Thursday, December 24, 2009

St Reatham - Framed

St Reatham from Long Dog Sampler, finished and framed.
Frame is from Target. The frame is 12" x 16".

This might be my 20th finish for the year 2009. A few things still need frames, but I'm waiting to stitch the mates so I can get the frames to match. Bernadette, and the Escher patterns for example. The mirror image of Bernadette is nearly half done, but probably won't be finished yet this year.

St Reatham Finished

St Reatham from Long Dog Sampler is finished.
Started Dec 4, 2008 and finished just over a year later.
Stitched on 28 count lambswool jobelan, with dmc 815 floss, one over one.
Tried to keep track of how much floss, but I don't know how accurate my tracking was.
My records show 8 packages of 8 yards six strands. There might have been at least one more.

I changed the numbers so they didn't overlap. The candlestick and star so they didn't overlap.
Omitted what was on the letter P that looked like an udder to me...
Shortened the peacock that is below the letter N.
Changed the squirrels in that same area. Added the flowers next to the initials. Changed the animal to a flower in the upper left.

I had watched other blogs that were stitching this pattern, and they seemed to say that it just takes forever to get through this pattern. Now that I've stitched it, I agree. It's not more difficult or more detailed. I can't explain it, it just takes longer.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Geranium House - Finished

Finished up CCN's Geranium House.
Used the recommended DMC colors, but not in the positions they recommended them, and skipped parts of the border. Mirrored the birds, and omitted the initials and year.
Stitched on a 25 count mushroom lugana scrap. Finished size is approx 4" square.
Need to find a dark brown 5" square frame to put it in.
The photo doesn't reflect the colors correctly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bernadette from Courtney Collection - Completed

Finished Bernadette from Courtney Collection very early this morning.
Stitched on 28 count Dove Gray jobelan, one over one. Used approx. 27 yards of 6 strand dmc 310 black floss. Finished design area 6.75" x 8.75". Started November 26, 2009 - Finished December 15, 2009. 20 days from start to finish to stitch.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Almost Done

Almost done. Page 1 and a little more on page 3. Design area is 6.75 x 8.75 on 28 count, one over one. Need to finish another old project, or maybe a couple, before stitching her mirror image.
But the pattern, material, and floss are ready to go.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Almost Half Done

After a week of stitching, it's almost half done.
Bernadette from Courtney Collection. DMC 310 black on 28 count Dove Gray jobelan, one over one. The plan is to also stitch a matching mirror image. Love the black against the Dove Gray material. It gives more of a tone on tone effect.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Back To The Drawer


Out of the new 7 pages that I started, I've completed 4.
Back to the drawer it will go. Hopefully, it won't be too long before it gets a few more stitches.

And I couldn't resist starting a new project. It's only 8 pages. Photo next time.
It wouldn't have been my first choice as a next project, but other things that I really want to stitch next all need to have the patterns redrawn, and added to. I'm hoping by adding a little, it will make them easier to find a frame when they are stitched. This project just had the new fabric sitting there, and enough dmc floss, and nothing to change.

I am set for winter stitching. I have all the specialty floss that I didn't know I needed, enough fabric so I have options, and enough patterns that I absolutely love and want to stitch.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Couple Of Pages

It was time to stitch on an old project. Started the 6 pages on the right side, and I'd like to stitch the single page on the left side, to fill in the background. It's a lot of blue/black and black.
It just seems to take forever to fill in an area. Out of the six pages started, I have one completed.
Wasn't my intention to stitch on this so long, but I can't seem to get to a good place to stop.
I'd like to complete 15 of the 40 pages, but there are other things I'd like to finish. Maybe just a couple of more days on this, then back to the other projects.
Still just trying to finish projects, and not start anything new.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Than Halfway

Eight of fifteen pages completed. More than halfway now.
This is still an amazing project to stitch. The details are all just shading.
Things come to life in the photograph that aren't visible looking at the stitched areas, especially the eyes.

Also half done redesigning an alphabet sampler. The original plan was to just adjust it enough to add the missing letters - W's, X's, I's, and a V. Now it has become a complete redesign, including the borders. The sampler stitch count at the moment is 387 x 391.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Long Dog Samplers - Scarlet Ribands - Framed

Long Dog Samplers - Scarlet Ribands finally framed.
Frame from Target for $21. Needed an odd, nearly square frame, but not square frame.
This frame is 13.5 x 14.75. It comes only in white, so the framed was painted satin black.
Stitched on 28 count white evenweave, one over one, with Weeks Dye Works - Strawberry Fields floss - using nearly 50 yards of 6 strand floss. Designs finished at 10.75 x 11.5 .

