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WIPocalypse 27 Aug 2012

Well, this time I’m a little early, since I won’t be around for the actual WIPocalypse date.

Page 3 of Euphoria is complete.  Now I can get onto page 4, which has a birdie on it.  At last, something interesting!  It’s working up nice and quick, though.

And I got some framing done this weekend:

     

With the exception of Forest Walk (the dragon), all of these have been languishing in boxes and drawers for anything up to 20 years, so it’s nice to finally have them mounted and framed.

For TUSAL, the picture is pretty identical to last time, all pale greys and blues, so I haven’t bothered taking another picture.

Until next time, happy stitching!

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WIPocalypse on time – well, mostly. 6 July 2012

Yay!  Almost on time for WIPocalypse this time!  Late for TUSAL again, though, boo.

Mostly browns again.  The strips of linen are from the joining I’ve been doing on Forest Walk.  It hasn’t been going well – it’s taken 3 attempts and the intervention of my DH, but it’s finally on and seems to be ok.  I made a stupid mistake, cutting the fabric waaay too short.  I’ve never done that before, for anything.  DH says he’s going to measure every piece of fabric I start on in future.

Now that the joining issue’s resolved, he’s coming along well.  He’ll be finished this month,

Well, there’s nothing else to report at the moment.  The weather is helping with stitching – it’s just too wet to do anything else.

Happy stitching!

17 June 2012, VERY late TUSAL & WIPocalypse

Oh, look, late again!  Evidently I can’t keep a date for anything.

Here’s my ORT bag:

 Mostly browns and greens, because I’ve been working almost exclusively on Forest Walk:

 I’m really pleased with how this is coming along, although I was in such a hurry to start that apparently I didn’t measure my fabric properly, and will now have to add on another 6 inches or so at the bottom.  I’ll let you know how that goes when I’ve done it.  Boo.

I haven’t stitched on any other WIPocalypse pieces at all this month, but I have done some significant stash enhancement.  ‘Cos, you know, I really didn’t have enough stuff.

I stocked up on DMC colours while we were in the US:

And The Silk Mill just had an awesome 10 year anniversary sale, where I got these lovelies:

I also had a busy crafty day yesterday, and finally finished my 144th scale dolls house (the pen is for scale, so you can get an idea of just how small it is):

I also completed a patchwork square, Quartered Star, that I also got while we were in Jo-Ann’s in the US.  I have another square to make up, and a couple of fat quarters of matching fabric, and some bias tape.  I haven’t decided yet what to make with them – they’re actually from a quilt of the month thing – maybe a bag or a cushion.  Actually, probably a bag…who knows?  We’ll see what takes my fancy.  It was as much to see how I did with machine piecing as much as anything else.

Well, that’s all for now, I think.  Happy stitching!

13 May 2012 TUSAL, WIPocalypse and holiday

Late again with both TUSAL and WIPocalypse, but this time I have a really good excuse – we were on holiday in the US (more on that in a little bit).

So, TUSAL:

 Mostly greens this time, because while we were away I worked on this:

 This is (or will be!) a Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED)chart, Storykeep Forest Walk.  I must say, I’m very impressed with this.  HAED don’t use blended threads, and I wasn’t sure that the shading wouldn’t be rather blocky, but I think the graduation of colour is excellent.

Because we were away, not much else has happened in sewing terms since my last post.

 This is how the Dark Knight looked at the last post.

 This is it now.  As you can see, the Joker is started on the left hand side.  I’m keeping on with Forest Walk for a little while longer.

The next section is going to be about our holiday, and it’s going to be in German, for the benefit of my German class.  Translations will be after the pictures.

Wir haben zweieinhalb wochen in Amerika verbracht.  Wir sind zuerst nach New York gefahren.

We spent two and a half weeks in America.  We first went to New York.

Wir sind zu Freiheit und Ellis Inseln, und Wall Street gegangen (wo wir haben die Besitzer, aber ich bestätigen habe wollen ihren Protest durch Nehmen keines Bilds von ihnen gesehen),

 

We went to Liberty and Ellis Islands, and Wall Street (where we saw the occupiers, but I didn’t want to validate their protest by taking a picture of them).

Wir sind das Reichstaatgebäude gestiegen, und haben das Chrysler Gebäude gesehen.

   

We went up the Empire State Building, and saw the Chrysler Building.

Wir sind zu Zeiten Quadrat gegangen, obwohl wir irgendeine Schauen auf Broadway nicht gegangen sehen sind. Sie waren zu teuer!

We went to Times Square, although we didn’t go to see any shows on Broadway.  They were too expensive!

Zentraler Park war besonders schön, weil die Kirschbäume in Blüte waren. Es ist erstaunlich groß, und ich bin meine Füße ab gelaufen.

     

Central Park was especially beautiful, because the cherry trees were in bloom.  It is amazingly large, and I walked my feet off.

Wir sind zum Kreuzgängenmuseum gegangen, die berühmten Einhornwandteppiche zu sehen, und das Hauptstädtische Museum der Kunst.

