Just checking in to see where everyone is and to remind everyone that the next great shifting is upon us - December 16th - next Tuesday. I have Valerie's lovely piece from Carol . What pieces are out there to be mailed? Just leave a comment so we can all know what to expect.
I finished my section on Valerie's RR yesterday. This stitched up like a dream with the beautiful silks that Valerie chose! I will hold off mailing it to Edgar for a couple of weeks unless you are ready for it now Edgar? Let me know. Sorry about the poor photo but it's really dark and gloomy here and has been for the past few weeks so I had to take it using my Ottlite for lighting. If anyone has any spare sunshine - please bottle it and send it over!
I've got Rowyn's RR finished last night. I will send it on to Valerie tomorrow. Next up will be Edgar's restitch. I know I will be ahead of schedule, but with Christmas coming, I've got some presents that I want to do for my family.
Hi All~ Just a quick update - I got Valerie's RR in the mail to Carol on October 31st! Sorry for falling behind.....and I had Valerie's piece done so quickly too. But its off and winging its way to the U.K. I hope it gets there soon.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I received Donna's RR from Rowyn last night and that it's safe and sound. I can't wait to get started but will probably have to wait a week or two before tackling it so I can finish up other commitments. Will definitely get it done and back to Donna before the deadline though. :)
I received Carol's and Edgars RRs today (thanks Edgar), so I now have four RRs. Donna's which is due out on 21 October to Valerie, Carol's restitch, Edgar's restitch and my own restitch.
Rather than sending them all onto Donna, should I send them in different directions as I finish them (to make the robin 'round' again)? I am going to work hard at getting them all done as soon as I can.
I received Wendy's rr from Rowyn! It looks beautiful. I also want to thank Carol for making every one a fob! I chose the green one! My son Jacob liked it too! I'll hopefully start stitching this weekend! Donna
Here is a sneak peek of how my piece looks with my vine and initials. I really like how the color combination turned out. I just wish I had different initials. Being a V-squared makes it look kind of "matchy-matchy". Oh well! I will be placing this in the mail to Wendy in Canada tomorrow. I hope I didn't miss anything!
I have completed my re-stitch. As you can see I frogged the green initials and date and re-stitched using the same grey as the little rabbit. I've no idea why the fabric looks grey - poor lighting I expect - it's actually lambswool! I will mail it out to Edgar this weekend.
Thank you to all who have to re-stitch - it's much appreciated.
Here's a picture of my re-start. The fabric is 35ct lambswool linen and the silk is Vicki Clayton's Imperialosity - 1 strand over 2. I was going to order in something new but decided to go with whatever I had in my stash. Haven't quite decided whether to stitch the rabbit and maybe accents in grey. If so, I will frog the initials and year and replace them too. Hopefully I should finish my section for the mailing deadline!
Donna's RR in in the USPS on it's way to Rowyn and should arrive in the next week or so. I am getting the feeling that we are all in agreement that a re-stitch is the way to go - I am getting together the silk and linen for my part.
I know I haven't had Mindi's RR very long but, as you must by now have realised, I just cannot sit on these RRs - I have to get stitching! I finished my section and it's going in the mail tomorrow to Edgar.
I couldn't wait to make a start on Mindi's RR! I only have the motif with the 'devil's horns' to go. I love the vintage fabric and the silks that Mindi chose - can you let me know what this is please? This is such a lovely RR and I am really enjoying it. I am tempted to order Raisin Wine for my future stitching of BP.
Despite having received Donna's RR only a few day ago, I have already finished the section I chose to stitch! I am so enjoying this RR - it's such a quick stitch and it's so nice to work with different fabrics and flosses. I will wait a couple of weeks before I mail this to Edgar as I don't want to pressurize anyone! I think the next one for me to stitch will be Mindi's and I am looking forward to working on this.
Just to let Donna (and Wendy) know that her RR is safe in the UK. The fabric and floss are gorgeous especially the silk floss - such a vibrant shade of green! So, just when I thought I might get back to Ms Hannah, along comes this. I can't wait to get started!
Here is a picture (not so clear unfortunately) of my section on Donna's RR. I wish the picture picked up the gorgeous shade of green silk that Donna chose for her piece. Its beautiful on the fabric. Now its off in the mail and winging its merry way to Carol in the U.K.!!
