Sunday, August 31, 2014

Enchantment Update

After a hectic week I was ready for some down-time.  My definition of down-time is stitching (of course), a good movie, and a good book.  The first 2 can be done at the same time - bonus!

Image result for last tango in halifax 

My husband and I just finished watching Seasons 1 and 2 of Last Tango in Halifax and absolutely loved it.  The old people in this picture are the main characters in this wonderful BBC Drama - not me and my husband.  A wonderful story about mixed up families - a joy to watch while stitching.

I just finished reading Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger, the most recent in a series of 10 or 11 novels.  Since I had a few quiet minutes this morning, I downloaded another book by Elizabeth Strout, Isabelle and Amy.  While searching for "something" a  few months ago I happened to hit on someone's blog (don't know who - can't find it again) that had just finished reading The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.  If you like to read a good story, she is an excellent writer.  I think my favorite book by Ms. Strout is Olive Kitteredge.  Oh, poor Olive.

OK, now for stitching.  I started with a stem.  Not too ambitious, I know, but it took 3 tries to get the color and stitch right.  I ended up with a simple backstitch using Silken Pearl #5, color Midsummer Vineyard.  Next were 2 lady bugs again using Silken Pearl #5 in colors Phoenix Rising and Fading Ink.

Kerry, put the book down and get to work on a flower - now!

 Outline around the lavender and yellow flowers is Bullion Knot in Painter's Perle Cotton #8, color Lawrence.  French Knots in center are Silken Pearl #5 in Sunflower, surrounded by Bullion Knots in Silken Pearl #5, colors Mermaid Dances and Plum Marmalade.  I surround the French Knots with the Mermaid Dances first (25 wraps on a Milleners #1 needle) and then added a few highlights with the Plum Marmalade.

Trying to decide if I should work on some leaves or a bird next.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trying to finish applique

Here's where I've been working on Enchantment.  As you can see, I have the essentials - a comfy chair, my project and chocolate.  A bag of dark chocolate covered fruit is healthy - right?

I unpicked a section near the bottom that bugged me, cut off part of the tree, appliqued everything back down and then cut out some layers for the flowers.  When I finally get to the embellishment it will be so exciting that I'm going to put a big picture of my first stitch here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Enchantment Birds

Why is it so hard to find time for stitching?  There are constant interruptions and there was that book I wanted to finish........  My husband is going to have an article in an upcoming wood carving magazine which means he carves and then I take a photo of each step.  Between each photo I've been appliqueing.

The leaves may be multiplying on their own - that's how it seems anyway.  Needing a break from green thread, I decided to finish the birds and then go back to leaves.

 On her last trip to India, Jenna brought me some silk which I used on some of the birds. 

 The batik wings are interesting.

The poor things, they are so flat and boring at this stage.  I can't wait to start some embellishment.

But for now, it's back to leaves.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Enchantment - Finding Time

A busy week has gone by since I last shared my progress on Enchantment.  We have been busy catching up from our month away from home but a few minutes here and there are stolen to cut out a leaf or flower.

 A few pieces have been removed and many added.  The birds are now pinned in place along with berries, flowers and leaves.  Everything is pinned down and ready to be appliqued.  I know for certain the brown stem with blue flowers will be reworked and some more leaves needed to be added here.  The tree just seems too stark so there will probably be a vine added.  

Now for eye-candy.  Alisa's quilt is finished and ready to be quilted.  We hung it on my design wall and just oohed and aaahed.

  Alisa is a true artist and doesn't feel compelled to color (or stitch) within the lines.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to the City

We left our mountain paradise for a quick trip to the real world.  There's nothing like noise, traffic, lots of people and soaring temperatures to make me yearn for the simple life we enjoy at our cabin. Fortunately, I will be returning in about a week which gives me plenty of time to cut out the birds and remaining leaves/flowers for Enchantment.  My bags will include a good supply of beads and threads for embellishing too.  Hopefully I will have some time to stitch while here and be able to share some progress.

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that my count of Dove In Bloom kits was off.  I have just 1 left and it is listed in my Etsy shop HERE.  I promise, this is the very last one, there won't be any more.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014


More leaves and flowers were appliqued in place and 3 vines added.  Don't worry about the open spaces - birds will appear in just a few more days.  Normally I despise leaving the cabin for time in the city but our trip back tomorrow will give me a chance to pick up more fabric.

I tried to get a close-up of the vines, but the photo studio is the deck, with my husband holding the quilt while the dogs run back and forth through it.  I hurry to take the photo before there is some dog-related accident.

The vines are Painter's Organic Cotton Ribbon Floss ruched and then appliqued in place with 3 colors of wool leaves.  They look quite plain right now but I have some plans for them.

Since tomorrow is a travel day there won't be much stitching.  Enjoy your weekend and look for an update on Monday. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Slow Progress

I awoke to the sound of nothing - just quiet - then hummingbirds were at the feeder and a chickadee sang to me.  What a beautiful morning.  It rained yesterday for the first time in weeks.  We watched the storm clouds gather and the lightning from under a quilt on the porch.  Thunder rolled down the canyons so loud the dogs hid in the basement.  And then rain.  This morning the grass was still wet with the most wonderful fragrance of.......fresh.

Time to enjoy this while sitting on the deck stitching Enchantment.

A few leaves, berries and flowers are stitched in place and more are pinned down.  The larger leaves are layered with cotton and wool while the small ones are simply wool.  Today I plan to start adding the vines that hang from the branches.  Yesterday the post man brought my order of Painter's Ribbon Floss in a variety of colors that I will ruche for the vines.  The Painter's Ribbon Floss makes this process so easy as you just pull one of the threads and gather it up.  I cut out a pile of small leaves for the vines.

I didn't bring any fabric for the birds but they will be tucked in among the branches and flowers.  I can't wait to get started on the embellishment. This phase seems so flat and it is screaming to be dressed up.  I've been thinking about what threads and stitches to use as I applique each piece.

Well, time to get stitching.

p.s. I hear thunder.

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