Long time no blog, I know. Sorry. I just lost my stitching mojo for a while. I am still with the SALs and challenges in spirit: they kept me on track during the winter doledrums. They certainly kept me focused, kept me from starting so many other projects that I would have otherwise. But by June it just became more work than passionate hobby.
I'm back now. I did do some stitching over the summer. I have updates to post of a few projects but I will only do 2 of them today.
I finally got part of an alphabet in there. The alphabet used was from another Blackbird Designs chart whose name escapes me right now (head/palm moment).
I have a little bit more done since the picture was taken but not much more. Some of my color placements are not as charted. I wasn't a fan of as much gold as there was charted so I subbed in the green in most of those places with some brown in at least one other place.
Bluework Blue, no name design from a Filet Lace book, vol 6.
Bluework Blue is the name of the color, a blend of 4 blues from Hand Dyed Fibers, it was a custom forum call. I finally got onto one before the calls were closed up. I am usually too late for most of them.
This is 1 strand silk over 2 threads on Antique White 36 ct linen. The thread color appears lighter than in real life. In real life there are more gray/blue tones. All of it being slightly more to the blue tone than the picture has.
It was still a bit of a shock for me when I got them. I guess the attempted facsimile of colors on the HDF forum call had as much of an issue with exact colors as I'm having with my camera. Either way, I still love the color and have plans for more after this piece.
While I was looking for a small piece to test the color out, I found a scrolly design with a peacock in it in the same book that just about screamed to be done with this thread but the pattern was more than twice as big as this one. I wanted something small, working up quicker to act as a test for show 'n tell.
Many designers have recharted old filet lace designs then sold them as individual cross stitch patterns. I saved a lot of money and found a greater selection of patterns by searching out filet lace books. There are even some online at sites like Gutenburg project and other archivist sites. The charts are a bit of a chore sometimes but with a pen marking up the photocopied page that is easily fixed.
So until the next time when I can update more work on my Chatelaine Egypt and an almost completed pieces of 8 where I'm on to the last 4 medallions.