Gentle Readers and Dear Friends it was a total N.B. (numb butt) Weekend. There were no Estate Sales in the City, no travelling about to garage sales or consignments shops - nor to any thrift-o-ramas - we ran out to breakfast and did some grocery shopping, but other than that we stayed home!! It was very nice!
The only stitching I did was on ATS - since it was on top of the heap it got my attention. I wanted to thank you for all the kind comments and emails about this old war horse - I am stitching it on 36 LL Vintage Sand using the recommended floss colours. Here is a snap of the progress I made...
There are a couple of things going on here that you might want to chime in on.... I made a colour mistake in the second "quakery" motif to the right of the large angel. On the colour key the symbols for both "Burnt Orange" and "Nutmeg" are very similar... I have a list of things to watch out for and this tops the list and ding bat that I am I mistakenly stitched it in burnt orange and not nutmeg - I may just leave it... but then again I might not. The other thing is in the cloud... it is stitched it two very similar shades of grey/steel... and to give it a less "striped" look - I am trying on the left I to smooth out the colour but not crossing every stitch as I go along and instead laying down rows of stitching then going back over the whole row. On the right I stitched as I normally would with over dyed floss - I stitched every stitch for a few rows and it is really stripedy (is that a word?) Not sure which I like better, but I am leaning towards a more smooth gradation of colour.
As I was stitching the two snakes I kept thinking how "those snakes look like they have the pox!!!"
I also had a question about the linen... here is an over all shot...
This shows the piece and how much there is to go. It also shows how totally crazy I am and how I stitch off center. I am continually afraid I will start something too far over to the right that more times than not I start a bit too far to the left - oh well, who cares - it really doesn't matter a bit.
I was also asked do I use a hoop or q-snaps or in-hand?? I stitch using an 8 inch q-snap and just move that sucker around and the extra linen just sits rolled up in my lap - not very high tech by any stretch of the imagination, but it works for me. Sorry about the wrinkles but I am not going to iron this monster for every snapper.
I spent the whole of yesterday watching some super films on TCM - both the 1937 and 1954 versions of a Star is Born played - great films!! and then finished off the evening with the Oscars - no surprises there - most everyone I thought would take home one did and it was a pretty nice show overall!!
That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by do come again!!