Friday, August 8, 2014

Back to Stitching After 5 Years Away!!

Not a great picture, but at least a fairly recent one of me with that little book character my granddaughter sent for a trip to Naples!! Can't remember his name. LOL   I've lost 13 lbs. since this picture, thank God!  I'm doing Jenny Craig.

Have you wondered where I've been?  I've been writing a book review blog for the last 6 years or so, and sadly neglecting my stitching.  Then, about two months ago, I took a notion to pick a couple of things up again and I'm off!  I'm really rusty.  Need all the help and suggestions I can get.  Everything feels awkward.  I can't seem to find where to put my arms and elbows!  But I figure with a little time, it will all come back to me.

I hesitate to take any pictures of anything to show you where I am on a WIP since it's been forever!!  But I'll show you what I've been working on, below:

This is The Plantation Sampler which I still haven't gotten very far on.  It's big and difficult to hold, so I'm having some trouble with it.  I had it on stretcher bars, but seem to do better with it just "in hand" or on a large hoop.  Because of my recent brain tumor and my fading eyesight, it's not easy for me to look back and forth between the pattern and the linen, but I'm working with it.  It's good therapy for me.  And, I love it.   I'm open to any suggestions to help it work better for me.  I'm using a standing mag. light which really is wonderful and makes a difference.

These are, of course, a couple of Santas I stitched for Christmas but never got finished.  I'm afraid of finishing.  Finishing phobia.  I always tend to ruin things when I try.  So, I figure I'll stitch a bunch of them and take them to my local needlework shop one of these days...or send them off to one of you with a big bribe!!

A needlepoint piece I've been working on, on and off for a while.  It's nearly finished.  It's a faux Matisse.  I think I'll just frame it.  I need to do some boring outlining, add some beads and silk to the flowers, and finish the browns.  I'm leaving the table rough canvas to seem like wicker. Should be nice in my little French stitching room which is mostly yellow and pinks.

I don't even know if you can see this...I'm making a very long, segmented, funky scarf.  This is just the first two and a bit sections.  I'm using Hannah silk for that hand-painted section in pale green with a touch of rose, and yellow, and I'll be putting in another Hannah silk in the burgundy colors of the shaggy yarn.  Rotating colors and yarn textures.  I'll post more pics as I go along so it makes sense.  Since it's still warm here even in the winter, this is just meant to be a decorative, wrap around the neck thingie for fun.  The air conditioning gets very cool in restaurants at night.

And, last...I have looked for YEARS for a frog for my scissors, and finally found a lovely little ceramic one at an antique shop yesterday.  It's hard to get a close up, but I hope you get the feeling of it.  I have more scissors in a keepsake box, and hope I'll be lucky enough to find a glass frog one of these days.  Meanwhile, I like this one very much!

So, that's all I have to share in pictures of what I've been doing lately.  Please stop by and see me as I try to make some progress on my sampler.  I'm also going to pick up one of my Quaker samplers, as well.  I love Quakers...still have work to do on Ackworth's Beatrix Potter and a couple of others.

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Robin said...

You could make a working copy of your chart, cut it up into small blocks and use a needle minder to hold it in place on your fabric (if you use a hoop) to eliminate some of the back and forth. Your sampler is lovely as is your scissor frog.

Enjoy your weekend!

Robin in Virginia

Deb said...

Thank you, Robin!!

Von said...

Glad to see you in this space again, Deb!

llknbillburg said...

Congrats on your return to stitching! Your WIPs are lovely and I'm sure your comfort level will increase with time. Laura

Margaret said...

So good to see you again Deb and glad to read you are stitching again.