Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Medieval Town Mandala - Corner Elegance

I got one of the corners done of the four in this part - it's come out really stunning, I think. The more I stitch this design, the more I fall in love with the detail. As of now, I'm almost done with the upper right hand corner, too, so I'm getting there. The next part looks like much less stitching than this one was. Maybe I can do some catching up?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Ribbons and Roses - Seminar Start

This is what I managed to accomplish in my two day seminar, titled Ribbons and Roses, by Deanna Powell. She taught it well and it will become a purse - but for now is out of the rotation until I can finish a project. I figured seven in rotation was enough for the moment, and probably too many. Anyway, this was a very good class for me. I'd never made bead "fabric" before, and got to learn the peyote stitch - her version - and it's not as hard as I thought. She uses two needles, which means you end up with less bulk on the side and less wasted thread. The small black square on the left is the beginning of the purse strap and the larger iridescent rectangle is one of the inside layers of the rose. The pink strip between the two is the finished outer layer of the rose - beaded pink organza. I've also started beading using a fly stitch down the areas where the ribbons join on the bag. I'm not sure I'll use fly stitch on all the seams, though.

Panda Progress

I can see real progress on my Panda! The whole back half of the big one is done - making this chart about a third of the way done. Yay! I hope to have this done by the end of November so my husband can frame it before Christmas.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Elegant Diamond - Seminar Start

So, this was one of my Seminar starts - a one day class by Denise Harrington Pratt of Amaryllis Artworks. It was a good class and she had all of these little boxes and kits - each one different! Talk about a lot of prep time. Anyway, she showed us some stitches and let us get to work. The diamond is completely made up of wrapped triangular eyelets - they look really nice in person. The one bump on the side is an arch stitch, and another one will be going on the other side. It's fun and I've gotten the most time consuming part done, so this is going into my immediate rotation. I hope to have it done in the next month or so.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Chatelaines Again

So, as you can see, I made more progress on the Medieval Town Mandala than the Midi Mystery. I'm feeling all out of sorts partially because I've not made much progress on anything last week and this week. At least next week goes back to normal, I hope. I just hope I don't get sucked in on my jury duty the week after. That would be yet another week with nothing done!

Panda Mired

As you can see, I made some, but not a lot of, progress on the panda last week. I haven't stitched on it at all since the photo on Saturday. I've been adding a new project to my list at Seminar - a beaded ribbon purse. The class ended this afternoon, and I got about a third of the way through the project ... so ... you get new photos next week.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Two Finishes!

I didn't get much done this week - had to do a lot of extra kid running around in preparation for going to Seminar today. BUT ... I did finish two things! The red circular thing is called Charm and it's done on Picture This Plus fabric. You haven't seen it before because it was my purse project - the one I work on when I'm waiting for something. I'll be putting a butterfly charm in the middle and finising it as an ornament in the next week after Seminar. The other is the Loretta Spears Florentine Fantasy. I must have miscounted on the hearts downwards when I did the red one first, since they crowd up against the flower too much. Oh well - my daughter likes it and it's DONE. Now she and her father will frame it.