Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Reason

During this important time of year, I like to work on a Christmas-themed needlepoint piece.  The triptych from Strictly Christmas has been my project of late.  And it is done!  The center panel shows the holy family.

The left-hand panel has the shepherds and sheep:

and the right hand panel has the kings:

I love the way the designer incorporated the stained glass window theme, and the three panels will fit beautifully into the gold wooden frame from Deux Bijou Bijou.

I look forward to teaching workshops  for these panels at Chandail Needlework in Houston, TX and Creative Stitches and gifts in Dallas, TX, and other points beyond.  My teaching schedule and list of available stitch guides has been updated.

I wish each of you a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Touching Earth

Touching Earth, #CH223 from Melissa Shirley Designs, after a painting by Linda Carter Holman, is one of my favorite pieces I have ever stitched.  Who is she?  Mother Earth? And the possibilities for symbolism are endless: the sheep, the fish, the storm, the harvest, the pot.  The pot is stitched in Or Nue, a method that involves laying metallic thread on either side of a canvas thread, then couching over it with silk, all over one canvas thread. The pot shimmers.  Thanks to Melissa Shirley and Linda Carter Holman for such an enchanting design.

As always, my teaching schedule and list of available stitch guides have been updated.