Friday, October 30, 2009

Hearts and Tangles

The third part of HRW is done and I have the fcatch up on the other stitchalongs. I still really love the colors I chose on this.ourth part to stitch, but I'm waiting as usual until I am done with another part of the other stitchalongs before getting back to this.

Pink Squares

This is coming along, if a bit slowly. I could not work on it on the plane - a product of the seat change Continental pulled on me when I checked in. I loathe middle seats on planes. Anyway, all you see here was done before I got on the plane anyway. All the pink squares are done and I'm beginning to fill them in.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ups and Downs

Doing the stitches on the second band is like walking up and down a rolling hill over and over again. That said, I'm making some significant progress on it. The first rectangle is all downs, this top stripe to the left, and then the next to the right. The color I got to use on it this week is a really shocking lime green that didn't photograph well.

A Curve of Acanthus

I worked more on the lower left line again this week and a bit on the inside of the bottom egg with a bunch of dark green. Soon I'll be able to start the fourth line, or rather, finish the upper right one.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Beginning to Emerge

There's a lot more progress on the critter this week. You can see his head beginning to emerge from the red.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Few More Doors

This week was not only backstitching, but specialty stitches. I added the Rhodes stitches to the center building, satin stitches to the left garage, and window curtains in some of the others. It's coming alive.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Three Shades

I worked on three shades of brown this week, including bringing down the outer edge of ribbon on the right. I think I made pretty significant progress.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1200 Done

I got all 1200 stitches done on the part I was working on this week. On to the next part. I'm still waaay behind on all my stitchalongs, though.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Back to the Heart

I am back to the Herz Rot-Weiss on the stitchalong rotation. They're on the fifth part; I'm on the third. I'm making progress on a lot of things, though. I still like the colors of this and the intricate scrollwork.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Winter's Heart

I finished the heart I designed. I'm going to tweak it a bit, but overall, I like the result. I'm thinking of making three more hearts for the other three seasons.

Nearly Drawn

The outer circle on the compass is nearly complete, meaning I've got the end in sight on this. Who knows? Maybe I'll even finish this by the end of the year, too.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Golden Lines

The golden lines on the bottom left are done now. I'm working on that connection and the bottom egg, which is nearly completely outlined now.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Two and a Half of Five

Two and a half of five medallions done. I'll be done with this, for certain, before the end of the year.

A Scattering of Reds

It's progressing with each line, but the animal is still pretty amorphous. Since there are a lot of popcorn stitches of different colors, they're popping up lower down like little measles.

Yes, It's Orange

The orange was the best color of the choices given, even though it's very rarely one I gravitate to. But Timothy did a really good job of it and it complements the Midnight Garden perfectly, don't you think?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Back to the Kaleidoscope

Time to work on this stitchalong. Three full squares to do this time - 1200 stitches! It'll take me the better part of a week. The first square's started, as you can see.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GGM Part 1 Done

Well, I finished part one of the German Group Mystery this week. I like the colors still, and will get back to it when I'm done with the next parts of the other four stitchalongs I'm working on.

It's Crewel

This just got framed this week. I think my husband did a really good job, and leaving the frame's color natural set it off well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some Sill, Some Sky

This week, I worked on the sky again and on the door sill. More progress, and next it's the roof.

Darker Than the Picture

As I'm working on this and starting the first of the bargello rectangles, I'm discovering how very overexposed the picture of the project is in the magazine. I liked it lighter, but I love it darker. I know how hard this particular project is to photograph, so I'm not complaining about it being wrong. I'm just pleasantly surprised at how much more saturated the color is in person.

Monday, October 12, 2009

An Original Beginning

I've started designing, and this is a project I've designed. But ... it has to be stitched, so I'm stitching it too! I'm calling it The Heart of Winter.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Number Nine, Number Nine

Yes, the ninth part of See the Stars is done. I think it looks pretty good.

It's a Something

I've finally started something besides background. It's a salamander to me or a dragon to some. Anyway, it's all dark and beginning to take shape.

Friday, October 09, 2009

What a Difference a Backstitch Makes

I've started the backstitching on these houses, and it really makes them pop. Sometimes, it really just strikes me how much difference such a simple thing makes.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It's Still Brown

I've been working on the skirt some more this week. It's coming to the point where it's going to intersect with the ribbon below, which means it's getting close to being done. The colors of the week were more of the lighter browns.

Second Jellyfish Started

I started my second jellyfish this week. It's fairly easy so far, though I have to use two needles with the same thread but different numbers of plies in them.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Yet Another Marquoir Start

Yes, this is the fifth of five concurrent stitchalongs in the German Marquoir group. This one's a mystery by Kelly Searles. I've switched out the colors rather drastically, as the originals were green, red, and two shades of gold on white. I just couldn't do something that Christmasy, so... I changed it. I like the way these colors work together so far.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Another Point

The southeastern point of the compass is done, which means more progress made. This week was working on the inside area. I feel like the end is in sight.

Rhapsody in Blues

Lots of shades of blue in my Cobblefield Road, and my husband finished framing it this weekend. I really like the job he did, though he's second guessing the color of the mat.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Pink Squares

My travel project got a little bit of work done on it this week. I'm still working on frames for different stitches, but it's progress. These go really quickly if you can devote more than ten minutes in the car waiting for someone to get out of work to them.

Autumn Round Robin Thank You

Thank you to Cobi, Lyn, Rita and Cindy for returning this lovely embellished block to me! I love it. It's inspired me to make three more, one for each season, and make a wall quilt. Thank you again for your lovely work.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Rounding Out the Bottom

The third line and egg are coming along nicely; I really don't know what else to say about it.

A Medallion and a Half

The next to last band is five medallions. I've already got one and a half done. I really liked the clean lines of this one, so I'm doing it all in one thread instead of several shades.

Friday, October 02, 2009

A Blue-Green Spot

It was time for See the Stars in the rotation, so I've been working on it. I finished off the diamond-shaped blue-green notif and added a new color to the design - the dark blue on the edge of the stitching. Lots of red left to do on this particular part. I'm not too far behind, at least- the next part after this was only released yesterday.

Finished Off

Making a canvas ornament is a lot harder than just linen - the canvas doesn't bend easily. Despite that, I finished Sargent into an ornament. It's what I made for Nita for the My Stitching Place exchange.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

44-40 Or Fight

Okay, so obscure slogan, but this picture shows me right about forty rows done out of the over two hundred. Still a lot of just red.