SAL Update – Bee #2

April 11, 2021 at 7:59 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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The bee (or rather the background around the bee) continues to grow! I’ve worked on the pink flowers on the upper left side of the image, and am planning to work my way up to the upper left corner from here. Still enjoying all the colours, although I definitely prefer the oranges and reds to the pinks of the flowers.

Here’s last time’s progress:

Progress picture of cross-stitch image showing the head of a bee, some red-orange background and a couple of partially done pink flowers on the left.

And this is today’s progress:

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch project, featuring two big pink flowers on top of each other.

Patternkeeper tells me I’m sitting at 9.37% done right now, which sounds a lot and a little at the same time. Next time we’ll look at the owls again!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #19

March 21, 2021 at 8:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 10 Comments
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As promised, today there’s an update on my owl. Turns out that starting a new project is just what I needed to also continue making progress on this one. I have now learnt how much I prefer working on 25-count fabric, it’s just so much more solid and less fiddly than the 28-count I’m using for Bee! So, here’s our owl today:

In progress picture of a colourful owl in counted cross-stitch

She’s got feet now, and you can see the negative space where the tail feathers and the branch she’s sitting on will go. That’s rather more progress than I expected to make, so yay! Here’s the comparison to last time:

Cross-stitched wol in reds and green with finished head and body.In progress picture of a colourful owl in counted cross-stitch

The compare doesn’t work perfectly here because I had to extend the frame a bit to show the bits at the bottom, but I still think it gives a good impression on what’s happened since last time.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #1

February 28, 2021 at 9:10 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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As promised, today’s the first progress report on my new project. It’s another one from the fine folks at Gecko Rouge, and it’s called “Bee” by Lorna Laine. Here’s my progress for the first three weeks:

Progress picture of cross-stitch image showing the head of a bee, some red-orange background and a couple of partially done pink flowers on the left.

I love the colours of this so much! There are several new things I’m trying out with this:

  1. The fabric is 28 threads per inch instead of 25. Small difference, and I can stitch it just fine, but I feel that especially in confetti-heavy areas there’s just not enough space for all the stitches. Will be fine for this, which turns out not to be very confetti-heavy, but I’ll stick with 25-count in the future.
  2. Gecko Rouge is switching its Magic Guide fabric to another brand. This one has one coloured thread every 10 threads, the previous one had two every 20. I appreciate things being marked every ten threads, but the main difference is one vs. two coloured threads – with two the lines on the pattern are exactly between the two lines, no thinking required. With one I had to decide and remember which row/column lies exactly on the coloured thread, which takes slightly more thinking when counting.
  3. I’m trying out Pattern Keeper, an app where you can import PDFs of Cross-stitch patterns and mark your stitches on a tablet instead of on a paper copy. This one’s a total game changer, making things much more portable and easier not to miss single stitches hiding in the crowd. Will use this going forward. Currently only available for Android, but if you have an Android tablet, it’s worthwile checking it out.

Pattern Keeper also counts exactly how many stitches you have done and how much there’s still to do, which is fun. The Bee also is a much smaller pattern than my Owls, so you can really see progress. But as promised, I’ll switch back to the owls for the next update, so they will get finished at some point!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #18

February 7, 2021 at 9:03 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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I managed to finish the body of my owl! Here she is:

Cross-stitched wol in reds and green with finished head and body.

Here’s the comparison to last time, using the handy compare feature again:

Cross-stitched wol in reds and green with finished head and body.

Since getting there, I couldn’t face starting the next section, which is his feet and a huge chunk of the branch he’s sitting on, which are mostly similar colors so makes sense to tackle together. Instead I started a new project, for various reasons. I’ll explain more and show you a first project pic three weeks from now. It’s a fun one! For the moment, I’m aiming to switch between them at every SAL weekend, so you’ll get to see progress on both in alternative posts. In the long run, the new one will probably become my travel project, once travel is a thing again.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #17

January 17, 2021 at 8:59 am | Posted in Embroidery | 16 Comments
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It seems like I continue to work on this in bursts. I think one of the reasons is that when set up, my cross stitch needs the part of my craft table that other projects need as well, so I’m not inclined to swap while in the middle of a project. The last weeks I was occupied with a still secret quilting project, which I finished up yesterday. So in order to not have a no-show again, I did add a few stitches before taking a new picture. So, let’s do a game of “Spot the difference”!

Last time vs. this time:

Tried out the image comparison function in WordPress – just move the division in the middle around!

So, let’s see what happens for next time – that probably depends on how long it takes me to get stuck into the next creative project that needs space.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #16

December 27, 2020 at 8:43 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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I started this project about a year ago now, and it’s going slowly but surely. I got to play with lots of colours this time! Here’s last time:

And today it’s looking like this:

I’m currently working my way through the fringe of feathers under the eyes, with the rest of the body to follow. Below that, his feet and the branch he’s sitting on.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #15

December 6, 2020 at 8:27 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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After finishing my November postcard project (the promised post still needs to be written), I took a few days to add some stitches to my owl, just to have a sense of making some progress. So here’s the previous version:

Progress shot of counted cross-stitch embroidery of a cute owl

And this is today’s state of things:

I’m working on the beak, and there’s also some structure appearing on the wings. I may have caved on buying a couple of other kits from Gecko Rouge that I absolutely adore, but I’m committing to finish this owl before starting the next one when it arrives.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #14 – again

November 15, 2020 at 10:33 am | Posted in Embroidery | 10 Comments
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Unfortunately I haven’t touched this in the last three weeks, so here’s the last state again:

Progress shot of counted cross-stitch embroidery of a cute owl

I have been busy elsewhere, however: my November project is making a textile postcard for every day of the month, that is, 30 in all. I’ll do a writeup here when the month is up, but you can follow along as I’m doing them in this twitter thread. I hope to have something more to show on the embroidery side next time.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #14

October 25, 2020 at 7:14 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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Another tiny bit of progress this time, but we’re starting to see colour!

Last time:

Counted cross-stitch of a colourful owl in progress

Now:

Progress shot of counted cross-stitch embroidery of a cute owl

The reds are on the beak and on the upper part of the wings, which is not a huge area, but there’s lots of different colours involved, so I might take a while on this.

I think progress will stay slow in general on this, since I do try to prioritize my own creative projects when I have the brainspace for them. This one is a good travel project, and in fact the progress was made when I was traveling for a few days at the beginning of October. But who knows when I’ll get to do that again, and at home I mostly have my own projects on the go.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #13

October 4, 2020 at 7:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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It’s been three weeks again! Just a tiny bit of progress this time, but I did finish all the black stitches inside the owl. Last time:

Counted Cross-stitch picture of a colourful owl in progress

And now:

Counted cross-stitch of a colourful owl in progress

The wings and the beak will be in the reddish tones of the feathers above the eyebrows, while the belly feathers will be in the same greens as the little piece at the top of the head. I’ll probably start in on the reds next.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

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