With that comes a change of mood which affects my stitching focus. I took out some pieces which have not seen progress for a year or more. One will go back to sleep as it just did not hit 'the spot.'
HDF 'Woodland Path' Filet
I finished the small HDF thread test on the woodland pathlike color.
The greens are more green in real life.
Wiehenburg: Quaker Welcome
Still in the mood to stitch with HDF, a mystery unlabeled spool, I hauled out my WIP of this very long Quaker Welcome sampler. I finished a motif, started another then put it down.
I will be putting this away until another time.
HDF Chilean Sunset Filet
Then I started another HDF color test: Chilean Sunset.
The colors were much better than I expected.
This is using another filet lace pattern.
JCS Ornament Sampler
I am often inspired and influenced by stitching on other blogs and on assorted stitching message boards.
All the talk about the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Christmas issue made me take out my JCS Christmas Ornament sampler.
I have neither need nor desire for too many small stitched things. I have no display cases and my book shelves are already overfull so I do not stitch things unless I can make them fit in a frame.
A long while ago I started this a piece of cloth a Montreal stitcher generously sent me. The New Castle line of linens were just coming out. She sent me a fat quarter of sand New Castle which I had not known existed. I immediately started a sampler with ornaments from the 1997 JCS Christmas Ornament magazine.
Since then I have included ornaments from other years. I put them in as I can get them to fit. My optimistic intent was to fill up this cloth then start another and another.
Since this one has been about 8 or more years in the making to this point, you can appreciate how optimistic that thought is. I have changed some colors, added beads, textural stitches as the whim hits. The sand color does not show up in the above picture.
I am still waiting for my 2012 issue to get to my mailbox.
SANQ Joane Wallwin
|SANQ article Part 1|
|SANQ Spring 2002 cover|
The Soie de Paris's numbers are the same codes used for regular AVAS silks which I can match for color.
The 100/3 silks are an issue. I have no clue if these numbers are equivalent to any other line of thread or yarn. I had some of them in my stash but not all.
|Designer's Model stitched Part 1|
The designer used a 40/50 count uneven Oyster cloth.
I don't know how she tamed some of those threads!
The tight twist of the 100/3 makes it too stiff to sit over 3 on my oyster cloth. It arches up too high for my tastes.
|10 years of my progress|
Blackbird Designs Christmas Garden
I loved it when I saw it. I do not love it now. Mostly enjoyed it but now not so much. I still hope to finish it by the end of the year.
I finally got a picture which is a truer representation of the cloth color.
Tony Minieri's Stars for a New Millenium
New SAL, a 2 year project with The Wagon (a yuku board) starting in October. It scares yet excites me. I have the pattern, the threads, the canvas and bars. I just need to arrange them and wait for the start. No picture yet: tune in next month.
Chances of finishing this year's chief WIPS:
Bicknell/Needlepoint Now: Pieces of Eight: Most likely.
Blackbird Designs Christmas Garden: Most likely but I will have to set aside days that I make myself work on this.
Perin Lahaina Breezes: Not likely. I have to change the thread in the outer most border. Satin stitching the 5 or 6 strands of DMC is just fuzzing up too much even with short strands.
Martina Egyptian Mandala: No way.
Lizzie Kate Winter Alphabet: Probably not.
Martina Japanese Panels: One more panel hopefully, but I would rather have more progress on Egypt.