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Still Stitching on Stix and Stones

September 22, 2017

Stitching squares….stitching squares… I will be glad when all the base purple is done. Not compensating at the Stix has been a challenge. 

Yesterday as a break I went back to making knots on my teddy bear canvas. Tomorrow it is back to stitching squares…. Stitching squares.


More Stix and Stones

September 18, 2017

After several hours on Saturday I have made progress. The color rules are that the main color is mixed with the circle directly underneath. You can see that I have put some green in the section of orange that is on top of the green circle.

You may also notice that the orange circle has changed. When stitching in class I made a design change ( read error in reading the stitch chart). John said it is our design. I tried to convince myself that I liked the error. Finally I ripped it all out. It just looked to “fat” for the other areas.

You should notice that there is no compensating at the Stix in the same color circle. Color may change but the stitch continues under the Stix…. A challenge at times.

Does any of this make sense to you  ⁉️⁉️⁉️

Stix and Stones Progress

September 14, 2017

I managed a few hours of stitching yesterday. I made progress in the first step of the purple areas. I figured out that I have made this project more of a challenge than the original design. When class began we were given four designs to choose fron. All with three circles and three sticks. We were also told that if we had planned on doing our own design we needed to bring a CD and a ruler. Which I did. Armed with the tools and a blank sheet of paper the outside border was first drawn. Then using the CD three circles were drawn and then three sticks. Easy…..but, if I had read the instruction concerning an original placement I would have known not to create too many small areas. If you look back at John’s design and then look at mine you will see that I have several small areas. This has created some confusion as to color placement. Paying attention to which circle is on top (purple) which is next in the layer (orange) and which is on the bottom (green) is necessary for color placement. Basic rule the main color is mixed with the color of the CD directly under it when the layer are deducted. OMG trying to explain is hard and you are probably already lost. I will continue explainations as I stitch. So far I am only working on the base color.

Here is where I am today:

How Can I Find More Hours……

September 13, 2017

I am feeling very frustrated these days. I want to stitch for hours, I want to watch every football game that is on TV, I want to read books, I want to work on my original design ideas ……instead the County calls me for jury duty, I do work one day a week, my hiking group wants to know where I am, groceries needed buying, the house needs cleaning, the meals need to be prepared….. Does this sound familiar to you. 😜😜

I finally sat down with Stix and Stones (my John Waddell seminar class project). After taking the time to read the instructions I discovered that I had been so concerned about not compensating where the Stix are, I forgot the part about changing color combinations ☹️. My stitching time became frogging time, rip it, rip it, rip it. Here is where I am today.

Yesterday I had to report for jury duty. I took along my bookmark stitching Baggie and got the start on a bookmark. Then my name is called and the next several hours I had to pay attention to the process. It was down to the final selection and I did not hear my name. I wouldn’t mind serving. I do feel we need to participate in the legal process if we are to preserve it. Right now I feel that I do not have control of my time…don’t we all feel this way at times 😄
Have a happy stitching day and I will be back soon.

Stix and Stones and More

September 4, 2017

imageIn the process of unpacking from Seminar I found myself trying to organize (an ongoing process ) my studio. I put all my WIPS in one place and could not believe the number of almost finished canvases I have. I remember the days when I did mostly counted canvas and only worked on one project from start to finish. This was during the years that I lived and traveled in a motor home.

Today I finished one of those canvases. The small project that I took to seminar to stitch on between classes. I only needed to add beads to the center of the flower. I was trying to decide if I wanted a background behind the flower. I decided I did not want to make it too busy.image


I worked some on the zillions of French knots on my Teddy Bear Canvas and decided to work a little on it each day that I stitch.

Stix and Stones is now on my floor stand in my studio, I sat and stared at it. I will post a photo of John’s class sample. If. You look closely you will see that there are many color decisions to make as the circles cross over each other. John’s design is also different as I designed my own placement. OK WORDPRESS… photos are not uploaded in the proper location.  I guess it is better than no posting at all.  I just refuse to pay for premium service. 😜😜





Home Again ‼️‼️

September 2, 2017

I did much better this yer about blogging during Seminar. I did miss the last couple of days. I was in class with John Waddell on Thursday and Friday. The class was Stix and Stones and I really used my brain.

I thought I better post the photo of my class project before I started talking about it so it would make sense.😀 you will notice there are three circles (stones) and three lines (sticks). The purple circle is on top, the red, is in the middle and the green is on the bottom. The sticks are all on the top of everything. 

John gave us four designs to choose from and the option to design our own. I did my own. All the designs have three circles and three stocks, the placement was different in each one.

As we made decisions we had to think of the position in the stack…… I am tired so I will add more soon.

I traveled home today. Sad that Seminar is over and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.

Stitching Day

August 30, 2017

Today was a true lazy day. No Class, no meetings, no volunteering.  I spent most of the day stitching on a small project that I brought with me. My first class project has too much beading and laying that requires my floor stand at home.

Tonite was expo… What we used to call Merchandise Night. I only had a couple of “needs” on my list.  it didn’t take long and I still have money in the bank.

Tomorrow is day 1 of my 2 Day class with John Waddell. Stix and Stones. A counted piece with some freedom as to the design.  I am looking forward to it but Seminar is coming to and end way toooooo soon.