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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Summer into Autumn

Well, especially for Karen & Isabelle, here is the first progress piccie of Summer into Autumn that I started today. I was so over-tired this morning due to broken sleep, I frog-stitched the top band a sum total of 3 times and it's such simple stitches!! Anyway, there are some things I don't like about it, but some things I love about it ... The dislikes are more to do with the kit itself - the threads are cut so darned short, they barely manage to stitch across the bands - for example just the short 4-sided bands and smyrna crosses I was left with literally one inch of thread in the needle! That's spoiling the fun of stitching it a bit with me, 'cos halfway across the band I'm focusing more on whether I'll have enough thread to finish, than on the stitching itself :( I would have preferred to cut the threads myself to a reasonable length. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the single strand coverage with the cross stitches - but with it being a kit, I daren't increase the threads to two strands, as I won't have enough thread to finish ... I haven't decided yet, but I may yet stitch it again with my own threads just to compare it later - and see how it looks with the 2 strands giving it a bit more concentrated colour.

On the positive note, though, the little bands are really fun to stitch - and they're so tiny! Now I know what you meant when you were stitching it, Karen - the bands are only about 2 inches wide, with a nice mix of stitches and techniques. Don't know whether I'll match Karen's finishing time of 5 days, but I might come close ;)

Well, time to think about getting to bed ... it's 1.44am, and I've only been home from work about 10 minutes, but I'm feeling pretty shattered - and I'll be having another wake-up call in about 5 hours, from who I have affectionately nicknamed the "Bin B*stards" ... it's rubbish collection day, and the garbage trucks stop right outside my window at about 7am - mind you, it's better than the last place I lived in ... they came at 5.10am every week like clockwork, which is when they got their nickname! LOL.

Hopefully I'll be able to put some more time into SIA tomorrow, as I still have 8 hours left in its rotation :) Ooh, before I sign off, my order arrived from Nordic Needle today ... some pretty stash enhancements - only missing size 10 short beading needles, which are still on backorder, but they sent me 2 x canvaswork charts by accident, so I'll have to send the spare one back - fingers crossed they'll reimburse me for the postage ... Anyway, I'm a bit tired to post the stash contents today, so I'll leave it for later :)


Blogger KarenV said...

Woo-hoo! Great progress Anne :) I actually quite like the delicate effect of 1 strand over two, but if you're used to a denser coverage, I can see that it might be a bit off-putting. I think it looks lovely so far - can't wait to see more progress!

2:07 AM  
Blogger Lelia said...

Your DT is looking very nice (thus far). I've seen it finished with the 1-strand & it is very beautiful once completed.

Given a choice, the 1-strand isn't it for me, either.

Looking forward to hearing more about your stash enhancing ; )

2:20 AM  
Blogger Kali said...

I think the single thread coverage looks great in this picture. I am with you on the "too short" threads in the kits. I usually work with excessive lengths of thread so when I get this tiny precut pieces its frustrating. Great progress :)

2:24 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

One-over-two doesn't have my preference either, but this looks very delicate and lovely.

Hope you catch up on your sleep!

3:19 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Hi Anne, lovely progress so far on Summer into Autumn. I know all about the short threads in DT Kits too, earlier in the year I stitched Real Roses and the threads in there were so short I didn't enjoy stitching it as much as I thought I would. Might just have to move Summer into Autumn a bit further up on my to do soon list, lol.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Von said...

I agree with the others about the one strand over two looking quite lovely and delicate - appropriate for such a small design.
Don't keep us in suspense for too long - we want to see what was in that NN package :)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Hey Anne, it's a lovely surprise to see you've updated your blog again, with such a pretty picture! Oh I love that design. I would really love to stitch it some day! Your stitching is beautiful!!

The one-strand stitching makes it look so delicate. But then I get your point - I like also the "plump" effect of two-strand stitching. Like you say, since it's a quick stitch, you can always stitch it again with your own threads! :-D

Oh it is so, so lovely. Thank you Anne for sharing a picture so soon :o) I really enjoyed it!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Anne - this looks lovely; you've got a great start on this project. This one is in my stash too, but I won't get to stitching it anytime soon!

2:52 PM  

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