page to learn more!
'Camel Flowers'©
My version! or warped vision :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

MORE bullions!

I truly was trying to use another stitch, something quite unique actually ... but they discontinued the thread on me!
And to my mind, you can never have too many Bullions!
Are these not the coolest worked in 
Rainbow Gallery's Petite Very Velvet ??!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

kid leather...

...try searching those two words on the internet. 
Actually, it wasn't that bad. 
Learned a little about Kid Rock and 
I did find a helpful video from Sarah Homfray
Although, it was like looking for the 
proverbial needle in the haystack. 
Below are the results of my search.
I do have 'old' knowledge of the how to apply leather to canvas ...
just thought it smart to refresh my brain cells on the process.
Thank you to Kreinik for the materials 
that continue to inspire and embellish!
Traced above, then drawn on the leather with pencil.
[a sharp pencil the dots will be beaded ... I think ...]
Wool felt for padding, just one layer makes the magic.
And as you can see, cut much smaller.
Applied with silk couching thread.
I came up to the outside of the leather,
then pierced as close to the edge as possible.
This would be easier with a thimble.
I, however, used my thumbnail.
This is the beginning of a new series.
I've painted nine new five inch square designs.
Each will feature some fun off the wall
techniques for embellishing.

They're tiny, yes, but stitch up quickly.
In my humble opinion, I think they're going
to look ever so awesome displayed
all together.
This is where the teaming up with 
in Orlando comes to life.
TBS will host the workshops!!
Watch for dates and times to come soon!

Friday, July 24, 2015

I think I could...

... live on watermelon ... at least right now. 
Bought the sweetest seedless personal watermelon last night. 
I was amazed to find an organic one! 
Blissed out on watermelon, easily made happy am I not.
I also enjoy the plotting and planning of new designs ...
Laying silk threads ... love the light reflecting.
Calling this Caps & Curls©
Love drawing up new designs too.
This one is making its way to canvas,
my next stop today is the paint table.
I'm thinking of calling this one
'Show Off'
Beginnings, palette phases.
Yes, I think 'Show Off' is a proper name.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

a blessing...
today 3 random blooms
I think they're for my friend Jim
today we celebrate his life

[and in case you're paying attention Jim...
my last piece had 22,848 stitches]

you will be missed

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things. 

Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was alive, awake, complete.  

                           ~John O'Donohue

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Big News!

I've teamed up with Anne Jones, owner of 
The Black Sheep 
in Orlando!!
We are planning to hold once a month workshops
featuring my designs and stitch guides.
The first will happen August 29 and September 26.
Featuring my Paisley Biscornu!

Sign up through the shop following this link
'Paisley Biscornu'
Painted canvas design and stitch guide
with custom designed fabric

a Kimberly design©
Anne picked a great piece to start off with.
Paisley Biscornu has a variety of stitches
from French Knots to Bullions to Turkey Work
and of course, a fabulous border!  And...
an awesome little tassel to top it off with.
You'll learn all, from stitching to finishing!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

desk mess update...

...and happy distractions.
I've been drawing and painting ... a lot!
Can only give you peeks, as I'm plotting and planning.
Sorry ...
Not for stitching, I've just had the itch to draw.
This bird will have tons of color, it's from a photo I've had
in my swipe file for ages. Thought at first he'd be cool
for needlepoint but he's tooooooo detailed.
I also feel there was some creative editing of the photo.
Which is cool but it bothered me
for some odd reason.
Who knows where my head is
all of the time!?
She is a lovely little distraction!
I have a stack of photos that my daughter recently sent
from my trip over for Emma's birthday.
The sketch to the left is from
a black and white photo taken on her birthday.
I haven't sketched like this in ages,
 it felt so great to totally
lose myself for a bit.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


There are those days when a basketweave piece is
 ah mazing to have in hand. 
I've been drawing, drawing, drawing, cutting up yards of canvas to work up new designs upon.
And then, I bought a new desk ... 
and then of course, 
I had to paint it a bright fun color. 
That part was easy, the terminology 'hand buffed' finish ... holy camoly ... basketweave was about all I could handle after a few hours of that. 
Desk is gorgeous, when it has finished 'curing' and I can load it up, you'll see pictures.
camera strap
I'll be disappointed when I finish this,
it's been fun to work on.
Many fond memories of stitching on
it around the world, so to speak.
This traveled to Germany, Pisa, Florence,
and back to the states over to Houston
and back home again, Whew!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

small bits...

... a new adventure ... this is one kind of happy for me. 
Just drawing. 
Of course, these bits will turn into larger bits 
with huge amounts of color and then ... 
but of course, they'll be enhanced with threaded needle! 
Another kind of happy is new mechanical pencils. Yeah!
These bits are only 5"square ... for now.
Details ... can bog me down. Like what I've finally worked out.
My Castle, My Dragon©
He has a name ... Harumph!
said grumpily with some air behind the 'rumph' part.
This may change as he becomes happier
with his adornments, for now he's not
doing well with my slowness in getting him stitched.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

my adventure to Houston ...

Chandail, a must if you're ever in the Houston area!

Saira has a secret ... she is a thread collector! 
Since I was remiss in taking a picture of her thread stash, 
you'll have to visit this lovely colorful shop to see 
'the secret garden'.
Not really a secret but, upon entering the shop, 
you do not see any threads, 
they are all tucked safely away around the corner 
from the hot sunshine of Houston in their own private space. 
It's like finding a magnificent forest of color.
Precious students ...
Rebecca, happily stitching away on her ribbon flowers.
At this point I'd only taught them one version of the 
several versions of Bullions I have in this piece. 
Ilene was a trooper, as hearing the word Bullion 
sent her close to the edge by the end of the first day. 
Alison in the background was the class 'turbo' stitcher, beautiful work!
I had a wonderful time getting to know all these ladies.
 I was also able to see long time friends that traveled down from Austin. 
How awesome is that! 
The farthest traveler was Renee from Dallas! 
All of us were very surprised to learn that Jenn, 
who is pictured above in the group is very new to needlepoint ... 
like MONTHS! 
She was not afraid of anything and her work is beautiful!

Stay tuned, we had such an amazing time, 
I'm already booked for next April!