Made lots of little changes to the design, including the text. The text is now lines that Mr. Darcy says in the series 'Lost In Austen'. So now this is my 'Scarlet Ribands / Lost In Austen' sampler.
The original pattern text just doesn't match my view of the world, so personalizing it with the 'Lost In Austen' text was an option that makes the sampler reflect April - July of 2009, and I'm happy with the results.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Two More Pages On Escher Mosaic

Two more pages stitched, six of fifteen completed on this Escher Mosaic cross stitch. Just couldn't resist stitching a couple more pages again. Still need to finish off other projects, but I have managed not to start anything new.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Mon Ami Pierre - Elena Sampler - Framed

The 'A Mon Ami Pierre - Elena Sampler' framed.
An 11 x 14 frame from Target for $14.
Still just love the look of this sampler. Two more samplers left to frame... but one of those I still have to finish stitching. The other is waiting for the paint to dry on the frame.

Happy Hearts Sampler progress

A couple of nights of progress on BOAF - Happy Hearts Sampler.
The man's hair was changed to the same color as his pants.
I don't want to put the same letters in the hearts, but I haven't figured out an alternative to personalize it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Winter Sampler from LHN - Framed


Winter Sampler from Little House Needleworks framed.
Again, not a great photo, but it will have to do.
$4 frame from Target. Still more framing to do.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Home from Bent Creek completed

Home from Bent Creek in a frame from Gordman's.
Total cost to frame, $5.
Terrible photo, wonky angle and flash. The photo is just a quick snap for my records. Out of sight is out of mind. House is yellow, and the door is blue, to match mom's house.

Four Pages Done

Four pages done. Time for this project to be set aside, and finish a few other projects.

I bought the material and floss for the next Escher project. So I can't be away from this one too long.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Three Pages Complete

Three pages completed of fifteen. Should have the fourth page completed today.
I want to finish up some other projects, but I really don't want to stop and restart later in the middle of a page. 14,040 stitches in four pages. 49,200 in the pattern.

I still just love stitching these patterns. Nine colors, from black to white, and amazing shading.
The photos don't do the pattern justice.

Need to frame a few, and finish a few others. And NOT start anything else.
But there are several that I'd sure LIKE to start....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

One Fish, Two Fish


Still don't have a page completed, but I do have four pages started. 15 pages in the pattern.
It's weird, but at least I don't see 20 more just like it on the other stitching blogs.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Starting the next MC Escher pattern - Mosaic


Really, I just wanted to see if I had a scrap of material large enough to work with. Suddenly, it seemed like the perfect size. Since I still had the floss from stitching the other pattern, the needle was threaded, and stitching began.
I started in the middle of the pattern, which I don't like to do, and it took me about half a page before I realized that I hadn't stitched the grid. A 15 page pattern, and no grid. This should be interesting. It feels like I'm not centered on the material, so I should do some counting before I get much more stitching done. This pattern has much more white and lighter grays compared to the last pattern, making it not as relaxing to stitch on 25 count white lugana.
Since the next pattern has a majority of lighter stitches, it will be a true test in patience for me.
This is a small section of page 7, and most of page 8.
It is really neat to see it change from just odd stitches here and there, into beautiful subtle shading as you fill it in. I loved that about stitching the first MC Escher pattern, and I loved it as the same thing happened while stitching around the eye of this animal. It seems to take every last stitch in place to bring areas to life. Since I am still missing so many stitches in this first photo, the pattern at this point still has a very rough look to it.

CCN's Geranium House


Just had to start another project, so that I got more than one project out of my weird scrap piece of material. Geranium House from Country Cottage Needleworks fit on a section nicely.
Now instead of a 'T' shaped piece, it's more 'L' shaped.
Going to omit the date and initials, and mirror the left side to the right side...
Added the pomegranate floss to the window frames, used the darker brown for the roof and lettering. Going to change the border flowers to pomegranate also.
Just need to stitch the one flower, the fence, and the border.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Sunday - Can't Decide What To Stitch - Project

Little House Needleworks - Wool Needlebook and Fob.
Bought it on Friday - Stitched it on Sunday.

On 25 count lugana, one over one. Changed the cream color to white.
Wished that I had changed the outside border from brown to green or black.
Even made a back to make the fob, but trying to stitch it into a fob at midnight, is not a good idea.
Haven't decided whether to frame it or fob it, or stitch another one, so I can do both.
Lovely little pattern. It's my $22 project, unless I can get a few more things out of that odd cut of material.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

MC Escher - Hand With Reflecting Globe - Finished


Well, it still needs a mat and a frame, but the stitching is complete.

