Monday, September 26, 2011

Garland Finito!

Hello Stitching Friends!

I am so excited to Report Rebekkha's Garland is finished.  Well, mostly!  I am still debating about whether or not to add more picot needlewoven leaves at top of columns?  What will I do?  I'm sure a few of you will start a bet on Stitcherie!  Hah! 
                  A few more exciting elements have come together, as well:

The columns are worked out!...The top pale gold is finished, the next pale gold
is still needing one additional layer of Long stitches.

The gourds are just wonderful!

Close-up of Left corner!
(See, don't ya think it needs a couple of dimensional leaves under The gourds?)

Well, I must admit, I have been working for two straight days to arrive at this point
on my stitching of Rebbekkha.  A wonderful 2 days of focused Stitching!
My goal is to have her done by next weekend, so that Indian Scout can be started!!!!  
I am just itching to work on him!

I LOVE how the water looks like it is rippling and catching the light as it moves!!!!

Here is the ad which just came out in the Sept/Oct issue of the Needlepoint Now Magazine:
So, if you haven't already done so:
call 1-800-851-6931 to sign up
Join Stitch Along with Kelly!  

And, lastly I leave you with a few sneak peeks of the New 
Kelly's Club
which will be starting in March 2012:

Anne and I have both been stitching our little fingers off!
What are these cool objects?  When will it be time for the Reveal???
Keep checking back!
Happy Stitching!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Dramatic Pumpkin!

When last I left you, Dear Readers, 
I was contemplating the right treatment for the Pumpkin at the center of the Garland above Rebbekkha...
All I have to say is that, "If our Dear Chilly Hollow Jane gives you an idea or a stitch, 
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200...Just do what she says!":

The key was using matt finish opaque and frosted beads...very Pumpkin-like!
I put the strands of beads right over the wool felt.  It works as the perfect padding!

Look how gorgeous and Dramatic the Pumpkin turned out!
Happy Stitching & Have a Great Week everyone!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Finally, Back to Work on Rebekkha!

Hello Everyone!  
Well Labor Day is nearly over and I was able to log some great stitching hours
over the weekend!  Below is a view of the Garland from a distance. 
I have to admit that I have been a bit stuck on the Garland, so I worked on the sky and clouds and stitching in more background.  As I worked on the repetitive stitching, I just kept looking at her Garland, and thinking about Threads, Stitches & Techniques!  What to do?  The problem was that I loved the work on the right so much, that I was worried that the left side wouldn't meet the high bar set on the other side.  Why, you might ask?
Well, here are the areas that had me stumped:
Pumpkin.  This is the apex of the Garland, and the Pumpkin just has to be spectacular! 
I am still on the fence with the current is the second one.  Below is my first rejected pumpkin:
                                                         The Long & Short Satin stitches
                                                                   just were not working!

                                         This is the Trapunto Applique Wool Felt Pumpkin
The Little Mum Flowers posed another problem for me.  When I painted these little fleurs, I was envisioning the silk ribbon loop stitches.  When I actually stitched them, they just didn't balance well within the out they came, and I went with the 
silk ribbon French Knots:

Gourds...Well, the problem here was the Eggplant on the right turned out soooo gorgeous, how could I make these gourds even come close to that?!!!  Well, they are under way, and I am finally pleased with them:
I am still planning to add more detail stitching over the top gourd in both the orange
and the green areas of the gourd!

Well that's all for now!  Happy Stitching All...and I"ll be posting again soon!