August 29, 2014

More beading on Japanese Garden

I'm making great progress on Japanese Garden.  I am on target for a finish by my birthday in October.


August 27, 2014

Chinese Garden - Part 6 and 1/2 Part 7

Once again I have been stitching but not posting, I also took timeout to stitch a small piece for my neighbor's 16th birthday.  The letter E from Nora Corbett, it was a fun break, especially as she is an Elizabeth too.

Back the the garden, part 6 is done; the last moon gate and the first corner.  Part 7 is half done but I have to roll up the scroll to finish so you can see what's done and then I'll post the rest probably with Part 8, the final corner and the whole border before the phoenixes.  Yeah!

No changes to the West Moon gate though I think it looks more like some sort of eroded steppes rather than a terraced rice patties.

As for the NW corner I shifted the two highest Algerian eyelets in the bridge up one space to make a better curve.  I thought four eyelets in row looked odd. 

In the NE corner I wish I has separated the dark red thread to one strand in the over one on the koi, the red looks too bulky in comparison to the pink.  I did when I outlined the fins and think you can see more definition.  The other change I made was instead of Rhodes for the lily pads I used Algerian eyelets but alternated sides while stitching so that I didn't get a hole in the middle, I wanted something that reminded me more of lily pads which have the great lines/veins running into the center of each pad.

Lastly I did the inside of the inner border on both corners.  It certainly dresses it up!  Now to stitch the bottom corners.

Please don't kick me off for posting a non-Chatelaine but I just wanted to share with someone! :-)

August 23, 2014

Secret Victorian Garden Progress

I don't think I put more than a few dozen stitches into Secret Victorian Garden last month, but every stitch done is one stitch closer to finished.

Can't see the progress?  I have a hard time seeing it too -it's those blue stitches right above the backstitched motif with the heart.  I am hoping that my stitching mojo will return and I will have more to show next month.

August 11, 2014

Dragonfly Tile

I've been working on Dragonfly Tile this month.  Here is where I was

Here is where I ended up after this rotation

I did get a little more than this done but I forgot to take a picture before I put it away.  I was forced to put some beads on because I ran out of a color.

Thanks for looking


August 10, 2014

Welcome Home!!

Tuesday I went to my framer and picked up my 2 latest finishes....     these are the first of my many finishes that were framed with shaped mats.....     my last framer (who closed her business) didn't have the equipment to do this and I am just thrilled to see my work in these shaped mats....

here are pictures of my newly hung friends.....     the first is Spring Knotgarden....    I just love the soft colors and delicate designs.....

the second piece is White Nights in St. Petersburg.....     I think this one turned out just super -- I love my framer's work.....

now I'm back to stitching my latest project -- Medieval Town Mandala.....     here's my progress on this one.....     long way to go!!    this is what 193 hours gets you.....

see you all soon.....    until then, happy stitching!!!

hugs,   Claire

August 6, 2014

it will all fit!

Hello all,

I have continued to work on my Japanese moss garden, but got panicked it would not fit on the fabric - so up and up I stitched to see if it would stitch! And, I think we will be ok .... phew!

As it were, this means I've been skipping around, but eventually it will all get done, right?

Happy stitching everyone, thanks for looking!

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