Of course I had to put my Escher magnets in the picture...

I have larger versions of those same magnet designs framed on the wall, and the cross stitch pattern to stitch 'Reptiles'.

At the moment I plan to only cross stitch the original set of patterns that were produced by Cross Stitch Collectibles. I have 10 of those patterns, and I love that they have limited the color palette.

I'm sure that 'Engineer' and 'Mosaic' will be the next two of his designs that I cross stitch.
And since they are all of similar size, I will probably wait to frame them till they are all completed.

Thanks again to Susan, for helping me, and understanding the frustration of finding that last pattern. Only another stitcher could understand. I'm sure that there are more at the bottom of some sale pattern bin, in some shop somewhere.... but you went above and beyond to help me get the last of the best.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Only 4 More Pages To Go

Only 4 more pages to go..... 12 of the 16 pages completed......
I love that you can see the chairs in the background reflected, and that you can stitch it and it doesn't just become a blob in the background...... yet the whole design will finish at 6.25 x 9.25 inches.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Two More Pages Done

Two more pages done. Six more pages to do.
I'm not saying the artist name on purpose because 80% of the hits to this blog are looking for patterns by this artist. From the Netherlands and Moscow and the US too. I really didn't think that I would see more than one or two hits in the next year searching for the artist name and cross stitch pattern as the search request on Google. I was wrong.
It's obvious that they could be selling many more of this artists patterns if they were available.
It's not that I don't want those people here, but I'd prefer that they hit an older blog entry that listed the patterns that I know were available. That info would probably be more helpful.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Winter Sampler from LHN

Winter Sampler from Little House Needleworks.
Stitched on 28 count with the silks provided.
Thought that the white would show on this jobelan, but it didn't, so I went to pink and red candy canes. Omitted the zig zag at the top of the pattern. Changed the white snowflakes to red, and corrected the M-P letters up a row.
Finished at 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.
There was enough thread to complete this pattern three more times if I want to try it again on different material. Stitched one over one.
Took two nights of stitching from start to finish.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Still Stitching St Reatham

Still stitching St Reatham from Long Dog Samplers.
There are still a couple of things I want to change.
I still can't see the end to this yet. Just trying to keep at it, and fill it in.

Monday, August 24, 2009

And One More

Another one framed for less than $6

Sunday, August 23, 2009

One More Framed

Weird shadowed photo, but it is framed. Photos from the kitchen table on a sunny day aren't a good idea.
11 x 14 frame from Gordman's.
Total cost to frame $15.

Three More Framed


Three More Framed.
Frederick was $12 to frame, and I have another frame for Fredericka so they will match.
I just haven't stitched Frederika yet. The extra cost was the replacement glass.
The small Marjorie Massey design was $4.
The AMAP was $6 to frame.
The AMAP frame was a sale frame that cost $8, marked down to $4, and an extra 33% off that... Great deal.
The frames are all from Gordman's. Really pleased with the frames from there.

Not great photo's, and they aren't going to all hang together.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

St Reatham - It Just Never Ends

St Reatham. It's been an odd project. Sometimes it has taken be 3 days to use 8 yard of floss.
Sometimes it has taken me a month to use 8 yards of floss. I'm pretty sure that there are a million stitches in this pattern. Okay, maybe not a million, but it sure feels like it's a million.
According to Long Dog Samplers, there are 52,331 stitches.
There is only the partial motif, and the single remaining motif to stitch. Probably another week yet to finish this. Maybe more.

Two Done, Eleven To Go

Made the list of projects that need frames. There were 13 finished or nearly finished projects needing frames. These would have fallen at the bottom of the list as very low priority to frame, but naturally, they were the only two that I found frames for. Both frames are from Wallyworld, top frame $5, bottom from $3, so the total to frame these two was $8. At least I'm staying in budget.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Still Creeping Along

Still creeping along on St Reatham.
Just had to move the hoop. Finished the birds on the right side, and some stitching at the top.
The large motif is split down the middle between pages, and for some reason, it's taking me forever to make any progress. It would be nice to get the alphabet completed also.
Needed to measure it again, so any excuse to get it out of the hoop seemed good.

