Friday, November 20, 2015

I finally did it.  I have owned this canvas for about 3-4 years...had a stitch guide written at Fancy Stitches for it...bought all the threads and then pretty much decided to do my own thing!  The problem is...the SG was almost entirely basketweave.  The threads they picked are gorgeous and I am using the thread selections...but I cannot bring myself to BW the entire thing.  So I did diagonal ground over 3 for the sky.  This is my first Liz canvas...her stuff is really intricately painted.  Carolyn Hedge Baird inspired me to try stitches that aren't BW for her canvases.  Conventional wisdom says BW...CHB says go crazy.  So I am gonna go crazy!

Pizza Pat

This is a canvas that my daughter drew for me and I painted...it's my grandson't favorite book...Pizza Pat.  The mice and his cousins...by the dozens steal Pat's pizza.  Poor Pat!  I am going to bead the pepperoni and use flair for the cheese (in the oven 800 degrees!).

Fort Worth Needlepoint

 Here is my latest WIP.  Denise DeRusha's Fort Worth.  I beaded the lettering...it turned out pretty cute.  It took a tube and a half of seed beads.

Melissa Shirley Stocking

I just love Santa and the Reindeer!  This is such a cute canvas.  So much white however so I had to use many different threads and stitches to accentuate it.
 Here is the finished stocking.  I absolutely hated free stitching the trees...I just don't like it...it's up there with basketweave!
 Snowman guarding the house. I used some cute sequins to make the tree lights.
 It's hard to find a good font...I like this one ok.  Beading the sleigh was arduous.  I wish I hadn't chosen that about half way through!
 Some of the stitches are from a stitch guide by Diana Bosworth at the French Knot.  The rest are my choices.  Melissa Shirley is the bomb!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fiesta Creche by DeDe

 I love Facebook.  If you haven't joined, you need to get on over there and join Needlepoint Nation.  This was a mystery canvas until I posted it for the over 5,000 members to help identify...and guess what?  THE DeDe Ogden identified her own canvas.  It's debut was in 1975 and she says due to the popularity she is bringing it back-refreshed!  I absolutely love this canvas and I am having a great time stitching it.
 The baby Jesus looks very peaceful in his manger...the animals are keeping watch...well, the sheep is sleeping...but I am certain she is aware of His presence.  I love the cactus stitch...I got it out of the Stitch Landscape book by Little Shoppe...great book!
 Joseph looks a bit oriental...but perhaps he is just sleeping standing up...so tired from his travels.
 Close up of the cactus.
 Lots of french knots for the lamb.
Mary.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mexican Nativity

 Here is Mary and Joseph...I did her head covering first but then after I did the variegated dress, I decided it was all too much.  I ripped it out.
 Here she is with  pink splendor Nobuko...I like it much better.  I love the beaded flowers!
This is the cutest vintage DeDe canvas I have ever seen!  I wonder what year this is from?  I am guessing the 80's.  If anyone knows, please comment.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Texas Pillow...Yee Haw!

 Here is my Texas pillow.  I did this on my vacation to Kauai.  It was finished by the incredible Funda out of the French Knot in Fort Worth, Texas.
 Love the faces of the cow and cowboy!!!  Look a the cute trims Funda dreamed up!
 Yes I beaded the Texas...took forever.  Here is something interesting...I used white beading thread on the T,X,and S and red beading thread on the E and the A.  Look at the difference...same beads but thread really does matter...it changes the tone.
Yee Haw!!!