Good morning, all! I have so much to show you today! It’s been kind of a rough week though, so stitching has kept me sane. I am having allergy testing done today. It’s been seven years since I had it done initially, so it’s time to redo and see what’s changed in that time. In order to have the testing done, I had to be off my allergy medication for seven days prior. So, it’s been . . . interesting. Not actually as bad as I anticipated, but I am glad it will be over this afternoon! So, that’s what’s on the agenda for today (other than work, of course). So . . . what have I been up to? Well, above you can see my progress on At Home with Jane Austen. I am loving this piece. That pink line is the halfway mark, so you can see how much I have left approximately. I do have one issue though. I am stitching this from the design printed in The Gift of Stitching, and while I was aware of one error in the chart there (a symbol that was wrong), I was unaware of one of the motifs being off by two stitches. I’ve since looked at their corrections page and found that. So, I will be ripping out and restitching that top berry vine two stitches to the left. Since there is an echoing berry vine at the bottom of the design, I figured I’d rip out and restitch when I get down to that one. Totally my fault for not checking for corrections. The only reason I discovered there might be a problem was when I stitched that pink line and realized my top vine was a little too far to the right. But, I love love love this piece. I am trying to decide how I want to finish it. I am drawn toward finishing with a hem-stitched edge, as suggested. I do want to stitch the companion piece to this one, so I’ll want to finish both the same probably. The colors are just luscious for this piece too.
I’ve also been stitching a little bit on my travel piece. You may remember I started this one early last year. It is Mele Kalikimaka by Monsterbubbles from the 2004 JCS Ornament issue. This is over one with Silk N Colors on 32ct. (What is it with me and the over one lately?) I hope to have a finish on this sooner rather than later as well. I’ve made a good amount of progress on it lately. When I picked it back up again I stitched the sun, the little string of lights (sans string), and started on the presents. The sand and sky will totally be stitched as well, so please ignore the thread you can see from behind.
Also this weekend, I decided that I would pull out my little Valentine’s Day tabletopper quilt and work on it. I started quilting this some time ago, but decided that I wasn’t happy with the quilting, so I am pulling it out. It’s slow going because my old sewing machine had so many tension issues that sometimes the stitches are a reasonable length and distance apart, but sometimes they are teeny tiny and stacked almost on top of one another. I’m about halfway finished with the ripping out portion. I would love to get this requilted and finished in time for Valentine’s Day. Wouldn’t that be nice?
And, finally, yesterday was Mermaid SAL day with Anna. I feel like I made real progress on my girl this week. I have finished her hair minus the bling (Kreinik, beads and treasures), and moved on to her skin. I’m not sold on how that arm looks with the distinct definition between colors, but I hope once I get more done it will look ok. Here’s a question though. I’ve never stitched a Miribilia before, so for those that have…I notice that sometimes when there are colors butting up against each other, there are blank spaces. Do you just leave them, and they look ok, or do you fill in with half or quarter stitches, or what? Inquiring minds want to know.
Here she was as of last week…
And here she is after this Sunday’s stitching….
Big difference, huh? I like the bits of blue in her hair. I think I’m going to have to order my bling soon, so that I can at least do the Kreinik bits.
I’ll probably be back to Jane Austen tonight, if I’m feeling up to stitching. Oh, and I totally forgot…I did pull out Tesori d’Italia yesterday briefly and put a few stitches in it too. I hope to occasionally make some progress on it too, but I have to stitch it in secret, you know. Ok, so that’s it for me today. Have a great week!
I am grateful for feeling focused and enjoying my stitching – no pressure!