Monday, September 20, 2010

The Guardian Angels of Hollyhock House: A Gay Ann Rogers' design

Project: The Guardian Angels of Hollyhock House

Designer: Gay Ann Rogers

Type of needlework: Needlepoint

Photos: 12 (so far)

Comments: This is a rather big project. The congress cloth used measures 18 1/2" wide by 24 1/2" long. Threads used are mostly Soie d'Alger (a 7-ply silk) together with a few other threads. There are 145 pages of instructions.

You will see photos of what I have stitched so far.

There are two pots of hollyhocks, one on each side of the house.

Close-up of upper section

Close-up of lower section

Photo showing one pot of Hollyhocks completed and the second one incomplete

Two pots of Hollyhocks completed and the beginning of the laying of the bricks.
We can see the mortar on each side of the house.

Beginning of the laying of the bricks

Additional bricks have been stitched

Left side of the house has the laying of bricks completed

Starting the brick laying on the right side

Bricks all done

Roof has been completed with the two chimneys

Photo showing what has been stitched so far

Future postings will be added to this blog entry when available.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Night Blossom Nugget Box: Debbie Deem designer

Project: Night Blossom Nugget Box

Designer: Debbie Deem of StitchArtz

Photo: 1

Debbie's website: http://www.stitchartz.com/

Comments: I remember when I first read about this little project on one of the blog that I read on a regular basis that I thought this was a really cute little project and that it would be fun to stitch it. I love boxes of all sizes and this one was quite original. It still is.

On January 30th of the year 2009, I paid my $75.00 to Stitchartz through Paypal so that I could participate in that online class. It was going to be a 10 week on-line class scheduled to start on March 15, 2009.

There was a painted canvas that I was due to receive for the beginning of that class. I did receive it on March 23, 2009, beautiful colors as I had chosen "Midnight Mist". I started Debbie's "orientation online class" on March 28 of 2009.

I, along with the other participants in the class, received the first 4 lessons of this project, the last one being on October 19, 2009 and that was the end of what I have received up to now and we are now September 15, 2010. There was a forum in which we could communicate with the teacher, but I can't access it anymore. It may have gone or is just inaccessible to me/us, not sure which one of the two.

As of this morning there are still 169 students in that class and we are all in LIMBO, not really knowing if we will ever be able to complete this project or not as we have not heard from Debbie Deem in months.

I personally have never requested my money back as I was and still am hoping that we will receive the lessons that we have never received and have a happy ending to this deplorable situation. I may be over optimistic here, but hey we never know.

I know that I am in good company here since we are still 169 students in that class patiently waiting and hoping that Debbie will be back one of these days (sooner rather than later) with the rest of our lessons for NIGHT BLOSSOM NUGGET BOX and perhaps she will also make some kind of amends to all of us. We sure deserve something for being so darn patient.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Have a Purrfect Christmas

Project: Have a Purrfect Christmas

Designer: Unknown to me

Type of needlework: Cross Stitch

Photo: 1

Comments: Here is a cute little cat ornament that has the words "Have a Purrfect Christmas" stitched on his tummy. The design is called "Purrfect" Christmas. He measures approx. 7 inches tall with his tail curled up. There is a small jingle bell hanging just below the bow.

Purchased from Janet Lange on eBay and stitched by herself. She said that she stitched it from a magazine pattern but can't recollect which one.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bead Scissor Fob

Project: Bead Scissor Fob

Designer: Can't remember

Type of needlework: Beading

Photo: 1

Comments: One of my friend is always on the lookout for some scissor fob, so when I saw this one, I made it for her. Simple enough, some beads and a little tassel, but rather cute.