Wednesday, January 31, 2007

On the Fence

Okay, so I didn't get as far as I hoped I would on this last week. I'm happy to report that as of Sunday night, however, all four fences are stitched. That means I only have to do the backstitching and I'm done with Part 4. Maybe this week? I'd be so happy if I did get it done.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mini and Midi Chatelaines

I'm finally feeling like I'm making progress on the Midi arches. I've got one color done completely on three of the four arch sides, and another color done completely on one side. So... just have to get the rest done! On the Mini Mandala, I've really got most of the cross stitching done. All of it's done in the top half. As you can see, I started backstitching this week. Maybe I'll target it to complete next, since it's so close and I was so successful with that on the goldwork.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Goldwork Happy Dance

Yesterday I thought of taking a day and just working on this to get it done. Today, I ended up with extra free time in the afternoon and DID! I'm proud of this because every single stitch in it was something new to me. For a first attempt at such an esoteric form of stitchery, it came out well. I'm not satisfied with the striped petals on the stem, but I can live with it. Happy, happy, joy it's done! This makes two finishes on my Ten Project Challenge done.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

January Heart for Valentine's Day

See? I really am progressing on this. Last night I finished the second of the two upper lobes and started the row below the bottom one half stitched. Got maybe an hour and a half's work on this to do, at most. Maybe I can finish it up for a Valentine's Day present.

Goldwork Getting Done

As you can see, this really is almost done. The leaf that I finished this week was a pain and it's not as good as I want it to be. Hopefully, after the practice of doing it, the other one I will do in the next few days will look better. Both my husband and best friend want this piece. It'll go to my husband and I'll have to do something else for the friend - soon, in goldwork. I like the technique better than I thought I would going in. The items still needing to be done are the other leaf on the stem and outlining the flower and the large basketweave leaf. Then, voila! A completed project. Amazing.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Begin the Rose

Finally, finally, I've started the middle of the picture - you know, the REAL part. I've nearly completed the big rose and have two small roses, a vine and a few petals to put in. The stitches are rather large, so this will go along quickly, I hope.

Auction Piece Progress, Really!

Three sections done, four to go. I got the hat section done this week and am debating whether to outline the pink ribbon or overlay a matching colored satin ribbon over it to highlight it. Next up is the watering can. I started working on it yesterday. Still have to have this in the mail by March first, but I THINK I'll make the deadline. This is the only piece I make sure I do something on every single day.