Sunday, July 31, 2011

Moving Along Nicely!

I disappeared up into cottage country for a few days for a "work-cation." I desperately needed to focus and get some school work done (which I did), but I also managed to put in quite a few solid hours of stitching each evening.

The poppy is starting to POP!!

Just wait till I get some of the shading in there!! I'm so looking forward to seeing how well the detail and depth of colour stitches up. But before I get all caught up in the craziness of confetti stitching -- I'm going to work on the huge colour blocks of blue up at the top.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So close to a page finish!

I am basically finished page 1 of Drama Queen - there's just a tiny corner of confetti stitches left to be done. I wanted to get an update up before I went on holidays (again).

I've really started to see the brushstrokes come out in the 2nd half of this page. I love it! The confetti stitching is hellish, but the results are worth it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My first IHSW

IHSW - International Hermit and Stitch Weekend.

I've wanted to join in on this for ages, but for some reason never got around to it (or I remembered after the weekend was over). Sign up is on Joyce's blog Random Ramblings and the directions are as follows:

IHSW takes place every 3rd weekend of each month, for us to squirrel some time away for ourselves and "Hermit and Stitch." You can stitch as much or as little as your time permits, on anything you like, and on Monday of the following week, we post a progress picture and check out each others' blogs.

I started on my Autumn Tree just before the weekend, so I spent most of my time working on that (see my previous post for a progress pic). But on Sunday I decided to switch over and do some work on my Drama Queen. I feel like I am so far behind schedule on this piece. It needs to be finished by next August so I have time to frame it before my Mom's 70th birthday in October 2012. There's 16 pages in the pattern and I only have 13 months to get it done. I'm not even finished page one yet. Small panic attack -- eek!

Anyway - back to IHSW! Before:


Sunday, July 17, 2011

LIke I need another new start ...

I recently returned from a 3 week vacation abroad, having taken along my HAED BB SAL QS Terra to stitch on (which I really don't enjoy THAT much), and I crazily decided once I got home that I needed a new start. All of the projects I have going at the moment - Home Sweet Home, Drama Queen, QS Terra - are all huge projects (56, 16, and 6 pages respectively). I needed a littler project where I could see a finish in the near future.

And so, I pulled out an already kitted up project - what I call Autumn Tree. If you are a long time reader, you might remember that about a year ago I stitched an Alessandra Adelaide tree for my brother as a family heirloom. Well, I'm now working on its little brother. I'm stitching the same tree pattern, but this time it is 1 over 1 on hand-dyed 28 ct Cashel linen (from Picture This Plus via my LNS) and the leaves on the tree will be orange and gold instead of green. As before, I'm back to using my beloved variegated Vicki Clayton HDF silks. They are beyond lovely to work with! I'm planning to make this my mom's Birthday or Christmas present, depending on when I finish it.

Without further ado, my start:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

QS Terra Fairy - July Update

Finally made a bit of progress on my HAED Bulletin Board SAL. I'm still struggling through page one, and page 4 just got emailed out. Eek!

This will end up in my rotation during the next few months.