Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 20, 2017

A Sketch a day- Days 99 –

Day 99.  Today’s post covers 4 sketch days and all quickies as I’ve been busy stitching.   Not a good thing to do too much at one time, as something always suffers.

Quirky flowers 1.   Doodles really, where I could practise with the Faber-Castells.



Day 99b.   More of the same.








Day 100.  my Rogues gallery.  Definitely much more practise needed.  2B pencil work.








Day 101.  No comment other than the Question mark replaced a woeful sketch.

Tomorrow’s catch-up lot are better than these.




Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 18, 2017

A Sketch a day = Days 94-98

Day 94.  Blue wrens.  I wasn’t sure I liked the first bird, so did a second one…and then preferred the first. LOL all good exercise for me.  Caran d’ Ache Aquerelle water colour pencils.






Day 95. Delores Stewart ..from the book by Betty Edwards-Drawing with the right side of the brain.

I used a 2B pencil for the exercise.






Day 96. I loved these geese when I saw them in the ‘Watercolour for Absolute Beginners’ book and just had to try them.  The Aquarelles were again used.





Day 97. Weird light again today.  I did use white paper.

The writing below was an upside down exercise.  I accidentally had my sketch book upside down  when I wrote this way but turned it the right way up for the lavender.





This is what I read from  and agree it was difficult.


Day 98.  another simple drawing and quick to paint with the Aquarelles.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 16, 2017

A Sketch a day. Days 87-93

Day 87.  2B pencil sketch.








Day 88. A friend allowed me to try to sketch her photo of the bridge.  The original is here
Thanks, Jules.

Not the same as the original LOL, but I’m happy with my effort.  I used the Aquarelle pencils.  I will have to find time to learn how to mix colours properly.  The green is a bit wild.


Day 89.  Again I’ve used Faber-Castell colour pencils.,,…
reminder to self..  practise drawing faces;        also hands and feet….








Day 90.  A quick pencil sketch today.






Day 91.  Red Cardinals..I didn’t know there were so many shades of red for this bird.  I always think of intense RED but these were about this shading.  Aquarelle pencils again.






Day 92.  I liked doing this one.  So long as I took care with the angles, it was easy.

I used the Micron .03 pen.

Not too many more catch-up drawings left now.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 13, 2017

A Sketch a day – Days 82-86

Day 82.Not all days are good!  2 miserable chooks.  Faber Castell watercolour pencils.







Day 83. Bargain day – and a good day it was.  I searched for an outfit for a wedding and bought more than I meant to.

This was just part of what I arrived home with.  I mislaid the other sale tags.  My wardrobe is looking much better now.



Day 84.  I enjoyed using the Micron .03 pen for these ladies.  I found it relaxing to draw lines.

The sketch is copied from a Dover freebie.







Day 85.  Another from Dover of a Geisha walking in the wind.  Got some movement there.

Pen work again.







Day 86.  My favourite of the three. I had some tips to get the mirror stand right, the rest was a breeze to do.  I like oriental things.

The last two sketches look very faded here – they are not in my book.






Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 11, 2017

A Sketch a day- Days 77-81

Day 77. A quick sketch today using a 2B black pencil.








Day 78  – Hare.  about 10″ x 6″ and also drawn with the 2B pencil.








Day 79 -Nasturtiums for a bit of colour.  Caran d’ Ache  Museum Aquarelle watercolour pencils were used.







Day 80.  Apple blossom.

Aquarelle  pencils on watercolour paper, which has a textured background .  The darkness, of course, is due to my poor photography.




Day 81.  Fun day with shoes from a magazine.  Faber Castell watercolour paints.  the yellow fancy shoe has dots of white gouache as well.  I can’t imagine wearing them.

I got the pink shoe wrong with the far side.  I didn’t notice the too-high part until it was painted.





Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 10, 2017

A Year of stitches – 3rd Hoop

I have used stitches from TAST on an 11″ x 9″ sketch of Ma and Joey Kangaroo from Australia.
I found Louise Elliott’s freebie here

Several years ago I began using TAST stitches on it but the work became a UFO, until recently when I completed it.

