Sunday, July 3, 2016

I Have Returned

It's been a little over two months since my last post.  I am afraid I allowed some chronic health issues to  send me spiraling into an agoraphobic lethargy of TV binge watching. computer solitaire  and hermit stitching.  But I have taken myself in hand and am determined to resume a more normal routine.  

The title of this post reflects some of the binge watching: my husband watched the entire Victory At Sea documentary while I sat and stitched in the same room.  I was amazed at how jingoistic we were back in the early 50s.  Granted, I was a mere toddler at the time and needn't take personal responsibility for the rabid triumphalism of the cultural climate, but it was still something of a shock to see and hear How very over-the-top things were in my own lifetime.  Anyway, the phrase is a quote  from Douglas MacArthur, who pretty much embodied that culture. 

But I did keep stitching.

First, I finished up the remaining bands of Witches Hollow.    I'll take a proper outdoor photo of the full piece later on today and post it tomorrow.  For now I'll just show the finished bands.

This was a great project, loads of fun to stitch with a great variety of motifs.  So many fascinating little details.

Next, I began work on Hands To Work Designs Harvest Blooms on 40 count raw linen.  I used the recommended WDW and GAST fibers with one exception: I used WDW Mascara instead of GAST Old Black Crow.I did make a mistake on the pumpkin bottom right as brown rather than cranberry.  I'll be leaving the error alone for the present to sre if I can live with it but I suspect I'll be frogging it out in the end.  Rather  annoying really, since I have anchored some of the orange threads under the brown.

And when my eyes became too tired ti work on 40 count, I switched Cross-Eyed Cricket's The Pumpkin Conspiracy on 28 count Lakeside Linen's Buttercream.   I substituted over dyed cottons for the recommended DMC and Silkn Colors, using WDW Bark, Beehive, Cantaloupe, Chartreuse, Chestnut, Chrysanthemum, Cocoa, Cognac, Gold, Kudzu, Lemonade,  Onyx, Schneckly, Sea Foam, Teal Frost, and GAST Bright Leaf, Dried Thyme, Raspberry Parfait, Royal Purple, Tropical Ocean and Zinnia.  I've managed to get quite far along on this piece.  The smaller thread count is so much kinder on the eyes,

And, finally, since I was craving a finish, I stitched u[ this quick little project.  It is the June 2016 JCS Christmas ornament The Strawberry Scissor Fob Ornament  1 [Tree].   I used up a bit of Carrie's Creations Raspberry floss that I had in hand, it was just enough,  A nice bit of serendipity.

It hasn't been all idleness and vacant TV binging but neither has it been a truly productive two months.  But I hope for better in the future.


Ann said...

Glad to see your return to blogging--and it looks as if you did get a lot of stitching accomplished.

Robin in Virginia said...

I like your sweet strawberry finish. Way to go on your Halloween finish! Your WIP looks good.

suzanne said...

Nice too see you back blogging. Lovely work!

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

Welcome back! Nice to see a blog post and some great stitching too.

I love all the colour names, so much nicer than 927 or 316!

Maggee said...

We all get lethargic at times, so no worries! I am kind of coming out of one of those times... it took starting a new project to do it! You have gotten plenty of stitching done--good for you!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you back and getting better. I always like to check out your stitching as it is inspiration for me to keep at mine. Hope you continue to feel better.

Rachel S-H said...

Beautiful finishes!

Julie said...

A return post full of lovely projects. Not a lot of stitching happening here recently.

Stitchinowl said...

Trying to get caught up on blog posts! Thanks for the eye candy. All of your finishes are lovely.