Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Finished Finish

This is a piece I finished stitching some time last year, I think.  It's Country Garden by Blackbird Designs.   It has been sitting on my sewing table, waiting for me to sew on the last side of the ruffle, then attach the front, which I finally did on Tuesday afternoon.  I have this hanging on the bedroom door, although I'm not sure it will remain there since it makes closing the door difficult as the ruffle gets caught.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wedding Sampler Update

The wedding sampler slump is over!  Having been forced to spend time on the couch after an injection in my knee, I worked at filling in the long rows and other spaces needing the lightest blue color.  I completed that tonight, and will move on to more exciting areas of the design.  Here are some pictures, taken before tonight's stitching session.



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Squared Progress

I've spent part of about three evenings working on Fall Squared and have nearly completed it.  I wanted a quick stitch, and I got it! Some of you would probably have finished this in one evening, but I suspect your eyes are younger and better than mine.

The pumpkin on the left has to come out as I miscounted, and if you look closely, you can see where I removed a leaf in the upper right of that same pumpkin.  Then I'll be done!  I'm not yet certain how to finish it, although I'm thinking about a pinkeep.  My favorite site for finishing techniques is Focus on Finishing.

I ended up changing four of the DMC colors in the design.  One I didn't have, two I just didn't like, and the fourth was because the original didn't show up on the fabric.  I wish I could have used the Weeks threads called for, but not only did I not have most of them, but buying supplies isn't in the budget right now.  I'm pleased with the (almost) finished design!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Time Out

Am I the only stitcher who quickly becomes bored with a design when the time comes to stitch long rows of the same color?  I'm afraid I haven't put many stitches into Grace and Anthony's wedding sampler over the past few weeks for that very reason. 

Fearing this might happen, I picked up two small charts when Sarah and I visited our LNS several months ago.  Fall Squared by Lizzie Kate is the one I've decided to tackle. I am hoping this will get me over the hump and back to the sampler.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wedding Sampler

The mystery sampler I've been working on is I Am My Beloved's by Janlynn.  Anthony and Grace chose this design from many I showed them.  They liked the beautiful Scripture verse from Song of Solomon 6:3, which is repeated along the outside of the design, as well as written in Hebrew in the middle. 

The stitching on this design is intense:  nearly every square is stitched.  I am not at all pleased with the thread in the kit; it seems cheap, frays easily, and is thin.  I should have gone with my instinct to substitute DMC floss!  I have started using thread conditioner, and it seems to be helping.  The fabric is an 18-count Aida.  That is abating with time as the fabric gets scrunched.  I decided to use my scroll frame (the particular one I have fits into the groove in my lap stand), which leaves both my hands free.

Here are some shots of my progress: 

My stitching friend said I ought to tell Grace and Anthony that they cannot get married until I finish their sampler.  Somehow, I don't think they would like that . . .