Happy Halloween and an another stitched witch… but not finished

I knew when I started stitching her she would not be complete until next year, but14-10-30 Witch 4 then since I’ve had her for years another year won’t matter much. I want to make a broom for her to have as a base to sit upon.

14-10-30 Witch 1I wanted to share now because of the background stitch… I found it really interesting. I decided to do a darning pattern pumpkin face for the background; but when I turned the canvas over on the back I saw a cat head. And then if you look at the front again in the negative spa14-10-30 Witch 3ce you can see the cat there too. Can you see it too? Now I wish I had done this background stitch in a glow in the dark thread, I think it would have enhanced the optical illusion. Oh well there is always the next piece.

 

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Have a safe and happy Halloween. Don’t forget Nov 1, All Saints Day, to remember family and friends and all the stitchers who have gone before us.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Laissez les bons temps roule!

Today is Mardi Gras…

I’m still researching bows for the shamrock piece. Not really, I have researched and have three books marked…just not in the mood to start. Another not really, but I have in my mind how I want the bow to look but don’t know if I can stitch it the same way. In short, I am procrastinating. I have to be in the right mood to tackle some projects, especially those I have a vision of how the finished stitching should look. I want the bow to be realistic looking and the stitching to be very smooth, and full. Do you envision how a canvas should look? They say that this is why we do not like some of our work; we have envisioned how we think the canvas should look and yet we do not stitch it the same way. I have another month until St Pat’s Day, hope inspiration hits me before then.

Bones, the Guild piece from a few posts ago has been passed on.

I needed a canvas for Super Bowl…one that was fairly simple and would not require my undivided attention…I think because Super Bowl was in New Orleans I was more attracted to all the activities. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities…but I think it is a young person town. You have to be young to eat, drink and be merry 24/7 for days on end and let’s face it New Orleans is a eat, drink and be merry town! And in my younger days, I could eat, drink and be merry with the best of them, but today I am a little more reserved. I still love the food and I don’t know how you can be unhappy in a town that is always partying, but I have my limits and so fix’n some Cajun food and watching from my “easy” chair was the best “big easy” do this year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd what a better canvas to stitch than Nick, my Mardi Gras man. On her website Kathy Meyer (http://kathymeyer1.tripod.com/kmdesigns/index.html) calls him a Beatnik, but he is definitely my Mardi Gras man. I’ve had Nick for a few years and he’s always been my Mardi Gras guy. For those of you who do not know Mardi Gras is only on Fat (gras) Tuesday (Mardi) before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. BUT carnival started in January on the 12th night and was only set aside last week for Super Bowl. And by last Tuesday after SuperBowl, the krews were readying themselves with costumes, throws (beads, cups, doubloons and all sorts of goodies) for the parades that happen almost non-stop through Mardi Gras. Oh, to be young again…”throw me somethi’n Mister!”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANick was the canvas of choice for Super Bowl and he was fun to stitch. Basketweaved top part of his face with a light green silk floss (remember the colors for Mardi Gras are green, gold and purple). His beard is a loosely stitched basketweave with green and gray silk floss and them I took a needle and ‘fluffed” or picked at the stitches to give him that 5 o’clock shadow look. All of his OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhair, eyebrows, beard and mustache are Petite Peluche stitched freely in slanted Gobelins. His eyes are padded Satin with an outline stitch and Turkey Tufted eyelashes. I was going to clip the Turkey Tufting but thought it was cute left loopy. He was topped off with a purple beret OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstitched in a stitch using perle cotton and #12 Kreinik braid: #070: Mardi Gras (http://www.kreinik.com/).

I opened up his body to add a wire frame to give him a spine (you have to have a spine to play at Mardi Gras) so he can play with his beads and doubloons…after all you can never have too much fun at carnival/Mardi Gras.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsn’t he cute? I just love him. He’s been finished and swimming in my from my Carnival/ Mardi Gras days on my desk this past week.

He has a buddy I stitched a long time ago for Halloween. I’m not sure what his real name was (and I don’t see him on the website) but I called him OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalter, the wizard witch. I love the doll eyes and I think I added the moon to the hat…But his nose is his crowning glory! It is needleweaving (buttonhole stitch) over padding using glow in the dark Kreinik braid (http://www.kreinik.com/). And then I made warts using pony beads and Peluche from Fabulous Fibers (http://www.fabulousfibers.com/Default.asp). He also has wire added to him and he usually sits with my other witches at Halloween holding a tiny beanie baby toy from a McDonalds Happy Meal.

I would really like the heart one shown on Kathy’s website too but I don’t see it listed…Oh I hear my credit card squaking…”Use me, use me.”

Today is Mardi Gras so: “Laissez les bons temps roule!” (Let the good times roll!)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to eat, party and stitch today!

ttfn…sue
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P.S. This is the rest of my Mardi Gras display. Bought the masks in New Orleans years ago and I love them, some of my throws, my hat and my Mardi Gras Throw bag (partially seen on far right with pom-poms). I even have a No Parking sign that the police chief of Meterie in Jefferson Parrish sent me, it hangs in my hallway year round.

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More stitching and contemplating…

While I am researching bows I am stitching on a guild project.

