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Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's Sunday...

I wanted to post some pictures of my recent work. I've stitched sporadically in the last couple of weeks but I did want to document some of my progress.

This is a Prairie Schooler pattern called Autumn Wind. I started it way, way back in the beginning of time as a SAL with Patti and Cathy who finished their pieces probably 2 years ago. OK, I AM SLOW. I am stitching it on 28 count Lugana over one (it's my first attempt at over one stitching and I have to say I am quite pleased with the results.)

Anyway, I want to finish this piece for this Autumn so I am going to participate in an SAL with the gals on the Prairie Schooler BB. The SAL is for the month of August. The plan is to stitch on a Prairie Schooler design on Tuesday and Thursday and post progress pictures on Sunday during the month of August. Since I am over 1/2 way finished, maybe just maybe, I'll have a Happy Dance by September. Let's see if I can maintain focus for 8 days out of the month.

Next is Beatrix Potter. She has my attention right now.

I wasn't really sure about the fiber, it's AVAS 4212 and it's a lovely burnt orange color. It looks really pumpkin-y in this picture. It took quite a while for me to get used to the color but it's growing on me as the sampler grows too. I have the companion piece to this sampler but I am leaning toward a more subtler brown color when I begin that piece. Honestly between us girls, if I had not spent $42 on the hank of silk, I would have chosen a different color. And as I worked on the sampler I thought of switching out the color many times. Now it's a bit too late for switching silks so I'll just finish it up with the burnt orange.

Lastly is my progress on Where My Heart Blooms.

I believe this sampler has it out for me. I literally frogged most of what I stitched on this piece because of counting errors. I think if I did not have a bad case of the frogs, this piece would be finished by now. I think I am over the worst of the frogs now as I am working on the house. I can't say that I love the fabric I am stitching this piece on, it's the recommended R&R fabric. It's very stiff and hard to manage and it has a very open weave. The GAST and Weeks aren't much better, the thread kinks and knots easily. I've found if I dampen the thread it behaves a bit better so that's what I've been doing.

On Friday, I bought the supplies to begin my Hungarian Sampler. I know, I know, I said no new stash until I finish one of the Wips. But it's calling my name!!! I bought red and green silk to stitch the sampler but I may switch out the green for black silk instead. Black and red are traditional Hungarian colors. I wanted to stitch the sampler in the colors of the flag and Ili (THANK YOU!!) helped me out with the colors. Now that I've bought the silks, I am having second thoughts because I am afraid the sampler will look like Christmas. I don't know, maybe I'll just go ahead with what I purchased. I bought an off white linen but maybe I'll switch it out to a creme so that the colors don't jump off the fabric. I'll have to test it out.

The DH and the Cadet are off to motorcycle school this morning so I have some time to stitch. That's what I am going to do when I get off the computer. I am not sure what I want to work on right now, I guess whatever calls the loudest. So the needle is calling and I will say good-bye for now.

Please drop by again and I hope you have a great day!


Jennifer said...

The orange color is definitely interesting. I don't know if I would have picked it either - and I would have been tempted to start in a different color as well, but just based on your picture, you might be surprised and really like it when it's done. It's a nice warm color and I bet it will be pretty to look at.

Have you tried Thread Heaven for your overdyed threads? I wasn't sure I'd like it at first, and I thought for sure it would be waxy or sticky, but it's a GODSEND with overdyeds. They're far less prone to knotting and kinking on me now and I really like it. I even made sure I had a container of it in my traveling stitch bag. Michael's, AC Moore and Joanns should all have it.

Anonymous said...

Lovely progress on all of your WIPs! I like the orange, it's a pretty colour.

Ginnie said...

Hi, I love your WIPs, I think the orange looks nice, and it'll look very effective when it's done.

samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, I was just going to suggest trying Thread Heaven too. I find that when I use 1 strand of DMC for my one overs (you know I do a lot) that it really works.
I know the feeling when something keeps telling me to do it. Your Beatrix is coming along nicely. The orange is an interesting colour, but it looks ok in your photo. It also depends where you want to hang it when its finished. It should look lovely with your Autumn displays.
Your other works are looking lovely too by the way. - Sandra.

Alexounette78 said...

I have to show you my Where my herat bloom. It seems to me that you don't have receive my mail and my present, i'm affraid because my present has left home about more than 10 days ago!!!! Let me know.

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