Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Twister Progress #12

I worked on Twister all day last Sunday and completed 4 sections in Quadrant 3.  I was surprised at that much progress as the outside sections are th biggest.  How long it takes though depends a lot on the stitch.  The outside red section took about 4 hours, well I did stop in there for lunch!  The outside gray section only took about 2 hours.  No!  I did NOT take a 2 hour lunch!

I won't get anything done on Twister for a couple of weeks now.  We are going to Reno and I won't be taking it along. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fractal Progress #1

 Some of you may remember last summer when I "re-charted" this design (the pic on the right is the re-chart).  By doing so, I reduced the number of colors from 79 to 46, partly by eliminating colors that were practically identical and also by substituting an overdye for several colors.  I also added some metallics.  I spent a couple of weeks doing this and while I enjoyed the process, I doubt that I will ever do that again!

I finally started stitching it a couple of months ago.  I haven't posted about it before because it just takes forever to get anywhere!   Anyway, here is my progress so far:
Doesn't look like much does it?
I am stitching it on brown 18-count canvas with DMC floss (4-strands), one Threadworx overdyed floss, and Kreinik #12 metallics.  As slow going as it is with 46 colors, I can't even imagine what it would be like at 79.  I do enjoy the process though.  I wonder if I'll ever finish it?  I won't post about it often for obvious reasons!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Help! Looking for Watercolours

I’m looking for one skein of Watercolours, #144 Pomegranate, Dyelot MA144620. I'm pretty sure this is several years old.  I need it to finish the Four Way 4-Way, Summer.
If anybody has this dyelot, I'd be happy to pay for the thread and for postage!
Please leave a comment or email me.  Thanks!

Twister Progress #11

Twister is half done!  I worked on it last Sunday and completed the second quadrant.  Then I took it off the frame and put it back on all nicely stretched & straight again.  It had loosened up quite a bit during the however-many-years it's been since I started it!  It is nice to have it nice & taut again!
I started basting in the sections of the 3rd quadrant so I'll be able to stitch like crazy next Sunday!
The photo is the right way up (if there is a right way).  I've been showing it too you sideways before.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ro's Blog

Just in case you don't know yet, Ro Pace has a Blog now!  You can get there by clicking on her name here.  She is talking about lots of different things (needlepoint related of course) and putting up pictures.  I think it is a blog to follow!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stars For A New Millenium, Progress #5

Marlon Brando is finished!  What a gorgeous square this turned out to be.  I am just in love with it!  It is my new favorite square!  First the center had me entranced, then the use of Flair really got me excited, and finally the shading in the corners just blows me away! 
I have used Flair before, and never really cared for it.  But now I may have to revise my opinion! 
Anyway, on to the next square! 
Here's what the whole thing is looking like now.  I am working sashing & borders as I go now and once I finish the next square I will start working the sashing corners. 
 Don't forget to check out Jan's version!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Four Way 4-Way, Summer, Section 3

Four Way 4-Way, Summer, is back in rotation!  I have reached the center of Section 3 and now I have to figure out what to do there!  So far, this section is pretty much the reverse of Section 2 and I will try to continue with that for the center.

Here is what the whole thing is looking like now.  Amazing how just changing the color sequence has such an effect!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stars For A New Millenium, Progress #4

I have made a little bit of progress on Stars.  The sashing between the squares is complete for the first row, except for the little joining squares which I won't do till I get the next row done.
The border has a good start.  That inner border is stitched with 3 strands of Splendor and takes forever!  But I think it is looking nice.  Be sure to compare to Jan's which has a much different look! 

I am not thrilled with the aqua for the outer border - I think it is too light.  So, rather than change anything now, I am thinking that I will add another rust border, or maybe an overdye, around to square off the piece so it will be even all the way around instead of having things sticking out!  I won't decide about that till I am finished though.

I am enjoying working on this project.  It is a lot of fun and full of surprises!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

SOTM 2011, August

ANG's Stitch of the Month this year is moving right along.  Here is August, a star with a Jessica center.  Very quick to stitch! 
I used Grandeur #G837 for the center Jessica.
The star is worked with the Grandeur, #8 Pearl, Ecru, and Wildflowers #173.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Twister Progress #10

Back to Twister Sundays!  I worked on Twister all day Sunday and made a lot of progress.  I finished all of the gray and did two red segments.  So there are 5 red segments left to complete this quadrant. 
Wow, I'd sure like to finish this piece by the end of the year, but that might not be possible since we have several "travel" weekends planned and Twister is just too big to haul around!

This is what it looks like so far:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fall Favor Finished!

My Fall Favor is complete!  The finishing worked out pretty well, for a non-finisher!  I even found a fat quarter of fabric in the "right" green with leaves on it!  And stash delivered beads & a star to hang from the bottom.  It was meant to be!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fall Favor Progress

The stitching is finished on Fall Favor.  I think it is very pretty!  The background was a bit tedious, LOTS of compensating, but it looks good.

Now to see if I can "finish" this as a cone!  Wish me luck!  I hope to have a final report by the end of the week.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Needlepoint Now Videos

This week I found Needlepoint Now's UTube videos!  They are very good and there are about 20 of them.  Who knew?  I believe these are also on their website, but here they are all together!

Of course, once you go there, there are lots of links on the side for other things you must look at!  So, wait to check it out till you have some time available LOL!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fall Favor

Well, here I go again!  I am working on the freebie project for this fall's retreat here in Las Vegas.  I finished the design a couple of weeks ago and there are other stitchers working on the cross stitch version.  The plan is for one design that is suitable for either cross stitch or needlepoint.  This is supposed to end up as a 6" long cone, hanging point down from a ribbon? hanger.  The finishing is going to be tricky!

This is the needlepoint version.  It is on sage canvas, the black lines are in #5 pearl cotton, the leaves are all in Kreinik Holographic 1/16 ribbon.  Except for the bright yellow which is Fyre Werks.  It would have been much easier to stitch with #12 braid, but the ribbon is what I had on hand!  The background is a Threadworx overdyed floss, just using 2 strands.

Hopefully, in a week or so, I'll have this all finished and will show you the finished cone!