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Well, February was a short month. And the last Friday came up quickly! And I’ve been going to bed early instead of staying up late stitching, which is a great thing, but it’s killing my productivity! Those are my excuses! So, I have to cheat and submit only this little ornament (which is even just my backup offering for the Christmas Ornies SAL this month) as my Small finish for this month. It’s really the only thing I have! And I guess it is just fine as Heather made the trumpet this month for the group!

Harp from Mill Hill’s Musical Instrument Ornament Series-I just have the drum and violin left to make in this series.

The good news is I have so many things so close to finished in the WIP queue that soon there will be a lot to look at! If I can keep my eyes open past 8:30 one of these nights to work on them!

Thanks for bothering to come over and visit me!

A week’s work

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This week I picked up Random Thoughts again after a break of about a month I guess while I was working on Heirloom Nativity. I started reluctantly because I so wanted to continue HN! But after that first day, with enthusiasm! I love this piece! I was drawn initially (ha ha) to the variety of motifs above all, and the little thought provoking verse. But now just working with it, I find it really exciting! To decide what spot to attack next, to plan an order of work to make best use of the colors, to be efficient, to plan one thing and then surprise myself by changing my mind at the last minute to do a different, completely unconsidered thing that amazingly makes even more sense! Fellow stitchers, do you understand?? Without further ado, here we are after this week- progress even though I did not get to work on it everyday.


It’s also thrilling to watch it grow, incrementally but noticeably. Speaking of grow, here is grow!  This is my 10 a day but I’m actually doing about 12-16 stitches a day and I’ve been pretty faithful to work on it every day:


I am frustrated with Turtle Doves. I made the same mistake I made on a project last year where I selected a  linen too-light for the light colors in the design to show up. I’ve almost done that with Random Thoughts. I am using Lambswool which is one of the recommended choices instead of the Summer Khaki shown in the model. So my whites do not stand out as much as they should but they still work. Anyway the Summer Khaki I had was ugly. I’m glad I didn’t go with it.

For turtle doves it seems to be a bigger problem. I can barely see the dove, especially in bright light:


I just have a hard time embracing the darker/tanner linen colors because I…just don’t think they look that good in real life all plain before they are stitched. I must get over this! So, I’m trying to decide: do I take this dove out for the 2nd time (I put it in the wrong spot in the first place) and change to a slightly darker dove  color? Or start over on a better fabric color?

As backup in case I get completely stymied on the Turtle Doves and don’t get it done for this month’s SAL, I have the Mill Hill harp, all ready for beads! It is a perfectly suitable backup. YAY!

Speaking of SALs, here’s Joyful World:
It is such a fun stitch.