Stitch #122 is the Chained Bar (on the left in the photo below) while stitch #123 is the Woven Chained Bar (on the right).
I really like this one --- if I didn't hate stitching with metallics, I could see the chain stitch in gold over a ribbon or even a fuzzy yarn. But I do hate stitching with metallics so I stopped with perle cotton!
It seems a shame to use a blog post to report on nothing but... I haven't done any stitching since I reported in on Sunday about International Hermit & Stitch Weekend.
I did do some papercrafting, entering challenge #7 of the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge and clearing the decks of six unfinished cards from May 30 and the Create 2014 event, and have posted them on my Carol Stamps blog.
Otherwise, it's been a mad whirlwind of appointments, catching up with plumbers, building inspectors (we needed a permit to install a hot water heat!), hair cutters, pharmacists, etc. Hoepfully, this weekend will bring some stitching time because I am WAY behind!
The quilt guild "Christmas in July" brunch (rescheduled form the snowed-out annual December brunch) pretty much messed up Saturday as an all-day stitching day. In addition, Saturday was the day that the 7th Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge was issued and I really HAD to look into my supplies to see if I had the necessary stash to work with, to say nothing of an idea to work from. Still. I did manage to catch up a little on my stitchery "obligations"...
Usually, I try to stitch on the Elizabeth Almond "Save the Stitches" SAL, where I am about two months behind, but I am also behind on Take a Stitch Tuesday (four stitches worth) and the July Bead Journal Project atc/ornament. SO this weekend, I tried to spread my time among the three projects...
So, on Friday, I started on TAST. The stitches to be stitched are/were:
I also did some seam treatments on my partially assembled 6 blocks for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project Challenge - a large lazy daisy on the intersection of the four pink corners of blocks on the left (I also repaired the lazy daisy that had come free in the same location) and an extension of the yellow stem stitch and French Knot flowers on the green, blue and yellow intersection on the right.
I decided against adding anything to the teal pieces on the far right.
On Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, I started the beading on my July Bead Journal Project atc/ornament. As you can see, my every-other-month Snowy Owl is wrapping himself in patriotic colors for July:
Sunday night was dedicated to the Elizabeth Almond "Save the Stitches" SAL, where I managed to complete the outlines for blocks 12 and 13 (Now I have blocks 11 - 14 to stitch with blackwork fill stitches!):
Not as productive a weekend as I had hoped (it felt more like a rotation than dedicated stitchery and I'm finding I'm not as productive on rotations), but, overall, not a bad IHSW!
Still catching up from our road trip - and from four hours (and $65 consultation fees with dlink's subcontractor) on Sunday on the office floor, in the corner, with a flashlight and telephone with a rapidly fading battery, trying to get our modem/router to work after being 24 hours offline with Roadrunner. I did finally get all the magazines read (or at least skimmed), all the bills paid (of course, more have rolled in), all the laundry done (but not folded or put away), and the internet working (no thanks to either Roadrunner or dlink --- it was husband's IT friend Cory that figured out what was wrong and he had it in less than 15 minutes!). But all that meant little time for stitchery.
During the week, I prepped my July Bead Journal Project atc/ornament (sketch, bead selection, etc) and did a fabric selection for the July Crazy quilt Journal Project block. I also stitched together the January-through-June blocks for this year to determine just what additional work needs doing:
There is one Lazy daisy that has come undone and one intersection of blocks that is out of alignment and calling for beads or stitchery or something (Note the two blue arrows). A buttonhole wheel slipped a bit in the upper left block as well (but it is fixed now). I also want to extend the yellow stem stitching from the top right block into the top middle block, maybe right down to that little arrow and beyond. Decisions, decisions! But that will be later. Meanwhile, Monday night, I did some stitching and completed the July block!
This month's theme question is "Do you start your holiday stitching this early? If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?"
In the past, I have done holiday ornaments (I can decorate two Christmas trees with the ornaments I have made in the last decade or two), and I have made two or three gifts (for people that I KNOW will appreciate the theme and the work that went into producing the item) in that same time period, but, as a rule, I don't do holiday stitchery. I don't stitch well to schedule and I have few people on my gift list that I feel would appreciate a handmade gift.
So what do I hope to accomplish this year? Maybe a dozen beaded ornaments (which have as their primary purpose meeting the monthly goals of the Bead Journal Project Challenge). Other than that, nothing holiday related at all!
Since last Wipocalypse, my stitchery included:
I also took my traveling needlepoint project, "Palm Tree Elegance" on our road trip and managed to get in a scant number of stitches.
And I purchased a small kit "Biltmore" to pass the time on bus tours which also has a few stitches (one page of four, one color) done .
I had two completions from earlier this year framed and entered them along with two form late 2013 in the upcoming county fair.
Still a WIP and fast approaching UFO status is the Funk and Weber hemstitching class which has been totally ignored.
So, for this next month, my to-do list includes
"Palm Tree Elegance" is back in the traveling bag. "Biltmore" MAY come out but I need to identify some of the threads before I proceed.
The Funk & Weber class on hemstitching MAY get tackled so I can have it done (or at least as much as it will be done) before the August class on bookmarks starts...
Traveling plays havoc with my stitchery and 9 states in 14 days has resulted in a backlog of household chores demanding immediate attention, to say nothing of exhaustion taking the edge off my stitching mojo. Another road trip is coming up in August so I really need to buckle down and catch up on something --- if not my stitchery, then my rest! we shall see how I fare next month!
Since last Wednesday, we drove --- a LOT! And did a lot of sightseeing as well. On Thursday, after the film and cyclorama at the visitor's center, we had a two-hour guided driving tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park.
