March Rainbow SAL
Section Three of the Rainbow SAL is posted. You can see my version on the left and the interpretation Chanda did on the right. She used DMC 3854 for this part of the SAL.
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February Check In - Finishes and WIP Updates
This month I worked on several projects. I only had 2 small finishes and those two finishes resulted in the decrease of my current WIPs from 24 to 23 because I use weird complicated cross-stitch math - no, seriously I count sets of ornemants or pattern series as one WIP instead of, in this case, four. I finished the Angels and the Wise Men from the Lucy Heaton Nativity Set and I had already done the Shepherds and the Manger Scene, so that was a full finish.
I worked on several other projects as well, but I did not finish any of them yet. The projects included:
Gee Whiz Nine
To see photos of these projects, scroll back through recent blog posts.
The question for the month is: "What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?" The answer for me would be the backstitch. I love to stitch blackwork-style patterns and I also love how backstitch makes a cross-stitch project POP. Since that's not a very exotic stitch, my other favorite stitch besides the standard cross stitch is the Eyelet stitch. I love how a little circle forms in the middle when you stitch it on linen or evenweave.
I didn't post any updates last week because I had some sort of cold or allergy upset and I feel poorly. I did manage to stitch some though and made some nice progress on Mother Maya by Tracy Horner of Ink Circles. I am stitching this design with Mo's Sale silk floss in Peeta on a piece of 28-count raw linen I had in my stash. I got the largest section of the design completed. The pattern is four pages long and I'd say I have just over 1.5 pages completed.
I had worked on Mother Maya for a week, so I decided it was time to move on to another project and instead of moving on with one of my current WIPs I decided to work on a Connie Gee's Designs project called Destiny's Path. I am stitching this one with DMC 791 on a beautiful piece of fabric from Mo's Sale that is mostly sky blue with a tiny pop of white here and there and splashes of purple. The photo above does not do it justice. I will try to get a better view on my next update!
Current WIP - Mother Maya
Taking a Break - From My Rotation
I am taking a little break from my regular rotation to work on one of my own designs. This is Gee Whiz Nine from the Connie Gee's Designs Etsy shop. I am enjoying stitching it. I like the repeating patterns in this section.
I know I usually choose variegated floss for my backstitch designs, but this time I am going with a solid DMC 807 on 14-count off-white Aida. It is turning out to be quite pretty, I think. I have a long way to go on this one though. This is about 1/3 of the first page. At least there are only 4 pages to the design though.
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