Friday, November 23, 2012

Square #14 - Leaf Stitch

Prepartions for our annual Christmas Open House are in full swing.  Next week some final decorating and we'll be ready.   This year's Christmas Open House will be held on  Saturday, December 1st.
Every year at the Christmas Open House we take the opportunity to thank you, our customers - without you the shop would not be here.   In this year's "Thank you" package is a kit of another Christmas ornament I designed just for this occasion.

I would like to invite all of you to join us next Saturday 
December 1st, to celebrate the Holiday Season 
with shop specials, goodies and lots of Christmas Cheer.

With all the prepartions for this year's Christmas Open House, I only  just finished stitching the Leaf Stitch last night, and this evening the stitch instructions.

I love the appearance of this stitch.

14. Leaf Stitch

Click here for the Stitch Instructions and Stitch

Friday, November 16, 2012

Square #13 - Triangle Stitch

13. Triangle Stitch

As the colour of my Perle Cotton #8 is almost identical to my linen colour, this stitch is very subtle. 

What is not very evident in the photo is the raised effect, very cool.

If your perle cotton colour is slightly different from your linen colour, as mine will be for my sampler version, then the stitch will be more visible.

Click here for the stitch instructions and diagrams.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Carolyn's "My Way" Class & Square #12

This weekend we were once again exhilarated by a knowledgable designer, Carolyn Mitchell, and her wonderful design entitled  "My Way".  This photo is of Carolyn's colours, but many were truely inspired by the designs title, and choose their own colour palette.

It was a 3 day Workshop and every morning as I was opening the shop, several of the ladies were already waiting infront of the shop, ready for another great day.  It was a great weekend of learning, handling different fibres, playing with our colour palettes, and making new friends. 

By Sunday afternoon, they all wanted to see Carolyn's other workshop projects and make plans for another weekend, to be held November 2013.

It was a wonderful weekend of sharing our love of stitching, all while learning and being inspired by a wonderful instructor.

Square #12 Open Trellis Filling

This stitch builds on the previous stitch from last week, so you will first need to stitch the Diagonally Raised Band Filling first.

Click here for the instructions and stitch diagrams

Friday, November 2, 2012

Square #11 and San Francisco, CA

After the wedding we drove back to San Francisco, with a stop at Mount Diablo.  The
drive up to the summit was pretty awesome, as long as you didn't look down.  The road was windy with hairpin turns and no guardrails.  David  I loved it, but my dad was a bit uncomfortable.  Once at the top we all relaxed and the views were magnificient.

By the time we drove into San Francisco via the Oakland Bay Bridge,  it was already late.  I managed to get some fabulous shots of the city out of the car window.

We had dinner that night at Pier 39, over looking the bay.

The next day was all about the Golden Gate Bridge.  We first stopped by the South over look, and then continued to Baker's Beach, for some more views of the bridge.  I could just imagine this beach during the summer, building sand castles and jumping waves all within view of an amazing bridge.

Our next stop was the Point Bonita Lighthouse, it is located just at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.  We had to hike down to the lighthouse, along the way we had great views of, you guessed it, the Golden Gate Bridge.

 We then spent the afternoon in Sausalito for a bit of shopping, and on our return trip back into San Francisco we had yet another view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The next day we spent in SanFrancisco, first walking and then driving down the most photographed and curliest section of Lombart Street. This portion of the street has beautifully groomed gardens, fabulous homes, and hundreds (if not thousands) of tourists daily. 
Afterwards we continued along Lombart Street to Coit Tower.  The views of the city from the top of the tower were great.  We could see Lombart Street and yes, the Golden  Gate Bridge.

For our last day in San Francisco we first dropped by Pier 39 to see the sea lions.  This was actually the first time we visited the pier during the day.  The sea lions kept us entertained for almost an hour.  Two things the photos cannot reveal are the noise and smell, and still we stayed.  Next was a quick stop by the Cable Car Museum. 

The afternoon we spent at Union Square, visiting Chinatown and of course Needlepoint Inc.  I had been here once before, but this was the first time for my mother.  We visted the shop and had a tour of their finishing workshop as well.  We had a great time.

The next day we headed home.  David happened to spot and snap a photo of Mount Diablo from the plane.  I was amazed that he even spotted it, yet alone pull out the camera fast enough to take a photo.   This day was rainy and overcast.  We were lucky to have driven there on the day that we did, as we would not have had those magnificient views today.

11. Diagonally Raised Band Filling

This stitch was quick to stitch, and not so much of a strain on the eyes.  I work in hand, so I did not pull too tight.  If you are working with a frame, and you pull your threads tighter, you will have more of a defined ridge effect.

Click here for the stitch instructions and stitch diagrams.