Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mystery in a Corner: Completed Mysteries on My Website

I just finished posting completed Mysteries in a Corner on my website in Galleries. They are all from my classroom at Shining Needle Society and they look wonderful!

To see them go to and click on 'Gallery 1' then on the blue buttons.

Thank you, those of you who sent photos to me.
Gay Ann

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Colors for Challenge Ornament!

This morning I brought the number of Color Combinations for Challenge Ornament to 15; Kim just sent them to me last night.
To see all 15 go to and click on Gallery 1.

The colors are for Challenge Ornament.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Twilight Angel: Two Days to Go

Twilight Angel will stay up on my website for 2 days more. At the end of the business day on August 20, she vanishes.
For details go to, scroll down and click on Strawberry Girl.
Twilight Angel is hiding there.
Gay Ann

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shining Needle Society's Dog Days of Summer Stitch In

We all met at Needlepoint of La Jolla today for Shining Needle Society's Dog Days of Summer Stitch In. It turned into a Stitch and Chat and we all enjoyed ourselves.
For more photos of us at Needlepoint of La Jolla, please go to my website, and click on Dog Days.
Our group included Carol C., Jill R., Sandy H. and the two doyennes of needlepoint in La Jolla, Bernice and Carrell B.
Gay Ann

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mystery in a Corner Updated on My Website

This morning I posted 6 completed Mysteries in a Corner on my website,, click on Gallery 1, then visit Gallery 2 and Gallery 3.

I posted Part 1 and the finished Mystery so that people can compare what happened to the design as it moved on.
Thank you to the people who completed their mysteries and sent photos to me.

Gay Ann

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Challenge Ornament, Painting Skills and Twilight Angel

People have been buying paint supplies and gathering together scraps of canvas and we are about to try coloring canvas ground. It is such a good exercise because it does away with the starkness of the ground and it makes a nice subtle statement.

I stitched Twilight Angel on ecru canvas but if I were to stitch her again, I would wash a gentle color on the canvas, add just a touch of glitter and stitch away. I might also crop her differently this time around and with the thought in mind, I have posted here just a detail of Twilight Angel. I like the way she looks in this photograph.

For the full Twilight Angel, please go to my website,, scroll down on the Home Page, and take a peek at her by clicking on Strawberry Girl. She was hiding there till I made a mistake and blew her cover. The pattern is for sale there until August 20 (also a result of my blowing her cover).

To join our discussions of painting color, color choices, Challenge Ornament and Twilight Angel, contact
Membership in Shining Needle Society is free, as is membership in my classroom.

Gay Ann

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Twilight Angel and A New Dimension for Challenge Ornament

I have been mailing out Challenge Ornament Patterns and I hope people enjoy planning this little ornament. I leave a lot of decisions to the maker and I am anxious to see what people do with the ornament.

In the interest of adding a dimension to the challenge, I plan to teach how to paint a wash over a canvas ground. My method is a little unconventional but I hope it makes the task easy. So many canvas grounds are so stark: stark white, stark green, stark blue. My idea is to soften the color a bit, add a bit of mystery in the ways of swirls and color, in short to add a design dimension to the ground fabric.

The whole idea evolved a few days ago when Pierrette P. wrote to ask me about the color of the ground fabric for my Twilight Angel (whom I had hidden under Strawberry Girl on my website Home Page with the pattern for sale). I answered that I would, if I were to stitch her again, wash a gentle color on the ground fabric and add a bit of glitter. Just a bit. So that Twilight Angel would look like she vanishes and appears in gentle swirls.

Twilight Angel remains one of the prettiest designs I have stitched, if I do say so. I taught her at Callaway several years ago and I also won the Ann Speiss Mills Angel award for her one year at ANG's exhibit. Sorry, I don't remember which year.

(As an aside, the ribbon arrived with a pretty stitched center which I like, so I keep it hanging on my bookcase. It is all faded now and tattered, but I still like the stitched center).

To see Twilight Angel, go to Home Page, scroll down and click on Strawberry Girl. She is hiding underneath Strawberry Girl, a secret to see who discovered her until it all erupted (due to a mistake I made) and is public now.

Members of my Shining Needle Society classroom have written that they are willing to try, so the fun and games will begin shortly. I plan to mail a small and unconventional supplies list to members of Shining Needle Society today. The emphasis here is on unconventional canvas painting 101. Entry level.

To join Shining Needle Society, go to and click on the link on my Home Page.

Gay Ann

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Challenge Ornament: Color Combinations

Here are 5 new color combinations for Challenge Ornament from Pam and Kim, Tomorrow's Heirlooms.

Pam Douda and Kim Propst
Tomorrow's Heirlooms
Telephone: 630-790-1660
Address: 650 Roosevelt Rd. Suite 103, Glen Ellyn IL 60137

For information on Challenge Ornament visit my website, and click on 'Small Designs.'

Gay Ann

Monday, August 04, 2008

Challenge Ornament

Here is the center design from an old geometric of mine, Diamond Roundabout. I have reworked and rewritten the instructions so that it becomes a color and texture challenge, a little exam for those who have worked Mystery in a Corner, or a little personal challenge for those who didn’t.
The price for the Challenge Ornament is $12.00 (including postage).
Details for ordering 'Challenge Ornament' are on my website,
then click on 'Small Designs.'
Gay Ann