I’ve had this set of holiday needlework designs by Lizzie Kate for years. I decided to start with the Halloween piece. It was quick and fun.
I don’t even remember when I did this piece of needlework . . . probably BC (before children). I recall that the intent was a study in textures. There are only two stitches repeated in this design, but the fibers vary from cottons to silks to wools to metallics, giving the piece a lovely variety in texture. I keep this box on my desk at work to store post-it notes and other odds and ends.
It’s nice to know really talented people! This needlework piece was designed and taught by a friend in my former EGA guild, Edie Feisner. It’s a hardanger adaptation of classic quilt designs. Edie is an expert in color, having published several books and taught at the university level for many years. Sorry for the poor photography on this one — I got a reflection no matter what I tried.
I have collected jesters and masks since I was a little girl. I don’t collect jesters really any more, but I still cherish this piece that I did when I was in college. It was a huge pain to stitch, with lots of blended colors (1 thread each of two different colors) and metallics throughout. It seemed like a constant battle with knots. But it is a stunning little piece. I believe this design came out of an old “Just Cross Stitch” magazine. The artist was Jeanne Christine.
This is a piece of needlework that I stitched in 2000. It is designed by one of my favorite needlework designers, Liz Turner Diehl, and it is entitled “16th Century English Family Garden”. I have quite a few of Liz’s garden designs in my stash that I’d like to stitch one day. I enjoy her pieces because of her use of a lot of different stitches and stumpwork. They are always a bit of a challenge for me, but an enjoyable learning experience.
After my needlework beginning in school, I asked my mother if I could do a piece of cross-stitch on my own. She took me to the “Old America Store”, a large format craft and home decor store in Richmond back then, and I picked out a cross-stitch book of baby animal designs. Mom wasn’t a cross-stitcher herself, so I really had no guidance. This was my first piece on my own. Things that I didn’t know when I started this piece: 1) cut your fabric well larger than the finished design size (hence this frame being right up to the needlework) and 2) all the Xs are supposed to go in the same direction.
I know that owls are all trendy again, but whenever I see owl decor I think back to the hundred or so decorative owls that used to sit on my grandmother’s mantle. Today’s designs are cuter but it seems that they have been popular for a long time. Earlier this summer my kids begged me to take them to Glazed Bisque-It, a local ceramic studio (which was also trendy in the 70s along with the owls). I usually don’t paint a piece myself, but I have really been wanting a cookie jar. What do you know, but they had this awesome owl cookie jar. So I HAD to paint it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE him.
This is a mystery project that I did a few years ago. The design is by Gay Ann Rogers, but the idea is that you pick your fibers and then mix and match options for each section of the piece. In theory, no two are alike. I love how it turned out, and it was a fun piece to do. I kept this piece for myself and it hangs in our bedroom.