Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I'll post photos of progress tomorrow evening ... even if I don't manage to accomplish all I plan ... I tend to overestimate my abilities ... or more precisely, my stitching speed.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I haven't been doing as much stitching recently as I usually do. Now that the school year has started I have less leisure time. I find I am working through my lunch & dinner hours as well ... I usually manage to stitch for at least half an hour during my lunch and dinner breaks but at certain peak times [like Parent Orientation/Meet the Catechist, Mid Termss and Finals as well as Sacrament celebrations] I lose that luxury. I also find myself going into work earlier, working 11 or 12 hour days at this time of year, so I lose some early morning stitching time as well. That being said I have been working on Brightneedle's Esmeralda's House: I have completed the outline and the foundation and am currently working on the exteriors. When I purchased this chart [two years ago, I think] I was pleased by how "open" the design looked and assumed it would be a very quick and easy stitch. Now that I am actually stitching it, I am equally impressed by how detailed a design it really is and have revised my earlier assessment. While it is certainly not difficult, it clearly will not be a quick stitch. It feels like I am stitching a "Where's Waldo" picture - there are so many little vignettes, all meticulously and lovingly complex. This is not a complaint ... I am enjoying the piece. It's just that I am not sure it will be done for Halloween 2009 even if I drop work on my Quakers and my Autumn Faerie for a while. I plan on finishing this piece as a wall-hanging ... its size would make professional framing prohibitively costly ... especially considering the whimsical and seasonal nature of the piece.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The WIPs I have actually worked on in recent days:
And Home Spun Elegance's free chart featuring a black cat jumping over a pumpkin [sorry about the photo being out of focus - it looked much better when viewed on the digital camera screen]: I used Waterlily 28ct linen and stitched over one with GAST Gold Leaf, Old Hickory, Fragrant Cloves and Bittersweet. There's a little more unstitched space on this ornament than I normally like ... I prefer a much tighter finish that fills most of the space but I was using some punched out cardboard circles leftover from an old Vacation Bible Club project as my form ... I never throw away things that have crafting or stitching potential, especially when such good quality cardboard involved, pre-punched in perfect circles, too.
And then there is the progress to-date on Workbasket's Quaker Cow.
Brightneedle's Esmeralda's House [I ordered my floss from Stitchery Row on Friday and received it on Saturday - WOW!!] When you look at the chart, it looks like such an open design that it ought to be a quick and easy stitch. But, now that I have read the chart and cut my fabric and begun the stitching, I doubt it will be done in time for this Halloween. While not quite a BAP, this will finish out at a little under 10" x 14" on 36ct and includes enough specialty stitches to add interest to such a large piece. I suspect I will have to order more of the WDW Pelican Grey ... I don't remember seeing any chart notation about needing more than one skein [the model was stitched one over two on 40ct] but I believe it will be necessary since I am stitching two over two on 36ct. I spent the better part of Sunday stitching on this piece and am pleased by my progress. It may not seem like a great deal but there was nearly as much counting as cross-stitching. You know the old carpenter's motto "Measure twice, cut once." Well, my stitching equivalent for this piece is "Count, recount and count yet again, never frog" ... don't I wish! The designer recommends stitching the outline of the house completely before filling in the rooms ... so careful counting is a must if everything is to line up properly.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
- The DMV receipt for the plates my daughter turned in two weeks ago. I have got to get them to the All-State office to get the car pulled from our insurance.
- My new debit card, I need to call in to activate it and then put it in my wallet.
- Vermont Country Store catalog: the good news is that I have gone down a dress size, the bad news is I need to order another dress to get me through the remaining warm weather. If I continue to procrastinate, I may have to fine a new catalog and search out some acceptable dresses for cooler weather. [I have been carrying this catalog around for three weeks now]
- and, just added, the charts that I have to mail to my September giveaway winner.
Not in the bag: TW's Autumn Faerie, which is set up on my stitching stand for evening stitching.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Treat Time: I used the same Mill Hill beads around the border as I did for BOO. I backed it with a lightweight upholstery jacquard in lavender and trimmed it with bi-color hand made braided cord in lavender and orange.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- How many cross stitch pieces requiring a sewing finish are currently in your sewing basket?
- What are your most common sewing projects, e.g.: pillows, ornaments, flat folds, bell pulls, wall hangings, biscornus, etc?
- List a few of your favorite suppliers [with links] of finishing materials, e.g.: fabrics, buttons, trims, hardware, etc.
- How much time each week or month are you willing to devote to sewing finishes?
- Are you a hand sewer, machine sewer or both?
- What will be your first finishing project?