In between doctor's appointments, home health nurse visits and home PT visits, I have gotten in a little stitching, a bit more reading and a very little catch-up housework. My husband led a bachelor existence for a little over a month while I was in hospital and nursing home and the results were pretty much what I expected. To give you some notion of my husband;s domestic skills: once he found out I'd be laid up for more than two days, he went out and bought a dishwasher.
But on to the stitching: I have been playing with oddments from my scrapbag, startimg with a small scrap of 36 count antique ivory linen.
The next Easter Egg ornament is somewhat more conventional in its conception. Following roughly the same shape as the first, I allowed the materials at hand to dictate design elements, e.g.: the thickness and placement of the stripes, the size of the flower. Just an aside, rayon floss is nowhere near the usual pain in the ass to use when you are working with just one strand as I did on this 36ct linen.
The third egg was born after finding some green and lavender rayon floss. I have always liked the combination of mossy greens and soft lavenders. I had some vague idea of an egg wrapped up in a bow and found just such a chart in BH&G 1001 Cross Stitch Designs. With a few adjustments, I had what I wanted.
And this fourth egg is back to Faberge style bling, done in metallic reds and golds. Just to keep from being bored, I couched a scrap of leftover gold metallic ribbon with some 003HL Kreinik VFB as the center band of this egg. I am pleased with the effect. For some crazy reason, I have7 spools of the various red VFB and this was a way of using up a bit of it. Can't imagine what possessed me to buy so much of the stuff! It must date from the time I was stitching a lot of Christmas ornaments.
One of my 2017 goals is to make a half a dozen Easter ornaments. With one Mill Hill beaded Easter egg just needing the final finish of a felt backing and four of these just needing flat ornament finishes, I am well on my way to accomplishing that goal. And once I finish the yellow egg, I do have another Mill Hill beaded egg kit in stash and will probably tackle that while the Easter season is still upon us. It'll be nice to actually exceed a goal in at least one area after so many health related set backs thus far this year