Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hope is nearly perched

At long last I have a picture to post. I really slowed down on my stitching and didn't have anything to show that was all that different from the last picture. But I'm finally done with the birds and the poetry lines. All I need to do is the birds' feet, and wouldn't you know it, I can't find the floss I bought (GAST Nutmeg). I know it's floating around here somewhere, so it's really frustrating that I can't quite finish yet. This will be the first piece I'll have framed when it's finally done. I do love the saying, though my husband makes all kinds of jokes about birds flying around inside a person.

I have one UFO I've been working on lately - JBW Designs Christmas Motif Sampler II. I hope to get it done before Christmas, and to finally figure out how to make a little pillow or ornament. I'll try the pulled thread method and see what develops. I'm still very wary of trying to finish anything, though seeing all the gorgeous ornaments on blogs lately makes me long for them.

Looking through my little but growing stash, I'm deliberating on what to start next. I bought the floss for the Autumn pinkeep from The Gift of Stitching but with yesterday's ice storm I'm not in a fall mood. I have LHN's The Bookshelf but I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet. I have a lovely chart by Papillon Creations with a cherub and lute player that I might do. What I'm really hankering after is Gingerbread House (oops - it's Cottage) by Country Cottage Needleworks but I haven't been able to get the chart yet. Well, something will call to me soon.

Staci, thanks for thinking of me! I knew when I started this blog that I wouldn't be able to post updates as frequently as most other bloggers. I'm just so incredibly slow, but I keep plugging. You know what I wish? I wish a quick stitcher would post a video of how they do it. I just am in awe of the speed in which people turn out projects, and I'd love to see what the process looks like. I think I stitch as fast as I can but I'm a turtle compared to all the hares out there!


staci said...

So good to see a new post from you :) Glad that things are going well...Hope perches is looking great!

I know what you mean about stitching faster...and what helps me is just stitching more frequently. I take something with me everywhere and I find spare moments to put in a few stitches...waiting 5-10 minutes picking up each of my 3 kids from school every day--ta da 15-30 more minutes stitching time!

Can't wait to see what new project calls to you!

Michele said...

Hope looks great! can't wait to see what you decide to stitch next. I hear you about quick stitchers .. I have my moments, but they are few and far between :)

Vonna said...

Looking good! I love this project!
I think speed comes with years of practice :)
One thing that I think speeds me up is, that I don't flip my needle...I use a sz. 28 needle and I go down through the fabric and back up through the fabric with my "eye" of the needle. That way my floss doesn't tangle and I just go at it :)

Mindi said...

You've done a nice job! I wouldn't worry about how fast or slow you stitch, then main thing is to do it for the enjoyment.

Kathy said...

Great job with your finish.

Although I have stitched a long time, I feel like I don't stitch very fast. I would echo what someone slee said, "it doesn't make any difference how fast, just as long as you are stitching".

I take my stitching with me almost everywhee I go, because you never know when you can put in a few stitches.

All you possibilites for new projects sound good. Anxiously awaiting which one you pick.

Sally said...

This is coming along beautifully. It is just gorgeous.

Linen Stitcher said...

This is such a nice sentiment. Love the way your project looks!! Have fun deciding what your next project will be.

Leena said...

It looks great, a beautiful design and great progress!

Sharon said...

It looks great!