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May 12, 2014

Chinese Garden, part 1 finished

So I just squeaked under wire to finish part one in a month and am very happy with the results.  I did add the smaller beads but not the larger ones that might snag the threads while sititching.  So here are a few pictures for you to peruse.  The first shows all the cross stitch done, then all the decorative stitches and finally the beads.  I decided to turn the beads for the sides though the corners messed with that plan a little.  I also changed the color of about four of them, a little less gold, a little more red.  I'm not happy with the black rhodes stitch in the center of the portal and am thinking about pulling it out.  Maybe a vertical satin stitch?  Any thoughts?  Love to hear some other ideas.




I did start part two and it should go faster, getting me under my one part a month schedule.  Yes, I'm a little obsessive about my jessicas and weave them under so they are uniform with no starting point.  Thanks for noticing!  My husband asked how long each one took, so I tracked it.  Assuming no serious tangles I average 4 minutes per jessica and there are 40 total.  So, not counting cutting threads, weaving tails and threading the needle that's 160 min or 2:40 just to stitch all those little yellow circles.  I might almost wish he hadn't asked! LOL
I'll post again when part two is done.


Sorry the pictures are a little blurry, I've been using my phone to track my progress, it keeps me motivated when I can check to see the last time I stitched.

Cheers, E

11 comments:

Ewa said...

It looks great! I can see what you mean about the rhodes stitch in the gateway. Maybe if you made it a dense rhodes? I'm so impressed with your little jessica stitches!

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

A great start to your Chinese Garden! I agree with Ewa - I used a dense Rhodes stitch for the doorway when I stitched my CGM. Look forward to your next update!

Leonore Winterer said...

Really beautiful...I'd like to try this myself some day, but I'm a little intimidated by all these different kinds of stitches now ^^"

Angie said...

The Jessica's. look gorgeous weaved under like that.

Melissa said...

Great job! Your Jessica stitches look amazing. Well worth the effort :)

Elizabeth Clark said...

Thank you all for your kind words. Per Ewa and MMK I will try the dense rhodes and post another pic if I like the effect. I have to admit that the center red rayon fan (diamond eyelets) over the door was ripped I think four times until I was mostly happy with the result. What's a little more frogging?

Shebafudge said...

Looks absolutely beautiful!

valerie said...

Wow, stunning progress!!

Stitching Noni said...

Wow, your jessica's are perfect! Wish mine looked so good....
I think your rhodes might need more thread to help fill it in a bit, but overall I am loving your stitching - fantastic progress :o)

Isadarena said...

So nice !!! Congratulatins to you on your beautiful start !!

her87monte said...

your work on this beautiful design is just wonderful.... I did this mandala and when you are done, you will just love it as I do....

happy stitching, Claire

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