It's not too late to join us, so please contact me, Carrie, or Linda if you would like to join in. This is going to be a fun stitch, with sequins and buttons and bells, oh my! And it's not so big that you won't be able to finish in time for Christmas.
I have decided to change the fabric I will be using for my HAED, as I am not happy at all with the way one over one is looking at all. The stitches are not even and the gridding has been a huge challenge. I suspect I am going to wing it without the gridding and just frog if I mess up. If I have a bigger stitch count, that won't be as hard. With one over one on 25 count linen, there is just no room to take stitches out if you make a mistake. I'm thinking either 16 count Aida or 28 count Jobelan Linen. I checked prices on both at 123 Stitch and wow, that fabric is expensive! Luckily, I have a birthday this month, so I will wait to order that and my August cottage kit until the money comes rolling in (or if I can convince Justin that the new car is not my birthday present).
I am attempting to "finish" several projects, the first being The Rainbow Bridge. I got it to a point last night where I thought I was done:
I had actually gotten it pinned around the foam core:
...and was seriously pleased with myself until Justin said, "It's crooked." Well, damned if it wasn't!
It's now off the foam core and I am going to Joann's today to get some real measuring tools and a quilter's mat so that I can get that foam core the right size. I was cutting it with a scrapbook mat (10 X 12) and a utility knife. The utility knife was fine, but the scrapboard mat just will not cut it (haha) any longer. Clearly, this needs the correct tools. And once I have those, it should be no problem to finish some other projects I have waiting. Once this and a beautiful surprise gift I have made are "finished," they will go off to the hobby store for framing. If I lace the back myself and have it already mounted, it saves me $30 apiece when I am getting them framed, so it's well worth learning this technique.
I promise to put up a step by step "tutorial" if I am able to get this done right!
That's all for today. I have to run out in my brand new car (okay, one more picture!):
|2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS|
My first brand new car that I picked out for myself since my 1996 Honda Accord. I am absolutely in heaven to have my very own car that isn't a van or an SUV. Really, life is good.
Today would have been Juliana's fifth birthday. I know she is looking down on her parents and her brothers as her parents renew their wedding vows on her birthday and smiling. Will be looking for lots of butterflies today.