Brown/Blue Spotty

21 February 2011

Weekend Review

Snow was not very far away from us this weekend, I saw white covered cars and a little on the roadside while out and about.  We however have a surplus of the wet stuff ~ I can tell you LM was not amused.  Outside enjoyable car tinkering had to be postponed on Saturday and instead the paintwork sanding in the en-suite called his name!  And what a fine job he did too. 

I attended my first Embroiderer's Guild meeting for the year on Saturday with the lovely C.  It was a cold one, no heating in the hall, and a technical hitch prevented us having full view of the slides that accompanied the speaker's talk.  That said it was a good afternoon and an interesting subject ~ tapestry weaving.  As usual C managed to find some bounty on the sale table and came away with a batch of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazines which she has generously shared with me together with a few american crochet magazines.  I found a lovely DMC book which I will share another time as I have not managed to photograph this yet.

Stitching and finishing were slower than I expected ~ On one of the birthday projects I found that some 1/1 work that looked really nice was in fact incorrectly placed and had to come out, this held up progress quite badly.  It's hard enough to remove 1/1 but it was stitched in quite a dark colour which left deposits.  Once the corrections were made and the addition of one of the final motifs I set this aside ~ I really don't like working on something I feel has become a chore - I shall return to this soon.

My new love, The Sampler Lady by LHN, was given quite a lot of attention as you can see from this photograph. 

Aside from changing the actual size ~ I'm stitching 1/1 ~ I had to change the Ecru as it did not show up sufficiently well on my fabric, I still have the left cuff to remove.  I tried 712 but this also failed to bring anything to the party so I finally settled on a nice buttery shade (I think 677 ~ but will have to check!) for the alphabet, cuffs, ruffle and petticoat and I'm quite pleased with the results so far.  I have stitched my initial in Manor Red ~ this will be my signature on this piece.

I also made a start on a spring pincushion for an exchange that I have signed up for on the Friendly Stitcher group ~ I can't show you anything of this one until after it has been received by my partner.

Monday has arrived all too quickly ~ as usual.



Joy said...

Sounds like you had a nice time at your meeting. The Sampler Lady looks good! I have her in my stash...hopefully she will get a start this year. Looking forward to her progress.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely progres on your LHN. You are very right in saying Monday comes round too quickly.

Petites xxx et Cie ! Mon petit coin de Paradis said...

Nice progress Kate. Your Sampler Lady comes out beautifully.

Argante said...

really lovely my dear! I love it!!!


Milly~ said...

It's coming along so nicely. Look forward to seeing your progress.