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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Another happy dance!

Well, I'm off work at GP's orders again today, trying to get rid of these cluster migraines once and for all (apparently that's what they are) - so now I'm doped up with anti-inflammatories etc, and I've been ordered to do no housework etc, just rest and relaxation ... so on Dr's orders, I've been sat stitching, watching the rest of the Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital series on DVD ... soon to be followed by Girl with a Pearl Earring (talk about going from one end of the spectrum to the other - but that's me to a tee!!). Anyway, I managed to force myself to complete a UFO from last year - a GCC (Group Correspondence Course) through the Embroiderers Guild of America, called "Lace & Ribbons" by Dakota Rogers. It only took 1 1/2 hours to finish it off, as I just had to do the filling stitches on the bottom band - and finally I have another set of scroll rods to use for another project ... yippee!!! I'm going to add fabric to the sides, and turn this into a folder cover for my stitching album, I think. You got to choose your own design for the 'centre' piece - I chose an autumn leaf, and in fact picked one up from the ground that I liked the look of on the way home from work one day while I was stitching it - it thought it would remind me of my first autumn in Melbourne, as the leaves were all falling from the trees at that time, which always makes me feel soppy - I just love the autumn colours on the trees.

Now, before I forget, Cathy I do use polyfill for my pincushion stuffing - only because I use them for decoration only. When I was in NZ I used clean wool fleece, but I haven't found a stockist for it here yet ... but then again, I haven't tried that hard either. The polyfill is not good if you want to actually use it, as I believe the pins may eventually rust in there. Another option is to cut up wool skeins (taught that by Martha Beth Lewis in a class once), eg tapestry wool.

Rightio, off to finish off another two UFO's - the next two only have about 1/2 hour's stitching to go on each one ... one just has a few fly stitches to pop in, and the other one was finished, but it got caught on something, and I lost one of the heart beads, so I need to frog it back a bit, and restitch the beads back on again. So, fingers crossed, I'll have another couple of happy dances by the end of the day :)

10Comments:

Blogger Von said...

So sorry that these migraines continue to plague you! Hope this latest strategy gets rid of them for good.

Your latest finish is just beautiful Anne! Be sure to post a pic when you've made it into the folder cover.

Get better hugs, Von

12:09 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Your GCC piece is awesome! Good choice for the center motif. When you make it into a folder cover please take pictures as you go - I want to see, please! ;o)

Hope the nasty migraines go away soon. You rest and relax!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Rowyn said...

What did you think of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'? I love that movie. Sorry to hear about your migraines, I'm sure one is bad enough let alone having them more regularly. Congrats on your HD, it's beautiful!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cluster migraines can be difficult to diagnose, but now that you've got the right treatment, I hope you'll soon be feeling fine.

I didn't know Kingdom Hospital was on DVD... Oh, boy.

I love this finish. It's so delicate and beautiful!

6:59 PM  
Blogger KarenV said...

Sorry to hear about your migraines Anne. You follow doctor's orders now - it sounds like the perfect excuse to sit and stitch!

Congratulations on finishing a UFO - it looks really pretty :) I'd also like to see pictures of the album cover, it sounds like a great way to finish this.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Bine said...

Anne, sorry to hear about your migraines. I hope you get rid of them soon.
Your finished UFO is so nice. And I like the center motif you chosed very much.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Thanks Anne for the info on the pincushion stuffing. Hope you are feeling better today - take care.

12:31 AM  
Blogger Lelia said...

Beautiful GCC finish. I haven't done that one.

Thanks for sharing the 'wool' tip from MBLewis. I never thought of that.

I like using wool roving, too.

Catch Von's blog at:
http://www.onthedryside.blogspot.com/ (I have a link on my web blog if that doesn't work)

She has some beautiful stitching to share.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

You poor thing, you! That's what I get for not being able to keep up with blogs this week. I hope that your migraines are under control soon. I just had one on Tuesday and boy, are they NOT FUN! *hug*

8:20 AM  
Blogger Nicole and Phil said...

The finished UFO looks great Anne. youare gettinglots done this year! Do you keep a list of projects that you have started or yet to start? I have such a list, and I love being able to cross something off once it is finished!

8:04 PM  

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