I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lloyd and Lola are Done

No, not as a couple.  (smile)  I named my wolves, so why not the lovebirds!  I've kept up with the lessons in my cyberclass, so now my blackwork lovebirds are finished.

Tanja Berlin's Just the Two of Us
I really, really like them.

This was billed as a beginning blackwork class,
but there were a lot of challenges along the way:
the stem stitch around the toes was tricky,
the heads are a dense layering of
DMC 310, YLI black silk and a
Belle Soie in dark periwinkle
(hard to see in this photo).
And let's not forget the very fine pearl purl
which had to be couched down
around the bodies and the beaks.
But challenging yourself does
give a feeling of accomplishment.

Here are the heads in various stages of progress.
I was really happy to be able to get
rid of the last of the red tacking stitches!

 And here is a close-up of the head.
You can see the periwinkle peeping through the black.
The reason the red in the beak
doesn't extend all the way to the
black stem-stitched inner border is that
this type of lovebird has a
white band across the top of its beak.
I actually looked up lovebirds on the Internet
because it was bugging me.
The eyes are spangles (sequins) held down
with a kind of eyelet stitch.

I would definitely urge you to try a cyberclass,
if you see one that interests you.
We posted WIP photos all along the way,
and got lots of good (and prompt!) feedback from Tanja.
I felt that I had plenty of time
to complete each class, too.

That's it from here.
I'm taking them to the framer's today.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Turtle Trot

Hey Blog Buddies,

How was your weekend?  My quilt guild had its annual giant boutique (think a rather large gymnasium overflowing with thousands of items), and I sold four embroidered items.  The items for sale don't necessarily have to be quilted, just handmade.  And no, I didn't price them to compensate myself for any time involved, just the materials.  It was a fundraiser, and I wanted them to sell.

What does this have to do with the Turtle Trot, you may wonder.  Well, it's leading in to the excuse I have for only working on one piece this month.  The four boutique items did take a bit of time to make after all.  I've also been diligently keeping up with the lessons in my blackwork cyberclass (photo coming soon), leaving little stitching time for anything else.

Yes, the day has finally come when I have ignored everything in my Turtle Trot list except for one (and we all should know what's coming next):

I'm sure that regular readers of this blog knew that it would be Mates.
Here is where I left off last month.

This is where I am now.
Hey, most of the white holes in her head are gone now!
For the past couple of weeks, the theme song
from the 70's comedy series "The Jeffersons"
has been playing in my head:
"Well we're movin' on up (movin' on up)
to the East side (movin' on up).
I'm already on the east side!   Ha!
I'm spending entirely too much time
with Wolfgang and Wanda!

This is a good example of a
no-matter-what project.
I work on it a little bit
every day before breakfast
no matter what.
And I'm getting results, albeit slowly.

To see what the other Trotters have been up to,
check out Claudette's blog, BAP Attack.
She's our Head Turtle.

 That's it from here.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lovebirds - Lessons 2 and 3

Hey Blog Buddies,

What have you been up to recently?  I've been spending a lot of time working on my blackwork lovebirds in order to keep up with the cyberclass I'm taking from Tanja Berlin.  It's a good thing the overall size of the piece is not terribly large, is all I can say.

In case you missed my first post about them, here is where I left off...

This was Lesson 1.
And here is Lesson 2.
It's kind of hard to see in this photo,
but there are a couple of small stitched areas
toward the top of each bird
that look a little lighter than the rest of the body.
That's because most of the body
was stitched with DMC 310,
but the lighter areas were stitched with
YLI silk which is noticeably thinner than DMC!
How thin was it?
It was so thin that I had to tie it on to my needle!
And here I thought that silk floss
was always thicker than DMC floss.
Gloriana is.
You learn something new every day!

I thought that Lesson 3 was rather ambitious,
but I managed to finish it.
I'm all caught up to where I'm supposed to be,
waiting for Lesson 4 to be published.
The colors in the body are
four different shades of metallic thread,
and the beaks were stitched with Au Ver a Soie silk,
which is a bit thicker than DMC 310.

Here's a close-up.
As you can see, some of the octagons
contain a two-color metallic square.
It all depended on whether
they straddled the basting lines,
which are thankfully gone now.
They annoyed me.
Put them on my long list!
This is a fun class,
and I like how the birds are turning out.
Lesson 4 (coming this Friday): the heads!

Hope you're stitching something fun.
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Turtle Trot

Hey Blog Buddies,

It's the tenth of the month, so it's time to post our progress for the Turtle Trot SAL.  

Each month we post progress updates on the ten WIPs we chose at the beginning of the year.  Claudette of BAP Attack is our Head Turtle/ringleader.

This month, I'm afraid there's not too much to show.  I did make some progress on Ink Circles' 99:

This is where I left off last month...

...and this is where I'm at now.
I was hoping to get the entire 4th row done,
but the best laid plans, etc.

And last (already?!) but never least,
we have Perseverance Mates:

...last month...

...and this month...
The casual observer might think
that this piece is almost done.
Would that it were.
I estimate at least 2 to 3 more months of
stitching on it a little every day.
Not my definition of "almost done."

That's it for this month--short and sweet.
Visit Claudette's blog to check out her progress
and that of the other Trotters.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for visiting!