Hi, I'm Kiwidutch...
I have a confession to make: I'm a detail fanatic.. ...you think I'll fit in here in the SQ Forums ?
yep.. I think so too
I'm usually found stitching Over one thread on 25 count evenweave:
and I have just started stitching in December " Delft-made Dish with Grapes" by Michiel Van Huysum, Over Two threads on 25 count ecru evenweave. ( 4 threads in the needle)
Meredith has been very very patient in helping me via email as I messed it up the stitching completely by starting this Over One thread on 25 count evenweave in November with only one thread in the needle and not two..
...an entire month stitching and it became really clear that the blends weren't working as well as I had hoped... so (sigh) I unpicked the lot...
Not as bad however as pushing ahead vainly with something that obviously wasn't going to work in the end.
Photos of progress on the Over Two piece...
Dec 4th 2008:
31 december 2008
usually I start in the centre but for some bazzare reason started at the bottom for the first ( and last) time in my stitching life... first time to grid the fabric too... excellent move I have discovered. Sadly full time work gets in the way of serious stitching time, but I'm fairly quick so we will see how long this takes to complete.
WONDERFUL to see that the progress on the pieces in the gallery...
So.. that's it from me for the moment ... more as the stitching progresses
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Wow, great progress on the restart!!! You are a quick stitcher, it appears, so you should easily make great progress!! I work full time, too, and have two kids on travel teams 11 months a year - it's a wonder I get anything done. Of course, my house doesn't necessarily get cleaned as often or as well as it should
Thanks for the encouragement ! Fortunately we have a cleaning lady to the bigger stuff and my HuisPapa Hubby does a LOT in the house...as many a shrunken sock not ideally meant for the dryer will attest to .. His socks becomes Hers socks and many of mine fit my daughter .. small price to pay however for a house-husband who is fully prepared to participate in the day to day running of the home and family life...
However the training of small children to pick up after themselves is still very much sadly a work in progress LOL.
I stitch while supervising kid homework, watching TV, while visiting family, in the Dentist or Dr's waiting room etc... I try not to waste any stitching time.
I wind threads onto bobbins in the car on long trips (er, obviously) if DH is driving ( I write the numbers on beforehand) but maybe I will get some ready marked bobbins from the SQ range in the future...
I have made more progress in the last week.. better get the battery for the camera charged
Isn't it wonderful to see how everyone elses stitching is evolving as they progress...? I love looking in the gallery and at the threads that show a piece progressing.
Hey Kiwi, wow that's a monster post!! Well done on the progress and the restart, it's all looking really good. Is it hard to stitch with four strands of floss in the needle though? You look like the kind person who could have a blog, do you have a blog? I think you'd be a born blogger. We look forward to more of your photos as soon as you have them!
Both of my boys play soccer (football) on competitive-level teams (as opposed to recreational teams), so we drive far & wide going to games every weekend, some as far away as 5-6 hours. DH coaches the 11 year old, so they go one way, and I take the 15 year old and go some other direction. As much as I am my kids' biggest fan, I'm looking forward to the day when I can stay home & stitch - and maybe watch a college game on TV
quote:Originally posted by Alanna Hey Kiwi, wow that's a monster post!! Well done on the progress and the restart, it's all looking really good. Is it hard to stitch with four strands of floss in the needle though? You look like the kind person who could have a blog, do you have a blog? I think you'd be a born blogger. We look forward to more of your photos as soon as you have them!
I love your little tortoiseshell cat by the way!
LOL I have no clue how to even start a blog... I have a full time job, two small kids, I cook as much as I stitch .. am into Portuguese Cuisine a lot.. and m a Forum host for Portuguese Forum and the Crafts Forum on Recipezaar.com
I *might* be wrting some stuff for a Portuguese Cookery for a website but their 6-8 weeks to get back to me on the application is past 10 weeks now so if they aren't jumping at the bit then probably i'm not cut out for experimentation into writing after all. I mean if I can't write on something I know, then writing about what I don't know is impossible right? ( well Duh, stupid moi.. logically, of course it's not possible...if you don't know something how can you write about it? LOL)
mind you. polititians have been doing that kind of thing for years haven't they?
If I ended up being accepted by the boffins who wanted the Portuguese articles then they were going to give me all the technical training and setting up side of things to do it and spoonfeeding I definiately need, as i'm truely, eternally, severely technically challenged ... ( just between you and me) "technially vacant" might be more accurate actually.
The only thing that makes me accept that fact gracefully is that I have a hubby who is even more technically challenged than I am.. I mean .. he's never taken a photo with a digital camera in the 4 years we have had the thing or set the time on the 10 year old microwave... mind you I don't own a mobile phone either and I can't actually use one (and I hate the intrusion anyway... so my willingness to learn is about minus 1000%)
My body is a 21st century model with a brain of technical aptitude of the 13th
Assembling things and conquoring technology are by far the worst things I have ever tackled in my life and hubby and I both have the sense of direction of a gnat so car travel though Europe usually means we start out super early, arrive frustratingly late and (sigh) see many parts of countries we didn't even intend to visit.
After a particularly stressful drive to Germany a month ago we agreed that we needed a TomTom Sat nav system for Christmas.. duely bought... . which would indeed be excellent if we knew how to load a destination into the sodding gadget.
When I get the courage up I will ask our kindly neighbours to help us with it... I'll wait a bit as they are still laughing about the mess we got ourselves into in Germany. ( the people we intended to visit had to come and drive for 45 minutes to get us because we managed to visit one village from every entry road possible into it as we drove in circles and after the 4th time of "haven't we been in this village before?" we simply gave up and called them for help. In our defence there were road works and a detour... neighbour thought it was really funny.
When people mean"idiot proof" they mean us. Oh well.. someone has to take this task in the world .. right?
oops.. novel alert... apologies......I'm going to sort the lastest photo to stay on track here... here you are:
January 14th 2009
it gets dark early these days so I took the photo on my desk at work during a short lunchbreak... time was a little tight so I didn't clear the paperwork benieth the fabric.. so it's pretty lumpy sorry...
ok.. yes I was to lazy to shift the stuff LOL
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