Monday, September 16, 2013

To the Nth Degree

That is precisely how focused I am on my Wentzler Christmas Stocking.

Do you require proof?  The project folder for a stitching retreat I will be attending next month arrived in the mail a few days ago, so that I might get started on the pre-work.  I unpacked the box and shelved the folder in the bookcase by my stitching corner without even opening the folder.  Such an uncharacteristic lack of curiosity on my part is proof positive of my preoccupation with this stocking.  Oh, the pre-work will show up in my October goals but for the moment, the stocking continues to be my first priority.

Further proof may be found in the fact that I have been so busy stitching that I have had no time for blogging.

Unfortunately, with classes starting tomorrow, this past week has been one in which I haven't manage much time for stitching.  Just an hour or so a day.  But my usual three day weekend was a splendid one for stitching.  When last seen the stocking looked like the photo on the left.

But now, the drapery is filled in, and a hand cradling a rabbit and the infamous white bird are evident.  There is even the hint of a sleeve emerging.  I have been back stitching as I go along to help keep my stitch counts accurate.  At the rate I am going, I should be able to finish Section 5 by the end of this month, notwithstanding the fact that a good portion of the wing [confetti stitching] makes up the far right of this section.  Who knows, I may even get a decent start on Section 2.

And here is a close-up of the recent stitching on Section 5.  Today, I plan to catch up on the back-stitching and work on the sleeve.  I know that soon I will have no choice but to tackle the wings again.  The wing portions of Section 1 and 3 were the first things I stitched when I started work on this project.  I am hoping that now that I am in full Teresa Wentzler mode, I won't find them nearly so annoying challenging.

I should be able to finish Sections 1 and 2 in October, leaving the embellishment charts [beading and metallic braid] and the over one chart [the angel's face] and the sewing assembly/finish for November.  Then it will just be a matter of filling the stocking and mailing it out to Liam.  I have reached the point where I am beginning to believe this stocking will be finished in time for Christmas 2013.  Just a month ago, I was hoping but not actually believing.


Vickie said...

Believe! Great news! Looking lovely.

Anna van Schurman said...

You go, girl. To the Nth degree.

Cynthia said...

The stocking is coming along so nicely. You have been very diligent. Bring it to Mystic so we can see it up close.

Lauren - Ambitious Stitches said...

Amazing progress! I definitely think you could have it done by Christmas!

Shebafudge said...

Wow! You are whizzing through this stocking and it's looking fabulous :)