Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Parade is Back on Track

Last week I was bemoaning the fact that my July 4th flag bearer's wig was giving me fits. This week I can at least say that the wig is behind me and I'm moving on to more fun aspects of the July 4th March. I decided not to follow the stitch guide suggestions for the hair (long and short stitches or packed outline) and instead went with a padded satin stitch which made me much happier. I blended two shades of Weeks Dye Works threads to get the color I wanted, padded the stitching area, and jumped right in. Voila - a completed wig with slide bullion curls.

I started the blue background on the flag last night and am in love with the Gloriana Overdyed Silk thread in Denim. The shading is perfect for this flag. I also have it mind for the Patchwork of Peace flag project that is still waiting in the wings. Amy has chosen a pinwheel design for this area with white star-shaped sequins scattered around and small accents of gold beads on top of the background. I think it will be perfect! I hope to have this area finished by the next time I post. I may save the star sequins until the end so that I'm not snagging threads on them as I stitch other parts of the design.

There was another satisfying finish for one of the From Russia with Love eggs this week. It is always such fun to add the "jewels" at the end of these beautiful canvases. These green briolettes are no exception! They just sparkle in the sunlight! I wish their photographs did them justice. A new egg should be on the way to me this week and I can't wait to see what it will be. I'll show it to you in the next blog post.

I have a new guilty pleasure to tell you about today. I "discovered" House of Cards on Netflix this week. I am hooked!

This series (only available on Netflix) stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as an unbeatable (maybe/maybe not!) husband and wife team in Washington, DC. Spacey plays Francis Underwood, the Majority House Whip from South Carolina. His wife played by Robin Wright heads up a non-profit agency fighting for clean water around the world. Oh, the intrigue! I have no doubt that this show is accurately portraying how things get done at the Capitol, the White House, and Washington in general. If you have any interest in politics, don't miss this series. The entire season is on Netflix even though it only started at the beginning of February. It is produced and directed (a few episodes) by highly acclaimed director David Fincher. Netflix may be on to something with this well-acted, well-directed series that they have produced. House of Cards won't be shown on regular network or cable channels - only on Netflix. Fans of Arrested Development like me are eagerly awaiting the new season that will also be shown exclusively on Netflix in a few weeks. Can't wait to see that series back again! Thank you Netflix!

That's it for me in the needlepoint and Netflix world this week. So happy to see the sun out this morning after what was a very gloomy, wet week. I won't be here next week but look forward to being back with you the first Sunday in March.

Have a great week ahead!


  1. Hi Melinda,
    The hair is perfect. The stitching is perfect. This is going to be a great piece when it is finished. I too am waiting for my next egg. Cannot wait for it to arrive.

  2. This show is based on a show of the same name that was on Masterpiece Theater some years ago. The lead was played by Ian Richarson and he was fantastic. He was so villainous you have to see it to believe it! The US version is good but I like Mr. Richardson better.

    I am still waiting for my Russian egg!

  3. house of cards is amazing!!!! we went through the entire series in about a week! LOVE what you did on the's perfect!

  4. Melinda, you do such amazing work. I love reading about your adventures each week and watching you stitch. Have a great week.

  5. Love how you stitched the wig. It looks fantastic!

  6. Hi Melinda,
    I accidentally "stumbled" upon your blog when searching for more information on the Halloweenies. I didn't find out yet their "kit" price :-(
    I must say that I'm impressed with your projects in the couple of pages I've gone through! How do you decide to use which stitch and fibre in a certain area? It seems like a fun thing to do but I'm a little bit scared with the asking prices of some of those pieces (and afraid to eventually mess up the piece :-).
    Have a nice day!

  7. Missing you this week. I bet you are off doing something fun. Everything here looks great. Looking forward to next week.


  8. Melinda,
    How is your Melissa Shirley damask pear coming along? I have one like it that i haven't started yet, and I am interested in seeing YOURS! Thanks in advance! Keep up the good work!