Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blue and Purple Stitch of the Month

I am trying to get my blue and purple SOTM caught up and have been working furiously. This first photo shows the couching row blank. Here is a close-up:
I felt the single strand of floss and metallic thread did not cover enough so I removed it and used two strands of floss and one metallic. This is with the couching completed:

And here is a close-up:

The photos really don't tell much. But do notice how the couching makes a huge difference in the entire piece. Covering up the white section really makes a difference in the coloring of the whole piece.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Townhouse Finished

My picture does not do this piece justice. It is truly lovely and great fun to stitch. I thought it would be quick and easy, but I was happily surprised. I am not sure what I will keep in it. I need a shorter laying tool than the one I currently own. I will have to start looking on ebay for something.
The other empty space is for a crochet hook. I am not sure what I will place there. I am sure to find something!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Townhouse Assembly

I have added my needle case with felt to my Townhouse. I forgot that I did the sashing in white around the windows and door. Also, the roof is fairly dark. Here is the front of my Townhouse. I used a pink for the sashing and a grey for the window boxes. The roof is also lighter.

Here are the two pieces together. (I haven't cut my main pieces out yet.) My photo is terrible, but it does show what a difference a little bit of color will do. I refuse to restitch the inside. It will be my reminder to go with my gut. If it doesn't look right, it probably isn't. Try again with something new. Color is personal, and I need to experiment.

Speaking of experiments....Cheryl has challenged me to do something monochromatic. I am working on it and taking pictures. Maybe I'll have something to show in my next post.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stitch of the Month and GAR Townhouse

I finished stitching the border for September at least a week ago, but never took a picture. I think the border helps. I am stitching this SOTM using my Flower Garden overdyed threads and Watercolor and Kreinik threads. I like this one a lot better.
I still am working on my Townhouse. It is close to being finished, but who knows what I will be able to do this week.

I need to go help my son get the honey from his hives and do some extracting. It is so cool here that we need to do it earlier than last year. It is a sticky process but I love the time I spend with my teenager. Who would have thought that possible?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Not Quite Done...

I didn't quite get Gay Ann's Townhouse done. I hope to continue to work on it and get it done before I start on the Echoes of Elizabeth Needlecase. I started a new ANG Stitch of the Month. I want my guild to see a different colorway. I am using my Flower Gardens over dyed threads.