2012 Recap

So, I abandoned my blog for a while this past year, and also didn’t pay attention to that StRIP list that I put together. Since June, I’ve been really focusing on my health — working out, cooking for a few hours on the weekend for the week — and haven’t stitched much at all since then. I’m working on finding a balance, which is always difficult.

However, my big accomplishment for 2012 is that I finished the Edie & Ginger 3D pig – just last night! It has over 30 pieces and each piece has composite stitches and was most challenging project I’ve stitched, yet. It will be a while before I can save the money to actually have it finished into the pig, but I’m so thrilled to have finished the stitching. (Note: the pig in the linked blog was the model from Edie & Ginger. Some of my colors are slightly different, but you get the idea.)


Copyright DebBee Designs

I also started stitching Morganite from DebBee’s Designs Glitz and Glamor series for a class I plan to start teaching in the spring. I have also stitched a few small models for Rittenhouse Needlepoint. I really need to remember to take pictures of these, but I like to see them when they are finished at the shop. I hope to get some pictures soon.

So, all in all, not a big stitching year, but I made progress in other areas in my life (down a size and feel healthier). As much as I’d love to just stitch and read all the time, I still have to do what’s best for my health and I have my job. As I said, working on finding as much balance as possible, something I think we all struggle with.

Stay tuned for my 2013 goals post.

In addition, I designed and stitched a piece for a beginners sampler class that used different types of stitches. I had a good time creating it and teaching the class. I’m restitching it on red canvas for a friend of mine as a purse insert, and I would have chosen red canvas to begin with if I had thought ahead enough. On the original I used white canvas, and some of the white shows through where the vertical and horizontal stitches are. I’m still pretty happy with the outcome, as it was my first stab at designing anything on canvas. (I thought I had a picture but I don’t seem to, nor can I find one. Woefully behind on taking pictures of my stitching!)

Needlework classes I’m teaching

I recently finished teaching a four-session beginning needlepoint class for people who know basic needlepoint (Continental or Basketweave) but want to learn a few more basic stitches. The design is from June McKnight. Everyone chose their own color combinations and types of fibers, and chose a monogram. Thanks to Mandy at Rittenhouse Needlepoint, where I taught the class, I had monograms graphed for everyone so that they didn’t have to try to convert from the monogram book. Everyone’s projects look beautiful! The one below is my sample for the class, which I’m making into a pillow for a friend. I normally would not have chosen wool for these stitches, since they tend to look more precise in silk or cotton, but this color and the subtle variegation is so pretty that I immediately latched onto it when I was sorting through the threads.

Stitches include:
Saint George & Saint Andrew
Upright Cross
Cross Stitch
Smyrna Cross
Upright Gobelin
Double Brick

On November 19, I’m scheduled to teach two different linen cross stitch classes at Rittenhouse Needlepoint. I have a picture of one of the finished designs, should have the other one soon. The class is for people who have stitched on Aida but want to learn how to stitch on linen. While the actual piece is all cross stitch, I will go over a few simple specialty stitches that show the versatility of using linen.* This fun design is a freebie from Mosey ‘n Me, called “Ewephoria.” I think it’s one of the cutest (but not too “cutesy”) designs I’ve seen in a long time. I stitched it on pink 32ct. linen, but it would look great on almost any color linen and in various color combinations. Thanks to Emily, a finisher at Rittenhouse Needlepoint, who made this into a simple yet adorable little hanging pillow.

I will also be teaching two more classes that will begin in 2012. One is another beginning needlepoint class but will not be a monogram. I’m actually designing this one myself and have started stitching the sample to see how it looks, so will see how that works. Trying to keep it simple, so only using four threads: a variegated, two solids, and a metallic. As with the monogram class, I will help students choose their colors and threads according to what they like and what the finished product will be (pillow, framed piece, etc.) I have created a lot of small ornament designs using specialty stitches on linen, but this is different. Keeping my fingers crossed!

The other class starting in 2012 will have more advanced stitches and will be using a design from a canvaswork designer. Once we have finalized that one, I’ll post the name of the designer and design. If it’s what I think it will be, it will use several different types of threads and is stunning.

In between all this, I hope to finish at least one project I have going for myself and for friends.

*Disclaimer: Many cross-stitchers use nothing but Aida to create beautiful pieces. I prefer to use linen, but do not want Aida users to feel slighted. People must use what they like — this is supposed to be fun and stress-relieving, right?