Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wentzler Wednesday

When I decided last week that I ought to dedicate at least one day a week to my Autumn Faerie BAP, I clearly chose the wrong day ... a TW Tuesday just isn't going to cut it since my Tuesday workday is 12 hours long, leaving very little time for stitching. Adjustments need to be made and since Wednesday is a normal 8 hour workday, that shall be my new BAP day. But of course, life threw me a curve on my first Wentzler Wednesday. I overslept and didn't have time to get in my usual one hour of stitching before breakfast. Then, the workday was hectic and I didn't manage to get in my usual 1/2 hour of stitching at lunchtime. The only stitching time I had was after work, so the progress is not nearly as impressive as I had hoped. So I decided to extend my Wentzler Wednesday into Thursday. The before photo is from last week and shows the whole piece. The after photo shows just Section II since I didn't bother to remove the piece from the hoop and iron it for a photo ... after all, I'll continue stitching on my Faerie throughout the day. So far, the idea of dedicating at least one day of stitching to this two year old BAP is working well ... seeing tangible progress has rekindled my enthusiasm for the piece, prompting me to keep it in my rotation longer each week. For those who don't understand my delight with what may appear to be rather slow progress ... let me point out that in the small bit of the apple that I have stitched to the right of the smaller wing ... well, there are thirteen time-consuming color changes in that tiny bit of stitching. All the typical TW blended needles and fractional stitching eat up stitching time as well. But the result is well worth it ... her pieces are so lovely when complete. Taking a bit of a break from all the color changes, I back-stitched the smaller wing and the hair. I like to do the back-stitching as I go along for two reasons. I enjoy the instant gratification of seeing the piece come alive as I go along ... it keeps the stitching morale high. And, frankly, I don't think I could face doing all of it at one time.

5 comments:

Vonna said...

It is very pretty and a absolutely gorgeous piece when done. One year this won Grand Champion at our fair....it was stunning!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful! Your daughter will treasure it. Is this a gift for this Christmas for her?

riona said...

One hopes it will be a Christmas 2011 present ... but that means I will have to have it finished and ready to go to the framer by 9/30/11.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wooo Hoo! Love it! Wentzler Wednesday!!!

Carol said...

Wow! That is one gorgeous fairy, Riona!! Beautiful work :)