Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pink Skies...
He's looking much happier.
I may change the sky a bit to the left of him ...
counting that out in those tiny spaces might
send me over the edge!
More on that later. [the counting bit, not going over the edge bit]
Sky stitch is compliments of Sheena's Sweet Stitching.
Now to figure out the sun rays....
For my next act.
My sweet Mom gathered these for me from the
banks of the Susquehanna River in PA.
We lived on a mountain top over looking
this river for many years.
I have a succulent garden growing in my
imagination. These rocks are going to grace that garden bed.
I'm planning to paint them with colorful [of course] designs.
"A Different Tassel"©
This is a charted design of mine from a
few years back. 
It's now making a reappearance at 
The Black Sheep
I'll be teaching this one day project
November 14th.
Join us for a fun easy day of stitching!
Click the link above & call the shop for details.
I just LOVE this!
It seems to bloom endlessly.
I'll step out with Chance in the a.m. for his walk
POW, color!
This obviously makes this one very happy!
My brain is concocting a new piece involving these
wonderful poofs of fuchsia and those great seed pods.
It also attracts lovely honey bees ... which will have to be
included with in the piece.
Oh for more time....

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1!!

Seems like yesterday we were still in August! 
Where did September go??
These beautifully fall colored Echinacea
greeted us as we entered our local museum
Sunday afternoon.
I love these flowers in all colors! Mostly I've seen them
in the deep fuchsia I love so much.
I was going to be totally selfish with this piece,
keep it just for moi.
A piece was needed to demonstrate finishing
for my ongoing classes in Orlando at
The Black Sheep
So I pulled colors I love and the magic happened.
Ruth said NO, you have to share.
So, I am going to use this one as a teaching piece.
I have several places to submit to for classes, 
nice to have something ready.
His spikes are growing and soon to sparkle!
I decided on Raised Stem, I'd totally
forgotten about this gem of a stitch!
Look at that dimension!
I found a wonderful stitch for the sky to try out from 
Sheena's Sweet Stitches!
Amazing where we all find inspiration!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Designs!!

The Dallas Cash N Carry 
is this weekend!
It's always exciting to see
my pieces of art 
on their way to new homes!
'Little Lamb'©
I love this one, the colors are just too fun!
'The Swan'©
thinking of  the S.W.A.N.'s
back in Austin!
I find it amusing that I moved to a 
small town that is known for their Swans!
We have a lake full of them here!
'Little Dancer'©
Perfect for pairing with Emma's Little Bird.

There are several new belt designs up on the site as well, 
Go check out all, remember I'm distributed through
Ruth Schmuff Designs

Sunday, September 20, 2015

roaring back...

Harrumph is back and very happy 
to be getting the attention he deserves.

A wise woman told me I shouldn't design pieces with faces 
if I don't like getting stared at grumpily from across the room.
So we're both happy now. 
There is just something about dragons that captivate.
Truly, it doesn't take much to make me happy.
These arrived in the mailbox yesterday,
tore into the bag like a kid with a new toy!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rainy days ...
There are advantages to being a designer ...
I had to have a biscornu to demo finishing on for my class at
The Black Sheep.
Couldn't bring myself to restitch one,
so I painted a different version of one in colors I love.
Now to get it stitched up quickly.
I also decided to paint up
a bunch of dog collars in
different colorways, Fun!
Would you believe the gray/orange
to be my favorite so far??

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!