Saturday, May 13, 2017


It seems like we sometimes choose needlepoint designs based on personal experience.  I love this "Catch Me if You Can" design from Pippin Designs because it reminds me of going fishing in east Texas with my father.  Although these fish don't resemble the bream, crappie and large-mouth bass that we caught, they sure are going to be fun to stitch.  I'm picturing stitches that are wavy, scalloped, and slanting for the fish and a woven basket-y look for the large blue border.  Stay tuned... these fish have caught me!
As always, my teaching schedule and list of available stitch guides have been updated.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Apples and Almonds

Apples from Melissa Shirley Designs #1920, 13 mesh, 17" x 9"

after an original painting entitled Plate with Apples and Almonds 
by Giovanna Garzoni, Italian (1600-1670)

Giovanna Garzoni was an Italian painter who was prominent in Europe during the Baroque period. She became famous for her works of botanical subjects in tempera and watercolor, and her still lifes were very popular with the Italian courts and the Medici family. 

Melissa Shirley has beautifully interpreted several of Garzoni's paintings on canvas.  The Citrons was one of my teaching pieces last year.  I am honored to teach the Apples at Needlepoint This!  in Dallas, Texas on March 25-26, 2017.  Please call 214.363.6377 for details about the class or a kit.