Tuesday, October 25, 2011
My other large project is just the opposite, it is a large needlepoint rug on 13 count canvas. The colors are vibrant and full of life. It was someone else's UFO and was brought into an ANG meeting and offered to anyone who wanted it. I have been working on large count, straight forward needlepoint this year so I brought it home. I am working my way through the flowers one color at a time and am almost done with the pink ones. It is possible that if you calculated the total stitches in the two pieces that they are the same, the only difference is one of scale. Working on both pieces is a relaxing, almost meditative activity and finishing each flower and each medallion gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I also finished a Vanessa Ann Porcelain Doll. It is a Christmas pattern that I started when I was pregnant with my daughter in 1994. She is not impressed with the finish, but I am. She reminds me of the porcelain doll that I had as a child. It had belonged to my mother and had a wardrobe of clothing that her grandmother made for it. The clothes were all hand sewn and elaborate in their details. Even more magical because they were made by a woman who did not like to sew.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I finished another Ornament yesterday, Joy to the World by Fancy Work. This was my second attempt at stitching this ornament, for some reason I had trouble counting out the words correctly and the Smyrna cross stitches were not easy to rip out. I spent the weekend working on the Ann Marsh Sewing Roll. All of the over one tent stitch is beautiful.