Friday, October 24, 2014

Beautiful Flower Technique

This effect was taught by Laura Taylor ( at my embellishment class.   So easy with so much result.  You come up with a silk ribbon.  Go down in an adjacent hole but don't pull tight.  Leave a loop of ribbon on top and stitch it down with the bead in the center.  Gorgeous.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Read All About It, Read All About It!

I am sorry it took me so long to post about my Laura Taylor class.   The class finished late on Monday and I had a triple Swan birthday party here today.  Lots to do!

 Laura Taylor is a doll and I really enjoyed the class.  Here's my chief:


Laura introduced me to Bella Lusso merino wool.  So soft.  This is the knitting stitch changing colors as the paint changed.

I was extremely perturbed by these feathers.  I love the technique.  I am using four strands of Threadworks overdyed floss.

Melissa Shirley's Halloween Basket with stitch guide by Laura Taylor

One thing of incredible note!  I got to meet Melissa Shirley!  She was absolutely charming.  That was a surprise and a real pleasure.

To read all about Laura and what she has to offer please visit her at

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Will Tomorrow Never Come

Wiseman from Quail Run Native American Nativity
I am taking an embellishment class from Laura Taylor at The Needle Works tomorrow and Monday.  I have never met Laura but I have heard she is extremely talented and fun.  More postings tomorrow!

P.S.  This is the canvas I am taking.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Progress on Ewe and Eye's Coming Home

Filled in the tent stitches
 My camera on my IPhone doesn't capture the difference in texture and color between threads.  I promise it looks great.  I did run out of the Weeks Dye Works.  I hope I can find the same tones in another skein.

Overview in bad lighting

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back to Coming Home

Almost finished the grass on the right of the house

Bad lighting but good stitch detail of Victorian Step Variation
There was very little stitching here this weekend.  The unstitched spots here will be filled in with a tent stitch using two strands of Burmilana.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh my!

Could this be any more gorgeous?  One of the Swans stitched this bag and it just came back from the finishers.  She bought the canvas and threads in DC.  Incredible.

Custom bag 

Coming Home from Ewe and Eye
More grass in the Slanted Victorian Variation stitch using three strands of Weeks Dye Works.