Monday, May 18, 2020

North Star Santa - 5/18/20

May 18, 2020--Here's another Janet Zickler Casey design called North Star Santa.  This one was published in 2001 and was the easiest to stitch out of all the ones I've completed to date.  Love all the sparkle in the hair and beard, which, of course, doesn't show up in the photo.  Was lucky to find some plastic holly with berries.  Makes for the perfect hat embellishment.  Someday I'll finish this and all the other santas stitched to date into ornaments to hang on a tree, or something (LOL). 

North Star Santa Completed

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Santa in the Moon - 5/12/20

May 12, 2020--This santa cutie, designed by Janet Zickler Casey, was one of her earlier ones with a 2000 copyright date.  I love the texture of the hat and moustache.  All I need is a star charm to dangle from the hat and it'll be ready for finishing into an ornament.

Santa in the Moon Completed

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stacked Rectangles - Updated 5/6/2020

May 6, 2020--Have now completed the stitching on this really cool pilot stitch project designed by Susan Hoekstra for the now canceled ANG Seminar (note this may be available as a future online class).  I would like to place it in an acrylic serving tray, thinking all these electric colors and shiny threads will look great on my outdoor furniture (and better yet holding a bottle or two of wine and glasses).

Later I'll write about my experience on locating a tray and what I need to do to prepare the piece for insertion, or if they want to do it themselves, etc.

Stacked Rectangles Completed

April 22, 2020--Earlier this month I began pilot stitching a project designed by Susan Hoekstra called Stacked Rectangles in advance of the ANG Seminar which may, or may not be held in Tucson, AZ in August.

Originally this was going to be a two day June pilot class taught to participants of the ANG New Jersey Needle Artists chapter, but because of the virus, the class was canceled.  So Susan mailed the kits to 6 of us pilot stitchers to begin immediately, and so far I am thoroughly enjoying the process of putting these challenging, yet fun, stitches on canvas.

Below is a status photo as of April 16th.  The metallic threads make each section pop.  I chose the Rocky Coast colorway with lots of turquoise, gold, navy blue and root beer colors.  My plan is to complete the stitching by month end.  Only eight more days to go.
Stacked Rectangles Status as of April 16, 2020

PS...Susan Hoekstra has approved the posting of this blog.