Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paper Ladies ---January covers and February Sneak Peak...



I can't tell you in words how happy both Cori and I are to be doing PAPER LADIES
together and with YOU.

She is so good in Appliqué....my stitching preference is Cross stitch..
Together we break all rules...

BECAUSE there are none....YOU choose your colours...your favourites..
YOU choose YOUR STASH in floss and in fabrics....
( we love working in the same  colour palettes) 

There will never be 2 alike...YOU can applique and embroider and even yes...
cross stitch...

Our methods are not the NORM.
WE are both RULE breakers...and look at how much fun we
are having....


Each Paper Ladies pattern will have a cover and a back..
This month we feature CORI’s--- no reason....WE just thought it was a beautiful
applique cover....

I will be on the back in cross stitch...








We are both starting FEBRUARYS Paper Ladies NOW....
We will continue to post so you can follow along with us..
WE will have you going ROGUE soon too ...wink...:)





Ahhhh yes a sweet reminder when you see this...
There is something NEW!



Here she is very distorted so it cannot be copied, that would not be nice 
at all...Although we do break many rules when it comes
to honouring and supporting DESIGNERS, we are cheerleaders for them! 

Hope you will join us in this crusade ! 



Here are my colours I have chosen....I will be doing her hair black with highlights..
her dress will be raspberry and her bow in taupes with polka dots...

You will see....I began stitching her last evening....
So I will show you more tomorrow...

In stitching warmth..



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6 Days of Stitching Paper Ladies...I need a COFFEE! ( she is done)



Yes I poured myself a very large cup of coffee this morning...
and although this is the very same cup I am sipping from , 
this photo was taken last summer in our garden...

I know spring and summer will be here for we know it....
I am an OPTIMIST! 

 I completed my January Paper Ladies, late last evening..
I could not be happier....she came out perfectly...
just as I imagined her...

What is nice with this  PAPER LADIES pattern is even though you choose
applique, embroider or cross stitch, no 2 ladies will ever be the same....
 Using your floss to colour and materials on hands
helps you to create a ONE OF A KIND....

( all the threads I used Presencia with DMC conversion
will be included in the pattern) 

I was so stuck on the pleats of her skirt, I dry brushed her for this effect..
AS CORI and I both believe there are NO RULES....

It is nice to go Rogue...and that we both did....

I had some crystal buttons Shellys Buttons and More that were the perfect
addition...


Add my vintage Kettle phone, we have a couple of them...
I really like the rings of them too...
Now my January looks even more VINTAGE....

I have all of my FEBRUARY tools and pattern ready...
So I am going to start my February Paper Ladies..

Cori did her January lady in Applique along the same colours as I did them in the blues ....
and she redid her eyes using my tutorial on the eyes...what a difference..
both are beautiful.....





Here is a sneak peak of FEBRUARy Paper ladies...

Pattern will be available next week..

I am doing her in Raspberry colours..


Before I start her I may need another cup of coffee...


Monday, March 2, 2015

Paper Ladies stitching on Day 4-5 ...Springing Ahead...



Although our property is still covered with metres of snow,
I remember SPRING from last year....it is coming...
And WE are ready for it....

But in the meantime, I have had a wonderful excuse to sit and stitch our January
Paper Ladies....





I have a wonderful chair by my window to watch the birds and squirrels who come to visit..
So this is what I got done on day 4 of stitching....( Saturday)



My bag in the background is what I carry all my needlework, so perfect in so many ways...
All my necessary tools, readers, so I can see my canvas with ease, my tweezers,
my scissors....and of course threads....I did her sweater in cashmere wool too...

  Day 5, I have completed most of her skirt, will show details tomorrow...still have to do the rest of her coat....
 I did her belt in metallic threads by Presencia.... ( what I accomplished on Sunday)



I just had put out more bird seed when I had a visitor....he was staring right at me...
Wondering what I was doing inside when he was outside trying to keep warm....


I think he is wondering where our spring is as well....His tail is almost as big as he is...



And today Cori is showing you how to do the eyes in embroidery..
Her January lady is coming along so well..She is showing everyone
how to do January Paper Ladies in applique...




Must run, have some errands to run and then I will complete
my January Paper Ladies..because I am so ready to begin
FEBRUARY's , which we will show real soon.





Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paper Ladies day 3 of stitching....outlining and x-stitching the scarf



My January Paper Lady is coming just as I thought , the blues against the white Monaco
fabric is so clean and clear....
I managed to get some of her scarf done highlighting it with a bit darker floss and shading
it to lighter...




Her coat will be a medium blue....
It is still very cold here today, so we are going to watch 
House of CARDS marathon 
and I am going to stitch more....


Here is a close up....her sleeve only has 1/2 stitches...going to complete that and the rest
of her scarf and tackle her coat today...
I used variegated threads in the pattern part of her scarf and just added some lines
anchoring them down in a cross pattern.



How to do the EYES I did a tutorial that is included now with the pattern...





Happy Stitching ladies...I am off to put a shepherds pie in the oven for supper...
it is one of those cuddle in days....

In Stitching heart...




Friday, February 27, 2015

Paper Ladies in Applique and Cross Stitch...Here they are getting dressed for this cold ....brrrrr( part 2)




It  may be -32 degrees here in Ontario Canada
but we are home by our warm fireplace and a good reason to stay cuddled in and stitch...
And stitching I have been doing...

Unlike traditional cross stitch whereby you must begin in the centre of your pattern
to be sure it is evenly distributed....
Tracing  on your Canvas, in this case MONACO( white) that I prefer....
YOU can begin stitching anywhere...
I chose to do her face....I outline each section in the colour of floss I choose
and then I fill it in with cross stitching.

I added some cashmere wool, I found many years ago in some yarn shops
in France...I still have quite a bit in all colours that will be more than enough
for years to come... Accenting her muffs and pompom on her hat just gives
so much depth... If you would like some just drop me a line..
I am sure I can send you some...

I chose a ruby colour lipstick and her eyes....WELLLLLL if those
who got Paper Ladies January Pattern, I will include the details on 
how to do them in a large photo....
I blushed her cheeks...will show you how to do that too..

Oh and some beads to her hat seemed a nice added touch...

The only thing stopping you beside not having the Pattern YET
is your imagination....



I have only 10 FLOSS ( Presencia) for this project...
It is amazing what you can do with so few colours...


Here is one of my dolls that was my inspiration for the colours....
Sometimes it is the simplest things in your home that help you along
the way to choose colours for your stitching project....
She looks happy doesn't she? 


I briefly took her outside for morning shoot..but the SUN was just too high
and yellow to do this photo any justice....

So we will stick with the top one for now...wink..

Will show more details as I move forward this weekend..
Today I am going to work on her coat in Medium blues...

If you will be stitching along with me, let me know
and I will put a list together so everyone can check on your progress too.


Cori is showing us how to Applique the Paper Ladies...
she is one of the very best applique artiste out there..

Each and everyone of you will be master stitchers...

Wait and See....