As promised here is an update on the progress I made on Chocolate at the stitching retreat. I am really looking forward to finishing this…….there are projects in the wings I want to start. Imagine that 😍😍😍
All the inner borders are done. Easy stitching when in a group. There is another border around the outside to be done. Three more areas, some beads and it will be off to the framer.
This past weekend I spent two days just stitching and eating……. Each year my Tucson ANG chaper holds a weekend stitching retreat at a small bed and breakfast in Amado, just south of Green Valley, AZ. There are only 9 rooms and we reserve the whole place. This year we had 13 attendees. The dining room, which we take over as a stitching room, has glass on three sides which makes for great light.
Our wonderful organizer, Charleane, creats goodie bage based on the years theme. We play stitchers bingo, and award prizes to anyone who finishes a project at the retreat. Everyone brings food. No one organizes this but somehow we alwways have more than enough good stuff both halthy and not so healthy🙂
You may remember the snowman on the left from this time last year. His buddy was started severl months ago and I figured I would take him to the retreat as a break from CHOCOLATE. He was about half done and stitching most of Saturday I completed him. Yeah !!!. I got to pick a treasure from the treasure box (small items donated to the guild and wrapped). My treasure was 5 skeins of fall colored floss. Never can have too much floss🙂
The next post will update you on CHOCOLATE.
The dripping fudge was a ROYAL PAIN to stitch. It is done in DMC rayon floss, two strands. I used many cuss words while stitching the fudge sauce. I do like the finished effect. It is shiny, which doesn’t show in the photo. I would not choose to use this thread again. I am now working on the background for the Lava Cake.
I did manage to complete the four layer chocolate cake. When I did the filling stitches I did not think the contrast between the filling and cake would be visible. But I stuck with the guide and it does look good. All the layers are the same floss but different stitches. The background was very easy.
You will notice that the background on my Chocolate Chip Cookie is not yet done. I have really had a problem with the compensation on this. I have stitched and frogged on two different days and still am not sure if I will rip it all out
I completed the marbled fudge and the rocky road ice cream. The fudge is easy to see. The ice cream is on the top row in a square. Now I will go on to the chocolate chip cookie.
One of my meetings last week was my Tucson ANG chapter. It is a 2 hour drive but I love having several hours around other stitchers. Those of you who have stitcher friends close by are so lucky. I hope you appreciate how fortunate you are. I live in a fairly small town (40,000) and I am sure there are stitchers but I only know of one.
A good audio book kept me stitching yesterday until my neck said “quit !” I love the way the strawberry came out. The background for both the ice cream cone and the strawberry is done with one strand of floss. I love the coverage.
Nancy has used a method of outlining an area that is very irregular and will be done in tent. Note the cookie. Although it is not done in tent, the tent outline makes filling in the area much easier. Keeps me from making counting mistakes. The outlining tent stitches are covered with the overall stitch.
Progress on CHOCOLATE…….love the ice cream cone. Chocolate marble, mint chocolate chip (will add the chips/beads later) and all chocolate. Yummy.