To avoid said hate mail, thank you for all the kind comments on Egyptian Garden. As I mentioned, I am so close to having this done, but I keep finding anything else to do other than stitching. You KNOW it's bad when I'm vacuuming the refrigerate coils, cleaning the cat boxes and mopping the floors instead of stitching! It's rather irritating as I've done other Chatelaines and BAPs and really haven't had this much trouble, I can usually stitch my way through the 3/4-done slump fairly quickly. Annmarie, I'm only pretending to work with a plan! I love creating lists and plans and sometimes I even look at them! Once Egyptian Garden is done it's going to be a stitching free-for-all for a while! Mouse, work is bad to say the least! Of the 12 people in my division 10 of them are looking for new jobs, the other two can retire any time they want!
Stitches 'n Things newsletter had a link to A Dark Alphabet at A Note of Friendship. It's a freebie "Halloween-ish" alphabet series dedicate to Lisa Roswell and her love of all things Halloween. The first one is "A is for Apple" and features the serpent and apple tree. I'll be collecting this one and may actually start it at some point during this lifetime.
Stitching did happen this week and despite the wonderful weather forecast for this weekend, I'm hoping to do a bit this weekend (the yard clean up will wait another weekend).
On Egyptian Garden, I added the cat (done over one and a real pain), the brown border over the columns, started the ibis/papyrus section and connected the left and bottom columns with a start on the far-away palm tree border. I'm hoping to finish the ibis section this weekend. I did a quick count from the material list and there are almost 3,100 beads on this! I'm so glad I did the Delicas as I went as there are 2,716 of those alone!
|Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine|
Stitched on 32-count Sand Belfast
|Holiday Joys Sampler by Homespun Elegance|
Stitched on 27 count linen with DMC floss
|Grandfather's Sleigh by Shakespeare's Peddler|
Stitched on an unknown 40 count hand-dyed with unknown varigated cotton floss
Yes, I was totally off on my guess last week, so there should be one more package delivered with the fabric for Blackbird Designs Wild Lilies and Gathering Basket and Sarah Elliott.
I'm thinking of ordering Witches Hollow from Primitive Needle. After Lisa mentioned that Cape Cod Boys and Cape Cod Girls was from an old sea chanty, I looked it up and was hoping that a Cape Cod Cats was in the works (Cape Cod cats they have no tails they were all blown off in a northeast gale - depending on the version of the chanty you find). With Lisa's untimely passing I thought that I might take a stab at doing it. The wording is no problem, as I can use the letters from the other two but I really wasn't sure about the cats. As I'll want my final to match Lisa's in style I looked through her patterns and there are *lots* of cats in Witches Hollow. This'll be one of those "when I win the lottery" things.
*oh yeah, can you tell I figured out the "links" feature?*