Saturday, June 7, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Part 3 is finished. I'm finding this piece extremely addicting! It's also making time disappear. I start stitching and all of a sudden it's two hours later and it's every time I work on the piece. This is also the only piece I'm working on (except for when I'm waiting at the doctors, my traveling piece is Damier). Normally I get a little bored with a piece after 5 or 6 days of stitching on it. And then there's the fact that I'm not even sure if I find the piece visually attractive. It's a bit busier and more colorful than what I usually like. BoInk is turning out to be a new stitching experience for me.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I spent a week working on pink plaid pear and then switched over to BoInk (Book of Ink Circles, a mystery SAL).
Local fabric selection is limited to what AC Moores and Michaels carries. I had picked up an 18 ct fiddlers and then realized it just wasn't quite large enough and I'd of had to add other fabric around the edges. So I decided to do it on 22 ct hardanger. On the 22nd a friend and I discovered that the needlework store in Stephens City, VA was still open. They had the perfect color fabric for BoInk. Except it was linen and I don't like stitching on linen. I must have went and fondled the fabric 8 or 9 times, my friend eventually said "You better buy it now cause I'm not bringing you back down here". So, I've made a second start on BoInk. It's an absolutely lovely piece of fabric to work on. It's an overdyed and since the threads are packed closer together I'm not having any problem with tension. (I like to pull tight enough that you see holes.) And it's so soft and silky that I love the feel of it. It's washable so I think it might be from L & L, it's 32 ct. Belfast vintage country mocha.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This is January and February on Damier. I started two months behind and I'm still two months behind. I'm pleased that I'm not losing any ground on it. Now if I would stop starting new projects I might possibly get up to date on it.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
This is my Damier piece. I started it on Feb. 3. 2008. The picture was taken on March 6th. Since then I've completed the first row and have started the third square on the second row. My camera is broke and I have to remember to ask my friends to take pictures for me.
On my circles piece I've almost completed the large motif in the top left corner and am trying to decide what color I want to do the border and the circles in. As for my celtic lady, that is a very large and long skirt.
Saturday, a week ago I went on a road trip. The LNS is about 70 miles away, and I don't make it there too often. Actually, I've been purposely staying away. I had been doing more beading than stitching lately and I'd been doing fairly well with the resolution that if I felt the need to go shopping I could go shopping in my own personal store. My own personal store got a lot larger last Saturday. And of course with all that new stuff something new had to be started.
I chose the monthly graph. Luck o'the Irish with a border around it. Small, easy, and by Sunday night I realized it had been kitted wrong. Finished the border and Luc and had 2 whole pieces of kudzu left but only one strand of blue spruce to finish the K and Irish. Called the store on Monday and they said they'd send me 2 more pieces. It arrived the following day but by then I needed a whole lot more. When I put the K in I discovered I had made the border narrower than what it should have been and had to rip the lettering back out. So it's now in the waiting pile.
My goal for this week is to finish my tassel. EGA is next Tuesday and I'd really like to take a finished tassel for show and tell.
Friday, March 14, 2008
If I fell in love with Valerie J.'s piece in the gallery and she was kind enough to provide the color numbers that she stitched it in, why am I trying to change the colors? I can see so many possibilities with the piece, but I think I'll be comparing whatever I do, to her piece. So I just might as well use her colors.
I think it's interesting that when you put something down in black and white and and you think about how you want to word it because others may be reading it, that the solution can pop right out at you.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
I really want to see her hanging on my wall so my goal is to stitch on her two days a week. Hopefully with only two days I won't burn out on her like I've done in the past. And hopefully by looking at the progress on other people's blogs and on my own I'll stay motivated. The only problem with looking at other people's blogs is that burning desire to stitch this and this and this........
I've already started Damier by Maryse, my Cirque des Cercles pattern came Saturday, I've bought the threads for the Lizzie-Kate double flips and I started a biscornu last Thursday. And then there's those three little pieces I picked up at the Scottish/Irish music festival last month. Plus I'm sure my beads will start calling me at some point.
So my goals for this month are:
1. 2 days a week on Celtic Christmas
2. 2 days a week on Circles (have to throw this in here or the friend that I coerced into stitching it with me might get upset)
3. finish biscornu or at least the top layer
4. finish tassel that was started at February's EGA meeting