Category Archives: My work

Rooster: Body in Blackwork

I started work on the blackwork body. I’m glad I chose a darker ground fabric. If I was working the pattern on white I’d consider backing it with something. I think it would be tricky to keep the tails on … Continue reading

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Rooster: Gold feathers

I cross-stitched the gold feathers plus some decorative dots. I’m still thinking about the large black feathers – maybe fill them in with double running stitch over two squares? That would be quicker and easier than cross-stitch, and still fit … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Framed up

All framed up and entered in the show! The 50th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition is in Alexandria, Virginia. There are hundreds of pieces on display during March, so if you’re in the area you should go visit!

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Rooster Project: Start

I can resist no longer. New project! This is the blackwork/cross-stitch rooster from Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs. I am swapping out the suggested threads for DMC Floche 815, 310, and 437. I like this fabric, though it isn’t even-weave, … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: To the frame shop!

It’s going to look fabulous! And a million billion thanks to my brother for dashing about getting it ready, and to Anna of Talliaferro for all her help making sure the thing gets ready in time for the show. I … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Finished

Well here it is – the Plas Teg Bellpull from the Mary Jane Collection, worked in embroidery floss with some color/stitch modifications. I’m sure it’s gorgeous in wool too. It’s 24 inches by 6 inches (60 cm by 15 cm). … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Last flowers

Folks, I finished the last of the bellpull and it is winging its way to Virginia for the 50th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition (so excited!!!!!!!). It’ll be on display at the Woodlawn estate (originally part of Mount Vernon! For non-Americans, … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Woodlawn

Y’all, I just realized yesterday that the deadline for the 50th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition (in Alexandria, Virginia) is very, very soon! On the other hand, the bellpull is almost almost done! THEREFORE, I am frantically finishing the last few … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Berries

These purple things supposedly represent berries, though I think they look like flowers. They’re in a variant of spider-web stitch, which can make some really interesting textures. I finished off the blue flower in the corner too.  At this point … Continue reading

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Kingfisher Chinese Embroidery: Bird feathers

A quick update today: I started work on a kingfisher! Birds are a lot easier than I thought they would be. As long as the stitches are in generally the right direction, they look great.

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