Monday, September 7, 2015

Half a page

Half a page, half a page,
Half a page onward,
With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, but I have finished half of page one of Shakespearean Fantasy.

In total, there are enough stitches to probably say there are a couple of pages done, but the great black blob, with one very dark navy stitch, is easy to count. Those hanging threads at the bottom are my first attempt at parking! I know, it doesn't really count with solid stitching but you have to start somewhere right?  I also just saw that you can see all of the travelling threads in this photo.  Fortunately, the black will cover them.

And that one photo takes care of my YOTA, HAP and part of WIPocalypse  WIPcoalypse is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings, YOTA is hosted by Pull the Other Thread and the HAP SAL is hosted by Stacy at Crossed Stitches.  All three aim to help us focus on finishing what we have started rather than just adding to that stack of WIPs. 
In addition to Shakespearean FantasyElegant Doily and Christmas Presence are on my WIPocalypse and YOTA list.  Elegant Doily ended here:
Each month, Melissa provides a topic to discuss with our post. August's was to pick a piece we stitched on this month and discuss our stitching journey. I am going to use Christmas Presence from Heaven and Earth Designs.  I received Shakespearean Fantasy as a RAK and was planning to start it on January 1st.  As I was new to the solid stitched type piece, I went looking for all the hints and tips I could and ran across the HAED YUKU board. As I was looking through all the forums, I ran across a topic line to sign up for the 2015 Freebie SAL.  A part would be released on January 1st and the next three during various times through June. As the pieces were small parts from larger charts, they would be detailed but would be possible to finish in a year. I also thought it would be a great chance to try out various styles of HAED stitching - gridding, cross-country, parking, etc.  I signed up and went digging for fabric.  I found a piece of 28 count Cashel and set about gridding.  All the threads were pulled and I was ready for my January start.  As I stitched, I could feel myself becoming very irritated.  I was concerned as I had also just started Shakespearean Fantasy and if my irritation was with the style of stitching rather than something else, I was going to be very unhappy for a very long time.  After a bit I decided it was the unevenness of the Cashel that was the problem, so back to the stash I went and found a piece of 28 count Jobelan (the same fabric I had pulled for Shakespearean Fantasy). That change made all the difference and everything fell into place.  I have learned a lot on this piece, but most importantly, it's all just one X at a time. I am no speed demon but am making steady progress.  I have almost finished the first page and did it cross-country.  I am going to try parking on the second page as I think it will help with Shakespearean Fantasy once I get past the pages of black and really get into the confetti stitching.  I really do like the detail that is achieved and could very easily see myself getting hooked on these pieces.  Here's a collage of my progress:
I started September's square for The Sampler Life's SAL but will save that for a later post.


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

Love the collage of Santa progress photos. The hardanger is looking great too.

Heather said...

I personally love cashel it's my favorite to stitch on. I'm sorry it didn't work for you but I'm happy you found something that did! Your progress looks great!

Justine said...

Thanks for sharing your stitching story on Christmas Presence, very interesting. Great progress being made on both pieces!

Leonore Winterer said...

Yay for half a page, and great progress on Christmas Presence. I really think you can finish it this year ^_^ Doily is looking amazing, I still think that not giving up on this one will REALLY be worth it! :D

Pull the other thread said...

All of your stitching looks splendid. Well done on getting that half page of black done!!