Heeeeerrrreee’s Freddy!


This absolute  fashion-plate of a frog by Nancy L. King and I go back aways.  By the time I became aware of this dapper big guy, he had been a long-discontinued kit by JCA.

Thus the search began, because I just had to get him. I monitored the auction websites for months:  alas, no sign of Freddy.  I was on the verge of purchasing a stitched model of the piece at a needlepoint shop,  when voilà, he appeared.  I bid, and won him.

Based on the two crowns that are on his vest, not to mention the circles under his eyes, my guess would be that on occasion he really enjoys a quaff or two of the King of Beers.

Anyway, when I went to NY this summer, Freddy came along for the ride. And since it was so hot up there, I spent a lot time stitching him.

Now, he’s  back from the finisher.  Doesn’t he look as spiffy as spiff can be!

Btw, I mostly stitched this frog as JCA instructed. I found some #32 braid black Kreinik in my stash, and used that for his eyes. For the whites, I used the new Kreinik color #5760.

One other thing. I can’t emphasize this enough:  finishers make the piece.

Note the dragonfly in Freddy’s hand, and the chain that attaches his  pocket watch to his waistcoat.

Also, the material my finisher chose for the backing works with all the colors of the canvas, and I’m thrilled with the result.

The thing is, I wonder if Freddy’s checking his pocket watch because he is late for a dinner date at  La Grenouille?

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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