Sunday, December 04, 2016

Etude aux Fraises - update #5

I finally feel like I'm making some good progress here! As usual, backstitching makes a huge difference in how the stitching looks.

I'm working down toward the bottom right now, so next time that area will be complete! :)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Etude aux Fraises - update #4 (and goals)

First up, some more strawberries!

I feel like I'm finally making some good progress on this piece. It does help that the flower in the background is mostly a single color. Anyway, the color is really off; the fabric is cream and the thread colors are a bit brighter than shown.


Next up, goals!

For November, I said:

- blog about progress once a week - YES
- finish Bride's Tree Ornament #11 - YES
- start/finish at least three other small projects! - decided to focus on WIPs instead :3
- comb through stash again and pull out things I no longer want to stitch - YES
- NO craft/stash shopping, for real, NO exceptions, even if I sell things! - NO, but...

...I ran out of beads for the Bride's Tree ornaments, so I ended up spending $15 total on beads, several skeins of DMC, and one chart from a designer who seems to have disappeared almost immediately after publishing her first designs. I usually don't worry about charts going out of print and being impossible to find, but in this case I felt it was a real possibility.

For December, I want to:

- blog about progress once a week
- finish Etude aux Fraises
- NO craft/stash shopping unless I NEED something for an active WIP

So there. :p

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Etude aux Fraises - update #3

Nothing particuarly exciting to show today, but I like posting to see my progress so...

Most of the new stitching is at the top, and I'm starting to work out toward the left side as well. Hoping to make some good progress by the end of the year! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Etude aux Fraises - update #2

Well, I ran out of beads for my Bride's Tree ornaments, so I'm a bit stuck at the moment while I wait to get some more. Oops! But of course that doesn't mean I'm going to stop stitching. I finished the fourth part of the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL (no pic, sorry!) and after that, I picked up Etude aux Fraises by Veronique Enginger.

I've only shown it once on the blog, so here's a comparison of the progress. :)

Not all of the progress is recent, but you get the idea. :)

And as a reminder, here's what the full project looks like:

Soooo... there's a lot of strawberries to go. Unfortunately, this is a color chart, which makes it hard to make a working copy, and the colors on the chart are so dark it's pretty much impossible to highlight my progress. I know lots of people love color charts, but I am not one of them! I need to scribble all over everything to keep my place when stitching. This is probably why I put this project down for such a long time, even though it should be very easy - only a few colors, no blends, just regular and half stitches, etc. Sigh. :(

Thursday, November 17, 2016

getting close to a big finish!

The final Bride's Tree ornament is done! And this one is 100% complete with beads... which means I just need to go back and bead the other eleven in the series for a BIG finish. :)

Well, that's horribly blurry, but you get the idea...

And here's how this ornament ties them all together!

#1 - house in basket
#2 - heart on pocket
#3 - flower on pocket
#4 - bunny in pocket
#5 - bird on hat
#6 - apple on hat & basket over shoulder
#7 - rainbow trout
#8 - blue rose
#9 - teapot in pocket
#10 - pinecone in pocket
#11 - angel in basket

I'm kind of amazed that all these mini motifs fit together in one design!

Next time, I hope to have reasonably clear photos of all the beaded designs. Gotta remember to clean my lens before taking pictures, haha... :)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

weekly progress!

Another week, another update!

First up, cruising right along on the last Bride's Tree ornament - this is Santa, and what's really cute about this one is that he has all the motifs from the previous eleven ornaments incorporated into the design! Right now you can see a rose and the outline of a teapot, but an element from every single ornament in the series is in there. I'll point them all out once I finish.

And finally, my progress on the Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL. This is parts 1, 2, and 3, with some bits missing since I don't want to stitch half a motif in variegated thread. I'm waiting until the entire motif is available before adding anything that's split across multiple parts.

Also, the colors in this photo are horrible... the fabric is a pretty blue/green, but it looks very washed out and somewhat purple in the picture. Oh well, I'll do better next time.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

ornament #11 is done!

Whew, it took a lot of work to get this angel finished, but she's finally ready! The dress was pretty boring but I have to admit that it looks great once all the backstitch is in.

Two photos because each of our phones is so different! My camera's photo is on the left, and the colors are more accurate, but it's not as clear. The right side is from my wife's camera, which tends to overexpose everything, but the quality is just better in general.

As usual, the beads will be saved for the very end, once I finish the final ornament in the series... which is the next one! I can't believe I'm almost done with this entire set! This is a beautiful series of ornaments and I know I'll be stitching more Brooke's Books in the future too. :)