It's been busy around here and time flies between posts. I finished the second ornament from our ANG Chapter Book - I think it turned out great.
Then, while I was trying to decide what to do next I picked up the Seminar magazine with all those great classes in it. I don't think I can actually go to seminar, but I did sign up for a Correspondence class...blackwork peonies. This is also referred to as Elizabethan Blackwork because it was introduced to England by Catherine of Aragon and was popular during the time of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth. I love the fact that you can take a very simple pattern and manipulate it into an elegant design.
I just started the blackwork HOMEWORK which has to be done before you jump in to the real piece so here are my first photos of my practice blackwork. You have to have a plan (and actually think) when you stitch so you drag as little thread as possible on the back as you work the design. I am moving from dark on the left to light on the right just by adding or subtracting design elements. It's all done with 2 ply of black floss.
And here is a photo of the "person" who thinks I am nuts and wants to go outside!
See you soon,