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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Time and Seasons Update

This past week, I've been working on Moira Blackburn's, Time and Seasons Sampler. I am stitching it on 32ct Light Exemplar using Vicki Clayton silks. I really like how it's coming along and to be honest, I don't know why I haven't worked on it since July of 2006! Can you believe that I haven't touched this sampler for almost 18 months! For shame....

This is a picture of what it looked like in July 2006:

This is the progress I've made on it while on vacation this week. I've only stitched on it in the evenings for 2-4 hours at a time. Tonight, though, I won't get to stitch on anything and I do have to finish up a gift so it may be a few days until I get back to Time & Seasons.

I forgot how much I enjoyed stitching on it and I believe that the reason that I put it aside (besides hearing the siren call of many, many new starts) was the border. Honestly, straight borders just drive me to tears. It's like watching paint dry. But, one of the perks of the sampler is that I am using a color conversion that allows me to be a little creative in where I stitch certain colors. The conversion has multiple colors for the equivalent DMC colors so I get to pick and choose where I want to use them. The challenge is to place the colors in such a way that the sampler doesn't look like a mish mash of randomly placed colors. There has to be some cohesiveness.
This sampler is the first of my stitching resolution for 2008. Finish up the WIPs. Resist new starts. Resist purchasing new patterns.
I do have to say, the last few days I've been channeling my inner Martha Stewart and I've so enjoyed my time off from work. It's been a great few days off and I've accomplished a lot in the last couple of days. I wrapped all the Christmas gifts, made 2 batches of cookies, kept up with the laundry, cleaned the bathrooms (really, really cleaned the bathrooms) decorated the Christmas tree and picked up most of the bedroom. Each day, I've made a list of things that I've wanted or needed to get done and I've stuck pretty close to it. So yay me!
Hope you like my T&S and I hope everyone's holiday preparations are right on target!!! Talk with you soon!


samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, your sampler is beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. I'm the same with samplers. The borders drive me crackers. Which reminds me that I have a sampler called The Lord is my Shepherd that I did nearly ten years ago. Guess what I need to do the border to finish it. There's just something about the border that has put me off.
Continuing the saga with the fudge. It came out ok but unfortunately I dropped the spoon in when it was nearly cooked and have seriously burnt my thumb and the finger next to it. When will I ever learn. - Merry Christmas - Sandra.

Von said...

Woot! Two weeks' vacation and you've done so much already. Love this sampler you've shown us today - really beautiful colors!

Chris said...

Your sampler is very pretty, I love the colors. I agree with you about long straight borders!

Karoline said...

It's looking gorgeous Joanie, congratulations

Jeanne said...

Hi Joanie,
I'm glad to hear you're joining me for the WIP-loss challenge! Welcome to the fun of finishing these projects & the frustration of resisting new stuff! ;-) Will you be committing to finishing a certain number of WIPs before giving in to the urge to start something new? Do you have any exceptions? I made my ornament club an exception so I could keep up with the ornaments. I also made gift stitching an exception.
Good luck! I'll be around to encourage you!