Wendy's lovely piece has arrived with all the wonderful fobs that Carol has made. Here is a snap of the entire package - I think I will work my section in the dark purple. I have(as you can see) chosen the fob that is red/green and it is already on my favorite Dovo scissors!! Thank you so much Carol!!!!!
I mailed out Wendy's RR (plus the scissor fobs) to Edgar yesterday (Thursday). I know I'm early but early is better that late! I hope it arrives safe and sound as it's always a worry trusting precious stitching to the mailing system.
I have been stitching on Wendy's piece these past few evenings. I chose DMC 158 which really is a pretty blue and blends in well with the variagated thread that Wendy chose to stitch her section. I am really enjoying this piece.
Wendy's RR has arrived safely here in the UK. The colours are really pretty and I am looking forward to stitching my section. And I get to chose first of not only which colour to use but also which section!
I have been so bad, my rr has been ready for a couple weeks now and I just kept putting it off. Finally I remembered and it's off in the mail today. Sorry for my delay. Hope Wendy gets it soon. Don't know how many days it takes to get to Canada. Until later, Donna
Yes, I am sending off mine today. I finished up my initials/date and the rabbit. Here is a snap -
I have used "Old Maid of the Sea" for the main silk and the secondary silks are two of the three colours that make up the variegated OMOTS. The initials are in Nisse Grey and the rabbit is done in Steelies. In the package I have included a short note and the all the extra silk for the project. If you have any questions feel free to email me -
I wanted to make sure I finished. I'm happy with how it turned out. Loved stitching the bunny. Today is a free day from school, so I plan to stitch alot today! I'll most likely wait to send mine till the end of the week. By then I'll have my other exchange ready to ship too.
Hi Friends~ I admire (and I'm envious) of you that have started on your RR's! Meanwhile I realize the downside to having too much fabric stash....it gives you too many choices! I have been going back and forth between decisions as to what to use for my RR. And back and forth between floss choices too. How on earth did you ever make your final decision?
I'm getting to the point where I'm asking my hubby to decide for me....and believe me, I have never done that before. His colour taste, well, he just doesn't have any. But I really need to get my section started and the days are passing by. I'm in such a quandry!
I worked some on mine last night and here is a progress snap -
I am now waiting for my extra silk from Vicki at HDF, due to my colour change I did not have enough to send this out into the world. My plan was to finish and get it out next Tuesday.... but the best laid plans don'tcha' know!!! If it is ready to go I say send away, the dates for mailing I feel are the outside times it should be sent to allow for mailing and stitching. As soon as I get mine together I will post this sucker off - zoom!!!!
I started mine the other evening and worked away at it ..... then picked it up again last night and worked some more. The more I stitched the less happy I was with it. It was looking VERY stripey!! Then I tried to scatter the stitches and make it look a little more blocky and that looked freckled and spotty. I then finally made the decision to rip/frog/pull out everything that I had done and go with a colour I had thought about doing when I started the piece. I decided to go back to HDF "Old Maid of the Sea." Here is a snap of the little bit I got done after all the bother....
This is a terrible picture, I even tried to adjust the lighting on the computer ( it did not work).... I will get a better on tonight. I am much happier with the way this is turning out. I have also ordered some secondary colours from HDF so I have not made a decision on what colour the rabbit will be.....yet. :)
I finished my section and I could have carried on but, I was really good and have stopped! As you can see, I 'stole' Edgar's idea of stitching the rabbit in another colour and, although I was going to subsitute a squirrel for him, I decided against it so as to make it easier to count for whoever is going to stitch that section.
If you prefer your vines to be mirror images, be careful when stitching the first leaf at the top of the left hand side and the flower bud on the right hand side which is next to the 8, as they are different on the chart. I altered them but, of course, it's up to you but I like symmetry!
I am looking forward to seeing someone else's WIP so how about some photos?
I made a start! I really love how the OMG Red looks against the lambswool fabric. It will not be long before my piece is stitched and it will be ready to be mailed off to Edgar. It seems strange to think I will not see this project for a year so I hope for regular photos to see how it's coming along.
My lambswool fabric has now crossed the ocean and I am ready to make a start! I am getting the edges overlocked tomorrow and then I just might put in a few stitches after that. I can't wait to start this project.
