This is an anthology of short stories by Barbara Erskine, another time-travelling author who is easy to escape into. This month has been a series of encounters as I ditched Watch after a couple of weeks to focus on other things, things which had colour in them!
Here’s where I left you on Watch the last time and here’s what a couple of weeks’ work looks like:
I was getting seriously bored of the monochrome in this piece and ventured into working a Chatelaine pratice piece: A Tiny Rose Garden Mandala.
The colours are just gorgeous, although it was a little weird working on something geometric rather than the organic flow of Watch. It only took about 24 hours to complete and is about 4.5″ square. There was just one speciality stitch, algerian eyelets, which were easy to master. Then came loads of beads. Thank goodness for Google so I could research the best way to attach them. I know I’ve worked with beads before but I thought I had to up my game when working on Chats as they are so intricate, particularly the bigger pieces. I also started to use the pinhead stitch to finish off in order to keep the back neat and tidy. I have been using the pinhead stitch to start for a long time. I don’t know why I didn’t use it to finish as it is so easy. Hey ho.
Here she is framed:
The photo isn’t brilliant but the matting matches the darker green of the corner gardens. Here are some close-ups.
The other encounter is a wedding gift for a work friend I have known for about eight years. She loves her crafts (although she is not a stitcher) and I thought this sampler would be ideal.
Her wedding colours are the Cadbury purple and a light brown cappuccino colour. As the original colours are quite muted, I used the Cadbury purple as the anchor colour and selected (agonised) over the others. I found this site tremendously useful as it lists the DMC colours in order of brightness. Once I found that it was *relatively* easy to find the other colours:
I had to make sure the green worked with both the words and the little motif colours as this tied everything together. Designers have my utmost respect when it comes to not only creating a pattern, but populating it with colours. Here’s where I am after a couple of weeks:
Just six more lines to go! Now, with the Scarlet Quince pieces (Ehret, Number 5, IMP etc) the back has not really been very important; however, it most definitely is in this case. In a whole month of upping my game, I have been doing the words individually so travelling thread won’t be visible in the finished framed piece. Here is what the back looks like, which for a laissez faire stitcher like me, is quite an achievement:
I have oceans of time to get it finished and framed in time for her wedding: the hardest thing will be keeping it a secret from her. 🙂