Saturday, February 28, 2009

Zentangled Part Two

The second part of Zentangle is done. I have part three, but am waiting to finish part four of the spring mystery before starting it. The spring mystery's on a much tighter schedule. I still like the colors on this, and I'm hoping to find a home for it somewhere when it's done.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Not Another Flower

This picture is way too pink and yellow, but you can see I made significant progress on my latest band. All the little diamonds are done and quite a bit of the vine they're in.

Back to Temari

I know I haven't done any of these since Christmas, but I did do this one! It's a gift, and should be getting to its recipients today. I hope they like it. Found the pattern on TemariKai. They have lots of patterns there and even if you don't do temari, just looking is fascinating.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Squared Off

Here's the little thing (it's -really- tiny) all squared off now. The red is dominant again, but I have a lot of green to do next. At least it no longer looks like measles. If I don't finish this before I get to Kosovo, it'll be finished within a week or two of getting there. Two more weeks and a couple of days before I leave. The travel is brutal - I have two layovers, each five hours or so, in Paris and Vienna. Too long to sit at the gate and too short to go into town and explore. I'll probably go into the first class lounges (the one in CDG is nice) and sleep or try to get some stuff done.

Third Mystery Part Done

I finished the third part of Tam's mystery on my German group on Sunday. Lots and lots of backstitching, but it's looking okay. I'm glad I picked the colors I did; they seem to go well with the design. It reminds me of the country feel of a lot of designs from the eighties and early nineties. Got the fourth part on Monday and am busily stitching on it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Building Up

It's one of those weeks where you have to look closely to see progress, but I promise you it's there. Another building was started, and dark was added to one of the others.

Lots of Outlines

When I did the first part of this project, I didn't think there'd be all that much blackwork. I was wrong. It seems that each of the outer areas will be mainly blackwork, and that's what I did this week - lots of the same leaf pattern.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Knotted Up

I finished the major knot outline this week and started adding some bling. You can see, now that it's all done, the piebald effect of stitching the way the instructions said. It looks like individual tiles instead of a continuous line. I hope that's what the designer was going for.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Waves of White

Okay, so the picture looks a bit yellow, but I promise it's white. I did a lot of white back and forth this week. It's something I have to get used to with Mr. Michelin, but he still looks cute.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Zentangle Zebra

This second part of the zentangle flower looks like a zebra to me. I finished it off this week, but haven't taken a picture of it done. I'll be doing that tonight or tomorrow when the third part of Tam's mystery is done.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Round and Round We Go

I did a lot of Jessica stitches this week - all those pink ones in the middle. I also added some Algerian eyes to the outer area. It's coming along and I'm almost done with part one of three. Of course, the group ends at the end of the month. Think I'll catch up?

Beginning to Fill the Egg

You have to look at the enlarged picture to see most of this week's stitching, since it's mainly half stitches. They're quicker to do than full stitches, and take up less floss, so I get more progress. Four of these eggs, all the way around, and stripes with cross and specialty stitches tying them together. This one is definitely going with me to Kosovo, so I'll still make progress there. When I stitch.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Another Big Flower

This week, I got a big part of the band done - one of the two large side flowers. I even managed to start a second. All that's left of this band after these flowers is the trellis sides and bottom and then the straight line across the bottom upside down from the top one.

See Some Stars Yet?

I completed part two of See the Star, and now have new colors on it. I think my color choices are coming together pretty well. The next part doesn't come out until the beginning of the month.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My First February Finish

About time, after nine finishes last month. I finished Rita's round robin block and sent it on earlier this week. This top picture is the naked block as she sent it to me. Her theme was summer.

Here it is after I worked on it. What is summer without the sun? That's why I added the sun at the top in goldwork. Couching down all that metal took several hours. I kind of ran out of steam after that.

Here's a close up of the sun.

And here is one of the two seams I did, along with the other motif. It's a little rock garden.

And my last seam, inspired by Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth. The place is a wonderful summer place, and its outdoor patio is always covered in lights of many colors. To me, the place -is- summer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Squaring the Circle

I'm working on the next to last round of stitching now. As you can see, it's going to become a square. At least the red doesn't look like measles now. My goal is to finish this before I go on my trip in less than four weeks.

Belated Christmas Present

Strange things sometimes happen when mailing via APO. Truly, my Christmas present from my best friend was mailed before the tenth of December. I picked it up from the post office today - it had been sitting somewhere forgotten for months! Isn't this great?

These are little watchmakers' storage cylinders and their own metal box! The box got slightly dented in the looooong transit, but isn't it neat? He separated out all kinds of small stone beads and watch parts so I can use it immediately to embellish things. I love it! I've never seen anything like it, either.

