Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On 32 ct Belfast linen called Aurora, here is my progress thus far on M Design's Winifred Witch ... it doesn't look like much yet But I hope to have it finished in time to hang on my Halloween tree this year.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post:
I just wanted to see how far I have managed to meet my 2010 goals. And I am doing better, at least in some categories, than I had thought.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I am still catching up on my Bride's Tree SAL Christmas ornaments: when I originally decided to join this SAL, I came up with the notion of stitching all the ornaments in the Quaker style. It was very easy, at first, to find appropriate charts. Now that I am well into the project it is a little less so and I find myself either designing an ornament from scratch or tweaking an existing design till it meets my needs. If any readers of this blog know of Quaker charts for the various remaining monthly themes, I'd greatly appreciate a comment leading me in the right direction.
June: the Quaker Fruit Basket. Finished stitching and assembly: 10/15/10. See 10/15 post for photo.
July: the Quaker Fish. My own design. Started on 10/15/10
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
This is what I have accomplished over the past few days:
The Quaker Fruit Basket [my own design using an amalgamation of Quaker motifs appropriated from some Workbasket's charts in my possession] which is the June entry in the Bride's Tree SAL series. This is a bit different than the design I charted in a recent post ... I made the top of the basket broader and reconfigured the handle as well as adding a broader base to the basket. I am pretty happy with the final product.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
First, catching up a bit on the Bride's Tree SAL
Bride's Tree SAL July ornament: a Quaker Fish [Fertility]. This has been charted out and will be stitched on 28ct Glasgow raw linen in Belle Soie silks.
Next, the Town Square SAL: This SAL has been pretty much a non-starter. I am the only one who seems to be stitching on it. At least, I am the only one who has been posting to the SAL blog and even that has been after a three month hiatus! I finished Val's Stuff Train Depot while stitching on the veranda this past weekend ... in between long intervals of just gazing at the scenery and day-dreaming and, this really shows my age, napping.
Some hand-finishing: I assembled and trimmed Full Moon ... when doing a little stash diving, I came up with some lovely black velvet cording ... just the perfect trim for this piece. The final touch is a hanger made from some glass jet beads salvaged from an antique necklace, interspersed with a few Mill Hill seed beads.
And a new off-goal start: M Designs' Winnifred Witch: This is stitched on a 32ct Belfast overdyed linen, Aurora, using most of the recommended fibers but making a few substitutions so I might stitch-from-stash. Even on 32 ct, this chart [designed for 28ct] is shaping up to be an over-sized ornament - I thought JCS had guidelines about size - I now think I should have used a 40 ct but the only orange toned linen I had on hand was 32ct.
There are still two more ornaments I wish to stitch from the recent JCS Halloween issue: the Plum Street Sampler's Halloween Greetings and the Monsterbubble's Day of the Dead entries; but I'll have to order the kit for the Monsterbubbles 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 almost everything on hand for the Halloween Greetings ornament and, with just a few substitutions from stash, should be able to kit it up in time to stitch for Rachel's Halloween Day SAL. I'll ask my husband to get me the Monsterbubbles' kit as a Christmas gift and will hold it in reserve to stitch up for next year. I know I shall continue to see "must stitch" Halloween ornaments but I shall need a bigger tree ... my current table top model is getting very crowded.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
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.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Fruit Basket for the June ornament is relatively easy. I have simply appropriated and rearranged some Quaker elements from Workbasket's Quaker Flower [a complimentary chart found on their website] to make the basket. I have toyed with the idea of changing the shape of the handle of the basket ... making it flare out, then up and over: to make more room for some apple shapes. Now that's where the hard part comes in ... I have been dithering over the arrangement of apples. I think I'll probably end up going with a stylized pyramid of round Quaker motifs. But if I do that I will probably eliminate the handle entirely and widen the basket itself a bit since I am well within my stitch limits as currently charted.
I enjoy the relatively rare forays I make into designing ... but I am definitely an amateur. I can not imagine how the professionals find the discipline to stick with the process and produce four or five designs [or more] every season of the year. That may change when I retire but then again, maybe not. There are so many things I want to do in retirement: get back to bread-making, yogurt making and some serious gourmet cooking; spend more time writing, particularly my poetry; travel more extensively, especially to the West Coast where I have relatives; do some serious re-decorating of my home to accomodate a retired lifestyle, converting spare bedrooms to office space and a sewing/craft room, uncluttering the living spaces ... and the list goes on and on.
Monday, October 4, 2010
**2 Halloween charts, Raise the Roof's Sweet Tooth [chart only, no buttons] and Mini-Haunted Quilt by a gifted amateur designer
**a fall chart, Acorn Mini from Twisted Stitches.
**and two Glory Bee charts: The first, If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher, seems appropriate as we conclude the first month of school ... the winner might like to stitch it as a Christmas gift for a teacher. The second, Dinner Choices, also seems appropriate since so many families eat on the run this time of year with meetings, extracurricular activities and all sorts of car-pooling going on.
Five charts in all, folks.
If you wish to enter your name for this giveaway, the usual conditions will apply:
-- open to all stitchers
-- leave a comment below as to why you are interested in the giveaway
-- include an e-mail address in your post if clicking on your name will not lead me to an e-mail link
-- a winner will be selected on the 10th of the month and informed by e-mail
-- winners are asked to commit to PIF charts to other stitchers through message boards, guilds or stitching groups or to donate the charts to a women's shelter or prison, a nursing home or some other venue where a stitcher would enjoy them.
Good luck to all who enter.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Quaker Fruitbasket, a pastiche of various Workbasket Quaker Motifs [for Bride's Tree SAL June ornament]. Stitched on 28ct Glasgow raw linen in Belle Soie Silks Scarecrow, Sister Scarlet & Wheatgrass. This is a WIP photo: I am making this up as I go along. There'll be an open work diamond in the body of the basket right above the row I am working now. And I'll be making a handle using a motif from Workbasket's Quaker Flower complimentary chart. All that will be left to do then will be to chart out some apples and leaves to fill the basket ... though that may be trickier than it sounds ... I have a very definite idea about how I want the final image to look.
Aury's Quaker Bird in a Nest [for Bride's Tree SAL May ornament] Even with the frogging and re-stitching, I managed to finish and assemble this one on 10/1/10. Stitched on 28ct Glasgow raw linen in Belle Soie silks: Chester Blue, Chocolat, and Fern Frond. I have fallen way behind in this series, this being my first finish in this SAL since April. It feels good to get back on track.
And, because I accidentally left my stitching bag at work Monday night, I started an off-goal ornament, this one from the JCS Preview Christmas issue: Glory Bee's A Partridge in a Pear Tree. I switched out the colors a bit on this one since I wanted to use some Belle Soie silks I have on hand. Finished the stitching and assembly on 10/1/10.
The Kreinik Cornucopia and Prairie Schooler Pumpkins and Harvest Time Turkey were pictured on an earlier posts. 9/21 and 9/26.