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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Progress Pictures

After much cajoling, begging, swearing and threatening my little digital that's gasping for air, I got these pictures of what I've been working on since the beginning of the year (click on the pictures and they'll enlarge). Please forgive the wrinkled fabric and the dog hair on the carpet in the backround. Ahem.

Sarah Tatum:
I took up Sarah Tatum as my New Year's Day re-start. I know that many of you start something new on New Year's Day but I hadn't touched Sarah since New Year's Day '07 so it was like a new start for me. I couldn't believe that I hadn't worked on this sampler for an entire year. In fact, the last progress photo I took was a year ago today...geez...

Progress on Sarah exactly a year ago today:

This is my progress on Sarah since Friday night. I am working on the motif to the right of the green one on the top and a 1/2 urn motif next to the letter K. The silk is really light and the motifs almost blend into the fabric. If I were smart and not so anal about colors (see previous post) I would have substituted the Buff and Straw silk for a silk a titch darker in color so the motifs would show up better on the Lt Exemplar linen. Oh well, too late now!

Time and Seasons:

I've been rotating T&S with Sarah since the beginning of the year.
I last worked on this sampler mid-week and I've worked mainly the borders and the zig-zag vine near the top. The borders are boring so I've started some of the motifs in the center of the sampler, see the evergreen in the center? I am obsessing over the fact that I may not have enough silk to complete the borders. Say a prayer cause I really like this sampler a lot and don't want to have to use it as a dishrag.

The Stitcher's Wallet:
I worked on this piece yesterday and it was quite happy about it since it's been whimpering in it's baggie for the longest time. I just got TIRED of brown and I had to frog some of the 2nd panel and the quality of the pattern isn't the best so it made it hard to know what color went where. Yeah, yeah, full of excuses. The real reason I stopped working on it was because of the endless brown and Sarah captured my interest again.

But yesterday, I needed some mindless stitching and what's more mindless than ABC's? I am happy with this piece and I'll probably work on it during the Superbowl in between stuffing my face with quesadillas and chips and salsa.
Better watch for stains...

So there you have it. Hope you like what you see and yes, comments are greatly welcome.

I am going to let the camera rest up a bit and then try again for more pictures. Seems like 5 pictures is all it's going to take at a time for me.

Next up exchange photos and maybe some other wips...Who knows?!!!!


Melissa said...

Look at all of your beautiful work! I can't wait to see your next progress shots.

Katrina said...

All your work is gorgeous! I loved looking at the pictures.

Karoline said...

They're all looking lovely Joanie, great progress

Mel said...

Wow! Your progresses are brilliant. Love the colours in the samplers!

I received the pattern!!! :)
Thank you so very very much!

Mindi said...

Beautiful progress on everything, keep it up.

Alexounette78 said...

I can assure you, no problem with the diffrent colour of the silk, but I understand your disapointment. All your wip are so nice I love them. I'm going to send you some pictures today.

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

Great stitching! I love the Stitcher's Wallet. I will have to get that issue of Gift of Stitching back out and take another look. TFS! Nancy

Laura said...

Wonderful progress and stitching! I really love them all, but I think Time and Seasons is my favorite.

Jeanne said...

Joanie, you're making great progress on these.

I've awarded you a "You make my day" award! Check out my latest post (Feb 10) for details.

tkdchick said...

All of your projects look fantastic!

Lenka said...

I found your blog and stop to say Hi! Needlepoint is my passion to, and I can see how wonderful your project is. WOW! Amazing!