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

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Dreaded Picot

Hey Blog Buddies,

I mentioned that I was taking some hardanger to work on during what little down time I had on our trip out west, so I decided to take the May bookmark.  (I'm not too far behind, am I?)  I got all the klosters and the cutting done on the trip, but the woven bars and picots have taken me this entire week to finish!  I am not fond of making picots.

I sat there stitching with
Janice Love's Basics and Beyond
in my lap for each picot I made.
72, but who's counting?

I followed her instructions to the letter,
but the little buggers still look like
they want to flip up.
I don't believe I'll be doing picots again
any time soon.

On a happier note,
I made a little bit of progress on
my canvaswork ornament
by Laura J. Perin.

Melody had asked whether or not
the instructions for this piece were easy to follow.
They are!
It's basically a byzantine-type stitch
which is just
satin stitch on the diagonal.
I hope I'm not oversimplifying here,
but this really is easy and fun to do.
Unlike picots.

 I was perusing Raise the Roof Designs' website for some reason the other day, and I happened upon their Crabby All Year design.  I recalled that Barb from my Guild had stitched that piece, so I asked her if she would be willing to sell the charts to me, if she still had them.  She replied that she did still have the charts but was adamant that she would not sell them to me.  She generously gave them to me.

There is a square for each month, and the months can be worked either individually, or all as one piece, like Barb did.  Some of the crabby themes are bugs for June, weeds for August and relatives for November.  I think it's a hoot.  Thanks, Barb!

Last but not least, I went to my LQS and got some batik fabrics for a holiday wall hanging I'd like to display this year.

My plan is to have the project
cut, sewn, quilted and bound
by the 1st of December.
I'd better get cutting!
Stay tuned for progress pics.

Hope you're enjoying whatever you're working on.
Have a good weekend.
And thanks, as always, for visiting!


CalamityJr said...

Well, I think the picot looks great, so try not to look at it so critically! The canvaswork ornament is going to be gorgeous. I've seen the crabby all year, and it's so funny. You should enjoy stitching on it. Enjoy!

Karen said...

I think your picots look great! Your Christmas Canvas ornament is gorgeous! I took a good look at the Crabby all Year blocks and they're hillarious. This is the first time I've seen them and I think I've been enabled lol. Enjoy your weekend!

Kaisievic said...

I am impressed by the picots - I would never be able to do anything so pretty! Love the chrissy fabric for the quilt, too.
hugs, Kaye xoxox said...

The dreaded picot looks lovely. Nice job. You sure have a LOT of projects in the works. Lovely Christmas fabrics. Love that canvas ornament.