On Friday, we went blueberry picking at Frog Eye Farm (Charlie picked six pounds and when we got home, we froze six quarts!).
Saturday was a LONG drive home through Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, fighting our car's version of Siri all the way (she had totally different ideas of the route we should have taken but we beat her version home by an hour, so we won! LOL).
Besides all that touring in the past week, it was the usual clean-up chores upon arriving home: unpacking (and the laundry that goes with that), sorting two weeks of newspapers and mail (and trying to catch up with the news, bills and magazines that go with that chore), doing the grocery shopping, picking up my framed needlework and entering them in the fair:
The Wiehenburg Designs "Mystery Sampler" stitched Stitched with three strands of ThreadWorX #1138 (aka Needle Necessities 183 "Mosaic") over two on Silkeweaver's "Iris Garden" 32 ct Jazlyn. Framed with no mat in a metallic dark green frame. This will be entered in the framed sampler class for 32 count...
"Ladybug & Daisy", design by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs, completed January 17, 2014. Matted in black with a red core and framed in a mat black red-painted wooden frame. This will be entered in the the fair's theme category, "Love is in the Air", which requires red, a flower or some combination of love-related themes.
along with two other pieces framed last December:
Above is "Purple Daisy",needlepoint and beading, designer Laura J Perrin, framed with a green mat adn a gold frame. this will be neterd in the framed picture class, needlepoint. Below is "Midnight Garden", designer Elizabeth Almond, framed in a very dark blue metallic frame. theis will be entered in the Needlework Specialities class, counted thread.
picking beans and cucumbers from my garden:
(and buying replacement plants for the now-spent bush bean plants - next generation will be strawberries!), making return calls to the five valid calls on our answering machine (there were 36 actual calls, 31 of which were dead air from the ubiquitous unknown caller!), and setting up appointments with the plumber, the building inspector and my hair cutter! A logistics nightmare when I am still exhausted from the trip but it's done!
And not a single stitch!
A busy week, but not for stitching! After last Wednesday's report from Georgetown, South Carolina, we headed north to Asheville, NC for the American Hemerocalis Society national convention. First day was spent touring the Biltmore Estate:
where I bought a little "souvenir" kid to stitch while I waited for the other 300+ people to finish with the gardens and the winery tour:
This pretty much wiped out the day. Next day was a bus tour of three gardens, all daylilies, although one had chickens:
and one had the daylily named for my husband:
The next day was another three garden bus tour but I opted out and this is when I manage to get in some stitchery.
Then, on Sunday, t was a drive north of Dublin Virginia (near where some old friends from grad school were living and we did a lot of driving on the Blue ridge Parkway but I forgot yo take my camera0), followed the next day by another drive to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
After recovering from the drive, it was an evening drive to Antietam National Battlefield.
July 1 saw us headed in to the District of Columbia for a walk through the Dumbarton Oaks gardens (hotter than blazes, by the way):
followed by a limeade and mango sorbet at Tom Sweet's in Georgetown (to rehydrate) and then a dusk walk through the WW II Memorial:
and the FDR Memorial (where my camera's memory card filled up... plan ahead, right?):
Today was more walking , but in air conditioned comfort in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Air & Space Museum (at Dulles Airport):
Tomorrow, it's a guided tour of the Gettysburg National Battlefield! and on July 4, fireworks in Leesburg, VA (We had planned to see fireworks at Antietam but it turns out they have scheduled theirs for July 5! And while the fireworks on the Mall in DC are tempting we are leaving on Saturday for the long long drive back to NW Ohio...). When home, it will be time to pick up some needlework at the framers and rush to get it and two other entries in the fair before the deadline midweek! Add to that the fact that our first CSA pickup is scheduled for the 8th, and the laundry buildup on this two-week road trip will be calling my name, I expect very little more stitching before next Wednesday.
And already, there are three TAST stitches and one more RYO Mandala in my inbox to download and stitch, to say nothing of the July Crazy Quilt Journal Block (at least it's is planned out, although fabric choices still need to be made) and the July Bead Journal ATC/ornament (I have an idea but nothing more) to be done, I doubt the traveling needlepoint or the Biltmore souvenir will get any more work done, to say nothing of Save the Stitches and "Bride" of Roll Your Own...
Falling behinder and behinder!!!
No stitching accomplished since my IHSW report... and prospects for stitching in the coming week are not good...
What did we do yesterday? Visited on of Husband's daylily hybridizer's farm in Georgetown, SC. I can share photos of that...
And just a taste of some of the varieties in their display garden:
What's coming up" More daylily gardens in NC, and a continued road trip to Virginia and West Virginia (no daylilies, thank goodness, but a visit to the Gettysburg battlefield and fireworks are on order!) before returning home ... So next Wednesday may well be a stitching-free report as well!
Various things are getting in the way of stitching in the next few weeks, but I did manage to get the outlining of blocks 10 and 11 done on Friday night for "Save the Stitches":
Here is how these new blocks fit into the sampler so far:
I also started the outline for the third Roll Your Own mandala, "Bride":
My traveling needlepoint will be coming out of limbo for the next few weeks... This is where it stood since the las trip, a cruise back in 2011
and this is how far three strands of wool took me Sunday night (I blame the atrocious light in hotel rooms!):
Another completion! Here is my Crazy Quilt Journal Project Challenge 2014 block for the month of June:
As in the previous five months of blocks, the fabrics, trims, floss and beads are all based upon a Hoffman Challenge focus fabric. And after six months of working in the same color palette, I have learned two things: 1) I need variety to keep up my interest and 2) patterns are harder for me to incorporate into crazy quilting than solids and batiks that read as solids! Hey, lesson learned --- that's why I participate in these challenges!