Thursday, March 22, 2012

TUSAL, Easter Parade, and some progress

Happy Spring everyone!

Here is my TUSAL:

Last week when it started to get warm, I dispersed my 2011 orts on the bushes around my house. I always hope the birds will use them for building their nests.

I do have a finish to announce!

Here is Easter Parade:

Easter Parade by Blackbird Designs - Stitched on 32ct Waterlily with GA Threads.

I loved stitching this one! Now I have to find the right frame. I have an attic full of frames and yet none of them seem right. This is an odd size. It will be tough to find one. I would like to stitch it again on 40ct to have it a little smaller.

I made a little progress on L'Automne. This is very slow going one over one. It is frustrating because I made a critical error somewhere early on. I thought I found it and fixed it, but no such luck. Don't you just hate it when the lines don't meet up! It is especially important in this as it is a line drawing! I have been improvising as I go along but I am afraid there is something unfixable looming out there! Not a good feeling.

Here is where I am:
Hope everyone enjoys the day out there! It is beautiful here in New York. Hope it is nice where you are.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Progress on "the girl with the orange hair" and a new start

Progress comes slowly when you are stitching one over one, but here she is:

Those viney bits take forever!

I decided to take a short break from her to stitch Easter Parade from Blackberry Designs.

I love this design! It reminds me of an old time post card.
I am stitching it on 32 count linen on Water Lily. Sometimes green can be an iffy choice, but in this case I think it works. It is a very pale green, and looks like spring. I am using the suggested G.A. Sampler Threads. I am still waiting for some threads to arrive, but this is what I have so far:

Really hard to tell the color from this, but I hope it will work. It's nice to use up a piece of linen from my stash for a change!

BTW - Blogger is absolutely giving me fits! It has changed all my settings. For some reason it will no longer use my normal browsers. The only way I could post this was through Google Chrome, and I do not have the ability to change anything. Something is really wrong here with Google! GOOGLE are you listening? I HATE THIS !

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tulip Patch is finished!

I should have posted this last week, but here it is:

I wanted to keep the Arts & Crafts style with the signature, so I used a Roycroft font for the initials.It was stitched on 40ct Ivory linen using Needlepoint Silks.
Now I will have to find a frame for it!

After that, I started L'Automne.
I have wanted to stitch this for a long time but have been put off by the huge size of it! As published, I would never be able to find wall space for it. I decided to stitch it one over one on 28 count, in Flax.
Even with that, it is pretty big. I am using 2 threads, making the stitch pop a bit, to give it a 3-d effect.

I have been a little surprised at the colors. I decided to use DMC, and it is coming out nothing like the picture! I knew it would be a bit different, but this is really quite a bit different. The colors are not so fall-like as in the picture. I am not sure how I like this just yet. I am reserving judgement for the moment.

I was unfortunately visited by the frogs! I think I have spent as much time frogging as I have stitching! LOL. This is what I have so far:

That hair! It is much redder in the picture. Here, it is flaming orange!

I cannot believe that it is March! I do love my calendar picture though. We have been getting this calendar every year from Wolf Creek in West Virginia, for years.

I just love the sheep!
March is going to be a difficult month for me. Besides being my birthday month (who wants to face that), I will be having some medical tests. This sort of thing should get easier as you get older, but I find that I have become very distrustful of the whole medical industry! I face them with great trepidation! We are still awaiting the results of our insurance appeal from my surgery last summer. I do not have high hopes for a good outcome. UGGH!

I will have to do a lot of stitching to counteract the stress!