Friday, February 22, 2008

Another Santa!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been working on Strictly Christmas's Squatty Santa with Cats. At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with him to make him special. Ultimately I did decide what to do and it all worked. He is darling!

I started with the basics. Santa's face, his shoes, his mittens, the cats. All the no brainer stuff. Then came the rest. His coat is a darning pattern of fish. Subtle but cool.

I loved the stitching the snow on his hat. It's row beaded, but somehow that looked too straight, so then I went back and beaded some more on top of what was already done. Lots of beads crammed in in no particular order. It looks sparkly and encrusted with snow. I'll be doing that again.

The other part I really enjoyed was the trim on his coat. It's Nobuko but worked on its side. It gives an entirely different look than nobuko stitched in the traditional manner. It's stitched in 2 ply Cashmere from Gloriana. Now there's a yummy thread.

Santa is off to the finisher. More pics when he returns.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Great Finishing makes all the hard work worthwhile!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Really great finishing takes the cake!

There is nothing more exciting than receiving a box from a finisher and opening it to see your beautiful needlework transformed. It is now neat and pressed and blocked and trimmed and embellished and GORGEOUS! You love it all over again.

I had to show off these two pieces by two of my customers.

Wicked was stitched by Jane in California and will soon hang on her theater wall in her office. How cool is that? The stitching is superb and just look at the cool custom frame designed by Sharon Hall of Mountain Shadow Studio. The handpainted canvas is "Wicked" by Raymond Crawford. What a great way to remember a night at the theater. (By the way, if you haven't seen Wicked, it's a must see. I was so impressed by the writers twisting and turning a story we all think we know!)

Allison stitched this simple Halloween piece by Renaissance Designs in no time at all. Great threads, great stitches and now a great frame also by Sharon Hall of Mountain Shadow Studio. Now we just have to wait for Halloween.

Happy Stitching leads to Happy Finishing!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Stitch Box by Raymond Crawford

Talk about a treasure box! Raymond Crawford designed this happy canvas for all of us stitching fiends. It was great fun to stitch in all of it's Lily Pulitzer colors - pinks, yellows, lime and just a touch of purple.

I went to town using a variety of different stitches and threads. There's a bone ring covered in buttonhole stitch and a real skein of floss appliqued to the canvas. Buttons and cool crescent stitches really bring it to life.

The stitched canvas is 6 x 6 but I enlarged the design area making a bold statement. The box is custom built and approximately 14" square on top. It's big enough to hold all of your stitching treasures. I could have used an HP lacquer box and it would have been equally striking but I had this vision. (There's my downfall - the vision of how cool it could be!)

Now to decide where to display it...

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