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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rotation Redux

Hey Blog Buddies,
It appears that the Turtle Trot SAL has sadly fizzled out, but since my TT projects are all a part of my so-called rotation, even if some don't rotate too regularly, you will continue to see them on this blog.

 the turtle has left the building

I have four progress reports to show you
since last month's update.
First, we have Plum Street Samplers' Liberty Inn.

 Here's where I was last month...

I know I shared this finish here already,
but thought that I would show you the framed piece.
Not only does my framer do an awesome job,
but I got this back the very next day!
(No, I didn't request a rush.)

Next there's Long Dog Samplers' Dawn Chorus.
This is where I stopped in March,
it's been neglected...

 Here it is now.
I really like all of the Long Dog Sampler designs,
but this particular one
really called to me the first time I saw it.
It's fun to stitch, too,
because I chose evenweave (Jobelan) for it.
Note to Self:  stitch on evenweave more often.

Here is another one that been
neglected for too long.
Carriage House Samplings' Frederika.
This is where I left off in March.

And here she is now...
...all grown up and ready to fly!
(No, the project isn't finished, just the bird.)
You may or may not have noticed
that one wing is a smidge darker than the other.
That was technically a mistake on my part,
but I'm leaving it in because
(1) I'm not ripping out a large wing on 40-count linen,
and (2) I think it gives the wing a little more depth!
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Finally, a surprise entry:
Cindy Valentine Design's Pristine.
(I'm surprised that I took it out.)
This is a hard design to show progress on
because it's large, it's white on white,
and the more recent photos were taken
while it was sprinkling just now...

This is where I left off in February!
This is the very center of the piece,
and I will call your attention to the three
small triangles filled with eyelets.

Now we have four small triangles filled with eyelets!
(I'm positively giddy.)

And if that weren't enough,
here's more!
I did the satin stitching (and more eyelets) in this corner.
Now the motifs in all four corners are completed!
Every milestone on this project, no matter how small,
is a cause for celebration.
The ground is 28-count Lugana,
and the satin stitches were done in No. 8 pearl cotton.
I don't remember ever having a problem 
with motifs like this in the past,
but they were very frustrating this time around,
mainly because I was having a
hard time seeing the holes.
I found myself wishing I had completed
all four corners when I started this project
way back in 2006! 

The whole piece, wrinkles and all.
You can see Southpaw Stitcher staff
behind the piece holding it up for me.
I asked him to take off his shirt so
we wouldn't see a pattern through the holes.
I was informed that the price for a
semi-nude photo assistant was quite high...

So I started out with ten projects in January:
three are finished, and here are the other four
that are currently on hiatus (but not forgotten):

Laura J. Perin's Nordic Panel.
It's about 2/3 of the way finished.

 Jennifer Riefenberg's Carrots.
It's about half way done.

Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself.
I'd estimate it's about 40 percent finished.

And finally, Elizabeth Almond's Save the Stitches.
This is about 4-5 percent there.

I have two guild projects that I need to start
before the end of the month,
so next month's rotation report will probably be smaller,
but there will definitely be something.

That's it from here.
Have a great Solstice this weekend
(either summer or winter, depending).
And thanks for visiting!


Linda said...

Awesome projects and awesome progress on the ones you worked on. I'm also sad that the Turtle Trot fizzled out.


Tiffany Pincombe said...

Good to hear from you and great stitching! I'm going to continue on with my Turtle Trot and hope we hear from Claudette at some point. I hope nothing happened.

Kate said...

I was just talking with Linda today about how sad it is that Turtle Trot fizzled out; and I second Tiffany's concern and hope Claudette is okay. Wonderful progress on everything! I'm in awe of your stitching skills. Your semi-nude assistant did a good job, hee hee! I haven't gotten brave enough to really work on evenweave; I played with it a little and went back to Aida.

Fidike Mamivonat said...

Hi! How lovely projojects and big progress! Impressing!

rosey175 said...

o wow, you certainly trotted right along with Liberty Inn. Looks great framed! And you have quite a variety of stitching going on. Loving the colors in the Rosewood Manor piece.

Stitching Noni said...

Sad to hear that the TT has fizzled out.... but you do have some great projects on the go which I am looking forward to seeing more of soon!
Hugs xx

Julie said...

Such an array of beautiful things to comment on.... the frame looks perfect and I love the hardanger. Semi nude costs more ...that made me giggle.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe all the progress you have made. It's amazing! Love your before and after photos. I happened to see Liberty Inn somewhere with the inn done in the white. Yours is SO MUCH NICER! Really looks lovely. Love all the pieces. That table topper is exquisite. You sure take on lots of big projects! But beautiful work on ALL.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice progress on all your different pieces. I love the Long Dog sampler, such great colours. I've not seen this design before.

I do worry when bloggers suddenly vanish, especially when they host year long SALs.

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

Great progress on all your pieces