So my shopping did not end with the last post... neither did my stitching.
Carolyn has a really great Facebook page called "Needlepointing in Your Nest", which is also the name of her newest book. She posts stitches, ideas for canvases, and new canvases Chaparral has just gotten into the store. When I saw this puppy, which I think is technically a Havanese, I knew I had to get it for my Grandma. My Grandma is going to be 91, and she lives with a Shih tzu named Panda who has always had a puppy cut and not a show cut. The dog on this canvas looks exactly like her.
I love all of the soft threads. The spiked comb in the lower right corner is going to be used to fluff up the burmilana once it's all stitched in long and short. I think I will frame this one and, hopefully, give it to my Grandma for her birthday in August. I think a frame will work well because the last piece I gave her was a pillow, and she keeps it in a plastic bag to protect it! So I think a frame will be the best.
I also have a finish that came back from the finisher....
He is sooo handsome, but a little skinny because he had to be rounded out to make both sides touch. I love him!
With all of my in-flow, which is now greater than my out-flow, I do have one finished piece.
This Christmas sweater was chosen by my sister to be her first piece. I think the stitch guide was too complex, not her fault or the writer's fault, for her to really enjoy it. So I took it and finished it within a weekend. I love pieces like that. My "Babies Sleeping" was like that. Oh, I did get that one back from the finisher so no worries there. This sweater had lots of Vineyard Silk Merino which was really fun to work with. Below is a picture of the sweater up to where my sister stopped.
I have been doing a lot of shopping and not a lot of stitching.......
Chaparral had it's 50th birthday party on April 27th, and along with the delicious cake, they were offering 20% off all in-stock canvases. I could not pass up these:
This is going to be a gift for my sister to celebrate her Freshman year at Alabama.
You all might recognize this one from a post around New Year's. This acorn is a Melissa Shirley design that I fell in love with from the picture. It is just as pretty in person. Carolyn added her special touch with the pine cone buttons that fit perfectly over the painted pine cones. This my second cardinal piece that I have of hers.
Chandail was purchased by Saira, whom I adore. She will do many wonderful things for the store including fashionable canvases, fun classes, etc. Before the transition from Emily to Saira, which was last week as well, Chandail had an extra sale on all canvases that were already marked down. This beauty was among them! How could I pass up a lab!?!
Please excuse the terrible picture.
After Chandail re-opened on Monday the 30th, I went to the store to see the changes, and bought this...
Another LAB!! But this one is soooo Molly. She LOVES chasing squirrels except when she is doing this....