Ring Out, Wild Bells

Happy New Year everyone. I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and have girded your loins for all that 2019 may bring.

In a great start to the year, I have a finish! Ta dah!!!

2019-01-03 – Watergarden by Chatelaine – Finished

I started Watergarden at the end of June 2017 and, in amongst The Watch and a couple of small Chatelaine Christmas Tree mandalas, she took 28 weeks to stitch. The things I have learned from this pattern are:

  • Count, count, then count again
  • I am not particularly fond of Nymo to attach the beads but it does the job well, slippery critter that it is.
  • If you are going to bead, then you really need to use tacky bob or something similar: in my case, I jerry-rigged a couple of lint roller pages – job done!
  • It’s worth taking the time to backstitch.
  • I absolutely love stitching with silk and I love the sparkling effect of the beads.

All I have to do now is find a local framer who can do Watergarden justice!

Next in the rotation will be Watch from Scarlet Quince which you recall I left in the wings so I could finish Watergarden. For Christmas, I bought myself some new tech, namely a Samsung tablet and I have installed the SQ’s stitching app as I was getting fed up with joining paper patterns together. It’s a great bit of kit and I have now got the hang of highlighting and finishing stitches within it.

This all means that I have a gap in the rotation and that will be filled by Night With Her Train of Stars.

Night With Her Train of Stars, Edward Robert Hughes (Scarlet Quince)

I am busily preparing all the materials I had stashed away. Because Night is so wide (fabric requirements are 38 x 25″) I’d like to stitch her with the short side at the top. This leaves a bit of a conundrum as the SQ stitching app doesn’t turn the symbols the right way round so I have asked Meredith if this is something that can be provided. Otherwise, I think a quickish, non-technical solution would be to turn the needle store symbols on their side so I don’t become befuddled when stitching and mix up the symbols. Let’s see what Meredith can come up with.

That’s all for now folks. Have a great January (dry, vegan or otherwise – just find what feels good) and I’ll see you in February.


8 thoughts on “Ring Out, Wild Bells

  1. Beautiful finish and congrats! I’m also starting back on my Scarlet Quince project this week. Trying at least one week a month. It’s a UFO project that I started in 2012!

  2. Oh and I’m also trying the app for the first time. I’ve updated how much is completed and it says I’m 21.8% complete. It looks very helpful!

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