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I tend to work in threes.  I don’t really know why, I just always have.  This is extremely noticeable in my stitching.  I usually try to do three projects during one time period.  Right now is no different.

However I wanted to start doing things a bit different.  I am planning to do a Counted Cross Stitch ( CCS ) project, a needlepoint project, and a class project instead of three random ones.  This will enable me to get practice in on different styles.

I thought I would share photos of the three projects I will be working on for a while.

Counted Cross Stitch (CCS):  Vintage Seed Packets (June Griggs Desgns)
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Needlepoint:  The White Girl (artist unknown)
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Class Project:  May Your Hands Show Your Heart Class  (Thistle Threads)

My hopes are that I can finish the CCS and the Needlepoint projects quickly and by the end of March.  However, the Class project is an on going project that will take much time especially since I do that one mainly on Monday Morning Stitchers’ group.  I am hoping to someday get connected with the Tutor Rose Sampler Guild in Dallas and maybe get some encouragement to complete this project.

Well, need to head out.  There is much to do and many, many more photos of our travels to upload.


First Embroidery Finish of 2015!

First Embroidery Finish of 2015!

I haven’t really discussed what all I am working on embroidery wise for quite a while.  It seems that the Texas State Parks have taken priority so I thought I would remedy that and show off my first embroidery finish of 2015.

I have been working on a special project through the Fort Worth Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America.  It is a Group Correspondence Course (GCC for short).  It pretty much is exactly as it sounds, a project that you are doing via the mail as a group.  It is the Needlework Tool Case by Mary Long.  It has been a doosy of a project.  This being my first needlework canvas was not what I though it was going to be.  I was expecting it to be a needlepoint type thing until I received the instructions.  I was stunned but went to work on it with the others.



Green like the leaves, blue like the sky, brown for the trees and red for a cardinal that goes tweet, tweet, tweet.

When I chose the threads and canvas I had a plan.  This was a simple plan, make it represent a sweet late spring morning with the trees in full bloom, the sky filled with beautiful fluffy clouds, and a cardinal chirping outside my bedroom window.  I worked hard to get the design to accommodate this feeling.  I think it comes across rather well.



As you can tell, I made a few personal changes from Ms. Long’s toolcase.  I decided to do a tent stitch (half cross stitch) in brown as the background behind my name and year.  I just didn’t care much for the open canvas look.  There is more than enough of that on the back section.  To me it looked undone, almost as an after thought.

I will be showing off my work at the next FTW EGA meeting and then packaging it up to be sent off for evaluation.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the finished project.  Now to wait and see when it will come back to do the lining and final finish.

This is going to be one of the few hand embroidered items I will be keeping for myself.  Usually I am working on paid commissions, gifts for friends and family, or teaching so this is a special treat for me.

You can see my other bits of art in the gallery section.  Enjoy!  I know I have.