Busy October…

EasternBluebirdI’m just back from a dance workshop last weekend… and I’m overwhelmed with stuff to get done!

But I wanted to show you my newest work in progress. This is an Eastern Bluebird, from a reference photo found on Flickr…   It’s my very first attempt at doing a needlepainting that someone else (usually Trish Burr) didn’t design first… :)  I’m really pleased with how he’s coming along. (1/2 his wing got stitched at the beach between dance classes).

I’ll be on and offline  for the next few days – but I’ve also finished the signup page for my Technique Circus subscription that’s happening for 2015. If you’ve ever wanted to try out a BUNCH of new techniques without investing in a lot of expensive equipment and threads you may never use again, this could be your ticket. I’ll post more details and photos of the first project soon, but in the meantime – mosey on over to my website and check out the details!

The original photo:

Photo By Robert Huffstutter (calibas) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/huffstutterrobertl/6755494657/

Photo By Robert Huffstutter (calibas) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/huffstutterrobertl/6755494657/

Arraiolos Revisited

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