Sunday, July 26, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching - July 26, 2020

First up, the garden report.   I have tomatoes - so many tomatoes.   First day there were any ripe was just a few, but now I'm getting four times this or more every day.  Good thing I love tomatoes LOL.

There's been some crafting, too.  I got to 10 hours on the Elizabeth Designs "Garden Delights".  This includes frogging and redoing the entire left double running border.  I hate it when I get off a thread.
Quite a bit of mending this week, all for the kids and grandkids.  No photos of that.   And I'm trucking along on the assembly on the pincushion and sweetbag.  SO much cording!
Now it's time for breakfast and a look to see what the other SSS's are up to.  (Link to current round-up.)

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Needlework change over - 2020 Rotation 3, Slot #1 completed (modern sampler)

Ten hours in on the modern sampler piece.  Unlike the Victoria Sampler pieces, I'm not going to power on to a finish on this one.   For one thing, it's much bigger - I think it will take around three rotations to finish up.  For another, I'm kind of burnt out on it due to the fact that I ended up having to frog one entire side border - I made a counting error early on in the double running.  I hate it when that happens.  Still love the project, but I need a break from it!
This weekend is #24HoursOfCrossStitch over on Facebook.  Last quarter I did a bunch of stitching on my Sharon Cohen "Sampler Sweetbag" and pincushion.  So this time I thought I would do the assembly.  I'd love to have a FFO on this project.
First thing is to add the embellishments.  These are "paillettes" - historically they are made of gold or silver.  A tiny ring of wire is hammered flat; if you look closely, you can see where the ends of the wire meet.  They are the precursors of sequins and are historically appropriate for Elizabethan needlework.  They are attached with metallic thread, so I'm off to hunt up a beading needle.
PS.  I love, love, love that lining fabric - it is perfect for the period look.


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching - July 12, 2020

It's been a very busy week at work and I've been working late.  And in general, I'm feeling lazy once the work day is done.   It's hot and muggy here in Kansas.  The tomatoes are absolutely loaded with little green globes and yellow blossoms; the SuperSweet 100 is over the top of the support cage already!  The heirloom beefsteak is shorter, but has set at least a dozen fruit. 
There has been some crafting.   I'm at the next corner (#3 of this round) on the sock yarn blanket.  I work on it at the desk or dining room table in the summer to keep the bulk of the knitting off my lap.  In the winter, it's wonderfully cozy to spread it out over my legs, but not so much in the summer!

I'm about three and a half hours into the rotation on my Elizabeth Designs "Garden Delights" piece.  I am working around the outer border to establish the extent of the piece.  This is lesson one (the corner square outlines) and lesson three (the herringbone plaited crosses).   I'll go back and do lesson two (the floral motif inside the corner blocks) next.  Loving that varigated silk in the herringbone border - "English Meadow"  by Silk N Color.
And I have a block finish on Lucy!   This is block #7.   I think I've settled on a 9 block table topper for the final layout, so I need two more blocks.   I'll need to figure out the colors for the next block and get it cut out over the next few days.
I am going to finish that last corner block on "Garden" today for my Slow Sunday Stitching and maybe get the bottom herringbone underway.   And, of course, See what the other SSS folks have on the go.  (Link to the current round up).

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching - July 5, 2020

Happy Independence Day (yesterday) to my US Friends and Happy Canada Day (slightly belated, sorry) to my Canadian readers.   Everybody else - Happy weekend LOL.

I missed last week's Slow Sunday Stitching round up (link to this week's) because of a crazy busy weekend.   I worked all day Saturday and totally collapsed on Sunday.   June is the fiscal year end for my reporting to our state Corporation Commission, so the next month will be likewise totally nutso at work.  And worse, I am not able to get into my office to pull last year's hardcopy files, so I'm doing all of this from memory and what I have online from then.   I will need a vacation when it is over!

I have, at least, been doing some needlework.   I've already put a solid bit of work into the project that I started on Friday.   This is Elizabeth Designs "Garden Delights"   28 count Lambswool Linen with AVS and SilkNColor threads. 


The little herringbone squares in the first border are 20 stitches each!  Today's Slow Stitching goal is to finish the second corner. 

And Lucy came out to play for a bit this last week.  I've finished the second round of 8 pieces and started on the final round (also 8 pieces).

I am also working on some repair sewing - tapes on cushions for my daughter in law for their patio furniture.  Hope to get that done today as well.

Happy weekend, everybody!

Friday, July 3, 2020

2020 Needlework Rotation #3 Kick off and High Tea Start

July and time to start Needlework Rotation #3 of the year.  

The line up is

  • Modern:  Elizabeth Designs "Garden Delights" Teaching Sampler:  NEW START!
  • Historic/Vintage:  "Dutch Beauty" reproduction sampler.  Bottom third
  • Pictorial:  Teresa Wentzler "Millennium".  Still have the remainder of the bottom border, some backstitching and beads yet to go.  
  • Finish/Frame: Sharon Cohen "Sampler Sweetbag" is ready to assemble.
  • Also working on:  my son's "USMC Seal"  over one border about 1/3 done.
Caroline McNeil's "Friday off the Grid" group does a quarterly "High Tea" start.  Basically, a "start something lovely that has been lingering in your stash" SAL.  I'm going to try to synch up any new starts with one of the quarter days to participate.   This time it worked out perfectly for the Elizabeth Designs "Garden Delights" that I introduced here.

The dusty pink and '30s' green (AVS1843) will look quite nice in my living room.  I have decorated in period colors for my house's age.  It was built some time in the 1930s.

Tiny little corner start, but still - a start.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ending up Rotation #2

I wanted to kick off Rotation #3 with my "High Tea" start on Friday Off The Grid's quarterly SAL.  There were just a few days before the start of July, so I spent the last couple weeks of June and July 1 and 2 working on my son's USMC Seal.   I am closing in on a page finish for page 5 (just a bit over 300 stitches to go). 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching - June 21, 2020

I sure hope we don't get the hail that is possible in the forecast for this afternoon.   My poor garden.....

But inside it is all good.  I finished the rotation on Millennium - putting in close to 14 hours because once I got into the bottom border, I just couldn't stop working on it until I got the entire edge done. 

Here's what it looks like now.   (For a detail and a list of what still needs to be done, see the Changeover post.)
Next up on the needlework front is my son's USMC seal.  I'll work on it until the end of the month, then re-start the rotation.

I had a dental appointment the other day and took Lucy Block #7 with me to work on in the car while I waited for them to call me in.   About done with round 2.

Linking up with the Slow Sunday crew.