Sunday, August 23, 2009


I have been bidding on a few canvases on EBay, and I won! My mom is really interested in having me do as many basset hound pillows as possible. I have one basset canvas that I showed you in my first post- with the rust orange background. (I will never call it Burnt Orange! Gig 'em). The canvas that I won on EBay is from Liz (Tapestry Tent). I love it!! When it arrived in the mail, I was surprised to see how large it really is and how rich the detail is. I'm sooo excited to stitch it!

The next auction that I won is for two schnauzer canvases. My in- laws have two rescued schnauzers who have replaced my husband and his brother as their "children". One schnauzer canvas is a Barbara Russell design, which looks more masculine, and the other canvas, which looks more feminine, is from a designer with whom I am not familiar. I will post pictures when they arrive.

I am in a bit of a dilemma with my eBay purchases however. I told my needlepoint teacher this Saturday during class that I purchased my basset on EBay. Then I told her I purchased the schnauzer canvases, and the tape on the edges said the canvases came from Chaparral. She looked very unhappy. Apparently at one of the seminars she has been to, one of the speakers said that EBay has caused some shops to go out of business. I am not so sure that I really buy this argument. When you look at EBay, most of the canvases are not the hand-painted by a known designer variety, they are plastic. Also, if the shops were so upset about people who over buy their canvases taking them to an online store to consign them, as was the case with the schnauzer canvases, why don't they offer some sort of consignment program? I think, personally, that EBay would help shops that would embrace it. EBay would allow shops to sell their "unwanted" inventory to a wider audience. Tell me what you think about EBay and its affect on needlework shops.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Cow Came Back from the Finisher!

Lots has happened since my last post. The Cow Jumping Over the Moon came back from the finisher in record time. It had to be done and sent to New York, where my cousin lives, by September 27. I have to show it to a few family members in Houston now, but it will be shipped soon!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

George and Martha

I have started the George and Martha canvases that I purchased from the Petei trunk show at Chaparral in Houston. These two are part of the Petei "Patriotic" category. Last September, during Hurricane Ike, while the whole city of Houston was out of power, I finished working on Uncle Sam and I started- and almost completed- Betsy Ross. What not having power will do for your stitching progress! These are pictures of Unlce Sam and Betsy followed by pictures of George and Martha.

I've finished George's pants and socks, and now I'm working on his coat. His socks are done in Impressions and his coat will be stitched in Very Velvet. George's pants are stitche in Au Ver A Soie, which is a new thread to me. The only shop in Houston that carries it is Chandail on West Gray. It is sooo easy to stitch with and has a really lovely sheen- just perfect for the britches of our first president!

Sorry for the unrotated image! I don't know how to rotate them on blogspot!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cow Jumping Over The Moon

Hi! Sorry it's taken me so long to post! My cousin-in-law's baby shower is coming up and I wanted to finish the Cow jumping over the moon/"baby sleeping" door hanger for her. It's a Mary Lake Thompson canvas with a lovely purple background. I finally finished it today after working on it on and off since March. On Saturday, I, along with my awesome needlepoint teacher, picked out ribbons for the finished piece.

Here is a picture of the Cow in progress.

The background is a milanese stitch composed of Gloriana Lorikeet and Kreinik braid.

This is a picture of the finished piece

This is a picture of the cow with the ribbons on top ready to go to the finisher.