After working my butt off the last few months or so, I finally have some good downtime to craft! I’ve made a quilt top (will appear in another post some day), finished another chemo hat, planted flowers, beaded a butterfly or two (another future post. No real butterflies were harmed), and finally got back to work on my needlepainting embroidery.
If you know me, you know I love needlepainting. Especially roses.
At last update, I think we were about here on the Trio of Roses:
The color part of each flower is now complete! I’m not happy with the red/pink one still, but I’ll worry about tinkering with that one once everything is done.
Now on to filling in the leaves and stems!
Fiber Art Junkies monthly meeting was last night, so I can now post my latest block in our 2-color challenge. Last month’s meeting we drew the colors yellow and turquoise/teal from the bag. I was a little leery of this combination, but I made it work.
After some thought I decided to make the block from yellow fabrics. It appears that my photo of the bare block has disappeared though. hm…
Since the block was all yellow fabrics, that means my stitching is all in the turquoise/teal.
This is a color combo I don’t think I would have ever put together on my own, but I’m pretty happy with how my block turned out.
Our next colors are:
This one should be good!
TAST. Take a Stitch Tuesday. You may already be familiar with this, but if not check the link to Pintangle in my blog list on the right to find the list of stitches and the challenge.(ETA: You can also click the links in the blog post. Now that I’m on the laptop I can add in the links). Short version: there is a long list of different embroidery stitches and you can choose one, two, ten, or however many you want to complete. Then post your pictures on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you want to use. I think there are some hashtags that can be used as well.
I recently decided to start doing this as it’s great inspiration for stitches .
I’m working on this block tonight:
I have added #29, barb stitch:
#37 triangular buttonhole stitch:
#60 inverted feather stitch:
And #63 triangular feather stitch:
I plan on using beads on this as well. Loving the fall colors. 🙂
Our FiberArt Junkies meeting was last night, so I can now share my October 2-Color Challenge Block. Our colors were gray and fuchsia. Fuchsia is a hard color to pinpoint. It’s pink and purple mixed together. And what’s fuchsia to one company is dark rose to another company. Since I was primarily using DMC floss I went with what I found online listed as their fuchsia colors.
I did all the fabric in grays and all the stitching and beads in fuchsia.
The hat is my favorite part of this block.
Unfortunately, the color on these beads rubs off very easily so most of them have turned silver.
This is another of my favorite sections, with the little “roses” and beads and Swirls.
I also redid my red and white block as I decided on a theme for my blocks.
I did the fabric in white on white fabrics then all the stitching in DMC red floss and beads.
The little dragonfly was stitched by following the printed dragonfly on the fabric.
My favorite section here is the beaded wavy line and the bit just above it with the swirl, leaves, and circles.
November’s colors are turquoise/teal and yellow. This combination could be interesting…or a disaster.
My red and white block is almost finished. Our meeting was last week for the Fiber Art Junkies and we each showed off our progress. Mine would have been done, I think anyway, but I was pretty sick for over a week and lost a lot of stitching time.
Here are some of the pictures of my block in progress. Again, the challenge was to use only the two colors that were drawn from the bag, red and white. We could use any shade of red as long as it still read as red. (No pink, orange, etc).
It is closer to done now. The colors for next month are gray and fuchsia. I’m going to do another crazy square block, but I’m still looking through my stash to see what I have in fuchsia that would work.
I’ve been playing around with recipes again, and tonight I made pasta with a really good sauce. Olive oil, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, seasoning. Very happy with how it turned out.
And, because she posed so nicely for me, a picture of our formal feral, Ginger. She’s snuggled in as close as she can get to me right now.
The kitten outlines are done and I did decide to fill in the bodies. I used long and short split stitch to fill them in. Two are done and the other two are in progress.
This first kitten I used ThreadworX #11211.
The second kitten I used ThreadworX #1036. The variegation is more subtle in this one than the previous kitten.
Kitten number three I’m using DMC #414. A pretty silvery color.
Kitten number four is all tuckered out from playing so hard. I’m using DMC black, #310, and DMC white.
The yarn they are playing with is a hand dyed thread that I really love. It does not have a brand or number.
Spending my evening with a kitten on my feet…
…and kittens in the frame.
The outlines are done with stem stitch. I’ll probably fill them in with split stitch but I haven’t completely decided if I will fill them in. I still need to add another kitty or two into the picture.
I found the design on Pinterest, although in a different layout. When I get on the laptop I’ll add the source information.
ETA: The photo on Pinterest says that it is from: allie-oops on Flickr, vintage scans 035.