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.
What a Difference Backstitch Makes
I have another finish and this time it takes me down to 23 WIPs. Three more finishes and I get to start Death by Cross Stitch - if I get the fabric I ordered by that time.
This project shows how important backstitch can be. On the left is the design with all cross-stitches done and the right shows after the backstitches have been completed. Lucie Heaton's Nativity set was originally designed as Christmas cards, but I plan to make ornaments out of them. Eventually. I have a HUGE stack of pieces that have been completed as far as the stitching goes, but they haven't been completed as in finishing them as items to display or use. I need to make a list of those and work on whittling down that list!
Up next in my rotation is Ink Circles Mother Maya. I have been looking forward to working on this project. I am using some Mo's Sales silk floss and it is fun to stitch with!
Connie G. Barwick
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