Sunday, July 27, 2008

Almost There!

Well, as you can see by the picture, I finally finished the cross stitching for my windmill. I have also started the backstitching. Or I should be more accurate and call it the longstitching. I'm using the #8 perle cotton instead of the 2 strands of floss that the pattern calls for. In the 2 other Michael Powells I've done, I could never get the backstitching to look right. If I laid it or railroaded it, it separated into 2 distinct strands. If I didn't lay it, it looked twisted. Hence the perle cotton. I do like the way it makes things pop so I think I'm on the right track. I did experiment to see how it would work in real small areas such as around one single square (like the windows). I was worried that it might be too heavy but after staring at it for several days, I've decided I like the effect of the heavier thread. I did make one mistake already. I'm still trying to decide if I want to rip back to it and fix it. I'm sure it won't be my only one. But it does stick out in my eyes. Maybe cause I know where it is. I need to figure out if it will bother me every time I look at it. I guess I will fix it cause my eyes go right to it even in this small picture. Hopefully it won't take me too terribly long to finish this cause I'm anxious to work on something else now.

Friday, July 25, 2008

My First Award!

I am so excited. I received my my first blog award yesterday from Dawn of GoldenAngelWorks. It was such a surprise too. Now I know I'm supposed to pass it on to 5 other blogs I read and enjoy. I read alot of blogs but have been really to shy to post comments on most of them. So I suppose if I pass this award on to others, they may be kinda shocked receiving it from a stranger. But I do have several blogs that I read regularily and highly enjoy. Please don't ask me to do the blue thingy because right now that's beyond my scope of knowledge. So here goes nothing:
Sharon's Cross Stitch Obsession
Stitching with a View - Beatrice
Gone Stitching... - Martha
Stitching & Sharing - Karen
A Few of My Favorite Things - Lee Ann
What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day
Ok, so that's 6. What can I say? These are my favorites and I'm sticking by them. Ladies, you're all so very creative and I get inspired by your blogs all the time. Keep up the wonderful work! And, Dawn, thank you again for your wonderful thoughtfulness.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

More of My Favorites

I didn't quite finish all of the cross stitching on my windmill last weekend. I got sidetracked by my family who wanted to watch movies on Sunday. Then on Monday Sherrie & I went to see Journey the the Center of the Earth with Brandon Frasier. Ok movie, yummy star. He's one of my favorite actors and I love how he can laugh at himself. Oh well, I digress. So I've been working on the windmill all the rest of the week and am almost done with the cross stitching. Hopefully I can finish it today or tomorrow. So since I didn't have that one done, I thought I'd post pictures of the other 2 I have finished already. The first one is called Street and the other is Lighthouse. I've had such fun stitching these and am already planning which one I'm going to start next (after I do Highland Living). He has a new one out called English Village I that's been calling my name and that may have to move to the top of the list. I also see that he has a new freebie on his website that's really cute that I may have to do as well. Thanks, Beatrice, for alerting me to that one.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Almost There!

Well, I've made considerable progress on my windmill since I last posted. I just have a little more of the sky left and then I can start on the backstitching. All the same color can get quite tedious but I've been doing it at night while watching TV. I no longer have to refer to the chart so I can concentrate on whatever I'm watching and it helps keep me from falling asleep. Sometimes when I'm really tired, I can even fall asleep while knitting but so far never while cross stitching. I plan on trying to finish the cross stitch part by tomorrow (we're on summer hours at the shop - closed on Mondays. Yeah!). Then it will probably take a couple of weeks to do all the backstitching. When this one is done, I plan on taking it and the other 2 Michael Powells I've finished to be framed. I'll probably use a black frame with some kind of mat. I have thought about a black mat with a gold metallic frame. We'll have to see when I get there.