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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Taste of Honey

Hey Blog Buddies,

Within the past week or so I've had a few finishes, 
and I've taken some other projects to the framer's, 
so it's time for a little show and tell.

First up, my two(?) or three-year project, 
Prairie Schooler's Alphabet. 
These letters always seem to take more time
than I think they should.

H has not been my favorite letter thus far
because it was a little repetitive.
On the other hand, once I stitched 
one of the bee skeps, or got started
on the flowering vines, I was able to use
what I had just stitched as the chart!

The H is also one of those problem letters
for those of us stitching this project as
one gigantic sampler.
Most of the letters are a uniform size
(70 x 100 stitches).
The H is larger, so I had to make the buds
opposite each flower smaller, and
chop off the ends of the bees' wings
on the top of the piece
in order to make it the
same size as the other letters.

But it's done!

I think the whole piece,
even though it's obviously unfinished,
looks so much more impressive
than the individual letters.

I'm putting this project on hiatus for a while.
I have to make some progress 
on my chapter's challenge piece,
Kay Stanis' Copper Illumination.
Wish me luck.

Next is my blackwork project,
Blackwork Journey's Wandering Star.

Here's where I left off...

Here it is finished and framed.
It's hard to tell from the photo,
but I chose a light purple frame
to try to bring out the purple quadrant
in the upper left.
I'm a little disappointed in the result,
but it is what it is.

Next up is Hands On Designs'
Underwater Basketweave.

This is what the model looks like.
It was my ANG chapter's February class.

I decided I wanted a sunnier colorway.
This was a fast and fun piece.
This will be finished either as a box top
or a small picture.
It's only about 5" x 5".

Speaking of small,
you've already seen
Permin's Two Horses on this blog,
but now it's framed.

The whole piece, including the frame,
is only about 6.7" by 7.2"
DH thinks the top (brown) mat
makes everything look too dark,
but the stitchers at my Guild said "No way."
What do you think?
The lighting has washed out the piece just a little.
It's somewhat darker all around IRL.

Finally, I have a new start to show you.

Barbara Ana's Funky Bird.
It's a fun piece.

Here's my start.

Well, that's it from here.
Hope your March is going well.
Thanks, as always, for visiting.


Julie said...

The blackwork is very impressive and the PS always gets a thumbs lovely.

Anonymous said... sure have accomplished a LOT! Haven't seen the ABCs and it is super! That's a BIG project. While I love ALL of your projects, I adore those tiny little horses. It's really pretty and just draws you into peer at it closer! Nice work on everything as always.

Carol said...

Oh, I do love your H block, Pat!! Really lovely! I wonder why she designed some of the blocks to be larger than others? Can you tell me which ones are different, just in case I ever decide to tackle this giant alphabet myself? Also, what fabric are you using? Love seeing the entire piece together.

Beautiful finishes and I do like the brown mat on the little horse piece. I hadn't seen the Funky Bird chart, but it sure looks like it would be fun to stitch in those bright colors :)

Enjoy your weekend--hope it includes lots of stitching time!

Linda said...

Wow!! Congrats on all of the stunning finishing and framing. They are gorgeous. Love your new start.


Rita JG said...

Wow, so much and well done!

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

Gosh you have been busy! The Alphabet looks wonderful, I also wonder why she made one so much bigger than the rest?
Love the Funky Bird too.

Tricia B said...

Fantastic pieces! I love them all! I do dread, slightly, all the adjustments that need to be made on the PS alphabet piece. I have all of them and am putting it off indefinitely. But, I love yours and will get to it. I love the Funky Bird, too. Glad to see it coming to life. Thanks for sharing your beautiful stitching.

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow... what a great update post! I love your PS project... It looks amazing. The finished blackwork piece is really lovely as well. Your new start is just too cute... I think I have to have that chart now... Can't wait to see more of the funky bird. :o)

Lelia said...

Congrats on ALL your awards at the fair!! Job well done : )