Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem So Lovely As A Tree

The line from the Joyce Kilmer poem Trees comes to mind as I finally leave the blizzard behind and enter the shelter of the trees.  Teresa Wentzler is among my favorite designers precisely because her style is so painterly.  I love the effect and most of the time I find the careful counting and placement of small bits of color oddly relaxing ... rather like reciting a complex mantra to clear the mind and refresh the soul.  But I have to admit the snowbanks on this stocking did test my willingness simply to surrender to the rhythm of decode/count/stitch.

The first photo is a shot of the whole stocking, so you can see how far I have come and how far I still need to go.

The second photo is a close-up of Sections 4 and 5, at least as far as I have stitched them.  Since the deer straddled sections 4 and 5, I made working photocopies and cut and pasted them to make one chart for easier stitching.

I apologize for the dark photos but it is overcast this morning. Still these snapshots are better than indoor photos and give a truer sense of the colors used.

Incidentally, when I went out to snap these photos I was stunned to find a huge branch in the backyard as big around as my upper arm.  My husband and I are still trying to figure out just how we managed to sleep through what must have been quite a resounding crack and crash.  Happily, no damage was done to the house or the planter boxes.

But back to stitching, I am even more determined to concentrate on this piece throughout the rest of the week ... I'd love to have all of Section 4 done by the end of the month.


Linda said...

Great progress. What a pretty design.


Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on powering through all that snow!!!

Linda said...

This is really coming along now and great to see some more wildlife on the stocking.

It's amazing what we can sleep through at times.

Julie said...

Growing beautifully, the deer is so lovely.

Trinabelle said...

This is going to be one gorgeous stocking! I have a number of TW charts, but I haven't been brave enough to start more than one...Noah's Ark.

I started it in 1999, as a birth sampler for my then almost-2-year-old son. He just turned 16 and in the interim years, I tossed my first WIP and started over on different fabric. Maybe he'll get it when he has his first child? Haha