My guild has a couple projects they are stitching and finishing to donate to the American Needlepoint auction (http://www.needlepoint.org/index.php). These projects were donated to our guild by a member who was moving.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI like Halloween and Janet Zickler Casey (https://www.jzcdesigns.com/) canvases…so I took Bone Jangles (https://www.jzcdesigns.com/Bone%20Jangles.htm) to get started. I donated the stretcher bars, tacks, magnet, bag and placed the instructions in plastic pages.

First I completed all the dangling threads…when you take a class you usually end up with partial areas stitched and dangling threads.  Then I balloonstarted at the beginning and am stitching until the guild meeting (next Monday)and then I will pass it on to the next member. Probably won’t see again until stitching is completed.

I loved the face stitch and untilI started him had not given much thought to stitching this on the diagonal but it was so easy. Sometimes I just get brain freezes and can’t see the 13 jzc Bones w stith outlinediagonal method…now I can.

I also outlined the eyes and the teeth but the rest of the face I marked on picture with dotted line because I wouldn’t outlne the face until the jacket and bow tie are completed.

This and another project I did this month has made me think more about my stash and library. I had two other friends who downsized and moved this last year and I helped them dispose of some of their things. We had a sale online and at a guide meeting, the profits from these sales have gone to charities of their choice. I have downsized my canvas and threads with the combining of households (see: https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/re-storage/) but I still have large collections of stash and a library that takes up a room.

I have a several pieces of needlework that need to be returned to the family of the person who has stitched them when something happens to me. I love these pieces but I did not stitch them and I think their families would love to have them back. I have taken pictures of these pieces and written down whom to contact.

I also have written down several stitching friends to contact should something happen to me; they will be able to help my family dispose of my collection if I am not here to help.

One of these days I am going to go through my library and downsize this also. But it will be one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I really love my books; they are like old dear friends. But there are some old friends that I do not visit often and maybe someone out there is looking for this book to add to their library. I am not looking forward to this day but books keep coming in and I have run out of space.

How about you? Does your family know how important needlework is to you? Does your family know what to do with one of your most valued (not only $$ but personal favorite) collections? Have you given any thought to what is to become of an important part of you…because our needlework is part of us,  an expression of who we are and how we want to be remembered.

Okay, now that I have depressed myself it is time to move on…I think I will go stitch.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!
ttfn…sue

Hazy, lazy days-weeks

I have been suffering from allergies for three weeks now. And when I suffer from allergies my resistance is low and I get a cold…my Grandson shared his with me (Thank you not very much) and then I shared with DH. So this week end since everyone was feeling hazy and lazy we didn’t do too much. Even Lucy got in on the lazy act…

The bright spot of my week (other than all the naps I took) was this gift from Donna Liljegren of Brynwood Needleworks (http://brynwoodneedleworks.blogspot.com/). In one of my more lucid moments this past three week I entered her contest for the “800th post Giveaway” and I won one of the prizes. As I recall from my allergy fog she had several choices and you had to tell her which one or two you liked best. I love my pillow cover and I even had a pillow form I my stash to fit. And the 2012-13 planner, candy, breast cancer bracelet, pretty ribbon and tissue were the bright spots in my dismal gray week!  Now the candy is gone, planner is in my purse,  bracelet is on my desk and the pillow is at home in the living room where even Lucy knows to look and not touch.

I am stitching sometimes and I will have my project to share next week…stitched but not framed.

I need to take a 5 minute walk so my aching body will get some exercise today …

Thank you for stopping by and spending a few moments with me; hope you have time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Halloween Treat

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Last year I made Halloween trees for my grandchildren (Yes sons, I did not do this for you…such is life.) I really wanted more lifelike trees but settled for Black Christmas tree like trees.  I would have posted these to my blog last year but we all know I am not the best at writing to the blog…And then too I was busy stitching and finishing. The response of my grandkids was too cute and worth all the work and all the reward I needed. How can one put a price on, “Oh Grandma, I love you!”

I charted one and gave to the local needlepoint shop to give away as a cross stitch or needlepoint freebie…a treat from me and them. Until this year I forgot to finish charting the designs and so they will not be released until next year…too late for this year. But I will share one with all of you…my treat. If you cannot read print the design from the blog, email me (sudu@kc.rr.com) and I will return the email with a PDF file attached. Please put Candy Corn pattern in subject line or you might go to the junk mail and that would be no treat.

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The scissors are Flying Witch Scissors from Uncommon Scissors http://uncommonscissors.com/ although I think I may need (not want but need) to order black cat too, and maybe owl…and… Can one have too may scissors?

 And I almost forgot to bring my Halloween sewing box out…I blogged about this when it came back from the finisher…couldn’t wait to show it off Blog: https://sudukc.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=575)  then and then I forgot to bring it out with my witches.

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It is too cute and took me forever to stitch…I am not a cross stitch person but in a weak moment had to have this… I think Just NAN (http://www.justnan.com/) does such cute things and I believe Silver Needle in Tulsa (http://www.thesilverneedle.net/index ) was my enabler.. I’m grateful she does lots of limited additions because I am so far behind the curve that usually they are all sold out by the time I see them. Probably a good thing for me otherwise I would have a box full of Just Nan UFOs and I don’t do much cross stitch.  

Happy Halloween and no tricks please.

ttfn…sue