Friday, January 2, 2015

First Post of 2015

I love blog reading this time of year - it is great to see what everyone accomplished in 2014 and their plans for 2015 - it is inspiring and enabling at the same time. I always see something that I haven't seen before and of course I just *have* to have it! Fortunately, Stitch From Stash started yesterday, so I am held in check for a while.

I have joined a couple SALs, A New Stitchy Start and Crossed Stitches' 2015 HAP SAL, that ask us to show our starting point on January 1st. Well I missed the 1st but where I am today is pretty much where I was yesterday. For the majority of my current pieces, you can see their current state in the "WIPocalypse & YOTA Project List and 2015 Stitching Plan" tab up top; however, Shakespearean Fantasy only shows the cover photo, so here is where it was yesterday:

Yes, I am still gridding. The piece is HUGE (450X867) with lots of confetti stitching, so gridding made sense, but it has taken a while. No, I don't have any time estimate as I do a bit here and there as I can and a few hours each night (thank goodness for audio books as watching TV is out). To try to keep some order, the vertical threads are wound, by page, on bobbins. I do a side bar's length at a time and then do the horizontal ones. In a previous post I showed the piece with all the marking pins:

The ones across the top worked perfectly; however, the ones along the side just got in the way, so out came all the yellow ones. I left in the blue (page length) ones that were contained within the area. That worked perfectly and also gave a very doable goal. I have found the whole process very relaxing and should have the gridding done this afternoon and hopefully some actual stitches in tonight.


Caitlin D said...

I only managed the horizontal grids. Since I'm stitching in vertical columns it seems to be working okay so far! Hope you get to stitch very soon!

Justine said...

Have you ever tried magic aida? I have some in 25 count and it's awesome. Well it saves gridding anyway. Look forward to following your progress in 2015.

Chris said...

Wow! That looks like a big project! I am looking forward to seeing your progress :)

Shebafudge said...

I will have to send you my fabric for Shakespearean Fantasy to grid for me as well! I can't wait to start it. :)

Leonore Winterer said...

Wow, that project is HUGE! Can't wait to see you make a start on it :D

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You don't do things by halves, do you?!

This is an epic piece, how many years do you think it will take?
In fact, a lot of your pieces are pretty epic and very gorgeous too.