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!

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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.  

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