Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Ever have "one of those weeks"? I have. This past week/month/quarter. I am really hoping it gets better from here out.
Then I went to http://www.colourlovers.com/ to create my palette:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
My oldest daughter is in the process of cutting the apron strings. She is 20 this month, engaged and in college,and holding down a part time job at Lane Bryant.
Jessica Blue, also known as Juicy Blue
Monday, August 4, 2008
I am going to start profiling the sites, both web and brick and morter that I visit. Good or not so hot, and why I feel that way will be detailed.
The rating system is pretty easy--Pawprints (what else, LOL) on a scale of 1-5, 1 being pretty bad, 5 being outstanding,
The first one to get the spotlight is The Needled Canvas, a brick and morter LNS in Marietta Ga, and, as I rated on Kudzu.com, "The Best Needlework Shop in Atlanta"
Gail (the owner) and Colleen (instructer) are wonderful ladies who have both gone out of thier way to teach me needlepoint basics (at no charge no less!) make me feel welcome despite my "newbie-ness" to needlpointing and are consistantly helpful and welcoming.
Gail recently purchased the store and while it looks pretty much the same on the inside, she has absolutely re-invented the feel of the store to a warm, welcoming neighbor-next -door feel, complete with complimentary hot and cold drinks and the ever present bowl of sweets. There are tables at the entrance, open to all who come in to sit, talk, and of course, stitch. Advice, tips, hints, teaching, as well as a pretty impressive store library helps even new stitches feel comfortable and welcome.
Gail has a good assortment of threads, canvases, accessories, stitching frames, and the inventory is growing. Gail and Coleen are also hosting classes.
I am a cross stitcher and had never ventured past a little surface embriodery and some crewelwork. Colleen Harris took an entire Saturday of her own time to meet with me to not only ground me in the basics of the art, but also some of it's history, some of her own early works, and showed me a ton of her own tools and accessories, all of which she was willing to let me play with and familiarize myself with. She even let me take home a few to try out. Colleen also helped me pick out the threads and stitches for each area of a canvas I had chosen, explaining to me why one stitch would be better than another (compensation?, we don' need no stinken' compensation!) and why one type and color of thread was a better choice than another based on weight, color, and lightplay.
When I had trouble with the basketweave when I was home, on my own--the staple of needlepoint, I went back in and Gail not only sat with me, but also gave me a practice canvas, needle, wool and printed directions. Most importantly, to me at least, she patiently stayed with me until I got it down.
I can honestly say, that without these two women, I would not be doing needlepoint now.
Therefore, The Needled Canvas earns the spotlight this week and 5 out of 5 PaisleyCat Pawprints
The Needled Canvas and Finest Threads
2520 Shallowford Road
Centre Stage Plaza, Suite J
Marietta, Ga 30066
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Here it is Sunday, the hours waning way until the alarm clock summons me to work; my stress. I am not going work tomorrow morning I actually have yet another procedure tomorrow morning--a radio frequecy ablation from L1 to S1 in my back. Please pray, chant or dance to whomever answers your prayers for me. This pain has gone on for a couple of years now, getting worse each year. This year too, I also ruptured one of the discs; just to add salt to the wounds, so to speak.
Anyway, on to Far more pleasant topics. I have been stitching a bit. I have to do it in segments since I cannot sit too long at a time, so my pace is somewhat slower.
Here is page two of the Carol Lake Diagonal Stitch Class. These are mostly gobelins and its variations:
These stitches are (from left to right):
- Slanted Gobelin -over 1
- Encroaching Gobelin
- Slanted Gobelin-over 2
- Plaited Gobelin (this one was a real PIA!)
- Oblique Slav
- Encroaching Oblique
- Tied Gobelin (I liked this one a lot)
- Slanted Beaty
I also put up the dragon for a week or so and pulled out Barfy, I am three blocks behind in the SAL!!! So here is as far as I am today:
And here is the cutest little cross stitch beaded Witch Hat for Halloween. It is called Wanda's Hat--I am going to go back to my LNS (the Needled Canvas--EXCELLENT store with UBER helpful owners--come in if you are anywhere in the Atlanta area) to get Wanda's Boot.
Yes, I know it is close to the edge--it is actually done on perforated paper and will be cut out and made into a pin.
Well that is about it for this week.