Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Cell

Ro Pace calls these little sections "cells". I have decided to do all of the cells that are the same around the whole piece. It means less color variation and maybe a little boredom as it progresses, but I feel more comfortable with it. I can see this piece stitched with blacks and greys on a red background. Or how about reds on a black background...This looks so cool in person. I am having a lot of fun with this piece.

I have gone back to stitching on my Gay Ann Roger's Townhouse. We are doing the plaited stitch over one. It makes a great border, but there is lots to do. Great for watching the Olympics!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I finished the ANG February Stitch of the Month. My pictures aren't the best (I blame the camera), but the green ray has a little blending filament in i. (Kreneik 091)

Lots of fun and I am caught up, at least for this month!

February ANG Stitch of the Month

I managed to get some work done on the ANG Stitch of the Month. I am not so sure I like the green, but the kids do so I will leave it for now. I have a little more to do on it, and then I will be caught up for February!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Center of Solar Flare

Well, I thought I would be done with the center by now, but time has gotten away from me. This piece is very addicting. I can't wait to see what the next part looks like when I start adding another thread to the piece. Currently I am using Veiled Sun (1023), a Silk 'n Colors thread by Thread Gatherer. Hopefully I will have time to finish the last little section tonight. I do so much ripping that it is slow going...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Solar Flare

First, thanks for all the nice comments on my mail art. I have my guild meeting today, if it is not cancelled because of the snow, and I will let you know if they want to do a workshop. I only mail things that I can whip up pretty quickly. I am too afraid of them getting lost in the mail or not being appreciated. My goal with the postcards I do send is to bring a smile. If it does that, I am happy.

I started on Solar Flares by Ro Pace.
This is a cyberworkshop offered by the ANG Cyberpointers chapter. Doing all the prework took some time, but I think I will be glad in the long run that I did it. Ro says we can leave the basting in, but I plan on removing it as I go. (I used the wrong thread when I did the basting and don't want to leave it.) This little bit of stitching took me two hours and that is not including the prework! I love the piece though and am trying to just enjoy the process.

Be careful out there everyone. They say we are getting a total of 8 inches here, but it is much worse out east. Hope you all are ready for this one!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mail Art

Mail Art. What is that? It is art that you mail. Duh. But truly, what constitutes mail art? I think it is defined as any piece of art that you place a stamp on and mail away from you. So if you do beautiful calligraphy and place that on your envelope, that is mail art. I know some cross stitchers are making envelopes out of fabric, stitching on it and mailing it. That is much too time consuming for me. (If you want to see an example, go to Dragon My Needle- ) I want to introduce my local EGA to mail art, so I made these Valentine postcards: I had to make 18 so I used my sewing machine. I made paper cloth and used it for the hearts. The background is fabric scraps that I ironed onto interfacing and then sewed down. I can see tons of possibilities with these. I wish I had pulled some lace and used it. I am not much of a seamstress, so using the sewing machine was a challenge. Luckily my son was available for advice! Now to get them addressed and into the mail.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

January ANG Stitch of the Month

Well, I finished the stitching for last month. It wasn't too hard. I cannot continue until I get the rest of my threads from the shop. Do you think I might be able to find another project to do?