Here’s Midi Mystery I (Chatelaine Designs) in all her glory. Please excuse the fact that Eric did not take these photos – I did. I took the photo at two angles, so hopefully you get the teeniest sense of how stunningly gorgeous this is in person. Jill Rensel (Jill Rensel Studio) framed this for me. She did a fabulous job. This was a six-month mystery and the first in a series of pieces Martina Weber is designing with specific time periods in mind. This is a Medieval garden.
As I may have mentioned previously, this is only the second piece I have ever had framed for myself. I love that you can see all the sparklies and dimensionality of the stitches even under the glass. Can you tell I am so in love with this…and to think I stitched it!!
So, having been thus inspired, I started on Midi Mystery II, which is a Baroque theme. I have to say that I don’t have the best of luck when starting on Martina’s designs. I don’t know what it is about me, but I always seem to make a big error at the beginning. On Midi 1, I had been stitching some over 1 pieces, and so I stitched a significant portion of the outer border with one thread over two instead of two over two. Needless to say, I had to rip that out. On Midi 2, I stitched the entire black border (177 stitches by 168 stitches) and counted and double-counted. When I started the brickwork, I realized my border was one stitch too big. So, last night I sat down and ripped the whole right side out. I’ve re-stitched most of it, but that was pretty disheartening.
I think this piece is going to be so beautiful, and will be such a beautiful companion piece to Midi 1. The kit for Midi 2 was my birthday gift to myself, so I felt it only appropriate that I started it this weekend. And speaking of birthday, Carol sent me a beautiful Just Nan chart, but Blogger won’t let me load a pic of it. I’ve sent Carol a thank you email, but I will have to post it appropriately when I can post a photo too.
I am grateful for the creativity and artistic talents of Jill Rensel.