Doing Some Dark Here Too

It seems dark colors were the theme of the week this week past. I added darks to this too. The middle building now has its black line on the roof and more dark brown on other buildings. Slowly it builds.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Adding Some Lowlights

This week I worked with one of the darker browns, adding the folds into the skirt. They were scattered across the area, so there are all these islands now across the bottom of my stitching.

Angling Along

I took this piece to my EGA meeting on Monday and got some extra done on it. The double cross stitches are all worked in the same color of Watercolours, but since the instructions say to skip every other and fill in on the second pass, you get a kind of piebald effect to it. That's emphasized by the way the stitches are made - the top stitch changes by placement within the design. I'm not sure yet that I like it this way.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Frame Done-ish

I got the dark blue outline of the frame done this week - now I get to start working on the fun part. Corrected the mistake in the middle, too.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Part Started

I finally began part four this week - and the beginning looks like a giant black egg outline so far. Hopefully that'll change soon. I'm just so happy to be starting a new part.

The Wheels on the Blackwork Go Clunck, Clunk, Clunk

Another bit of stuff done on band eight. It's a pretty complicated design and I have two more big flowers to add, along with vining. The four small wheels were pretty easy to put in, though I do think I made the wrong choice in using Elegance for this color - it's just too thick. On the other hand, it adds texture.
I'm getting to another stitching wall, though. Here it is nearly halfway through the month and I've not finished anything so far. Last month, I completed nine things! Next month and the month after are going to be slow finish-wise too, since I leave for overseas again in the middle of next month. I'll be doing other things than stitching and enjoying myself, though, so that should be good!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Second Star Started

I received the second part of See the Star last week and started in on it. More colors will show themselves in this part, from the instructions. You just can't see them yet. My husband says that I like making his photography challenging by picking tone on tone colors. I just think it looks good.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This green line is the last of the real circles in this piece. After this, I'll be making it square. The measles have really toned down since I've added so much more green.

Up the Tower

Darker colors this week - blackish and brown. I also added a few stitches on part seven, since it was easier to count there than where I'd have to place them on part six. I still feel like I'm making real progress. It's fun to watch the town come together as I stitch.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Still Skirting the Issue

Lots of progress on the skirt this week; the big light part is all the way down to where it crosses the flagpole, meaning I'm almost at the bottom. I'll be finishing off another flag color this week and working on the skirt yet more.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Spring Mystery Part Two Done

The next part comes out tomorrow, and I'm still caught up. This is the second part of Tam's Spring Mystery all done. It looks like, since there are nine parts, there are going to be other sections around the middle. We'll see. I hope to stay caught up.

Boring-Looking Start

Camelot, the second of the dodecagon ornaments by Jim Wurth I've started, looks boring now with its gray canvas and gray outline. There's going to be a lot of pink in the middle soon, though. In the meantime, it's a start.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Head and Shoulders...

but no knees or toes yet. I've gotten Bibendum's head and shoulders done. The whole piece is now approximately halfway done. He's still a really easy stitch and a good companion.

Still Making the Frame

I got a bit more done on the frame bit and frogged some on the right side of the middle this week. Slooowly it's coming along, but I think it'll look really good when I start getting the specialty stitches in.

Part Three Done

Yay! Everything but the beads is done on part three. Now it's onto something new after a whole year on the parts two and three combined bit. I don't know where the time went. Anyway, another full round around this is next.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Second Go Round

I'm working on the second dark circle now; everything inside it is stitched. This is still really tiny, but it's moving along.

Last New Round Robin

This is the last of the three round robins I started this month. It's going to be a huswif. As you can see, the colors are slightly different than the other two, but I was in a very blue mood.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Second Tier Started

Got some real progress done this week, since I started the second tier of buildings on the first side. The bottom tier is almost done, and you can see real buildings now.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

More of the Same

I'm still working on her, and her skirt's growing more. Had to do some frogging, but restitched part of it. She's coming along, and fairly quickly. It's just at a point where things don't change much - not a lot of major areas, just skirt.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Poirot Done

I finished the first of the dodecagon ornaments on the last day of January. I'm still shocked by how many finishes I've done so far this year. The design was a fun stitch and the instructions are very clear. I'll be finishing it up into an ornament. Since finishing this, I've started on my second ornament, which is very pink. It's called Camelot.

Monday, February 02, 2009

A Different Kind of Round Robin

These six blocks are for my "do your block" round robin. Instead of everyone working on the same block, each person works on an individual smaller block. I paper pieced these out of the same materials, but placed the fabrics differently in each. It will be interesting to see how they come out.

Armed and Frivolous

Bibendum has a whole arm now. He's coming along pretty easily, since it's been mainly filling in white areas already outlined.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

It's Round Robin Time Again

My crazy quilting group, Crazy Quilting International, is starting a slew of new round robins this week. I'm in three. All three are any theme whatsoever, though I went blue on all three. This is my naked block for one of them. My plan is to make it into a simple envelope purse. I'll make a final decision when I get it back.