The stitches on the turtle are green and blue outlines of Stem stitch, Couched orange thread, Wheatsheaf stitch, Cretan and at the base, a Woven heart.
There are Cross stitches around the outside.

Above the turtle are
a fish – made with Herringbone, Running stitch, Colonial knot eye,Detached Buttonhole bar, Spine -Whipped Fly stitch.
a crocodile – Whipped Chain, French Knot eyes, Straight stitches, 2 opposing Buttonhole rows, Fly stitches in 2 colours which are then Whipped.  Fly and Straight sts for the legs.
Ma’s spine  -was Straight stitched in V shapes
Ear – Up and Down Buttonhole and Cross stitch built up a bit.

All outlines were Whipped Chain
The Cockies were Long and Short stitched with Basque wing feathers and Detached Chain crests.


Ma’s arms were filled with Van Dyke stitch and her eye black Chain, Satin and Buttonhole
Joey’s head was just Straight stitched in different patterns
The pouch he’s in has Buttonhole, Fly, Back Stitch and Couching.
The tree leaves are Detached Chain with French Knot ends.  The trunk is Chain stitched.



Ma’s foot- uhm- that was in the original stitching but looks like several rows of Running stitch done in a twist-less thread.

The Lyrebird tail is made with Feather, Back to back Buttonhole and Stem stitches.
The body- Long and Short stitch head,
Wing- burgundy Chain and the tail end is Detached Buttonhole bars.
It’s anyone’s guess how the breast is made.  😦  The bird was embroidered some years back.
Chain stitch legs.

The bunnies were Long/short stitched and the tail Ghiordes or Turkey knot.
Buttonhole wheels  flowers and Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole grass




The Grass tree is very simple. Straight stitches, Couched for both trunk and foliage.

Ma’s tail – mainly Straight stitches,  French Knots, Satin stitch,Detached Buttonhole Bars and Fly stitch.
Stems – long Stem stitch and French Knots.
Fly stitches.
Fern – Detached Buttonhole Bars with Whipped Stem stitch veins.

The large red flower is my version of Sturt’s Desert Pea – a better example is here
Cacti – Couched Herringbone inside Whipped Stem stitch.  Detached Chain flowers.


and the finished embroidery.  There are another 11 animals that I could use for more embroidery.  Very tempting.  My thanks go to Louise Elliott for sharing her work.

Most, if not all stitches can be found in the Pintangle stitch Dictionary.

If you’ve not heard about Take A Stitch Tuesday  it can be found at the first link in my post.
It is free to all , beginners or advanced stitchers alike- no stress involved.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 9, 2017

A Sketch a day- Days 70-76

Day 70, is of a woman in a magazine.  The leg seemed weird but looking harder I could imagine the sweater has covered part of the leg.  I made sure I had it right before posting here.  Fingers definitely need more practise.   The one thing I’ve found is that sketching is so relaxing I’m never frustrated, if the work doesn’t come out right.  So far I’ve not thrown any away.








Day 71. The painting  of Audrey Stevenson (as Circe) was in a National Gallery of Victoria magazine and was done by Mary Cecil Allen- so vivid and alive, I just had to try copying it.
I used Aquarelle pencils but left them dry.







Day 72. I had Lots of trouble getting the perspective right with this simple scene.  It’s a wonder the paper is still holding together.  I can assure anyone, the eraser is well worn,  I needed the aid of my DH who was a builder, to explain vanishing points etc., He would never have hired me years ago. grin…
Faber Castell pencils and black lead pencil







Day 73. Believe or not, the background is white.  This Matryoska family was fun to do.
Gel pens – metallic and glitter ones were used.


Day 74.  Eggs from the Betty Edwards book- Drawing from the right side of the brain.

2B black lead used.





Day 75. Visiting our DiL, I spied this metal duck ornament and just Had to take a photo so I could sketch it.  It would stand about 20″ high.

