Day of THE Green

I would be remiss if I did not wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day…So Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Our corn beef has been smoked (thanks to #2 son) and my Irish cream is chillin and our mantle is decorated:

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(L-R)   Radco ornament (one of two)

Kathy Schenkel March Santa (http://www.kathyschenkel.com/)

Joan Lewis March Nutcracker (http://www.joansneedlepoint.com/)

My Celtic Origins Shamrock piece: search my blog for “Celtic”                                                                    (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/)

Lego Leprechaun

Wooden box Irish Hex

Dede March snowman (http://www.dedesneedleworks.com/index.html)

Leprechaun (sorry do not remember painter) but I do remember it was a monthly piece

Harp Lager beer Tap

Anne Stradal:  Leprechaun(http://www.absdesignsonline.com/)

AKA Toppy: search my blog for “toppy” (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love all my needlework but I really love my Lego leprechaun. He was built by #1 son and his son, Cooper. I get to have him on the mantle in March and then he goes back to Cooper’s room for the rest of the year. Isn’t he the cutes?

And my other non-needlepoint, BUT still handcrafted is my Irish Hex box. Years ago we were traveling in Pennsylvania and I kept seeing these hex signs on buildings (mostly barns). But it didn’t register how large they must be (remember I was OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtraveling with three young sons and a husband in a car and no needlepoint…I was a bit brain impaired) and I kept telling my husband I wanted one. I think out of desperation (he was going a bit nuts with the boys in the back of the car too) he finally found a place that sold hex signs and other things. Needless to say when we pulled up I realized they are huge and soon found out that a hex sign was not coming home with us (they would not trade us one hex sign for three boys…wonder why)  But they had a couple books on hex signs and of course books jumped right into my hands. Once I returned home I decided to paint some hex signs on smaller items and I loved the folklore  attached to the Irish Hex sign: The Irish were camped with other Pennsylvania troops at Valley Forge (yes during the Revolutionary War) and the Pennsylvania Dutch would tease the Irish. So the Irish made this hex sign and would taunt the Pennsylvania Dutch with this chant:

Hurray for the Irish

We’re not very much

But a damn sight better

Than the Pennsylvania Dutch.

And so today I leave you with this Irish Blessing for friends:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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

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Voila another finished needlepoint piece

I finished, finished my shamrock piece this week and I really like it. Of course now I am siting twittering my thumbs. Not really, but it is a vision isn’t it…me twittering my thumbs?

And before I continue I am not endorsing any designer or shop nor is this a commercial for anyone designer or shop. I receive nothing from them but we all know it takes a community to get our designs from our mind to the finished product.

The design was a birthday gift from my friend, Joan Lewis (http://www.joansneedlepoint.com/index.htm ); she had painted it for a customer and I loved it, so she did one for my birthday. I’m not sure it is on her website but she will paint one for you.

The box is frosted glass box. Mine is forever old but I think you can still get from Framecraft in England or I did post online about them and these shops answered me that they have them in stock: (no prefered order…only the order I received them)

The Designer’s Desk; Pat or Donna; 216 James Street; Historic Geneva, IL 60134; www.designersdeskusa.com; email: ddesk1@aol.com; 630-262-1234; 1-800-377-8087.

Thistle Needleworks, Inc.; Judie, 1005 Hebron Avenue; Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-633-8503; 860-633-1851 (fax); 800-NDLWRKS (635-9757) (out-of-state orders); ThisNeedle@aol.com; www.ThistleNeedleworks.com.

Threadneedle Street; Marianne Bergson, Owner; 75-645 Dempsey Drive; Palm Desert, CA 92211; (760) 340-0411; threadst@aol.com<threadst@aol.com>;

Step by step finishing:  I did it and I’m so proud of myself…finishing is not really my deal.

13-03-14 finish #3My box came with a paper insert template and so I cut another out of lightweight cardstock. I cut it about 1/8th inch smaller than paper template to compensate for the thickness of canvas and stitching.

I cut the canvas about 1 inch from the stitched design. I also cut a piece of lining (because I had used an open stitch and my cardstock was bright white…I wanted a softer look) I also cut a piece of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthin batting the size of my cardstock for slight padding.

