Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Crazy Quilt Project!

Well, not unlike other nutty stitching folk, every once in a while, I'll start thinking about branching off to do a quilt, or miniatures, or making a doll, or doing some felt-work, or possibly some applique quilting.  Maybe some jewelery making?  Wreath Making?  Flower arranging?  Hum?  When I hear that inner voice, my common sense side starts trying to put the brakes on..."OK, sister...How many needlepoint projects do you have currently on stretcher bars?"..."Do you really think it's wise to start another major project?"...Guilt often works,"Think of your poor neglected children and the fact that they need shoes, really. Starting another major project will just take time and money away from them. Stop your-self, sister!"  Sometimes this works, other times...well let me just say that I have alot of un-finished projects!!!
About a year and a half ago, I became completely fascinated with Victorian Samplers and Crazy Quilts.  I wanted to make a quilt!  Did, my research, started gathering fabrics, when the idea struck me...
What if I did a Needlepoint Crazy Quilt Square???  I started sketching and playing around with the lay-out and what it would look like.  In February I finally painted the Canvas:
Painted Canvas KCA 011-18
I just loved the painted piece!  There are soooo many possibilities here!

Then, I started stitching a little at a time.  It was a PERSONAL Stitching piece so I felt no immediate sense of urgency.  (Just to clarify...most everything I stitch is for the line, and has a deadline attached!)  Well, before I knew it...the piece was booked for a 5 Session Class at The Needle House in Houston, to start toward the end of June.  
THAT IS 3 WEEKS from NOW!!!! And I have a TNNA Market in 2WEEKS!!! 
Change status to URGENT!

 I have been stitching alot on the piece, and here is where we are at:
Most all of the Backgrounds are Stitched!  Just upper left Brown
& Black Sections to finish...and the Black around the Pansies!
Once all of the backgrounds are done, it will be time to start the CRAZY EMBELLISHING!!!!!  I am planning Silk Ribbon Work for the two floral elements.  Will be adding some Stumpwork  and some Applique, Beading and Silk Embroidery.  I will post some more pics as Embellishment unfolds!  

If you are interested in stitching this piece, it will be available to your LNS in January.  
If you are anywhere close to the Houston, Texas area, call the Needle House to sign up!  
The first Class is Thursday, June 23rd.

Oh, by the way, On my very first Blog Post, I got the dates of the Halloween Class wrong!  
It is on Saturday July 9th!  Contact The Needle Works in Austin for the Halloween Class.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Three Halloween Pieces Kelly is Stitching!

Hi!  I've been thinking about publishing a Blog for about a year now, and I finally got the nerve to actually do it!  Please hang in there with me as I learn to maneuver the Blog and how to format the look of the page and so forth.  Lately, I've been feeling a bit isolated with my stitching and thought that publishing a blog would be a good way for me to reach out
to other stitchers.  As a Painted Canvas Designer, National Teacher and Stitch Designer, it does seem that extraordinary pressure is on me to be a Super Stitcher.  That is such an honor, but really I tear out, and doubt my choices, and pick the wrong thread just like
every other Stitcher.  Through my Blog, I will endeavor to show you all of the exciting pieces I am working on and keep you informed about all of my teaching jobs!

This is a piece I  am teaching in Austin at The Needle Works on July 7th.  
It was stitched in just 2 Days!!!!  A Fun and Quick piece to stitch in time for Halloween!!!

Halloween Apples Part Stitched
This piece will be taught at The Needle Works in Austin July 7th.  
 I am  working on finishing this piece.  The Background was the hardest  part for me to resolve.  I finally like it very much, but ripped out two other stitches before I got here!  Below see a picture of the planter and
greenery with more detail....A bit of Bling!  Cool handles, feet and beads in the greens...Fun, fun, fun!!!I will show pictures of this piece when it gets further along!  I have a surprise border to add to the edge!!!  What will it look like?

Halloween Pear Topiary...some of the threads.

Well, why stitch one piece when you can do a pair?   I can't wait 'til  these are finished!