I heard Phil did not see his shadow, though my little groundhog would beg to differ. One of the local weathermen assured viewers that poor Phil has a pretty low accuracy rate, but I am personally all for an early spring!
Am stitching away and updates will follow very soon!
A little perserverance really pays off. I did say the next photo you would see would be a finished sampler, and here it is!
"February" by Prairie Schooler Stitched on 32 count Lambswool DMC floss
I won't say when I started this--it was so long ago, but better a finish late than a UFO in a plastic bin languishing away.
The sampler actually stitched up fairly quickly, but it was all the white snow that had to be filled in that was so tedious and took so long since I was not very motivated to pick it up a often as I should have. Still, I've finished it well in advance of February 2013--and who needs to know when I first put in those initial stitched, right?
I should really pull out another UFO from my bin, but I have already started on a new project and will share my progress here soon!
Just seven more rows left. Well, seven more rows and some backstitching. I'm too embarrassed to say how long I've been working on this. It has been all but finished except for the white filling in at the bottom, which is tedious going so I have been putting it off. However, since I am ready to move on to new projects (and have actually already started one or two....but more about those later), I guess it's time to finish poor "February". The next photo of this you will see, will be a completed sampler!
And, voilá. Did you wonder if I would ever finish this? I did!
It's been so long since I have picked up a needle and thread and so long
since I've even shared any progress at all on any of my projects you
have probably forgotten all about it. So here it is, Blackbird Designs'
"Pink Hill Manor" finished and ready for framing. I made a few minor
changes and only had a few motifs to fill in and finish along with the
words to stitch over one (I am very slow when it comes to
stitching over one linen thread!), which I finally managed to do today.
It's been a cold, grey and very gloomy day so I popped in a movie (have been having an Alfred
Hitchcock marathon of sorts) and have been happily stitching away.
The design was actually charted to read 'Dear Emily' and had more
sets of initials, but that didn't really work for me. I wasn't entirely
sure what the significance was, so I decided to personalize it in my
own way. As February is my birth month and the color scheme is pink (a
February sort of color it seems), "February" it was. The letters are
all stitched over one linen thread and the rest is over two. I'm quite
pleased with how it turned out and just in time for the end of 2012!
Now, do you remember this project? Best not to remind you how long
it has been "in progress". Ahem. I am determined to finish it before
the end of the year. I am ready to switch from Alfred Hitchcock to
Inspector Lynley. I wonder how many seasons it will take before I can
finish the last chunk of stitching.
All I have left is to finish filling in this middle section with
white and a little backstitching to highlight a few motifs. I don't
like working with white floss and both filling in and backstitching is
really tedious, but that's all that stands between me and having another
project all ready for framing.
As soon as I finish this project I am rewarding myself with choosing a
new design to stitch. I do have other unfinished projects, but the
draw of stitching something new is too strong to pass up. I've had a
really abysmal year when it comes to my needlework. I wonder if I
should set myself some sort of goal for next year? Will have to think
about that one. But it's great getting back to stitching again, even if
it has only been for an afternoon (and now into the evening as well).
It's been a while since you've seen this, hasn't it? I'm almost
finished with my "Pink Hill Manor", and I am itching to put in those
last stitches so I can move on to something new.
Mostly it is only small motifs and a few over one words and letters that I have to stitch yet. As always it's a matter of finding a nice chunk of time to sit down with this and get through the last bits yet to stitch. I've been making slow but steady progress nonetheless. I've been stitching for a few minutes each day before work and it seems to add up, as here I am so close to the end!
I'm not sure if I ever shared this design here or not. It's by
Lizzie Kate. I started stitching it a while ago and am almost finished
with this one as well. Just a little backstitching and a few more
motifs to finish. I want to finish this as a pincushion (like this one).
Have I mentioned lately how much I miss stitching? I can't seem to
get the energy to stitch on the weekends these days, and it goes without
saying I never seem to have enough time to accomplish all the things I
want to when I do have free time (but I know I'm not alone with this problem!).
Of course lack of enough free time doesn't stop me thinking about
what I might stitch next (much like looking ahead in my reading). These
samplers are by Prairie Schooler and are from their "Country Seasons"
chart. I think I'd stitch the "Autumn Sampler" if I can pick one soon.
Or maybe something quick like this little sheep from Shepherds Bush
called "Queen Bee". They have a whole series of sheep designs, and I've
been trying to stitch them all.
