I completed Area 3 in a flash. It is done in Watercolors (Delphinium #133). Just a simple horizontal long and short stitch.
Then I moved on to Area 6 ( the eagle). This turned out to be more of a challenge. The first thing I noticed was that one ply of Watercolors was not going to cover the horizontal stitches. this is because I am supposed to be stitching on blue canvas which would not be obvious through the stitches. I am working on eggshell (that’s what I had in my stash that was the right size) ……… I decided that I would have to use two ply of Watercolors (Midnight #072) and hope that I did not run out. In order to use two ply I had to get a #18 needle to keep the canvas from shredding the thread. The chart for the eagle runs over three pages and is a challenge to follow. It is hard to get a stitching rhythm going so I am just plugging along. The change of direction in the stitches again comes into play on the eagle. When I step back and look I am amazed at how different it looks than when I am looking through my #4 magnifiers to stitch.
I have completed the first two areas. I am working top to bottom but I have my canvas AND chart turned upside down so I can reach the stitching area easier.
Area 1 is done with Storm Clouds (Watercolors #074). It continues to surprise me how light reflection changes with the direction of the stitching. This whole area is done in the same stitch but with directional changes and the colors do look different.
Area 2 is done with Blueberry (Watercolors #041). This is a simple reverse scotch stitch that was very easy to stitch. The chart does show the compensating stitches, provided your outline is perfect :) So far mine has matched up.
Just had to finish a good audio book :) Now all the outlining is done and I can begin with the Watercolors. As you can see there is Krienik metallic #4 and #8 braid. I believe this will be used on the moon. The light reflection on the Watercolors has washed out a little of the real color. I am anxious o get started.
Oh yes…..I have another audio book and the baseball playoffs start today. Yeah!
Lots of baseball games and a good audio book has resulted in lots of stitching time. The outlining for Night Flight is almost complete. I think I have stitched thousands of black cross stitches but the end is almost here and it will be on to the Watercolors.
In stitching the long side lines I did not even attempt to count the whole line. I just kept extending it as I stitched the cross lines until I reached the bottom where it was easy to count to the corner.
I have pulled from my stash a project that I had all kitted and have been wanting to start for quite a while. It is a Amy Wolfson design entitled Night Flight. The size of the stretcher bars is 10″ X 24″. This is an awkward size to work on if you want to stitch looking at the project from top to bottom.
I am currently working on the outlining. This is done with #12 black pearl, 2 strands in cross stitch. Lots of cross stitches. The directions indicate that all the outlining can be done first or as you work down the canvas. I have always done outlining before filling in the areas but I may get burned out on black cross stitch somewhere along the line on this one.
All the areas are filled with different stitches all using one ply of Watercolors. As you know I love Watercolors and there are 15 different Watercolors used…..yeah!
This was a fun project. Using threads from my stash made for an interesting result. Watching it take shape I wasn’t sure what the final outcome would be but it turned out OK. I would have used a couple of different colors if they had been available.
I did enjoy manipulating the Watercolors in each quarter. Practice always helps. For those of you who have not tried this option I would suggest you give it a try. The process involves 1) cutting lengths of Watercolors with color runs that you want to use 2) separate three strands and put one aside (I say this because you will only use two of the strands in most cases) 3) When you begin stitching, carefully note where you anchor your thread. Be sure to anchor in the same place when you begin a second area. This makes sure that the colors will stitch in the same order. I save the third strand of Watercolors to use in another project where I will randomly let the colors flow.
Now I will search for a new project……I do have a few to choose from :)