Thursday, February 25, 2016


I promised to show you all some of the Chistmas presents that I made this year. Now that they are all distributed, it is safe to post them. One of my favorites was Winnie, my daughter-in-law's French Bulldog. I wanted to repeat the outline technique that I first tried last year. The difficult part of this technique is deciding what details to keep in and what to leave out. I wish I were a natural artist, but I see improvement each time I trace a new photo, and I think it worked very well this time. At least my daughter-in-law recognized Winnie right away! I have a few more of these projects that I want to try, so you may see more soon.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Stitch-a-long progress

Wow! It is amazing to me, but Janet Brant has reported that at least one person has finished her stitch-a-long! I knew that given my schedule I would lag behind others, but that is amazing. My progress is much more modest, but it is still progress. And, because I am stitching slower, I am taking some inspiration from others to incorporate into my work. Fun! Anyway, here is my progress so far. Slow, but steady.

Stitching progress after 2 weeks.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stitching along with Janet Brandt

It has been a long time since I posted anything, and in fact, I'm surprised I posted as much as I did in 2015. It was a very dry year for creativity. Toward the end of the year things picked up and I will show what I finished for Christmas gifts eventually. I really needed a kick start to get my creative juices flowing, and Janet Brandt provided it by posting a free-for-all stitch along. There are no real rules, just a pattern for which she is posting her own stitching progress. It is fanciful and fun and there is no pressure. Just what I need right now! So, I downloaded the pattern, drew it on my fabric and bought my floss. My progress will be much slower than hers, but I am looking forward to stitching for the fun of it. If you want to stitch along too, you can find Janet's pattern and posts on her blog.

As you can see, my pattern isn't perfectly copied (it was hard to see the pattern through the dark fabric), but that is ok. I'm not worrying. I'm just stitching! I'll show my progress next week.