Friday, November 27, 2015


I had an adventure into making Carrickmacross Lace while I have been absent from my blog space. Remember this Kit from Tanja Berlin that I won on Mary Corbett's ? It got me started and I was soon wanting more.

So I looked through Mary's collection of patterns and took an element from one of them to work in Carrickmacross.

I found a tutorial on Lyn's blog and worked through details. 

                     I procured some materials from Jo Firth. The quality is excellent. You can see how sheer , how fine. Most important is the Janome Lace scissors, excellent quality, great price.

A practice motif, whipped  chain stitch, and Couched cording. The thread is Guterman Cotton made in Greece size 50, the cording is DMC Cordonet  cotton size 30. The fabrics are English Net and cotton organdie. The Motif is my daughter creation.

With the Organdie basted over the net to begin the flowers and leaves. The tendrils are done with just simple chain stitch, one strand of cotton sewing thread. 

Yes, she is pretty happy with her veil.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mini Needle Painting *Feeding The Hens*

There are so many different ways to approach needle painting  a face. Especially one that is smaller than a thumbprint. Choosing color, stitch direction, and details are perplexing. So this is coming along slowly,very slowly for a quick project that is less than 4" x 4".

Photography brings out all the flaws. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Feeding the Hens" Vintage Mini Needle Painting

One of the cute portraits from Trish's new book "Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery. We shall see if I can do it justice.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Antique Watercolor Pansies

A little warm up exercise. 

Thank you Country Bumpkins publisher of Inspirations magazine , Mary Corbett of NeedlenThread , and Trish Burr for inspiration, designs and tutorials.  I can highly recommend all my stitching friends subscribe to Inspirations, subscribe to each of the blogs and get to know these lovely stitching friends. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery- Vintage portraits, florals & birds by Trish Burr

I'm enjoying my copy of Trish's most recent book Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery. You can see a review  by Mary Corbett on Needlenthread and follow the link to order up your own copy. There is a pattern and instructions for a very pretty little needle book. Which reminds me there is a perfect ebook that just goes together well with miniature needle painting, Lavender Honey & Other Little Things. Trish Burr's Blog for more tips on needle painting and inspiration.

I anticipate many happy hours stitching. This is  "Watercolour Pansies" just a small warm-up. I'm looking forward to needlepointing "Feeding The Hens". 

Happy stitching!