Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Still here in the grass . . .,

but atleast now I have a little man and three sheep to keep me company!

I also have half of the woman's dress done there. Soon I hope to be out of this grass! It is driving me crazy! There are very slight changes to the color with blended needle and half stitches that are very time consuming.

Still working on the rug. Very slowly ! Here is a picture of the end of row 51, beginning of row 52:

. . . and so it goes.

I am always thinking of the next project, more correctly the next 6 projects!

One that I have always wanted to do is The Old Aviary, which appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly.

This is an expensive project. The design is laid out over 4 issues of the magazine. There is a large piece of 40 count linen required, and all the silk threads! Pricey!

I decided to use part of my gift certificate from Petra to purchase the magazines. Down Sunshine Lane had three of them, and I got the remaining one on ebay.

I have a lot of odd silk threads in my stash and I wanted to use them if possible. The pattern calls for Soie d'Alger and Silk 'n Colors. The Soie d'Alger, I can match fairly easily, but I have not been able to find any conversion, anywhere, for the Silk 'n Colors.

I do not necessarily need an over-dyed silk. The single color silks are just fine with me.

Does anyone know of a match for Silk 'n Colors: Latte (9710), Old Lace (111), and Spring Blush (9711) ?

Of course if you have the colors, it is easy enough to make a substitution, but with just the description, it is tough.

I would love to hear from anyone else who is working on this. Of course, I am a ways off from starting this project, but it would be nice to have it kitted.


Ginnie said...

Lots of grass!! Looking good! Your new chart looks nice, sorry I can't help with the silks - not something I have used.

Mylene said...

Progress is looking great and the new sampler is sure a big one.

staci said...

Wonderful progress on both your projects!!!

Kit said...

Peace in the county is coming along beautifully. Ugh- those repetitive patterns put me in a near coma! Stick with it though, you're nearly there and it looks wonderful! I can't wait to see the rug done as well.

Michelle said...

Hi, Erica - thanks so much for your comment on my blog. For Old Aviary, I am so glad you were able to get the magazines. With regard to the silks, Vikki Clayton used to have a conversion to her silks that was a lovely set. You might look into that if you like her silks, because her pack was relatively inexpensive. For the fabric, I actually got it from a friend of mine, she was ordering a piece for herself from her LNS, and ordered one for me too. It would be a custom cut, and I think it ran me about $40 or so. Hope this helps! Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any other questions... artbuff at hotmail.

Margo's Musings said...

Hi, Erica,

Old Aviary is a fabulous design - I have it kitted, but not started. I ordered the linen from Criss Cross Row - if I remember right, it was a special cut. Thanks for your note - this project had disappeared in my to-do pile, and now I've put it back near the top.

I just discovered your blog - I've enjoyed reading it.

Happy stitching, Margaret

Shelleen said...

the country piece is coming right along.

Carmen said...

Lots of grass, to much green!! Your new chart looks nice and really big. i so sorry, I can't help with the silks.