Byzantine Angels

Hello stitchers!

I have been thinking of designing angels for a long time. These are the Byzantine, or red angels.


They come in different shapes and sizes.

Octagon, round, square, arch and rectangle.


They are painted on 18 count, but could be on a smaller count, such as 16, if you prefer.

To give you a sense of size, the rectangular angel below is 3.5″ x 6.5″ on 18 count. On 16 count, the octagonal angel is 4″.

The smaller canvases would be wonderful Christmas ornaments.

I think the arch and rectangular canvases would be beautiful if framed and set upon a stand, or finished as stand-ups.

Below is a photo of a rectangle angel that I am stitching.  I am using lots of gold and will bead all of the little rectangles in the inner arched frame. I love the bright green feet against the intense red. The wings have an intricate pattern of Treasure Braid and beads. I am sorry the photo does not have more definition – I’ll snap a better one when I have finished.

My next post will be the Cloisonné angels, in wonderful shades of blues and golds, and whose arms are opened in a blessing.

Have a wonderful day, and a happy Thanksgiving week, Joan


Texas Boots

Texas Boots made its debut at Destination Dallas in September. As you can see in the photo, I am having fun stitching it. I am using Memory Thread and Alpaca and Rainbow Linen and Neon Rays and all kind of fibers to vary the textures.

Each boot features different aspects of life in Texas, from a horny toad to the Alamo to the yellow rose, bluebonnets, mockingbird, longhorn steer and armadillo. There is even a scorpion tail coming out of the top of the “A” boot. As a child, even here in Houston, I learned to always shake out boots and shoes that had overnighted in the garage, just in case a scorpion had spent the night there.

I had fun designing different boot patterns, resulting in feminine “T” and “A” boots and rougher work boots such as “E”.

The canvas measures approx. 20″ x 12″ on 18 count.

The border “frame” is a double brick stitch of Glazed Ginger Vineyard Silk interwoven with Silk Lame’ Braid. Just inside this frame will be barbed wire surrounding the boots.

Have a great day, your Texas stitchin’ friend, Joan