A week’s work


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.

Stitching all the things!



What am I working on? EVERYTHING! I’ve been busy this week. I finished the shepherds band! It is lovely. I put in the very first stitch on the lace and then I resisting continuing. I will pull out Random Thoughts tonight. I will put in the lace when I’ve made some progress on RT.  Here is Heirloom Nativity so far:

I started Joyful World February. Here is the little fox and crow checking out what is going on next door:

I am panicking a little on this because I bought exactly as much fabric as Maja called for in 36 ct, 33″ square. This should allow a 3 inch border. I measured very carefully. I started exactly 3″ inches in, in the corner. BUT. She gave a beautiful floral border to finish the piece and I hope there will be enough room. I mean, there will be enough room for the border, but I had an idea to hemstitch the whole thing when it is done and I HOPE there is enough room for that. Or at least to frame it! It’s going to be tight. At first I wasn’t sure there was enough room for an even edge but I measured, counted, measured, counted, panicked and finally saw yes, it is set up perfectly. But that means there’s no wiggle room for me. I have to execute it perfectly. No pressure or anything!

Here’s how I’m coming on my 10-a-day. I’m doing a bit more than 10 a day to be honest. Nan has this set up so it makes more sense to do 12 or 16 or 24 a day! That’s fine. I like to see it moving along. It is nice to put just one color in at a time and watch it grow. And since it’s called “grow!” it’s very appropriate! At the rate I am going, I will get the tin topper and the pin cushion made this year and that will make me very happy!

The other two things in the top picture are my February SALs: Bunny Hop by Just Nan and Two Turtle Doves. There’s not a lot to see with them yet, so maybe next time!

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