I think this will be a little easier for everyone. I always wondered about that black... :) I think we will go with q-snap and popping the piece out when not being worked on. I have no idea who Joshua is but since he likes the site ..... and we aim to please!!!!! I of course did no test yet :( but will tonight first thing before anything else is stitched upon!!!
What does everyone think about q-snaps or hoops. I would prefer that my linen be taking out of either the hoop or q-snap when not being worked on. I can go either way with the hoop/snap but have been using the q-snap thingie exclusively for past few weeks and really like it.
Hi All, I thought I would throw a snap at the header to let those that stumble upon us see what is going on... what do you think? Also I will be sending out an email today (or more probably tomorrow) so keep a look out!!!
My chart arrived this morning along with Edgar's breakup of the chart - thank you Edgar. I really can't wait to start this project but I have to finish my biscornu for the HOE exchange first and as I am awaiting on yet more fabric to come from NIAH I guess I am going to have to wait! Is there a "Patience is a Virtue" pattern? lol
Donna - that is a great color and will look super on the fabric you picked out - I know what you mean about 36 count - :)
Carol -I really like the OMG Red!
To answer the size questions - the chart has the design stitch count as 209 x 152.
My stitch calculator works that out to be -
On 36 count fabric 2 over 2 with a 2 inch border - Stitched area will be 11 5/8 x 8 1/2 with the fabric being 15 1/2 x 12 1/2.
On 32 count fabric 2 over 2 with a 2 inch border - Stitched area 13 1/8 x9 1/2 with the fabric being 17 x 13 1/2.
The chart also give two versions of a completed piece one monochromatic and one with 7 different colours. I would think if you wanted to use various colours that would be just fine. You would need to send specific instructions with your piece as to what goes where, but so long as it was explained it should be fine. I am going with a single silk but I am doing that rabbit in a alternate colour before I send it off. :)
I also got into the mail the break up of the chart so everyone should be getting that pretty soon.
I thought about the April 1st mail date - it just happened to hit there.... as I picked all Tuesdays since Mondays are such busy days at the post office.
I should do a little test area like Carol - what a good idea!!!
I stitched a few 'test' pieces last night. The top one, which I gave up on as I thought it disappeared into the fabric, is Vicki Clayton's OMG Red (one strand) on flax 36ct. I then stitched two 'snowflakes' on lambswell 32ct. The one on the left is one strand of OMG Red and the other one, using two strands, is two sections in OMG Red and the remaining sections in Imperialosity. So this means that I am going with OMG Red with two strands on the 32ct lambswool and the only problem here is my piece of fabric is 19" x 14 1/4" and I not sure if it's big enough so I may have to order some more. I had not realised that Vicki's silk was so thin and I am thinking I should have chosen Au Ver a Soie or Needlepoint Inc both of which I have used before.
Here is my choice of linen, it is a 32 count antique light khaki color, I did look at 36 count and decided my poor eyes deserved a break from that one. (haha) I have picked out Needlepoint Silks in a hunter teal green, I know there are only 3 skeins pictured, I ordered 3 more since I bought all my LNS had. They did not have Vicki Clayton silks, they had Needlepoint Silks and Ave A Soil(most likey misspelled) and but only ones or twos per color. So I did choose Needlepoint because the shop owner assured me that I'd be able to get the same dyelot again from Needlepoint. So here's hoping! Question? We are only picking one color for the entire project, right? It's hard to see the color good, but it is very lovely, and since I plan to hang this sampler in my living room I went with the darker green. My linen size is 18" by 18". I'm very excited to get started! I'm glad I'm stitching with ya'll! Donna>aka DaisyGirl
I have just realised that our first posting date is April 1st. I hope that isn't an ominous sign that Edgar is just having a joke with us!! lol
I am really looking forward to starting this RR - my first one and I couldn't have chosen a better group to be with. I am still awaiting my chart from Wyndham Needleworks so I do not know the stitch count. Does anyone know? I can at least prepare my fabric, although I still need to decide which fabric I am going to use but I may just have enough lambswool 32ct as I think QF may be smaller than I thought. Are we basting the sections?
Here we go - I have sent out invitations so that we can all post here. I will be adding to the blog over the next few days. Any suggestions just toss them this way!!! I will also be mailing out today the section breakdown for the chart.