First, let me show you something I have not seen since I was in high school. Take a look at that score! I am unashamedly a product of the 1972 Undefeated Miami Dolphins. And believe me I have been waiting for those days to come back. On Sunday we got a taste :-)
Here's what I was trying to stitch on Sunday..stitch guide by Amy
And here's my progress on the Pumpkin Parade. Just finished the grassy hill and the fence. Yes, it goes ALL the way across the canvas. I still have more to finish before lesson #2 :/)
I'm still working on the Pumpkin Parade...have found a new show (to me) which may carry me through lesson #1. Homeland..since it's now in season 5 and I'm on the second episode I'm good for a while.
Here's my compensating on the grass. The idiot proof part is taking a contrasting thread (I'm using the grey from the bricks) and completing the pattern until you get over to the color that you're working on.
I am determined to keep up this time, so I'm working on Lesson 1 every day at least for a few hours.
I've got the bottom of the canvas done, started the path and am working on the grass in the background. I don't like random stitching so I do some grass then some of the bricks, etc. It's time to switch to the brick path so naturally I had to blog :-)
This week I'm starting on the background so it doesn't hold me back at the end. It's a plaid, so you do a running stitch ALL one way and then ALL the way the other way. It's a lot of work but it pays off in the end.
Here's some photos of the cupcake. I found I needed to do the cupcake in order to anchor the running stitches. The french knots are flair. I attached the beads with clear beading thread.
And here's the bigger picture...still tons of work to do
We've had some luck this week! First off, my Mom fell for the 3rd time and "only" broke a bone in her hand. Found and got an appointment (! ) with a wonderful surgeon who did the surgery the next morning. For now she's happy to use her walker! Next we are spared from Hurricane Joaquin and it is actually below 90 outside. Doesn't take much to make me happy. Last bit of happiness is... my new home study from Amy has shipped...now this is my 4th home study and I have yet to finish the first three (Roo Bear, Nativity and the Creche) but MAYBE MAYBE I will keep up this time.
Here's some more windows on the candy house. I made a mistake, there are SEVEN WINDOWS.
I had to find a way to keep up with the 95 plus sections in this project so as I finish a section I'm coloring it it in highlighter so I won't have to go back and re-check each little section. No "coloring-in" until the section in complete! Fortunately we have a great line drawing all numbered - remember paint by number??? Looks like I have a ways to go...
I am making progress with all my stitching and knitting projects. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have my Christmas projects at the finishers. I've even finished my summer reading for my book club... Bleak House which was wonderful and quite a saga (and quite long).
Here's some photos of the candy house- I'm down to 81 areas to go! Going to work on this lower left window section now. There are so many beads and french knots in this piece that you need to spread them out or it will be overwhelming.
The pink will be dripping icing when I'm ALMOST DONE. As in 3 more areas to go
And here's some knitting- this is going to be a blanket when it's done - 12 different blocks. Naturally, I'm doing 2 blankets at the same time. The other one is sage green.
AND I LOVE THIS!!! Cashmere and Mohair. Don't ask, don't tell about the price of the wool :-)
There's a reason stitch guides usually tell you to start in on the background at the beginning! Because it usually takes the longest and once you get the pattern down it can get a little boring. But...I'm almost done! No, I did not like laying 2 threads (one of which is accentuate) in a diagonal pattern and no I did not like working with crystal braid (until I used a larger needle) but look at the effect. Perfect!
I just need to finish that sky and lay in a few snowflakes and off it goes. I'm considering revisiting Kelly Clark's Elegant Thanksgiving. It's the same era as this canvas (2011) but still one of the most challenging pieces in my arsenal of unfinished projects. Hope I'm up to it :-)
Take a look at the left and the right. The right looks much better (and finished) with the compensating stitch. I left out the compensating stitch on the top so it looks more ragged like grass. ALMOST THERE!!!
I don't know how many of my followers watch Game of Thrones, but it's a big Sunday night deal for me and Emily. (She does not like white walkers or battle scenes). Sunday was the season finale.
Can Jon Snow and Sansa Stark really be dead??? I'm thinking not. They like to kill them off on these shows (remember Downton Abbey?) but I'm counting on Bran Stark coming back with some magic from that weird tree he encountered and bringing his sister and brother (?) back. Jon Snow actually being his brother is another story line... And Arya? Who knows what is happening to her, but she ought to be able to save them after she digs up needle. See the thread here? ( Yes that's two bad jokes in a row) . Two kids with magical powers that should be able to save their siblings? Plus they're the good guys.
Daeneyrs is safe - she has those dragons and an unresolved love interest :-) She also on the good side. If you can't (or don't want to ) get SUCKED in then you should really take a look at the costumes designed by Michele Carragher. She's been featured in Inspirations magazine. Wow! Talk about big projects and she FINISHES them!
On to my stuff...Naturally I read Amy's newsletter and saw the new fall canvas by Melissa Shirley and SO...I pulled out my Melissa Shirley stitching girls to finish. Just so I can pop the new ones on the stretcher bars....
The big unfinished picture..
Right now I'm working on girl #3..did her tote bag last night. It's in velvet so it doesn't mess up her stitching. Those beads on her dress??? .... her scissors.
Some girls take a while to get dressed. My second lady is one of those. Ruth didn't stitch the last line of the dress on the bottom and that just didn't sit well with me. So after a weekend collaboration with my stitching friends a solution was born! When in doubt, bead it!
Here are the three of them...I haven't finished lady #3 yet and don't worry that crystal on girl #1 is not supposed to be floating in the air :)
One of the great things about working with a kitted stitch guide is that you get to try different kinds of fibers. I have worked with tulips before but never on my "animals". It's one of the Gumnut Yarns and is mohair which gives it a very nice "furry" finish.
I am definitely going to use it on my bunnies!
Here it is on Mr. Mole - one strand on 18 is perfect!