Home from Bent Creek

Home from Bent Creek.
Changed the house to yellow, and the roof to black. Left off the red chimneys.
The door is blue. Used DMC floss. Done on 28 count jobelan, one over one.
Finished size is 2 3/4 by4.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MC Escher Cross Stitch Pattern Information

This is what I have found for cross stitch patterns for MC Escher.

ES-04 Waterfall
ES-05 Heaven and Hell - ( Circle Limit IV )
ES-07 Bond Of Union
ES-08 Hand With Reflecting Globe ( Hand with Reflecting Sphere )
ES-09 Belvedere
ES-10 Gallery ( Print Gallery )
ES-12 Portrait of an Engineer
ES-13 Butterflies
ES-15 Mosaic ( Plane Filling II )
ES-19 Day and Night
ES-20 Drawing Hands
ES-22 Reptiles
ES-24 St. Peter's Rome ( Inside St. Peter's )
ES-25 Relativity
Es-26 Circle Limit III
ES-27 Above and Below ( Up and Down )
ES-28 Balcony
Three Worlds
Sky and Water I

The ES patterns were done 2000 - 2002 by Cross Stitch Collectibles, but they don't list them anymore on their site.
I'm told that there were 30 patterns, so I'd still like to know what other patterns were released from Cross Stitch Collectibles.

The only pattern that I have found that is still available to order is 'Portrait of an Engineer'
from this web site.
To see that site and if the pattern is still there - click HERE.
( In April 2013 they were dumping off the patterns for 1.90 Euros - shipping will cost more than that... )
The link wasn't working - so if you get to the site - use the search box for 'escher', and it will come up then if they still are offering that pattern.
I don't know much about the company, but I do know that they did send the pattern, and it shipped the next day to the United States. Since it was on sale, even with the shipping cost, I considered it a good deal.
As of Sept 2015, the pattern is still listed as available and the link was working again.

Of course, there are people making patterns to sell that include several other designs, but I'm not including those in this list.

I'm not really interested in other versions of his designs, whether they are licensed or not. I'm not promoting buying from any dealer. I deleted the comment from this entry currently trying to push his patterns. From the IP address, which just happened to be located in the dealers city, it was pretty obvious. Sadly, they misspelled the word "liscensed".
I only can hope that the person commenting doesn't actually work for the company...
If you would like to promote a product or dealer, do it on your own blog or website, and please consider using a dictionary.

My interest is limited to the patterns that were produced by Cross Stitch Collectibles.

Still looking for more information, but will update this as I find more.
- last updated Sept. 2015

So far I've completed stitching the following patterns - Click on photo to see finished and/or framed.
ES-08 Hand with Reflecting Globe ( Photo )
ES-15 Mosaic ( Photo )
ES-12 Portrait of An Engineer ( Photo )
ES-20 Drawing Hands - ( Photo )
ES-22 Reptiles - ( Photo )

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Is That Ivory or Antique Ivory, or Beige or Lambswool

When you have white, you need beige. When you have beige, you need lambswool.
When you order bone, it arrives, and you don't think it will work for any project.
And the last order didn't have names on the fabric, so I compared it to the dmc numbers, but naturally, some dmc numbers will match several fabrics, and other fabrics don't match the dmc numbers at all. Cameo, verses Cameo Peach. It's all so confusing.
Choices, it's all about having choices for projects.
Ordering more of a beautiful fabric, when you don't know what color they sent because it wasn't tagged is interesting. I really don't know if several of these are tagged right or not.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

St Reatham is filling in slowly

More progress on St Reatham from Long Dog Samplers.

For some reason it has been just a pleasure to stitch on this pattern again. I'm trying to finish the started motifs so that if I end up changing dye lots of the thread, it won't be in the middle of a motif, or worse, several motifs.

I cut off the little curly q's off of the motif above the WX. It's an odd motif to stitch, and it's not symmetrical. I didn't mess with the way it fits into the space.

Still lots of empty space to stitch.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Bit Of Organizing

Tonight I organized my cross stitch patterns.

I've gotten the floss to flow towards the proper projects.
I have a 'completed patterns' container, so I'm not sorting through the same things over and over.
I've marked my fabric with the proper color names.

I tossed some of the patterns that I had printed. Stuff that I'd never stitch.

It was a good experience, and showed me that I have more than enough to stitch without buying anything else. Like everyone, I have a mental short list of the projects I want to stitch that is constantly changing. But, out of sight, is out of mind, so it was a nice review to see what I had again.

I want to not have so many projects incomplete, so it's still the goal at the moment to finish the current projects, and maybe toss in the small project for my mother just to break it up.

