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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunny Sunday...



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On this beautiful Sunday morning,
as I sat down to focus on painting.
This one became a total distraction for me.
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I finally did get painting.
Little Dancer©2014
Progress is progress
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The border on this design was a bugger
to count out...
so of course, it's also a belt now.
Snail Trail©2014
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With some to spare! Truly thought I would run out of steam or thread working these swirly bullion curves.
Thankfully neither was an issue!
And I
LOVE the way they turned out.
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Next up, finish the coils and the
tiny red ribbon flowers.
Then to figure out a stitch for the background,
already have something in mind for the pink flowers
....you'll see :-)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

design time...

...balanced with stitching time. 
Sometimes these two happen naturally, sometimes...not so much. 
Today I was counting out the border along the right hand side
...and I screwed it up.  
Ugh...the debate in my head is to start totally over 
or white it out and re count. 
Cute snail, cute flower, cute snail, cute oops, off center.
Are you doing a happy dance that I count this out for you!??

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'Little Dancer'©2014
Getting a feel for color 
before putting brush to canvas.
This is typically how I 'do' it.
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Coils...couched...sort of.
I laid a base of diagonal satin with Very Velvet, then coiled the Memory Wire. There is one tiny couch stitch at the very center
and then just around the outside coil.
Tiny ribbon flowers have been re stitched since you last saw a picture of this corner in my world of stitching.
As I worked another area my thread caught one of the Montano knots several times...another ugh. I think the end result is 'cuter'...so sometimes frustration leads to better results.
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Our little Emma the world traveler,
here she is in Belgium looking her cutest ever!
Besides exploring the globe, she is sitting up and cutting teeth. There is just so much happening in her world! So much to be grateful for, her sweet smile makes my miscount of cute snail and flower border a mute point. I find myself just staring at her pictures and are we grandparents not the luckiest,
I get videos too!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

all is quiet...

I'm super busy designing and super excited about teaching in Baltimore in November. Time just keeps rushing by!
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My favorite past time. 
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My favorite girls. Sweet grandbaby girl is now FIVE months. Too fast!

Friday, October 3, 2014

brilliance...

or insanity :-)
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Swirls on a design always throw me,
even worse when I do it to myself on my own design!
So late last night I had one of those blinding
flashes of  'try this you crazy lady'
These are tiny bullions with Soie Perlee,
actually easier than you think
because the silk slides so easily.
I did find that I had to spin my needle between my fingers
to un twirl the thread between each bullion.
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Right away, I felt this was going to look awesome.
I have ripped out the little green stems...too fuzzy.
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'Blossom'©
in progress, yay!