I knew I was going to clip around the circle so I could turn tabs back smoothly;  so I basted the lining to the canvas next to the outside stitching edge of the design area. When I clip the canvas and lining the lining will stay attached to the canvas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA13-03-14 finish #4aI laced the canvas and lining to the cardstock starting at the top and bottom, then side to side and finally around the curves. I clipped my tabs as I went but you could clip the canvas and lining first and then stitch. How I stitched mine is numbering diagram on the right. (Even thought the picture does not look this way…some helpful elves clipped my original stitching after I had it wedged into the lid so I quickly redid in clockwise fashion…not sure I even got all the tabs second time.)

Pressed the metal liner (this came with my jar) in the frame. It locks the needlework in place and it 13-03-14 finish #5was difficult to get locked in place. then I attached the felt piece (also came with jar, but any felt or ultra-suede would do.) to give it a finished appearance…

And Voila another finished needlepoint piece.

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

Shamrock Bows

I am on a roll… Oh I just love it when I have a feeling of accomplishment, but I am ahead of myself… I had researched the technique, gathered the supplies (floss for padding and chenille needles for stitching) but was still not stitching the bow. I knew how I expected it to look but just wasn’t in the mood to tackle it. Have you ever been here? I knew it wasn’t because I felt  incapable of this technique; I just wasn’t in the mood. And I do think that you have to be in the mood to tackle certain projects.

I know I’ve heard that you can tell the mood of a stitcher by looking at her basketweave stitching…I believe this. I think anytime your mood changes, or your mind is someplace other than what you are doing. Example – Driving and daydreaming: Have you ever been driving and all of a sudden you realize you are further down the road than you thought, or already to your destination. Scary isn’t it? Or you have all the stuff to make meatloaf but it’s just not sounding like a meatloaf night to your taste buds?

Well, that’s where I was with the bow…I just wasn’t feeling it. Obviously wasn’t feeling it since I started the piece in January (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/shamrock-stitching/ ) and have stitched several things in between. I don’t like to think of it as procrastination because I knew it was in the stitching pile, I really was just not ready to tackle the project.  Last week I picked it up; I finally felt like I could tackle the project. I was still a bit leery that my stitching would not match what my eye was seeing, but I decided that I needed to attempt a start. I knew that if it went poorly I could cut it out; but I also knew I was going to be piercing canvas threads with my chenille needle and would be weakening the canvas. With a bit of trepidation I started. I did one side first and spent the day looking at it. While it did not quite match my mind’s eye it was not overly offensive to me either; I just had to give my mind eye time to adjust to the reality of the stitching. And of course, I think we are always overly critical of our own stitching.

I set it up on the shelf and walked away from it and did something completely unstitching related…reading my second love. And low and behold the affirmation moment happened…I was reading about art (okay so it is creatively related to stitching) but this artist was saying that we need to allow the right brain to see the beauty that the left brain is trying to tell us is not there. I immediately looked at the bow and knew it was going to be okay…not perfect but acceptable to me if I allowed it to be so. I finished stitching the bow the next day.

This is how I stitched the bow: I used a 7 ply silk to stich the bows. I outlined, padded and satin stitched the loops of the bow. The tails of the bow were horizontal Satin stitch without padding or outline stitches.

13-03-12 Outline of bowThe first picture is an outline of one bow loop.

Step 1: I used 2 ply to outline the loops of the bow.  I outlined both the outside and insid13-03-12 Padded satin Step1e of the loops.

Step 2: I used a cotton floss close in silk color to pad the loops. I tried not striping the floss but I knew even before 13-03-12 Padded satin Step2I began stitching this was not going to work so I striped the floss and used all 6 ply.  I laid the floss along the area and adjusted angles as I stitched the satin stitches.

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The tails of the bow were stitched with 5 ply silk in a horizontal Satin stitch starting at the bottom and worked toward the bow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo the bow is stitched and I have learned to silence the left side of my brain and allow the right side to shine through. I like my stitching better…at least for this piece; but I know the left brain can’t stay quiet for long.

But this week-end I finished stitching my bow, maybe I will get it finished finish this week… and maybe two posts in one week. What is the world coming to?

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