Here it is the 4th of December and the snow is falling once more on my blog. I am really enjoying this very unusual bargello project. It is a combination of fun and a bit of a challenge.
I made a 3 day trip out-of-town for the Thanksgiving holiday so my stitching came to a halt. I have a great audio book going in my studio and plan to have this project done in less than a week. The design area is approximately an 8 ” circle.
The areas where the sections (there are 10 of them) come together are causes for celebration when everything matches. There was one area where it did not come out perfect. I have taken a close up photo for Liz, the designer in hopes that she can decide if I goofed or her chart needs to be corrected. If you look close you will see a small unstitched area in the upper left of the circle.
The next posting should be the completed project and you will see why it is called Nature-Sea.
This a pilot for my favorite bargello designer Liz Morrow. She has graciously given me permission to post this project as I progress. It is the most unusual piece of bargello that I have ever attempted. I can not imagine the brain work that went into designing this.
Here is where I am. I must admit that I am enjoying this, stitching very slowly and turning my canvas often.
It has been a very busy week or so for me. It seemed like every day there was something that needed to be done. I have managed to get some stitching done but never found the time to update this blog. If time goes any faster I feel like I will fall off the treadmill
Last Saturday was my ANG guilds annual November potluck meeting. It is always fun to see each months Show and Share. So many wonderful projects get completed and so many are in process from members attending. I took Ebb Tide with me as I had completed all the gold circles and had some easy tent stitching to complete in each corner. I always have to be sure that what I take to meetings is something that can be stitched without too much concentration.
I already have another project in the works. I will put it aside today and complete Ebb Tide. My next project is very unusual…circular bargello. More on that soon.
I have been stitching. But I have also been in a funk. Below is a pilot project that I have just completed. Most of you know that I usually work on one project from start to finish but right now I have another pilot to begin, a class that I am suppose to be participating in and of course Ebb Tide is staring at me wanting to be finished. I really admire those of you who can work on more than one project and remain focused. I feel overwhelmed !
This pilot project is entitled Starburst. The original material list called for black canvas and an overdyed, 2 values of blue and gold metallic pallet. I don’t do black canvas (and this is actually congress cloth). It is an 8″ X 8″ design size and came with a lot of counting challenges with so much of the design is “in space”. The directions did not give any counting references for where to begin many of these areas. I made a strong suggestion for some additions to the directions. Waterlillies is the overdye and I chose two values of pink and a magenta metallic. This is not a beginner project unless one really has a knack of counting correctly the first time.
Ebb Tide Update:
You can see that I have made some progress in the corners. You might also notice that one of the corners is not finished. I have a counting error somewhere in this corner….:( I was having a problem determining the error so I put it away while I did the pilot project. Now I am ready to try again. I would like to get Ebb Tide finished before I begin on another pilot. I am so close …….
We have been back in Arizona for a couple of weeks and I do not know where the time has gone. Getting the house in order, going to doctor appointments, having unexpected house guests………
I went to my ANG guild meeting last week and it was sure good to see all my stitching pals. I made some progress on Ebb Tide but not enough to show you yet. My stitching time has been very limited. I have a small bargello pilot that I am doing for ANG in addition to finishing Ebb Tide.
Some of you may remember that I was stitching on a small cross stitch project while attending the ANG Seminar in August. It was a gift for my daughter who is big into Halloween and sometimes she follows my blog so I couldn’t post any photos. Here it is. This pillow came completely finished in a kit with the threads. All I had to do was the cross stitch and get a pillow form. She now has it and I thought today would be a good day to share the finished project.
After five days of driving we arrived in Sierra Vista, AZ, our winter home. It is the first time we have driven for five straight days without a day off and we were very tired. The motor home is now unloaded and parked for the winter.
Sunday was a day of rest and lots of football on the big screen
I spent most of yesterday sorting and organizing all the needlework “stuff” that I had taken in the motor home for the summer. Am I the only one who selects threads for a project, puts them in a clear bag and then doesn’t label what project it goes ?? I know a couple of bags are for something specific….I hope it will come to me in the future.
I am now ready to get to stitching. I will be putting some time on Ebb Tide but I have two pilot projects that I must begin on and an online class…..who ever said that being retired was boring.