Aquarelle pencils again but wet this time.







Day 76. Stopped for a meal and saw this green bottle/artificial arrangement.  I literally did an ‘artist’s impression’ on the thick serviette as the biro refused to work.  The indents remained so I could draw them in later.

This is the result.  Aquarelle pencils.   I find I prefer them to the Faber-Castell now.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 6, 2017

A Sketch a day – Days 65- 69

Day 65. An Indian lady.
I’m improving in some areas, this wasn’t one.
I see lots of ways to improve the figure but this is a warts and all year of sketching, so it’s included.
Faber-Castell pencils and a little water added.  Everything I do with equipment is an experiment for me.







Day 66.  Hand holding mug from Dr.Betty Edwards ‘Using the right side of the brain’ book.

HB pencil was used.

Day 67.  Did I say this is a ‘wart’s day’?  Sitting at my DDs I decided to sketch her hanging kitchen pans.  Gee it was so tricky.  The top one was first but when finished my eyes saw an optical illusion -the round metal holder was back to front – ie, the pans should have looked to be   hung in the back.  The second try is also odd.  But that was it for the day.  I’m hoping to have a third shot at it when we next visit.

Day 68.  Here’s an upside down sketch of Igor Stravinsky first by Pablo Picasso and then by me.
The actual picture from the book is to the right.  The fingers were the hardest to do.
2b pencil used for Igor. It tends to fade away.  since these earlier days, I’ve been overdrawing the lines with a black pen.  The original came from Betty Edwards book.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 6, 2017

1 Year of Stitching- Hoop 2

The base of the tree is made with Long and short stitch; and the center of this, Satin stitch overlaid with Herringbone stitch.

From the top to bottom as viewed here are Colonial knots,
4 rows of Satin threaded Chain (from the Anchor crewel work book)
2 rows of Buttonhole fans
Lace stitch or Hollie stitch continues upward from there.



Bottom right- Back stitch-top edge
Satin stitch in checkerboard design
Center vein -Chain, followed with Needlelace which I linked around the lower edge
The middle leaf has  Whipped Chain edges with Detached Chain filling.
The last here has a Chain stitch edge, Whipped Running stitch in the center vein and Bullions.

Stems throughout are all Whipped Chain.


. Top leaves

The top leaves – right leaf..Buttonhole edge one side and Cross stitch the other, with Whipped Wheels in the middle.
Center leaf – Cable Chain and Whipped Fly stitch vein
left leaf from left to right – Back stitch; Chain edge; Running stitch; Coral stitch vein; Straight stitches; French Knots (at the ends of the straight ones) and Chain/Back stitches to finish off.

Top to bottom
Left side. Twisted Chain Edge, Feather stitch centre

Detached Buttonhole Bar; Alternating Chain; Straight and Cross stitches around the Wheatsheaf
Back to Back Fly stitch; Rope Edge stitch

Threaded Running stitches; Cross stitch in diamond pattern. I used to think this was Algerian stitch. 😦

Top edge- Up and Down Buttonhole; Lower edge- Whipped Chain and Straight stitches with a Buttonhole Wheel centre.

last leaf – Whipped Chain edges and Couched Trellis center.
Almost every stitch I used can be found in Sharon’s  Stitch Dictionary

Completed 2nd Hoop





Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 5, 2017

A Sketch a day – Days 60-64

A few more sketches

Day 60- gull.  I used HB and 2B pencils also some Faber-Castell orange.  It was a joy to do because it was simple.








Day 61. violets.  Watercolour tube paints and pen highlights.








Day 62.  snow trees.  Now this really surprised me because the blue smudging was just daubs of left over paint and I scribbled over it, saw ‘trees’ and added the snowy ground.








Day 63.  Autumn leaves.  Again I used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.

Day 64. I sketched the magnolia and used watercolour paints .  I need to learn a lot more about paint mixing.  At the moment it’s finding time to do this.

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