the slow stitcher

Archive for May 2009

Not much to report.

Thanks for all your suggestions about the fabric for Brassee de Fleurs – I ordered a half of flax so that’s settled! I also ordered a half of PTP Relic for the Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler because the HDF silks for that have already arrived so I’m dying to start that as well. But in the meantime, I went and started A Present for Sewing Well sometime last week. Here’s a progress photo:

Stitched on Silkweaver 32ct Purely Primitive with Carries Threads Deep Purple.

Stitched on Silkweaver 32ct Purely Primitive with Carrie's Threads Deep Purple.

I just love Purely Primitive! Why did I not discover it sooner? Oh, and if you take a closer look you’ll notice that I omitted the three rows of specialty stitches that were supposed to be where the partially-stitched straight line is. I’m a wuss, I know, but I did try several times to get the rice stitch right and the thread just kept knotting so I gave up and decided to keep things simple. Because of Present, I was naughty and didn’t work on Still Waters on Friday/Saturday as I was supposed to. Sorry, Melissa!  

I also received a wonderful exchange package from Caroline for the HoE bookmark exchange. Here are the snaps:

Love the variegated colours.

Love the variegated colours.

The whole package. Love everything!

The whole package. Love everything!

I’ve been at home on medical leave these past two days so this really cheered me up. Thanks, Caroline! Okay, I’m off to get Alison from the school bus now, so write soon!

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May 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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Progress on a couple of fronts.

I finished the third square on Summer Snapperland last week. I’m getting so close to finishing this! Just one more square and the border and I’m done! I can smell the finish line from here. Here’s what my Snapperland looks like now, pardon the rumples.

I wish there were more crabs in this design.

I wish there were more crabs in this design.

 On Friday (well actually, Saturday), I worked on Still Waters for my SAL with Melissa. I like how it’s coming along and am hoping I’ll get to finish the central motif as well as the sheep and lion this week. I’m not too sure I like the llama’s face, though.

Still trying to get the fabric colour right in photos.

Still trying to get the fabric colour right in photos.

I decided to stop being a slob and tidy up the mess that is my crafting space. I’m fast running out of room to keep everything, so it was about time I sorted stuff out. In the process, I discovered Reflets de Soie’s Brassee des Fleurs, which I had kitted out with floss a couple of years ago but never got around to starting. Since I do love the design and want to get it done, I dug through my stash box and realised that the flax linen which I had originally set aside for it had been used for something else. So I tossed the floss with natural linen and took a picture to get some opinions.

What do you think? Should I go with natural or flax linen?

What do you think? Should I go with natural or flax linen?

The flax would show off the colours beautifully, but that would mean having to buy a half of it for this design. The natural is the perfect size but I’m concerned it’s a bit too dark. Opinions, please!

Written by Jean

May 4, 2009 at 9:53 am