I should preface this by saying I’m still not happy with Noshi Ribbons, so I’ve tried to focus on other things. The wonderful group of women I stitch with has undertaken Stars for a New Millennium, another fabulous Toni Mineri piece. This is the second time I’ve stitched this piece. The first time I followed the suggested threads for the Fall Foliage color way as laid out. This time I want to hang the piece in my living room and there isn’t a color way that “fit” the colors I wanted to use: chocolate, teal, rust and a dark, but a true, red.…so I made my own. I need to add more squares before I make up my mind on this color scheme, but I’m enjoying it so far.
I’ve also been making a great deal of headway with my husband’s Christmas stocking. I’ve enjoyed working on it a great deal lately. After staring at Santa for about a week wondering how I was going to stitch that gorgeous coat and do it half the justice Liz did in painting it, I stumbled across the article Elegance in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of Needlepoint Now. I chose to use the Vertical Satin Diamond stitch for the bulk of the coat, only enlarging it (2,4,6,8,6,4,2) for the large sleeve and portion of the cape closest to the viewer. The farther side of the cape and the sleeve farthest from the horse are done as diagramed (2,4,6,4,2). Ann Strite-Kurz’s article Using Common Stitches in Uncommon Ways (Mar/Apr 2012) provided the diagram for my horse’s collar (diagram 6). I like the way it is coming together, and more importantly, he husband seems to approve. Please let me know what you think.
I’ve also stitched these little hats in times when pulling up the big frame has been inconvenient. My husband signed me up for a Christmas Club at Pocket Full of Stitches several years ago and I rediscovered them while we were moving. I’ve changed some of the stitches from the stitch guide, but the threads have all still been appropriate. They are still a work in progress, but they have been so much fun!
I have class tomorrow to work on Stars, but I think I’m going to stay home, just to be safe. I don’t want anyone else getting sick, but I sure am going to miss Miss Polly and my stitching group! Hopefully I’ll be able to stitch at home.
Until next time,
Until next time,