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....






Thursday, February 26, 2015

January Paper Ladies in the Blues.....I am ready ...today is part 1 print and trace


I am so ready now....I went from Greens to Reds and settled with these Blues...

When I think of JANUARY, I think BLUES for many reasons.....you know it is a Blue Season, everything is so bright it is BLUE, sometimes you feel the BLUES ( sad) but let me share....I LOVE THIS....


This image is distorted....she is much leaner and taller....but you get the picture...

The pattern is available here .....

You can embroider this January lady in one colour or you can colour her in floss using a variety..
I thought I would colour the image to get an idea where I was going with this...
What is nice is you require few colours...you can change her coat and hat say...in your favourite colour..

Print 2 copies of your pattern, and colour it any colour....I chose really only 3 colours. greys, blacks and blues... I will do some shading..and all you are doing there is adding a darker hue of the colour you chose...


Again think of it as you are just colouring in between the lines with FLOSS...
NO more counting...you just colour your X's with floss ...any colour you like....remember to shade a bit.....will show you all the steps as I post each day..

First I printed JANUARY"s Paper Ladies...
I  have a light box, but you can easily do this by taping it to a window 
and tracing it like that...


I traced it on MONACO white...my favourite EVENWEAVE 
* check out how some quilt in Canada ...wink..


Now you are ready to choose YOUR BASIC floss colours...
So far I chose a variegated for the scarf, 3 shades of blue for the coat and hat..
Some black for the boots and pompoms and fur around her cuffs with 
be this Cashmere wool I have....
( purchased it years ago in France, I have boxes of floss bobbins in all colours...)
It is a great accent... you use a toothbrush , hard bristle one..brush it and it looks like fur..
I will show you soon....

I am going to do her sweater in Black Cashmere too...ohhhh she is warming me up already...

OHHH that is one of my fur head muffs.....and those are real snowflakes ...

Forgot to ADD....GREAT benefit of COLOURING WITH FLOSS
I am using PRESENCIA...my #1 choice..

YOU can start anywhere....I am going to do all the black today
and add some splashed of the blues....
please come back tomorrow for more details...
I won't do her boots in black FUR.....nope :)


If you like to join me in Stitching this January Lady 
sent me a note and we will begin a SAL ( stitch a long) 


This is what Cori is doing...she is doing hers in Applique...
She is sharing every detail so you too can obtain the same results..

She is so talented and I LOVE HER JANUARY paper lady..



In stitching warmth





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tea for Two in Applique and Cross Stitch and Paper Ladies for January is ready NOW!


Kisses everywhere....Cori completed her Tea for Two...LEGS in applique..
and you can see her detail here....OH MY goodness....her applique and embroidery
with all the steps makes it possible for us all to do this....
And look, she has a gingham skirt and rose skirt too....

We really do compliment one another....
so what is stopping YOU...?

We are showing you every step  on how to applique 
and colour with Floss. YOU will be wondering 
why you have not picked up your hoops, frames and floss before NOW! 



Cori's Tea for Two in Applique



Mine ( Mdm Samm) is in cross stitch...
All colours I used will be in the pattern..
just a bit of shading...YOU will love 
that you use only a few colours and you can colour
using any floss you like....


YOU will have to wait till our blog hop in April
to see what we have done with these in a project...

OHHHHH Cori, won't even tell me what she is doing...
so I wont' either wink...







More good news...

PAPER LADIES Pattern for January is ready now....
2 days early...That Cori has been working all hours..






button is on top right of blog that will
take you to the pattern too! 




Cori has already started her Applique..
Isn't she looking so fashionable....?
What will yours look like...will you be appliquéing her, 
embroidering or x-stitching?


Today I will start My JANUARY Paper Ladies
in x-stitch....


Will trace my pattern and show colours a bit later...
I use Presencia floss and will supply conversion for DMC too! 


 

You can get the pattern now and follow along with us...
I cannot wait to begin something NEW...