I have finished the stitching on Ink Circles' Full Moon from JCS Sept 2010 and have cut out the cardboard shapes for mounting it ... just need to pad it with heavy weight interfacing and some fusible fleece ... and assemble. I'll have to check my stash of manufactured cording and trim and see if I have anything appropriate. Otherwise I have some DMC Black perle cotton I can use to make hand-made cording. Hope to have the "finish-finish" done in time for the weekly progress report.
There are still two more ornaments I wish to stitch from the JCS Halloween issue: the M Design's and Monsterbubbles entries. I have almost everything I need to stitch the M Design's witch on hand but I'll have to order the kit for the Monsterbubbles Day of Death ornament, a funky piece stitched on screening and using a 20ct waste canvas, not the sort of things easily found even in a fully stocked on-line needlework shop.
I have also begun work on my current piece for the Town Square SAL ... this will make my third building for that project. I have already stitched Monsterbubble's Jail and Crescent Colors Saloon. This piece is Val's Stuff's Train Depot. I have tweaked it a bit since the former art teacher still residing in my soul had to correct the perspective a bit and complete/balance the lines of the supports for the porch roof as well as add heft to the benches to keep them in scale with the rest of the piece. I'll also be eliminating the second color on the bottom third of the wall since it distorts the perspective as well ... ending just under the porch rail and making it look solid instead of fence-like. Anyway, this photo represents two day's stitching [probably about an hour or two each day, including some frogging of elements I decided to change. It's not so much that I think I am a better designer than the professional designer ... it's just that I can be pretty OCD about my work ... and I know the flawed perspective would just ruin the finished piece for me.I plan to stitch all the public buildings in this SAL [ clock tower, post office, town hall, fire station, church, school house] as well as a few of the shops [needlework, quiltingshop, bookshop, bakery, button shop, fiber shop, cafe, antiques shop, tea shop, etc.]. I haven't decided yet whether to make it into a coverlet/quilt or a series of cubes or pillows. I guess I'll decide on the final finish once I have accumulated enough stitched pieces.