Monday, January 31, 2011

Nearly 10 pages complete

Not quite done with that first page, but it's supposed to snow, so I'm posting the update photo now. Nearly 10 of 15 pages complete. Just the top 5 pages left to stitch.
I stitched the grid back in using more DMC quilting thread. It's either Ecru or Natural.
I think it's 256, and I can never remember what that number is. It shows up against the white, and it's enough to let me get a few stitches in each box, then I pull the threads out of the area that I'm working in anyway. Maybe the answer is to just grid for the page I'm working on, not the whole project.
I thought that maybe one of the metallics would work nice as a grid, but what I have in my stash isn't any good for that. I might just not have the right stuff in my stash. Even the clear plastic thread, especially if it comes in a smoke color, not clear. But maybe not if I iron it sometimes.
I was at the local fabric store this morning, but totally forgot to look.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Back to 'Drawing Hands' by MC Escher.
Finished the bottom left hand page, started the second page of the middle row.

The black grid threads were bleeding onto the white, so I pulled them all out and washed it. I think the lines that still show will disappear once I stitch over them.
This is never going to be my favorite Escher to stitch, so much white to stitch and it's just not as detailed.
I'll have to figure how to put some of the grid lines back. It's so much easier to stitch with the grid. I used black quilting thread before, the weight of the thread works nicely, and it hadn't bled on the other three that I'd stitched. Maybe ecru or a natural quilt thread if I have some.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finished - Hooray!

Keep Me Sampler from Moira Blackburn.
Stitched on 28 count even weave, one over one, with the Weeks and DMC floss called for on the pattern with only one substitution.
Finished size is 6.5 x 7 inches.

Omitted the outer border, the extra chimneys, the flying birds, the pattern rabbit and squirrel.
Changed the border pattern slightly, omitted the text. Stayed close to the pattern in most of the design.

I wanted to stitch a Moira Blackburn pattern, and I still love the little flower vines on the sides.

I wanted something else under the tree, but those are kind of sad little rabbits I made, so I still might go back and stitch in something else, maybe a flower or something.

Even making the rabbits into rocks might look better...., sad little rabbits...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Still Stitching Along

Still stitching along on the same sampler.
Watching all the other stitching blogs start all the new projects, and work to finish other UFOs.
I bought a new pattern and floss, and I'm really looking forward to stitching something else.
I suppose if I can't feel like I'm making any progress, it seemed like a nice option to increase the stitching stash.
I've enjoyed stitching this, but I've been working on it since October, and it's starting to suck the life out of me. I'm too close to done to set it off to the side.
I like stitching that silly flower border, so hopefully this sampler won't last too much longer.

I've gotten a few more rows on the crochet project done, and still a long way to go there too.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stitching Away

Trying to get back to my usual Wednesday and Saturday progress photos. At least to post a photo if I have any stitching progress.
The New Year has been productive so far. And with the outer borders partially stitched, then this will finish at 6.5 x 7 inches. I've omitted the text completely, and omitted the fancy outside border. I'm happy with the simplicity of having this as the framing border.

And I finished watching all the episodes of Dark Shadows today. All 1200+ episodes.
128 DVDs, 32 sets of 4. I've watched one of the two movies, and the remade version of the series.
It was a great series to watch ( mostly listen to ) while stitching. There were some great sections, and a few clunker plots along the way, but for me it was an enjoyable journey.
It will be interesting to see where the newest version of the movie goes, but it's still a year or more till it is released.
I wish I could say what I loved about watching it, but it's one of those things I can't quite put my finger on. Some of the lines were fabulous, and yet some of the main characters, I absolutely hated the roles, and yet I hung in there and watched the whole series. And in some way, I suppose that is all part of the charm of the series.
Now the next problem will be - what to watch while stitching?