Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The autumn tree
The winter tree:
This will be the summer tree ... I still need to stitch a spring tree.
Next, the domestic animals I have done:
And, though the mouse is not, strictly speaking a "domestic" animal, since it all too frequently is found in our homes, I will include it in this band.
Everytime I look at this mouse, I think of Reepicheep from the Narnia Tales! I guess it is the arrogantly heroic pose.
And, now for some woodland animals
The swanThe frog
And, the smaller pieces I will use as pillows or pillow shams:
Last night, I started on one more of the woodland animals, the rabbit:
And, while not a Quaker animal, this is a Workbasket design: the rabbit pincushion from the Rabbit Rondel leaflet [see previous post] ... I made a bit more progress on it before the stitching over one started to blind me again.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I hope to work on some sewing finishes as well today, thus completing one or two more of my five finishes I have set as my goal for May.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
and this is a photo of the current condition of Row 14:
It doesn't seem like a lot of progress for nearly 3 hours of stitching, but I find this particular row requires slow, careful and accurate stitching to keep the symmetry intact. I'd rather dawdle than frog.
I am also making some stitching time for Workbasket's Rabbit Rondel which looked like this when last you saw it: And now looks like this, with just about 1/4 of the inner ring stitched:
Friday, May 15, 2009
Some rusts, some red, some blues. And some turquoise and green.
The last is a very dark green called Tortoise Shell that I will use for my Workbasket Quaker Turtle which I will be kitting up as soon as I complete my current WIPs.
And then, there are the last two charts in The Stitching Parlor's Pride and Prejudice series
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy at PemberlyThe Ball at Netherfield
And now for the finish: The Sailor's Jig from Diana Gallagher's Creative Needleworks Whale Watch leaflet.I plan to finish this as a beach tote for my husband to carry his books, reading glasses, binoculars, etc. I am picturing blue and white mattress ticking for the fabric with rope handles if I can find a rope to suit my needs [and sewing machine's capacity] Even when you fray, flatten and spread the end of the rope that gets sewn into a seam, it can give your average home sewing machine some serious indigestion.
Well, that's the progress to date. Today, I hope to do some more work on Fertile Circles and hope to finish a Christmas ornament and at least get started on my tote finish for BaBa Black Sheep.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On the weight loss front, I haven't lost any more weight but, on the other hand, I haven't regained any of the weight I lost recently when I was under the weather. So I guess that is a good thing. I have been satisfying my craving for sweets with papaya and with grapefruit rather than with cakes and cookies. I have been satisfying my craving for chocolate with a chocolate flavored tea ... I am not sure how I feel about this substitution just yet ... interesting and different are the words that comes to mind ... but not delicious or soul-satisfying. I can only hope that this self-restraint will be rewarded with a loss on next Thursday's weigh-in.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This is my third ornament for The Stitching For A Cure charity blog: The Breast Cancer Ribbon Angel. Since my younger sister and a first cousin have survived breast cancer thanks to advancements in treatment and research, this charity effort is very dear to my heart.
And over the past few days, I have been adding to my Fertile Circles piece ... I am beginning to get the hang of this particular type of embroidery after a bit of a false start ... I'll be covering up that unfortunate bit of flame stitching with another "layer" of embroidery in flosses that work better with the dominant colorway ... and that clutch of beads that looks awkward at the top left of the design will eventually be the head of a snake [another classic fertility symbol] made from a very thick fiber that will be couched on the surface of the piece, winding through the nests. The finished piece will be made up as a needlebook rather than the handbag I had originally thought of doing. The photo is a bit dark ... the oranges in the design are actually quite a bit brighter ... I must not have had my Ott light angled quite right when I snapped this photo. I'll do better next time.
I hope to get another hour or so done on this piece this morning before work ... I get up early just to ensure that I have some time to stitch during the day.
I also managed to get a half an hour of "lunch time" stitching on The Sweetheart Tree's Holly and Hearts Sampler yesterday ... but I'll wait till I finish the large tracery heart row before photographing this piece again.