Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nicola Jarvis and the Stitched Owl

Soooo….I had been wondering what was going on with the “Crewel Owl” that I stitched for “Designer Nicola Jarvis” . My trip to Williamsburg was almost two years ago “May 2014” that was when she had asked me to stitch one of her designs for her “Hillwood Collection” …of course I said “yes”..she does a lot of her own stitching work but enjoys the designing end and therefore asks different stitchers to help out…
I sent the finished “owl” to her back in late February 2014… to England…and yesterday the 16th of January I received a copy of the program /booklet that she created for the “Knitting and Stitching Show” in Harrogate England in Early December last year…
Lo and behold there is a picture of the owl that was stitched by me. What a wonderful testament to my skills especially from someone who is in their 60’s and have been stitching since a very young age…I can remember doing needlework when I was nine years old….so a very long….time.
I am thanking Nicola for giving me the opportunity and wish her all success in all her endeavors….


Field Mouse Part 3

Tanja Berlin gives excellent “very detailed” instructions for Needle Painting and other forms of embroidery…Her website has some stunning examples of Needle Painting. Below is a picture of The Field Mouse that was done by her..


Now to share where I am at in this needle painting…Last time I mentioned this piece I was working on the stems…I am finally at the “wheat ear” on the left hand side and have done just a couple of the husks…the colors will change a bit as I work my way down the stalk…Will this be exactly like Tanjas? Definitely not…I am glad that Needle Painting has a certain freeform about the process and because of light..shading ect. in nature and life…the final finished piece will be different in subtle ways…where I place my stitches are certainly going to be different than Tanjas …plus I am always learning and striving to improve…Tanja has tons more experience than myself!