Hoo Hoo Hoo

My friend and stitching teacher Carolyn Hedge Baird loves owls. I designed Hoo Hoo Hoo Loves You? for her and here you can see her fabulous stitching.

We both love the baby bird who looks a bit stunned, confused and overwhelmed by his adolescent affection, gripping his love letter in his talons.

Sakura

When I was a young harpist in Junior High School, my orchestra teacher brought back music for me from Japan — Variations on Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), a traditional Japanese folk song depicting spring, the season of cherry blossoms. I loved playing the music. Here are the lyrics.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, In fields and villages, As far as you can see. Is it a mist, or clouds? Fragrant in the morning sun. Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, Across the spring sky, As far as you can see. Is it a mist, or clouds? Fragrant in the air. Come now, come now, Let’s look, at last!

 I loved stitching the strolling lady with the parasol.

Carolyn Hedge Baird suggested a giant spider for the parasol and the flower pattern for the sky that reminds me of cherry blossoms, hence the name for the piece.

The obi is a piece of wired ribbon. The Ribbon Floss Shimmer Blend/Ribbon Floss Original makes a lovely border. I haven’t decided how best to finish it. Perhaps it will be framed, in tandem with a mirror.

Painted on 18 count canvas, it measures approximately 6″ x 8 1/2”.

Sequin Heart

I wanted to try a design incorporating the new line of Sundance Beads Sequins, especially the various flowers. This hanging heart is the result. It is one of my larger hearts, measuring 5” x 6” on 18 count canvas.

Each of the ten stripes is a different stitch combination.

 

The palette contains some beautiful cherry colors and the fibers include: Ribbon Floss Shimmer Blend, Sprinkles, Kreinik, Treasure Braid, Neon Rays +,  Shimmer and beads.

 

 

Antique Chair

I spend a lot of time stitching models to send to market. Sometimes I like to stitch something just for my home. The turkey flowers pillow was one.

I found this English chair at an antique market in Warrenton, Texas and knew immediately it would be perfect for a project I had in mind. The design is inspired by an Elizabethan coif and I had fun bringing it to life with vibrant blues and reds.

The tendrils of vines echo the character of the carved circles on the back of the chair. The canvas measures 26” x 18” and is stitched in basketweave on 13 count. I used Bella Lusso and mostly Empress Elite – both so easy to pull through the canvas.

 

I may never have time to finish such a project again, but it was worth it!

Turkey Flowers Pillow

I love travelling in Turkey. Not only exploring the caverns and palaces, hippodrome and obelisk in Istanbul, but getting out into the countryside near Cappadocia. Especially fascinating is the home of the whirling dervishes in Konya, who whirl as the moon around the sun.

This pillow is inspired by Turkish embroideries and I had fun learning lots of new stitch combinations for each flower.

I just finished the text for the stitch guide and in 12 font it is two pages long, single spaced.

Originally painted on a white background, I opted for a charcoal gray for my home and it seems to be a happy pairing. On 16 count the canvas measures 15 1/2″ x 14″, the pillow 21 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ plus fringe.

 

Fibers include: Sprinkles, Ultrasprinkles, Silk Lame Braid, Rachelette, Watercolours, Fyre Werks, Soft Sheen, Color Infusions Memory Thread, Threadwerx, Accentuate, and Sundance Hex beads.

Edwardian Boots

I thought it would be fun to hang Edwardian boots on my Christmas tree. If the silver/blue shoe had a blade on the bottom it would look like an old-fashioned ice-skate.

The stitch for the toe of the red boot came from the ANG web site —September, 2009 — Cassique. Stitching the cuff was my first adventure into turkey tufting with combined fibers and it turned out well.

To finish the blue boot, I went to the fabric store and found fake fur for the cuff and tiny pearl buttons.