Sunday, November 27, 2011


I had to take my boys to youth group and so I have an hour or so to stitch.  (I try to get up and walk around a little.)  I thought all was going well until I realized that I made my last building too long.  It has a building in front of it so I need to do some reverse stitching.  Could I leave it?  Maybe.  But I think I wouldn't be happy in the long run.  So tomorrow's  15 minutes will be frogging.... 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This Week's Progress

I have made some progress on my black Cityscape.   And I have only done 15 minutes a day!  Hopefully I will have a progress report on Serpentine soon.  I am getting bogged down on the border.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Here is a list of the colors I have used for Serpentine.
All Kreinik is #001 Silver
ThreadWorkx- 1015 (but  I may have chosen a different overdye if I had seen all my colors laid out)
Soie de Paris-114 and 3333
Finca perle cotton- #8  #3810(lt blue),#2615(purple),#3822(dk blue)
                              #12   #3810,#2615, #2606
                              #16-Either 3810 or 2606
I have my beads, but I am uncertain which one I will choose.  Having to order everything online makes a huge difference.  Also, the Finca has different tints and some are quite different within color numbers and sizes. 
Also, I think it would change the piece to put a light purple (2606) inside the dark blue crescents (3822) instead of the light blue (3810).  Moved the purple color out more, although there is still another woven border on the edge of the piece..
Changing the Kreinik would be fun too.  Mine is very shiny because of the silver, but I wonder if there would have been a different Kreinik or metallic that would have worked better-something in light purple?  You do need #8,#4 and #1/16.
Hope that helps everyone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cityscapes Heart-Black

This is the stitching I was able to do on Saturday.  It doesn't seem like much, but being on black congress cloth I have a difficult time seeing where my needle is to land.  I am trying to limit myself to 15 minutes a day on the piece although I find that difficult.  Why?  It is fun to see the buildings to develop and I want to start a Gay Ann Rogers heart...

Monday, November 21, 2011

100 Flowers has Arrived!

My package arrived from Gay Ann Rogers with 100 Flowers.  I loved this piece since the first time I saw it in the EGA National Seminar brochure.  But, sigh, I cannot start on it yet.  Serpentine is not done and it has a due date.  I will look through my stretcher bars and make sure I have the right sizes and I may frame it up as a Christmas gift for me...Maybe those of us who got the piece could start a yahoo group SAL.
To see a good photo of the piece go to and look at the E-week sales.  I believe it is under samplers or early morning sales.

And for those who asked:  I will try to post my colors for Serpentine next time I post progress on the piece.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

White Cityscapes-Finished

I finished my Cityscapes Heart by Betty Chen Louis yesterday.  Now on to the black one!  Will wait for a sunny day to photograph it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Serpentine-Almost Half of a Border

I did not realize how big this piece was until I started working on the border.  Once I get my waffle stitches in, I will count the border as half done.  Why?  Because it makes me feel like I am making progress.  If not, I just feel like I am going in circles with all the crescent stitches.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This is my framed piece Squaredance by Orna Willis.  It was a Cyberpointers workshop.  Lots of fun and great colors.  I can also say I finished my local EGA challenge.  Yeah!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

12 Stitches a Day on Serpentine

I have managed to stitch a little every day on Serpentine.  I try to do at least 12 stitches a day.  The braided fan is difficult for me and I need to rip out the one I started. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Slightly Different Waffle

I tried the silver #16 Kreinik in the center with the Perle Cotton on the outer edge.  I am not sure what  I like best.  My dh says to leave them both in.  Perhaps he is right.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Waffle in the Corner

I finished a waffle stitch in one of my corners.  The piece calls for Kreinik 16 braid and then the smaller #4 Krieinik.  I think it needs purple in the corner, but I'm not sure I like this. It is #8 perle cotton with the #4 Kreinik.  I think I will try the wider silver braid in the next corner with the purple where the silver currently is.