Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekly Rotation Report

Another week has flown by.  It was really tough to go back to work after a two week recess.  Just nine more months till retirement and so the count down begins.  I feel like a child ticking off the days till summer vacation.

I am thinking that, for this rotation, as I finish a project, I shall simply concentrate on the remaining ones until nearly all the projects in this rotation are done.  I am willing to carry the Mystic Smalls tuffet forward to the next rotation since I find it so hard to get back into the rhythm of hardangar stitching.  But I'd like to finish the other four before  I start a new rotation with fresh projects.  That way, at least, I'll have a few finishes with which to start my year properly.

The English Band Sampler:  It is Done, Done, Done.  See 1/7/15 post.  I am currently in e-mail contact with Jill Rensel to see about getting this framed in one of her wonderful frames with a hand painted mat.  Here is the better photo as promised.  Many thanks to my husband for standing in the Arctic cold temps so I could get an outdoor photo.  Click on the image to view an enlarged version. Until I winnow this rotation down to just the Mystic Smalls Tuffet, I'll be stitching the dragon on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Liam's Crib Blanket:  Again, not very much done on this piece during the last week.  I have been concentrating on my cross stitch projects.  

The Mint tea towel: So little done on this piece this week that it is not photo worthy.

Dragon Dreams' The Dragon of the Summer Sky: I finished the fill stitching of the body of my dragon with the rayon floss and then started on the rayon stitching in the wings.  I will be so very happy when I am done with all the rayon in this mostly rayon project.  Ever since I opened up a new skein of the stuff, I have been having difficulties.  The wretched stuff is snagging on itself which makes for uneven tension which makes for frogging which makes for shredding.  But I am determined to follow the old rule of childhood: save the best for last.  That means I am going to finish all the rabid rayon before I move on to the delights of Caron Waterlilies.  It sounds masochistic but I'd rather grit my teeth and get through the aggravating stuff in one fell swoop instead of having to deal with repeated small bursts.  Like Lando of Babylon 5, I'd rather not be nibbled to death by ducks.

Mystic Smalls Tuffet: I have ripped my start on this three times already ... I can't seem to keep my stitching even in length and in tension.  Let's hope that the fourth time I finally get it right.  It's been so very long since I did any hardanger stitching that I am having a hard time getting back into the rhythm of the technique.  Wish me luck.

What with my troubles with the rayon and the hardangar, this has not been a stellar stitching week but I am still managing to make steady progress.  I believe I will make the dragon and the crib blanket my weekend choice projects since those are the two projects nearest to completion.  It would be lovely to have two more finishes this month.  But I am not counting on it!


Stitchinowl said...

The Band Sampler finish is gorgeous! I have enjoyed following your progress on this piece. You must feel such a sense of accomplishment!

Julie said...

Band sampler is a stunner.

Melody said...

Congratulations on the band sampler finish! It is a beauty.

Linda said...

Lovely photo of the band sampler Regina. The dragon looks great.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thank your husband for braving the cold for our viewing pleasure! The sampler looks amazing. Definitely worthy of a Jill Rensel frame.
I did giggle at the comparison of the rayon with death by duck!