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.