My last regular needlework update was back in early July (it is still warm and humid, but it was hotter and stickier back then). I am still stitching but I've been taking a little break from my Spring Sampler. This was my progress last time around.
I was afraid a comparison photo would depress me, but as it turns out there really was a little progress between those stitching sessions. Now I actually feel like getting back to it after all.
Before my sampler hiatus I thought I might feel reinvigorated by starting my Summer Sampler, and I did get in a few stitches before deciding that I wanted something radically different (colors, size and design) for a little break.
Y voilá. I decided I wanted to pick up my little long-abandoned Quaker Heart. This is what it looked like before resuming work, so I have actually made some real progress on it.
Curiously this is considered the back of the little cushion, and the medallion (above photo--the little motifs on the right side I am now working on) side is the front. For me the reverse seems the best order. I've stitched this design before using a red variegated floss finished as a cushion with seed beads around the outer edge.
My plan this time around is to finish it in a "mattress" style pincushion, which should be interesting with its heart shape, and then have some writing going around the band on the flat outer edge. I'm not quite sure what yet--maybe a few single words or a line from a poem. In any case I am very much enjoying working on this. I love the colors. This is a cotton variegated floss, which is called "India". What do you think--does it give a sense of the country? The colors are fairly close to real in this photo, though the purple shade is a much richer shade that looks more pink in the photo.
Since I am enjoying working on this "work in progress--or WiP", I might pick up another abandoned project and rescue it as well this year. The seasonal samplers are waiting patiently in the wings, but I will get back to them this year still (and then there is the Fall Sampler to think about, too).
I do have photos from my weaving adventures and will share them soon.