  

We went to the Cloisters Museum to see the famous unicorn tapestries, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wir haben in der New York Bibliothek gesessen, haben Mittagessen in der Rockefeller Mitte gegessen, und haben eine Fahrt in der einzigen Drahtseilbahn von New York gehabt.

   

We sat in the New York Library, ate lunch in the Rockefeller Center, and had a ride in New York’s only cable car.

Wir haben Yankee Stadion bereist, haben das Bügeleisengebäude gesehen, und sind über die Brooklyn Brücke gelaufen.

   

We toured Yankee Stadium, saw the Flat Iron Building and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Nächste woche, Philadelphia und Washington!

Next week, Philadelphia and Washington!

TUSAL & WIPocalypse 10 Apr 2012 – late again!

Well, here we are, late again for TUSAL (VERY late).

 Mostly blues again.

And late with WIPocalypse also!  I’ve been very bad.  Although it’s because I’ve been busy stitching and sewing, so that’s a good thing.

First of all, the Dark Knight (sorry about the blurriness):

It’s going well!  Harvey has the lower part of his face.  I’ve moved over to the left side now, to start on the Joker.  The chart’s in 9 parts, and I’m doing the middle row of 3 first.

I would certainly have got more done, but I’ve been working on this:

I got these cotton printed patches while we were in Yellowstone last year, and decided to make a new holiday bag with them, since my old one has started to wear out.  I’m pleased with it.  It’s quilted throughout, with a double layer of batting, and the back has a log cabin patchwork.  There’s 2 large compartments in zingy colours with zip closures, and the blue one has two pockets inside, one with a magnetic snap, for my phone.  The leafy fabric on the end is actually an elasticated pocket for my water bottle.  All the fabrics and notions came from Jo-Ann’s  on the same trip to the US.  I got a new sewing machine for Christmas, and played with it on the bag.

While we were at Miniatura in March, I got a lot done on a long-standing WIP, Fairytale Castle.  It’s actually Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.  This is it when I pulled it out of the bag:

 I apologise for the poor picture, I had to take it with my phone when I realised I didn’t have a picture of it.

When I came home, I decided to carry on for a bit:

It’s actually a mixture of cross stitch and tent stitch.  The tent stitch is supposed to only be one strand, but I didn’t like the coverage, so I’m using two.  No doubt I’ll suffer towards the end when I start to run out of thread.  (It’s a kit.)  I decided to stop there, as all that’s left on this quarter now is sky, and that’s ideal for doing while waiting for planes, trains and so on.

There’s been no progress on Tiger Reflection or World Map this month.

Two of my Amaryllis decided to flower.  They’re all about 10 years old, and most people throw them out after just one flowering, so I’m always pleased when they decide to flower again, especially given the level of care they get (ie, not a lot).  The red one produced 4 flowers, and the pink one 3, so very pleased with that.  Big trumpety things, about 6 inches across.

  

Happy stitching!

WIPocalypse (&TUSAL) 11 Mar 2012

Well, very late with TUSAL, and a bit late for WIPocalypse.

Mostly, it’s blue and grey, because I’ve been working on The Dark Knight.  Progress is good:

That’s the first page complete, and the second started, although I found the frogs visited me last night, due to careless (read – no) counting, and I shall have to take out everything to the right of the completed page. I enlarged the chart from 6 pages to 9, and I didn’t do them all the same size, apparently.  Duh!

I’m not sure it really counts as WIP work, but I just finished cleaning up a Mirabilia that I did in 1995. It had been hanging in an unheated room, with early morning sun shining on it, and the glass had got condensation on it inside the frame. So I took it out, cleaned the glass thoroughly, and re-sealed it with framing tape.  Fortunately the stitching was untouched by the moisture, so all is well.

 

I got some new framing done, too.

  We saw a lot of bison while we were in Yellowstone Park last year, and I picked this up in one of the Lodges, along with a stitch of Old Faithful, which I haven’t started yet.

  This is a Christmas freebie from Mirabilia, which has been waiting to be framed since 2000. She’ll only come out for Christmas, but she’s very pretty.

    These are ‘Lady in Red’ and ‘The Blues’ by Valerie Pfeiffer from Heritage Crafts.  I have a third in the series, a hummingbird, but haven’t started it yet.  I love these, they’re so cute.

‘A Gracious Era’ is finally framed.  Again, it’ll only come out for Christmas, but it looks good, and I’m so pleased it’s done.

   

Again, not strictly speaking WIP work, but we moved these two around and re-hung them in the living room.  ‘Mermaid of the Pearls’ by Mirabilia, and an appliqued and freehand embroidered piece based on one of the Mirabilia ‘Queen’ series.

No progress on the World Map, or on the Tiger, to report, but I’m pleased.  I’ve got quite a lot done.  I probably could have done more, but I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the Playstation quite a lot lately.

It’s Miniatura next weekend, so I expect I’ll see some progress on some other WIPs while I’m there.