I'm not sure how I'll finish them all--little pillows maybe to fill a
basket? Anyway, I think I'm ready to add a new sheep to my collection.
But, first things first. I'm not allowing myself a new project until
I finish one first!
Since I've made steady progress on Pink Hill Manor, I thought it was time for an update!
A little time lapse photography...here it is at the beginning.
. . . a few stitches and a few weeks later...
It's finally beginning to take shape. I'm wondering if now I am being optimistic about possibly entering it into the State Fair next month. It may yet happen, but I might take a look through my bin of "finished" but not Finished projects and see if there is something I might be able to sew up quickly to enter. We'll see. I might have to think about this one for a possible entry next year! The problem is more that it will need to be framed and as I don't do my own framing I might not have enough time to pay someone to frame it. It doesn't matter really, as the important thing is simply to enjoy stitching, right?!
Has it really been so long since I checked in here? Rather, gave a proper update on what I've been working on? I do check in and read comments, which I am very appreciative of receiving by the way. I was hoping I could post updates at least twice a week and then a month will flew by so quickly. But I have been stitching. I've mostly been working on Blackbird Designs' "Pinkhill Manor" which I am very much enjoying stitching. I take it to work with me and try and spend at least fifteen minutes or half an hour before I clock in. Even though it's not a huge chunk of time the stitches really do begin to add up. Will I be able to finish it before the end of the month (and have it framed) is the question. I need to check on the deadline for entry into my State Fair in August. Fingers crossed. I had such high hopes of finishing several projects and now I think I will be lucky (and happy) to have just one entry.
There is still a chance that I can stitch the Just Nan biscornu that I mentioned last time, but even a small project of JN seems labor intensive--so many color changes. But biscornus are just about my favorite thing to stitch and finish, so I might give it a try.
I've been working on my Mystery Sampler, too, and hopefully will give an update of that soon. My digital camera is practically dead and I need to invest in a new one, but I've been able scrape by so far with the poor (very old) HP that I've had for years.
I hope everyone is having a great summer and not wilting too much in the heat. We finally got a break from the near (or over) 100F days we've been having here in Nebraska, but mid-80s with humidity is still not as nice as I wish it could be. Summer in the Midwest, though, what can I expect, right?
Over the weekend I ordered supplies to stitch this sampler, "Pink Hill Manor", by Blackbird Designs. I've owned the chart for about a year and am in the mood now to stitch it. I've also got an ulterior motive as I have decided to enter some of my recent needlework projects into the State Fair. I've never entered my work into any sort of competition, and haven't a clue whether anything I do would be good enough to win anything, but it sounds like it could be fun and might even provide motivation to me to make better progress on my work.
To that end, I need to decide what I want to enter. The work has to be something completed within the last three years. And it has to be something that I think might actually have a chance of catching a judges eye. Do you remember my "Mystery Sampler"? It is also a Blackbird Design and I am more than halfway finished with the stitching. I think the last two sections would go fast if I could just get past this more labor intensive (lots of filling in of stitches) middle part. Once it is sewn together and framed I think it would be a pretty striking piece.
This biscornu would be easy to finish, and maybe fairly quick to stitch. The designer is Just Nan and it's called "When Barnabee Met Bella". Barnabee and Bella at bees and they are recurring 'characters' in a series of needlework designs by Just Nan (I've got a number of them by the way). This is one of my favorite ways to finish a design, though it might have to go into a "miscellaneous" category.
And there is a sampler category, in which this would fit nicely. However, it is only perhaps a third of the way finished. The State Fair is in late August, which means I don't have a lot of time and should really concentrate on just one project (or one project and the little pincushion).
How to choose? If you were a judge, which would you be most impressed with? Has anyone entered needlework into your local state fair? Any suggestions or advice?
It's amazing how trying to add just a letter a day will speed progress along. Which is what I've been trying to do--at a letter or row here and there. I'm itching to spend some time stitching this weekend--hopefully I can make time for it, as stitching time seems to be hard to come by on weekends lately.
By the way, are you on Pinterest? I am. You can visit me here. If you tell me your username or give me your link, I'll follow you--have just recently discovered it and find it hugely addicting!
As much as I liked working on something small, like my last finish, I'm happy to get back to my Lo, How a Rose Sampler that has sat untouched for far too long. I have several WiPs that really do need some attention, but this has been th emost enjoyable and easy to stitch on. So, I've pulled it back out and have been trying to add a letter a day at the very least. Once I get this right hand side of the sampler filled in, I think it is going to fly by--at least I hope so!