Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Mother Earth Update

The update for the 2010 Weekly SAL Blog was posted on Sunday so I thought it was about time I posted a pic here too, just in case you didn't get to have a wander over there yet for a look-see. :0)



This time I concentrated mostly on filling in the skin areas, with the occasional foray into the annoying confetti stitching realm........ after a while those little white patches in the middle of all the colour get to bugging me enough to make me persevere and not mind all that tail-end thread weaving on the back. Weeeellll..... not quite so much. LOL The rainbow will have to keep its white patches for a while longer though because I just can't work out which of the two very similar symbols it's meant to be when the only difference is that one is a bit thicker than the other. Unfortunately that similar symbol thing has been a big issue with this chart, despite DH getting the pages enlarged to an unwieldy A3 size........ until that beloved magnifying lamp came into my life. It has proved to be a gem with that too. Yep, I can now see the difference between most of the similar symbols...... apart from the one on that flippin' rainbow! Now curious, as this is my first HAED so I don't have anything to compare it with: has anyone else had a similar problem with their HAED chart?

The old stitching mojo seems to have decided that, yes, it definitely is going to stay around for a while, so I've been taking full advantage of it. The Monthly Challenge piece has had a fair bit of attention lately..... though it doesn't seem to be growing that fast, despite this. That has been another pain in the butt chart too, overcome by sitting at the computer and looking at the online version and writing notes on my print-out as to what bit is supposed be stitched in which colour. It certainly reminded me as to why I waaaaaaayy prefer symbol charts! Oh, and this is another piece I can't show you all as it has to wait until Reveal Day. Sorry!

Are there any Ink Circle Designs fans out there who are thinking of stitching The Bramble and the Rose? Well, some of the girls over at the Ink Circle Stitchers Blog are going to be having a SAL with this one around March time. I say around because, by the sounds of it, they are all itching to get going and may just jump the gun a bit. LOL They say the more the merrier, so you'd be welcome to join in. I'm trying so hard to resist temptation with this one as I already have a few BAP's on the go......... but I can't help wondering if I might just have finished Sea Stars by then and have an empty scroll frame that will cry out for another project to go on it. ;0) ROFL

As for other things: the Panto is now finished so the chaps are around again - exit the peace and quiet and being boss of the TV remote every night.... right when I was getting used to being in charge of it too. LOL Still, it's worth the losses as it meant that two more panels of the flooring got layed last night. I am sure DH is trying to see just how long he can make this one job last..... and just how far my patience will go. Not too much further, I can tell you, as it was supposed to have been finished before Christmas. I want to start moving things into my new Craft Room and get everything organised NOW! Oops.... guess I'd better keep on working at that patience thing. ;0)

The Development Circle went well last week (have updated my other blog now) and I'm looking forward to tonight's session and seeing what's in store. DH will enjoy his night off and a half in the pub while I'm there. Hopefully I'll not be too tired to pick up Sea Stars after I get back - I need to get some stitches into it or Julie and Mr Stick will be on my case. :0)

Thank you for visiting and also for all the lovely comments you take the time to leave - they are very much appreciated. Hope you are all enjoying some serious stitchy time. :0)

17 comments:

Christine said...

Mother Earth is looking gorgeous. It was the colour chart that put me off one of the Monthly Challenge designs too, I can't understand how anyone can prefer them

Miss 376 said...

You've done well with this, the detail is amazing.

Angela said...

Sounds like you've been busy.

Great progress on Mother Earth, I hadn't realised her arms were missing, lol.

Sounds to me like you should assert your authority and regain control of the remote, or at least negotiate better access to it. It's firmly under my control, in this house, husband is allowed control, under supervision.

Rachael said...

It is coming along nicely Karan, glad you have your mojo back

Always smiling said...

Hi
Some very very nice stitching on your Mother Earth, I saw it on the SAL 2010... it is going to be a lovely piece. Do you frame your finished stitching?
I have loads lying around waiting for some thing to happen to them!
Keep your mojo and happy stitching.
Its certainly beautiful
Chris x

Hazel said...

You have done a lot on this peice Karan. Well done! I want to do the Bramble n rose as well. :( too many projects. I am losing my grip of reality lol. x

Daffycat said...

ME is lovely! Confetti stitching is annoying but the detail it gives is stunning!

Mylene said...

What a gorgeous piece and you are making great progress on it.
Have a nice week.

Siobhan said...

Wow, that really is beautiful. Sorry to hear about the problems with the chart! I have a few charts by other designs that I just haven't stitched because I never remember to take them to the shop to get them enlarged. I'm glad your mojo has returned!

Julie said...

ME is looking lovely, my one and only HAED hsa become a UFO but i think i might just get it out and have another of now i have the magnifier too.

Beaupippin said...

Mother Earth is coming on really well. Keep up the good work!

Barb said...

Karan she is another glorious piece, glad you got to your circle last night.Hope you d sis is ok. Hugs and prayers from me.

jane said...

Mother Earth is looking great, it's good to see you stitching again. I don't like colour charts either - can't see the point of them really!

TammyK said...

Great progress on Mother Earth. It takes motivation to stick with HAED's :o)

Jan said...

She's looking beautiful . I hate confetti stitching and if I can get away without it try to leave it off or adapt (by using blends)
Well done you

Sally said...

Wow Mother Earth is really coming along Karan. I seem to have lost my mojo for HAED right now especially since my latest start will have to be restarted! lol!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Mother Earth is coming along beautifully! I know what you mean abougt the confetti stitching... I've got lots of it on my tour!