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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Working on Hard Stuff and a Mummy

I worked on hard stuff yesterday.  I wanted to get just a solid corner of the shell done on Mermaid's Treasures.  I was looking for an organized way to stitch it so I wouldn't get lost.  One way is the start with the darkest color and build around it.  Another way is to start in a corner and build onto that.  So I picked a corner and built around it.  It went pretty well but stitching over one, even on 32 count, is slow-going.  I still have some stitches to do on this little wedge.

I know that when I get done, this shell will be remarkable and I will be proud of myself for doing it.  So maybe I'll try to get a bit done every day so it isn't so overwhelming.  I may have to put in some guidelines to keep from getting lost.  We'll see.

I thought I would start the snail.  It looked easy and fun.  Wrong about the easy part.  The back part of the snail is all over one.  Once I get all the way around on the edge, it will go faster.  Then the head is done with 2 different strands of floss, over two, in tent stitch.  I haven't tried that part yet.

I went walking this morning even though it was lightly raining.  I hit a new low (weight-wise) yesterday and I feel like I have lost one more chin.  So I am motivated.

I am working on the mummy pumpkin of the Cricket design.  I don't like the line of the moon, I want more of a crescent.  So I made a copy of the chart and did some drawing on it to make the moon, well, more like a moon.  I'm close to what I was aiming for.

On Ellen Chester's site I saw an example of what I was thinking of doing.  I wanted to do Mrs. Waddelow's huswif in multiple colors on my Buttons a Bounty project (to avoid doing several hundred queen stitches).  I think it just may work.  I have another Ellen Chester pattern that I was thinking of using as well, Strawberries So Faire.  I'll have to see which one fits best.
I'd better get busy.
A

3 comments:

  1. This piece will be so worth all of your work when done. :)
    It's coming together nicely.
    Cute CEC also.
    Marilyn

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  2. I'm really enjoying following your progress on mermaid. Amazing! I also love the stump work designs you showed. Wow! We visited Hampton Court several years ago. I"d love to attempt that one but I don't know....! Maybe I'll have to watch your progress first and will be inspired to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, Nancy in NY

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  3. I have Buttons a Bounty in my stash too. But haven't pulled it out because of the queen stitches. Anxious to see how your changes will work out!

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