It's also getting to the point that I'd like to get the completed stitching into frames.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Frederick is Finished

Frederick from Carriage House Samplings is finished.

Changed the color placement in the border to be random. Changed the color on the bird's back to make the diamond pattern show, which added to the pattern. Mirrored the bottom flowers. Omitted the arrows on the heart. Changed the top left leaf to color match other leaves.

Still working on my stack of unfinished projects. C30 Alphabet, St Reatham, Escher, Paradigm Lost, Twilight, Bonjour, all multi-page patterns, still to finish.

Stitched on 28 count Jobelan, Dusty Green / Olive Green, with the recommended DMC colors.
Frederika will be stitched on the same fabric.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Clutter? What Clutter.

No stitching progress.

Trying to sort out piles of clutter.
If you read that a woman was killed in a landslide of clutter, you'll know it was me.

I have tried leaving for the day, but the Mysterious Cleaning Fairies didn't take care of it.
They just left a note saying - "Are you kidding us???"
Like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, Mysterious Cleaning Fairies just won't visit my house much anymore.

So I'm going to be clearing little 6 by 10 foot piles of clutter. One pile at a time.

I'd rather be stitching.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Scarlet Ribands - Lost In Austen - Finished

Fresh from the still warm needle...
Scarlet Ribands, the Lost In Austen version, is finished.

I'm happy with the results. I've learned a lot from trying to make all these changes to a pattern.
If you want to change a pattern, you need a plan. I had an idea, but not much of a plan.
In the end, I drew the entire pattern out to make changes, and get the spacing correct.
By the time I was adding the last sections, I was spacing things tighter than the original pattern does. So to me, the bottom of the design feels heavier than the top. But weight at the bottom of the design still feels okay.

A lot was changed from the original pattern, and a lot stayed stitch for stitch to the pattern.
Text changed completely to dialog from the Lost In Austen series. The text is all lines from Mr. Darcy.
At this point, I have to look at both versions to know exactly what I've changed.
Little things like hearts were removed, except two, the windmill, butterflies and mice are gone. Some things just were shifted, some things came from other sources.

There are things I wish I had done differently, but once something it stitched, you are committed to that placement. Which goes back to having a full plan.

But this is my first project to attempt to make so many changes to a pattern.
And I'm sure that it won't be the last time.
I'm sure some people will hate that I changed the original pattern, but I truly love Long Dog Samplers, and have a great deal of respect for her designs.

Finished at 10 3/4 W x 11 1/2 H. Used nearly 50 yards of 6 strand floss. Done one over one, on 28 count white evenweave, with Weeks Dye Works Strawberry Fields floss.

Frederick has a few more stitches

Frederick has a few more stitches.
The design area will finish out at 4.5 x 6.5. Nice size for framing with standard frames.
I'm changing the lower border to match the upper border. Changing the border diamonds to a random pattern. I prefer the heart without the yellow arrows.

Got the odd floss I ordered back already, she shipped the next day, so that was very quick.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sometimes You Just Have To

Sometimes you just have to start a project, just to see what it will look like.
This was that project. I pulled the floss, just to see the colors. Then I looked at the floss against my fabric stash, knowing that I really didn't want to do it on white or cream, so I looked at the pile of floss on the green.
My plan was to use the green for another project, but the next thing I know, I'm cutting out a quarter of the piece of material. Ah, well, another fabric for the other project someday...

I've watched other people stitch this pattern on other blogs, and suddenly, I'm stitching it, and I'm not sure how that happened. Honest. I had such good intentions of finishing up my current projects, and I don't think that this would have been in the next 5 projects to stitch, yet, here is my progress since Sunday.

I would like mention that I'm stitching it with DMC floss, and two colors, 3857 and 221, are ridiculously close in color, and next to each other in the pattern. So much so that the design doesn't show, on the birds back.
The alternate silks must really differ in color to DMC floss, comparing the cover photo to my photo. The pattern cover photo is all much darker.

Still can't believe that I'm stitching this pattern. Total cost for the project so far... $3.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Filling In St Reatham


Finished up one page, and most of another. Sure is a large area left to do.
Need to find something different to replace what the upper left gargoyle holds. The pattern show a baby gargoyle?, but I always dislike that little design, so it will become something else.
Haven't had too much stitching time since last Wednesday, so I'm hoping that this will progress faster before the next photo. My plan at the moment is to finish the motifs that are started.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Half Done


Completed 8 pages of the 16.
I thought that I was half done, but actually it's slightly more. The 4,8,12 pages aren't full pages, and are sort of half pages. That's good news, but I need to change projects so that I don't just burn out stitching this. Time to see if I really misplaced the floss for another project that I haven't stitched for a while...

