With every hobby/artistic outlet I have, there seems to be a part or step to it that I don’t like doing but it’s one of those necessary steps in the process to accomplish what I want so although I don’t particularly care for it I do, of course, do it.
- With quilting – it’s layering quilts. Once I get them all ironed and laid out on the table to pin, I’m fine but I guess it’s more the thought of having to layer a quilt that holds me up.
- With knitting – it’s blocking the pieces. It doesn’t take long nor is it difficult, but it’s my least favorite part.
- With weaving – it’s getting the loom warped. Again, ,not difficult, I’d rather just be able to jump right in and weave.
- And with cross stitching – it’s the pulling floss to get a project ready to work on.
This afternoon between cleaning chores, I decided I wanted to kit a couple smaller projects which meant get the floss pulled and decide on fabric so they are ready to go. I still don’t plan to have a lot of projects all going at the same time, but since I’ll be going back to riding the bus in August to and from work, I may need a project to stitch on while riding the bus (many years ago I used to stitch on the bus and also during my lunch hour at work – it’s amazing how much you can get stitched during that time.) Also, I’m going to need a car project to work on shortly so went digging through the smaller charts I have in my pile that I wanted to make sooner rather than later. Plus, I wanted these projects to be on larger count fabric – much better for car/bus stitching or stitching when visiting and not having my bright light to work under. I pulled three of them.
Fly By Night will be a great car project. I plan to take this along on an upcoming 3 hr car ride. Only one floss color and if I can outline the bird ahead of time, I can then just fill it in while riding along. The fabric is 16Ct. PTP Moonglow Aida. It’s a bit darker in my photo than in real life. The called for floss is DMC 310 but I chose Gentle Arts Black Liorice as it may have a bit of shading in it and I think in that large bird a bit of shading will look nice.
The second chart, which I have been wanting to start ever since I got it (and apparently loved it so much I ordered 2 of it DUH!) I recently saw someone finish it on a Flosstube which again moved it to the top of my list, is Strawberry House. I’ll be using 14 Ct. PTP Shale. Of the 8 flosses called for, I think I’m using 2 or 3 of the called for. The rest I didn’t have so substituted other colors.
Sorry for the glare on the chart (I didn’t take out of plastic) – but the house looks white in the image but the floss called for is Parchment – more dark Ecru (at least the one I have is) so I may go with a white shade instead but pulled both to put in my kit and decide later. The roof is Onyx which I have but I didn’t really want a black roof and windows because to me they look more blueish in the image and that’s what I liked. So I picked a blue for that and then picked colors similar in shade to the rest of the called for colors.
And the last one I kitted is Ever So Grateful. I love Threadwork Primitives charts – such fun designs – and I was looking for something with a turkey on it and all the other charts I looked at by other designers I just wasn’t loving their turkeys but when I saw this one I had to have it. And the color palette of fall colors are of course my favorite colors to work with in all all things.
I had the called for turkey color and the color for the alphabet, but the orangey/yellow I didn’t have so I pulled both a yellowy-gold and a rusty orange and in the flowers I’ll make some flowers/petals all gold, some all rust and some with a strand of each held together. The fabric is 14Ct. PTP Ale.
So they are all in a project bag ready to go and I can get the floss and charts and fabric put away again and then switch loads of laundry and see how close to being done my baked potato is so I can finish making the rest of dinner to go with it. I’m starting to get hungry – especially since when I went outside to take the photos above, one of my neighbors in the next apt building over was outside grilling barbequed chicken and the delicious smell wafting over was torture.