We had just built a new house and had a perfect spot for an impressive piece of needlework. I love impressionist art and was considering doing a Monet Water Lilies from a kit. Kits are okay but I prefer to work from a pattern, to be able to select an appropriate fabric and gather the floss myself. One night I was looking on the internet and found SQ. I was thrilled with the possibilities! I decided on the Church at Vernon (my first SQ project) because I loved the composition of the picture. I enjoyed working on it so much I decided to do "White Water Lilies" next which is the one in progress right now. As soon as the holidays are over I will be able to have more stitching time and should have it finished by spring. Working on these two pieces has new meaning for me as I was fortunate enough to go to France this past September and visit the church at Vernon and Monet's home and gardens in Giverny. It was awesome!
I love the holidays and I think my next project will be "Fetching the Tree." Of course at the rate I stitch it won't be ready for a few years but that's okay because I just really enjoy the peace and calm I feel while stitching. I highly recommend it!
Well, unlike a lot of the posters to this forum, I don't have just one project on the go, though I am happy to report that I am down to only 11, all of them large (was at 20 this time a year ago) (and plan to start a few new ones over the holidays). Speaking specifically about the one SQ I currently am working on, Lady & Unicorn: Sense of Hearing - I have always been drawn to the Cluny tapestries, for their beauty and their history. When I stumbled upon Scarlet Quince many years ago, that was the thing that really drew me in - and as I was/am a huge Teresa Wentzler fan, what better to add to my collection of fantasy-based designs? Of course, being in school in the 80s, when everything was rainbows & unicorns, that all stands to reason
Some of my other projects, such as my current Chatelaines - Tuscany Town Mandala, Desert Landscape Mandala, and Secret Victorian Garden - are all about the designs themselves, the colors and shapes, and with those, all the beads I also generally choose the larger pieces specifically because of the challenge; until a few years ago, I had never done anything small like an ornament, and I'd never been drawn to samplers of any kind until designers like Long Dog appeared, giving us the option to choose our own colors for monochrome designs; I would expect that's why the very first SQ I bought is NOT one of the easier ones (and why I have 2 more of the Cluny pieces in the stash - though if Meredith had had the BIG one, A Mon Seul Desir, charted first, that's the one I would have gotten & started).
One of the ones I am starting over the holidays, Monet's Water Lilies http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=MON004 I picked purely because it's PURPLE! It will also be a good bit easier than the L&U series - much less confetti stitching, so it would be on par for me to have it finished long before the first L&U manages to get done I also have another Chatelaine, a Nora Corbett Fairy, an Ink Circles and a Joan Elliott all planned to start in the new year, as well. I have eclectic taste, obviously! If the design calls to me, it usually SCREAMS "Start me, start me!"