Apr 25, 2011

Panoply of Peacocks - WIP

Panoply of Peacocks in progress!
I am showing you all a picture of the fishing line I am using to grid now.  The fabric for Panoply of Peacocks is 26 ct evenweave, and at the time I began, I could find only 6lb line locally, ($7) on a huge spool nearly a mile long.  It is ok for this count fabric, but I wish it was a little thinner.  So I went ahead and ordered a couple of smaller spools of  4lb - around $5 each - from Amazon.  

 There is enough to last a LONG time, (300 yards), and I can and will reuse the lengths I've cut and will reweave thru my fabric for the next design.
When the time comes to stitch on something finer - such as 30 to  32 count, the 4lb red line will be perfect. I am happy to say this method is working beautifully, is very inexpensive, and cannot be pierced with my needle.

Apr 18, 2011

I finished framing with my "signature apple-twig" frame and sent to my friend Rebecca.   Somewhere on my main site  is a link to more info an instructions on making a twiggy frame for yourself!   Here is the link.

This cute coffee design is a freebie from http://www.stitchalley.com/
I changed the colors a bit = have stitched this one several times. I love it!  I need to do one for me!

This design puts me in mind of those word puzzles where you circle the hidden words that are going all different directions. It would be fun to come up with a design on that idea.  I just might!

Apr 8, 2011

Panoply of Peacocks - Correction

Please see the Corrections page of my main website for info on a little correction

Apr 2, 2011

Panoply of Peacocks - WIP

I am back to stitching on Panoply of Peacocks.  I finally had to grid my fabric as there is little room for fudging it I make mistakes - which I have in spite of gridding.  Hence, frogging has occurred more than once.  At least I see it much sooner with the grids. 

Thanks to my buddy Narita, of thetwilightthread.blogspot, I am using some wonderful red fishing line, slick as a whistle, by Cajun.  (under Zebco brands)  She sent me a bobbin of 4lb - and here I am using 6lb found locally. I see that if I use any fabric with finer count than 26, as I am doing here, I will need to use the 4lb she sent me. It is so precious I hate to cut it though. I wish I could find a nice spool of 4lb. Anyone know where?  Red it the reason - I can see it so well on the light fabric!

This motif is the center set on Panoply of Peacocks.  There are 3 colors charted in this, but I changed the little dots in the bod from the Really Teally (Crescent Colours) to a darker shade of blue, Bejeweled. Would be nice with the Rainy Day floss - a deep violet shade - as a little accent on those pretty green scale-like feathers.  So if you are stitching this design, experiment a bit!!

And share your pix. I would love to see what you are all doing and if you wish, I can post some in my Gallery page over on my main website.