Friday, February 27, 2015

a friday finish!

what a treat!

i had extra downtime this week and was determined to go into this weekend with a sweet little finish.

i really love how the ice blue background makes the santa the star of the show and enhances the reds, creams and whites. this guy finally gets an upgrade from the stash to the finish pile. 

next up, i'll be starting work on this beauty, but progress will most likely be slow due to packing and moving.  

can't wait to be back in the great state of texas!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

background progress, and some exciting news!

i was able to get about 1/2 of the background stitched between plane rides this weekend to and fro Santa Barbara for a bachelorette party weekend! i chose this ice blue vineyard silk (called "cumulus") and really love the results! it doesn't distract from the stitching but adds a nice enhancement to the coloring.

trying to power through and finish this guy this week because i'm about to get really busy...

we're moving to Dallas! 

my boyfriend and i were fortunate and lucky enough to both receive offers from 2 amazing ad agencies in Dallas, TX and could not be more thrilled to be moving to the Lone Star State! for me it will be a nice homecoming, and i'm excited to share it with someone special. we'll have friends and family nearby, and it will be a great start for us together. 

needlepoint progress might slow down a bit due to all the moving madness, but i'm excited to be closer to many more LNS'. if you have any recommendations, lay them on me!


Monday, February 16, 2015

stitching my way through mardi gras!

happy belated valentine's day, and happy lundi gras!

i was so bad at blogging last week so i'm including lots of pictures as an amends. let's start with my progress on mr. santa.

Carol Dupree OU Santa

the sweater is stitched using gumnut "tulips" in kalem, with diagonal knitting for the sleeves. i like how textured it looks, like a real cable-knit sweater!

i originally thought beads for the "OU" and then once i started it i completely had a change of heart.

Carol Dupree OU Santa

Carol Dupree OU Santa

so i pulled out the sparkly neon rays and love it so much more!

Carol Dupree OU Santa

also tested out a mustache/beard option in angora. 

finishing up his hat with fuzzy stuff, and then onto the background. his beard is so white-white against the cream of the sweater, so i'm having to wrap my mind around that. but i think he's cute. what do you think?

Carol Dupree OU Santa

here's a glance at our weekend!

Friday, February 6, 2015

a new start

i'm really loving how my carol dupree santa is starting to take shape! also, can we talk about how much i'm enjoying getting back to decorative stitching instead of beading?

Carol Dupree OU Santa

mittens and hat are in diagonal mosaic using splendor silk

Carol Dupree OU Santa

had to post before i completed the hat but you get the idea

Carol Dupree OU Santa

pants are criss-cross hungarian, i'll be going back over the open areas with kreinik for a little pizzazz

Carol Dupree OU Santa

hoping to make some progress on the sweater this weekend and decide on a background color. decisions, decisions. 

happy weekend folks!

Monday, February 2, 2015

it's a finish!

i'm doing a major happy dance now that i can finally check this off the stash list!

Peter Mayer needlepoint beading

beading finished up on saturday so i took a sunday sabbatical to clean, put my beads away, and make rotisserie chicken nachos for the big game. 

i'm starting a new project that will hopefully be much more entertaining to document. hint hint: boomer sooner!

Carol Dupree OU Santa