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I design needlepoint AKA canvaswork or counted needlepoint - it's all done from charts and diagrams!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Color Delights...Old & New

I finally picked up my Spring Logs yesterday and decided on the border stitch and started stitching it - will show you a picture after I get a little more done. I don't enjoy stitching borders because I find it boring but this is the perfect time for me to have some boring stitching as my brain is fried by the end of the day lately. I'm almost done with the closeout shop stuf and am completely moving out of the storage unit tomorrow.
Have you ever noticed most of my designs don't have borders? Or, if they do, they're a mix of stitches and colors! My dislike of doing the exact same thing over and over led to my style of "no borders" and I'm pretty happy about it...

I've received some awesome Color Delights photos lately - I love seeing what people do with these small simple quick to stitch pieces.

This is Trish's interpretation of Graphite - She had the piece finished into this gorgeous pillow (I cropped it so you could see the stitching better). She actually stitched it four times and here's what she wrote,

"I didn't want "graphite" to end so i expanded it, repeating your "square" 3 more times. I love the color grey: so many nuances. After stitching your square, I gave the new squares different color themes of what I see in grey, trying to balance cool vs. warm tones, complimentary vs. contrasting fibers and colors/shades. There is the red square, silver square, teal square, etc. The biggest challenge was a border that that would compliment all the squares."

She also told me her LNS owner was a great help to her!

This photo comes from DeAnn in LA and is her beautiful version of "Aqua". Love her color changes and below is my original  - it looks completely different! This is one of my favorites as it was the first of the Color Delights - kindof like a first born child (which I was!).

The next three photos are from Shelly B. in Colorado - I met her while I was in Santa Fe - she was in a class with my good friend - small world! She did Turquoise, Rust, and Copper for a weaver friend and had them framed similarly - I can imagine they look stunning hung as a grouping.
And here are my latest two Color Delights - Peppermint and Ivory - I'm sure you can tell which is which! Peppermint will be fun to do in Dec - it's somewhat holidayish!
I'm especially pleased with Ivory. I'd been wanting to do a very neutral piece for a long time and the texture created was great. It makes me want to do a larger piece in all whites and creams and beiges with a LOT of different thread types. The ideas don't ever end...
Until next time...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where I've been...

It has been a while since I wrote - when I was in Santa Fe at the EGA National Seminar a few weeks ago, I met someone who told me they "read my inactive blog". I experienced a slight pang of guilt but then continued on my way hoping I'd post when I returned home. Now I've been home a couple of weeks and am finally taking the time to write and catch up! So much has been happening but not a whole lot of stitching has been going on.

I've spent the last couple of weeks getting my office and sewing room organized - I got so frustrated with not knowing where to put everything, I hired a professional organizer. I have to say it was on eof the best decisions I've made this year. She came for a two hour consultation and did new floor plans for the office and sewing room. I then worked for three days to clear out the sewing room and go through the boxes in the office. She brought an assistant for two days (10 hours total) and the three of us accomplished more in two days than I'd done in a month! Here are just a few peeks at the before and after of my sewing room. 

Finished! It's wonderful to have the shop cutting table in the center of my sewing room - it's so much easier to cut canvas now.  And here's my "design wall"... it's a lot better than the small one that just leaned against the wall
 I had done so much ahead of time in my sewing room that they were also able to get the garage done! Here's what it looked like at the end of the first day (it's a whole lot better than what it looked like before they started - we didn't take photos before we started). This actually looks a lot better than it did at the beginning of the day!

And...at the end of the 2nd day, I pulled the car into the garage! See everything on the sides?? It's all the stuff I've been putting up for closeout sales on the website - I'm almost done with that chore!
And...here's my new car, now that my garage is available again for its primary purpose! I picked it up yesterday afternoon and love it!

 Here's a photo of Boots after two days of organizing activity! He's like a dog - follows me around and doesn't sleep if too much is happening - he was exhausted!

Next time I write, I promise to show you some stitching although not much will happen this week with all the shipping I'll have to do as well as cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner - my parents are coming down! I have so much to be thankful for all the time and right now, life feels especially good!