Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Tisket, A Tasket a TEENY, Tiny Basket!

Time for a True Confession:
Some of you may or may not know this, but
I am a Basket-aholic...A Truly Obsessed Needle Weaver...A complete Basket Case.

What started as a fun addition to painted canvases has morphed into
my new line of

Teeny, Tiny Baskets:


A Christmas Cookie Basket

A Beachy Shell Basket...

Notice the dazzling Swarovski Starfish Crystal 
in basket at left...

Halloween Tricks & Treats Baskets:

 Halloween Tricks Basket, woven but not finished and filled!
 Halloween Tricks Basket,  finished                       and filled!

Halloween Tricks...
Be-ribboned and Framed!
 Halloween Treats...
sorry about the focus...
not sure what went wrong ?

 Valentine Basket Work in Progress!

There are 8 Tiny Baskets in this series:
Christmas Cookies
Christmas Lights, Stars & Toys!
Puppy Love
Halloween Treats
Halloween Tricks
Stitching Basket

In November, I will be teaching a Tiny Basket Workshop at 
The Wellesley Needlepoint Collection.

The Canvases will be available with Stitch Guides and all the tiny Accoutrement
for the January TNNA Market!

Happy Stitching All!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stumpwork Bumble Bees, Needle Felting and more!

In the Bee Skep Series, my goal was to stitch each of the eight canvases with completely different techniques and styles for both 
the skep baskets and the bees.  
It was easy peasy to come up with varying stitches for the baskets.  
However, on the Bumble Bee front, as they were all about the same size,
it was quite a Challenge!
The fifth piece in the series is below:  

Bee Skep in Fieldstone Wall
I LOVE the Bumbles on the fifth canvas!
They were Needle Felted with Colonial Needles Blue Grip Felting Needles.

Here is a photographic progression of the felting process: 
1. a small amount of Wool Roving in place. 

2. The start of the felted shape is about halfway complete

3. This is from a different spot on the canvas than the first two pics, 
but it is the final felted shape prior to
adding all of the finishing stitches.

4.  Adding the Stripes and Head,
using Embroidery stitches and 2 ply of Amy's Burmilana
Wool blend thread in Charcoal

5. Once the stripes and head are stitched, it is time for wings
(Now back to our original Bee,)
This is 26 gauge white vinyl-coated wire.
It is not necessary to use white wire, gold or any neutral 
shade will do just fine.
6. The wing wires are stitched with Buttonhole Wrap
or Cast On stitches to completely cover the wire.
~See Stitch Diagram below~

As you can see from the diagram, the stitch forms a linked ridge,
this ridge is rolled to the inside to optically
'fill in' the shape. 

Finished Needle Felted Bees:

The final framed piece in place on the Hutch in
my family room! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Winter Village Sneak Peek!

Kelly Clark and Alison Hodgekiss team up once again to bring you

The Winter Village

5 of the 8 Buildings are shown below:
Ye' Old Bike & Clock Shop
 The Tea-Cafe and Village Fish Haus
The Gatekeeper's Cottage
 The Cakery
 Ye'Old Crooked Cottage

The Winter Village

featuring 8 major Building Canvases with 6 small Village Accent Canvases.
The series will be offered in 2 segments.
For more Information, Contact:
A Stitch In Time Needlework Shop
San Marino, CA

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Halloween Crazy Quilt is Done!

Here she is in all her Glory:

I finished all of the embellishment stitching late Wednesday night...OK, 
it really was still Wednesday, not quite Midnight!  Perfect timing for 
a Halloween Piece.  
On my last post, I mentioned my 'Zen Place' for doing all of the 
Embellishment stitching.  It is a different state of mind from needlepoint
 stitching.  I was worried about getting there.  
You are looking at a 'finished' needlepoint canvas, 
and instead of being done, 
you look and have to think, 
"OK, now to ADD!  What can I do to jazz up each and every faux 'seam'?" 
On March 9th, when I did the post about having all the background 
work done, 
I really was worried.
It is hard to decide where to start and what to do for the embellishing. 
 It took me a few days of worrying to tackle it.  I'd pick it up, look,
become overwhelmed and put it down.  Well, maybe if I organized all
of the bits and bobs, the panic would subside.
I gathered up beads, and sparkly threads, Swarovski Crystals, funky trims, 
ribbons, charms and buttons. 
Then, I decided that worrying about doing 23 seam treatments was really
overwhelming me.  "Kelly, darn it just pick a place and start!",
 I goaded myself.
   In the center, is the alternating Wheat & Bead sequence that I have used on 
the other 2 CQ pieces.  I knew it would work...so I began.  
Hooray!  The ice was broken!
 Then I decided to do the Stepped Wheat sequence, 
alternating the black & chartreuse silk perle, seen in lower left.  

 From experience, I knew that the Fan needed super skinny
treatments with lots of beads and bling, so I got busy on those!
Isn't it lovely?  Such Harmony!
I was really on a roll!  Once all of the fan is done, plus the first two,
suddenly 12 seams are tackled and the rest is much less daunting!
The fan edge is done with a SUPER COOL new trim & thread
combination from Access Commodities:
Silk Wrapped Purl & Silk Couching Thread.
Amazing Stuff!
A close-up of the Memory Wire Bead Twist.
The upper right corner has some simple twists with unique trims and threads.
And along came a Spider!
The Mish-Mash Ribbon Seam Treatment looks splendid in Halloween Colors!
And the Beaded & Be-Ribboned Tassel Trim is quite festive!
And more close-ups of other fun bits:
 Just look at the Sunflower center full of  messy beads and sequins!
 Delightful Tiny Buttons and a Vintage Bakelite bead with 
a plastic Rhinestone center...the epitome of tacky! 
 I just Love it!
 The wonderful cluster of Buttons with a Vintage Rhinestone 
Shank Button...Adorable!
 I was thinking about dangling Halloween Charms the whole
length of the Ribbon seam, but decided to stop after the
Jack-O-Lantern...was worried it might overwhelm!
(But, I can always change my mind!!!  Hum?) 

Now that the piece is done, time to write the Stitch Guide!
ARGH!!! Talk about overwhelming!
Ah well, until next time.
Happy Stitching, All! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Background Stitches all completed on Halloween Crazy!

Now it is time for the good stuff!
Seam Treatments and More Embellishing!
I Can't wait!  I have lot's O' Goodies in mind!

And a few close ups of the last sections stitched:
Along came a Spider!

Or Nu Jack-O-Lantern!


This is soooo exciting to be so close to finishing another canvas!

Just need to get into my Zen place where I can completely
let all other thought drain away and just allow the
"Out-of-the-needlepoint-box-thinking" to
take over.  Face it, when we stitchers look at the piece
above, it would normally be considered done...every section is stitched...
there is nothing 'Un-done" on the canvas.  

Not for Crazy Quilting!  No-no-no.  
Not done!