Trying to post progress photos on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Photos closer than that just don't show much progress.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hand With Reflecting Globe

Seven pages completed of sixteen.
Finally somebody looking back..., so the mystery ends.
This is 'Hand with Reflecting Globe' by MC Escher.
Love MC Escher, and found nine of his designs as patterns.
I know that there are more. As far as I know, what I'm looking for is all out of print. If nothing else, I'd love to know more about which designs were released.
Were there really 27 or more of his designs released as cross stitch patterns?
Any information would be great. Thanks.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Six Pages Completed

Six pages completed out of 16.
It actually looks better in the photograph than it does in real life. The details show more.
Weird.

Stitching stopped while I wasn't feeling well. Who knew that toothpaste could screw up your life?
Still not at 100%, but at least I feel like stitching again.

Gotten some really great patterns lately, but I'm still trying to just finish the projects that I have started. And reminding myself everyday not to start something new.
Scarlet Ribands, Mystery Design, Bonjour, Twilight, Paradigm Lost, Alphabet C30, St Reatham, are all in need of attention.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scarlet Ribands - Lost In Austen - Almost Done

My progress on Scarlet Ribands, the Lost In Austen version.
Well, the text is complete. Just a few more areas to fill.
Used over 45 yards of floss at this point, but I think that 50 yards would be enough to complete the pattern.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Four Pages Complete

Done with the last row or bottom 4 pages. 80 of the 384 squares completed.
It's an easy stitch, although where it appears just black, it's actually made up of 4 different grays.

Started to stitch more on the C30 alphabet, but I noticed that the 'V' is missing from the large alphabet, so I'm going to try to work it back into the pattern, so it will need to be drawn to get it right.

I have enough drawn out on Scarlet Ribands to stitch areas again. Hopefully that will be the next photo. Still not done with the design, but it's getting pretty close.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Multiplication Table - Finished

Finished! It's over 90 degrees inside my house today, so ironing this is out of the question till another day. My version of the pattern Multiplication Sampler from Historical Sampler Company.
It took one 18 inch thread over 20 yards of floss. One over one, Weeks Dye Works Bordeaux floss, 28 count antique white jobelan.
I'm not too sure that I trust my floss count, I might have used 5 more yards.
Design area finished at 9 x 11 3/4. An 11 x 14 frame should be just right, you'd think that I planned that all along.

So good to have finished a project. Just need to finish a couple more before starting anything else. Just put the other stuff I have under lock and key if that's what it takes....

Still have 6 major projects going that need to be finish.
Mystery project, Paradigm Lost, Bonjour, St Reatham, C30 Alphabet, Scarlet Ribands/Lost in Austen, not to mention Twilight. Hummmm, which one is the easy one to work on... That's easy to answer, and probably next to finish.

Meet Josette















Meet Josette. Ain't she sweet?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Weight and Balance


Weight and balance in a design always seem important to me. Having finished the right hand side, but not the left side, makes this pattern feel way out of balance at the moment.

I expanded the corner motif to make it larger, and also using eight ranks of nobility instead of six.
I used the same type size, but the type font is probably slightly too heavy for the pattern.
It's hard to tell that while you are drawing it, or before you stitch it.

The top corners will balance out the trees at the bottom nicely, and so the weight of the type font might be passable, but it does lighten up the text at the top center, and also the multiplication table. At this point, I can see the end, and just need to finish stitching it.

I altered the crowns to all be different, yet start with the same base, and end the same height.
The design does have another line at the bottom, hearts and wrought by, that will be omitted.
That should allow the design to be framed into a 11 x 14 frame nicely.
The left side will have King, Queen, Prince and Duke. My head always expects to see King, Queen, Jack.... Ace maybe... I suppose games of card have been in my life more often then nobility ranks. And I used the french version to spell Marquis, because the preferred version is Marquess, which doesn't fit into the pattern. Some things just have to adjust and adapt.

And you're right, the other pattern does look like a hand, or at least a wrist...., but the multiplication sampler will have to be finished first. Maybe I'll be done with this by Monday.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just Couldn't Resist - Part 2

This has been the focus of my stitching for a couple of days.
There are 16 pages, and I've completed pages 15 and 16.
And I can see that the design is starting to show.

I finished enough changes on the multiplication sampler to work on it tonight.
Progress is progress, and it doesn't matter which pattern it is on.
Expect me to be switching from pattern to pattern in the near future.