Monday, March 24, 2008

Stitching Update

Knock on wood, I think the frog has finally left. Ever since discovering the mistake in my celtic lady, I've had to do a lot of ripping. Kind of like seven stitches in, four stitches out. Today the stitching went smoothly.

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


Cirque des Cercles -

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

A Frustrating Stitching Day

Started the day by frogging on my lady. Luckily I only had to take out three strands of floss to fix the mistake. I put the three strands back in and added two more so that a little bit of progress was made on her. This evening I decided to start my cirque piece and boy did I choose the wrong colors. They're just totally washing out. I chose dusty colors and they looked really nice laying on the black fabric but when you take it down to one strand they don't work. Or at least they're not giving the effect I wanted. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Goes with previous post.

A Little Background

Late last fall my Celtic lady started calling me, then in January I discovered stitching blogs and the Lavender Angels Sal. Her voice was too loud to ignore at that point. I started stitching her in either 2000 or 2001. The above picture is what she looked like on 1/29/2008. She now looks like this: I can't figure out how to get the picture to show up here in this spot, so I 'll put it in a second post.

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