Monday, November 28, 2011

Less is more...

A little bit more, while trying to keep just the parts that I really like.
When I look at the original pattern, it all just looks so dark.
Maybe that was the point, but I think that I prefer it with a little more of the motifs left open.

So I'll stitch till it feels balanced to me. I can already tell there are going to be lots of changes, but that is the fun part.

I can end up close to where I started when I change a pattern...
I started with ( Here ), and ended up with ( There ).
But sometimes the two don't look at all alike at all by the time I'm done.
I started with ( This ), and ended up with ( That ).
Even the border spacing of the leaves wasn't the same by the time I was done.
Time to start to learn that new pattern program, just to see what happens.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Switching Again

At least I didn't start anything new.
Back to my already started Spirit of Vierlande from Long Dog Samplers.
I'm already thinking about what I want to do to make it my own.
For now, I'm just going to fill in the border and the large motifs, and make it my own with the small things later.

I've been wanting to order the cross stitch drawing program to get the latest version, which is a completely new version. I googled to get the coupon code, and then it was a great deal.
I really like to draw out the changes I want to make. I haven't been able to do that since the last computer crashed. (The coupon makes the program $20 instead of $50.)
I'm sure I won't need a lot of the new features for what I want to do, but I'm glad to have the program on the computer again.

Ordered the Julia Line ( Long Dog Samplers ) book from Amazon Canada.
It will release there on Dec 2.
With shipping the cost is $40. For 8 of her patterns, that is still a great deal.
Still have not seen any store in the US offering the book.
Now that I've got it on order, even it if takes a while, I'm still happy with that.

So I'll have a new drawing program, and a book of new patterns for inspiration, and winter.
Sounds like a nice way to start the New Year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Rows Started

It's coming along. I've barely started the top row, and then it will finish with a mirror of the white border that is at the bottom. I think that the gold in this design has always not appealed to me. I probably should have tried a different color. Actually I did try different golds, but gold was never going to be the right answer for me.

I'm ready to start something else. But it would do my heart good to finish something that I have already started.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Start Another Row

A little more. And I've started the next row above this for next time.
The top row in this photo, of the three completed, the center one has slightly darker blues.
Very subtle, and just enough to confuse me if I'm not paying attention.
I think to hold my interest, the answer is to just work a row till I get bored with it, and then move up to the next row. You just sometimes have to do what will work to get it done.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Slow Progress

Finally an updated photo.
And I notice that I've skipped a few stitches here and there.
I know there are supposed to be something between the circle motifs. But I know I also never follow the pattern. But I have unfinished motifs, and uncrossed stitches.
The row I'm working on will have 5 full motifs across, and the spacing is different from the pattern. It slows down the stitching. I probably should just re-draw it in the colors so I wouldn't be working from two patterns at the same time. On the list of things to do, it is the bottom of the list. It would be easy if I hadn't lost the original drawings when the computer crashed.

I can see that Julia's book will be available in December from Canada.
Found photos of all the book patterns on another blog - here.
Not great photos, but it will give you an idea if you are considering ordering the book.