I am finally finished with Area 15 and all the Smyrna crosses in #4 Krienik braid……whew !
Then I pressed on to Area 16 which is done in Watercolors #122 Maple. I learned a very interesting fact about the color flow of watercolors with this section. If you look at the area it is obvious that there are diagonal rows and I thought to myself that would be the easiest path for stitching. However I did read the instructions and realized that I was suppose to stitch in horizontal rows. OK that’s what I did and as my stitching progressed I realized that if I had gone with my first thought I would have created diagonal stripes of colors which is not at all the desired effect intended. I almost always learn something from each project I stitch. Some things are little common sense bits that I needed to be reminded about and then there are bigger things that help me in the future when I am doing my own thing.
I have decided to go back to Area 5, the moon. I figured out that the basic face of the moon is done in continental/basketweave stitch with Watercolors #129 Hint of Mint. It is really an off white and I can not see any “hint of mint”. Within the moon there are Rhodes “stars” in several sizes done in Krienik #8 braid #32 the same white opal that I used for all the Smyrna crosses in Area 15. Some of the Rhodes are only over 2 threads and I am thinking I might use the #4 braid as the #8 braid might be too bulky……still thinking on that. I have decided to mark the Rhodes areas and then stitch around them. Placement is not real critical but counting around all the Rhodes is just a pain :) You can see that some of the stars are marked.
My current goal is to have this finished before Christmas as I have just bought a canvas that I an DYING to start……
On this Veteran’s Day I hope we all take a moment to remember all those who fought so hard for the freedoms that we enjoy so much. Our Grandfathers, fathers, sons and daughters have given so much and should never be forgotten.
I was gone for 4 days to New Mexico for a car show. My DH is a car guy and a group of us went to Truth or Consequences, NM for a car show at the Veteran’s Home. They have a wonderful facility for our veterans. We had a tour and took time to visit and thank some of the residents.
Area 14 This is the first area towards the bottom of the design that goes from one side all the way to the other side. The Watercolors used here is Sage #125 in a bargello stitch. The area is all done in stitches over three threads and was a very relaxing area for me…the bargello lady :)
I am now working on Area 15 and Area 16 at the same time. Area 15 is done in smyrna stitches over two canvas threads with #4 Kreinik #32. It is a white opal. This a very tedious section and thus I have gone to Area 16 for a break. I am doing one strand of Kreinik in Area 15 and then one strand of Watercolors in Area 16. The Watercolors is Maple #122 and the stitch is Diagonal Brick.
I know the detail on the full shot isn’t very clear. I just thought you might like to see the overall progress.
Area 10 (where the wing ends) is done in Watercolors Pine Forest #083. This is the second area that Pine Forest has been used. The stitch is Horizontal Elongated Cashmere. I broke one of my cardinal rules and paid the price in this area. You can tell that the stitch changes size about a third of the way down……. My cardinal rule when bringing two areas of a single area together is to NEVER stitch from two ends towards meeting place. In this instance I followed the chart ASSUMNING that my outlining was perfect. The area in question was the area to the left of the end of the wing. When I finally got the right side of the wing worked down to the tip of the wing….I was off by one thread :(. I hate reverse work and decided that a design change would work.) I increased the vertical width of the cashmere by one thread and continued down the area. Not sure if this was a good design change or not but it is done and no one but me will ever know that it was supposed to be different. Honest feedback would be appreciated. I probably should have ripped ……
Area 11 (to the right and below Area 10) is done in Watercolors #121 Evergreen. This is the same color as used in Area 9, just below the moon, but the stitch used, Horizontal Bargello, makes the color appear a little darker.
Area 12 This is the light blue area to the left of Area 11. Watercolors #133 Delphinium is used with a small mosaic stitch. Area 3 also used Delphinium but in a long and short horizontal stitch. The color appearance seems the same between these two areas.
On another subject I wish to publicly thank Barbara, one of my regular blog followers, for her generosity in giving me the companion chart to this piece. The title of the companion piece is Desert Sunset. It is full of reds, oranges, earth tones with a touch of blue. I can hardly wait to see all the Watercolors for this piece in one place. This piece was done in 2004 and the computer charts are much nicer.
I can hardly stay away from this project. I finish one area and immediately want to start the next area.
Area 7 (behind the moon) is done in Watercolors #17 Blue Lavender. The stitch is Reverse Giant Moorish. I found getting the pattern started a little confusing. After a little reverse work I had it figured out. Am I the only one who constantly counts in my head once I get a pattern’s stitch sequence down pat? I find that when doing this it makes compensation so much easier. I count without really thinking about it until I need to compensate.
Area 8 is the very small area to the bottom right of the moon. It is done in Watercolors #083 Pine Forest. It was such a small area done in mosaic that it took no time at all.
Area 9 is the area just below the moon. It is done in Watercolors #121 Evergreen. The stitch guide says it is a Diagonal L stitch. I don’t recognize the stitch name but had no trouble following the hand drawn stitch. Remember this pattern is from 1997 before we had wonderful computer generated stitch drawings :)
Yesterday was a fun day. After a tramatic Tuesday involving a tooth extraction I was feeling AOK and drove to Tucson for a day bus trip to Phoenix. The EGA and ANG guilds rented a bus and a group of us went to Phoenix to check out the EGA national seminar. We visited the exhibit, bookstore and boutique. I got very excited when I went in the boutique as the first thing I saw were two baskets full of Evertite stretcher bars. I tried to get Evertites for Night Flight from my LNS and was told it would take months for an order to be filled. I grabbed a 24″ and a 10″, did not even look at the price and contributed to the profits of the boutique. The 24″ length of Night Flight was difficult to keep stretched as tight as I would like. Today’s project is moving my canvas to the Evertites and going on to the next area. For the moment I am skipping the moon……I have some thinking to do on that area.
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.