previously on The grey tail: I got tired of writing and posted a cargo of pictures. again.
now, this might strike all the new followers but I do stitch sometimes, and when I accomplish decent progress, I like to brag for a while. take it or leave it.
I spent almost an entire month working on this piece only. not that I had much time to stitch on it, really. anyways, it’s part one, page one of Blue Jeans and Daisies by Blue Ribbon Designs.
slowly but surely I managed to add all to this block, huge flowers, a house and a couple of trees. I remember a lot of frogging on these two, but we all get our share, don’t we?
I started the last block on the bottom left, the one that reaches the bottom of the sampler but I still haven’t taken a picture (mainly cause I haven’t taken it out since I started Mary Wigham).
then, the very same day Kaye was receiving her Christmas in July package, I received her package from Down Under. how cool is that?
it’s the Travelling Bunny pattern* that made all it’s way from all over the world to this happy swamp we call Venice. or at least the province of Venice, you know I’m not too fond of the Sinking City.
well, this is what I found inside the envelope: a loot of goodies to pick from and pass on once I’m done with the furry guy. I must admit, I’ve been working on the interactive PDF about this since I received the goodies and chart (I very well know myself and my biblical sense of time). as for the stitching, I must pull threads and start working on it. I might have the perfect linen match in a few leftovers from my latest start.
it’s Victoria Sampler‘s Heart Etui. the most intriguing Stitcherama I’ve joined so far. not that the Victorian Purse and Pincushion aren’t as sweet and challenging, but somehow I never found the chance to work on them during class, and it really makes a great difference. Thea and Lisa have been giving the most helpful notions about all the speciality stitches involved, and trust me this one is quite a tricky one.
there are Lazy Daisy Stitches, Cross Stitches, Petit Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches, Kloster Blocks, French Knots, Blanket Stitches, Dove’s Eyelets, Herringbone, Double Running, Bullion Knots, Algerian Eyelets, Backstitches, Beadwork, Japanese Silk Ribbons, Partial Greek Crosses, Smyrna Crosses, Scotch Stitches and Dove’s Cote Filling. sounds fun, uh? 😀
well, I’m using a lovely 28ct. Crème à la Vanille dark linen hand dyed by Nina, I spent the an entire day measuring, converting, cutting, zig zagging, centering, squaring, pulling threads, etc.
I ordered the DMC Pearl Cotton directly from the source in France, and I’m currently waiting for them to deliver the much needed #8 and #12 balls. I made my start on a doodle cloth with the materials from the kit (and actually spent an entire night on it, that’s how addictive this piece is).
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follow our summer adventures in tomorrow’s post. an all new episode including news about the two silly fellows, the Travelling Bunny and Mary Wigham! 🙂
* to be the next one in line for the Travelling Bunny, I’m adding a dedicated post right after this one. add a comment there! 😀